Want to lose weight or build muscle? Maybe you want to get stronger and/or faster for your sport? Whatever your goals are, choosing the right workout program can be quite the task. There’s an infinite amount of workout programs out there written by personal trainers, coaches, and the average person alike, so where do you start?
Let me start by saying this “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” Whatever your training objective is, there are a million ways to do it, you just have to find the right one. Sure some methods are better than others, but in reality the best training program is the one you’ll stick with and the one that won’t injure you. Follow the steps below and start your new workout program today!
- Set goals.
- This is pretty self-explanatory. The first step is to figure out where you’re going first!
- Workout vs. Training
- Are you working out just to feel sore and get your sweat on, or are you training for something? Getting your ass whooped doesn’t always mean results.
- Training is planned and has purpose. Not all workouts are created equal!
- How many days a week can you realistically workout? Choose a workout that fits your schedule because different training protocols require different time commitments. The best workouts require as little as 3x/ week or as much as 5-7x/ week. Be realistic!
- Equipment/ Facilities
- Will you be working out at a gym, a park, or from home? Some workouts require dumbbells, barbells, machines, etc so choose a workout that reflects what is available to you.
- Make sure it’s affordable. If you’re barely scraping by to make ends meet choose a gym or training program you can afford.
- Difficulty/ Experience Level
- The hardest workout isn’t always the best one, choose the one that represents your experience level. If you’re a beginner, don’t use the program the pro uses now, choose the program she/he did when they first started out.
- Do you have any health issues that may prevent you from following a certain training program? If there’s a workout you like but have an injury that may prevent you from following it, ask an expert how you can work around it or if there are any substitutes.
- Stick with the program for at least 6-12 weeks. Unless you’re just starting results aren’t instantaneous. The best training programs have planned progressions and recovery periods and have built in peak periods.
- START NOW!!!