How to make a workout plan
Whether you're a fitness newbie or jumping back to exercise now that gyms are reopening, creating an exercise regime is the best way to start strong and stay on track.
It’s not always easy, especially if your plan isn’t quite the right fit for you. Luckily, we can help! We’ve put together five quick and simple steps to help you create the best workout routine for you:
Your fitness plan should have clear goals
Your chances of staying the course and seeing the results you want rely on understanding what you hope to achieve from your workout. For example, if you want to lose weight, you won't want to incorporate bodybuilding into your fitness plan. Start by asking yourself the following questions:
Do I want to lose weight?
Do I want to tone up?
Should I build muscle mass?
Is there an event I want to work towards? (like an Iron Man or a Marathon)
Whichever option you choose will influence the type of exercise you incorporate into your regime.
From here, you should set clear and achievable goals. It might be worth speaking to a personal trainer to ensure you aren't putting your sights too high, too quickly and reducing your chances of success. Above all, you should understand that you won't be able to achieve your fitness objectives overnight.
Plan for consistency
You know your body, energy and discipline levels better than anyone. If you know you're unlikely to hit the gym every day, then don't work that into your plan. One thing all fitness professionals will tell you is that consistency is key.
Set yourself up for success by working with your body and starting with weekly gym sessions you know you'll be able to keep. Even if it's going once a week to begin with, you don't want to put so much pressure on yourself that exercise becomes a chore. You should look forward to getting a hit of endorphins, even if that means reducing your weekly visits.
Incorporate fitness classes into your exercise regime
There are over 50 fitness classes to choose from at 24/7 Fitness. As soon as regulations allow us to host classes again, we highly recommend incorporating them into your gym workout plan.
These classes will teach you the proper techniques for a range of exercises, and the group atmosphere is a fantastic confidence boost. Not to mention that pre-booking and a designated start-time increases the chances of you actually turning up and sticking to your workout schedule.
Train with a personal trainer (PT)
When you have a specific goal in mind, booking in a few sessions with a personal trainer can help you meet your objectives and set milestones to reach. For new gym members, a PT can show you the correct form and help you feel more confident at the gym. A friendly face and encouraging words can work wonders, and they can help push you to new levels.
It’s crucial to remember that no two workout plans are the same. No one understands that more than a personal trainer who creates personalised fitness plans regularly. They can help you tailor your objectives to your needs and abilities. They will also help to keep you motivated and accountable.
Consider nutrition when creating a workout plan
Have you ever heard the saying 'abs are made in the kitchen?' Well, it's true. Exercise alone will only get you so far, and the most significant part of any workout plan is monitoring your nutrition. Ensure your diet is in line with your overall goals to get the results you seek.
These steps may seem simple, but they really can be the difference between meeting your objectives and just missing the mark. Remember that exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle, and while you may have specific goals you want to reach, you should never rush or push yourself too hard.
Whatever your fitness plan, we are looking forward to sharing the journey with you. Keep us updated on your progress by using #247Tribe.
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