When I was in college I remember looking through muscle & fitness magazines to get ideas for my personal workouts. Often times this was during class 🙂
I did this all the time. Sometimes I would grab a scratch sheet of paper right before leaving the house and take a minute to write out my workout so that when I walked into the gym I knew exactly what I was going to do.
I still do this when I workout in my garage. The first thing I do is write out my workout on the white board. This includes warm up, workout and cool down. This is just a habit I have gotten into over the years.
When I workout in classes at the gym this is done for me. The plan is already made and the coach leads me through the class. This is my favorite because it keeps me on task.
When I train personal clients I do this for them so they don’t have to think about it. I do all of the planning for them.
Over the years I have learned that writing out what you intend to do is a simple yet not commonly executed task. In fact the majority of people do not do this.
I believe that when you don’t write out your plan you are going to have less effective workouts and likely sell yourself short on effort.
Have you heard of time management? It’s the same idea. Everyday you have 24 hours. Do you plan each of those hours? If you do then you are making the effort to maximize them. If you don’t then you may look back and realize you wasted much of it.
Exercise is the same way. You may carve an hour each day to go to the gym but if you don’t plan each of those 60 minutes then you are likely wasting several of them.
Workouts should be intentionally designed based on your fitness goals. Exercises should be complimentary to each other. Your fitness level, frequency of training and time allotted for exercise should be taken into consideration when designing your workout for the day.
Have you ever walked into the gym and thought to yourself, “what am I going to do today?”.
If so then you know what I am talking about. This can lead you to frustration and discouragement. Not to mention wasting time.
Having a plan will always help. If you need guidance in this area reach out to me. I can help you with this. I have been creating workout plans for myself and thousands of my clients for 20 years. It is actually a lot of fun for me. I love it.
Don’t start another week without a plan for your fitness.