Planning your workouts

A common mistake for people new to working out is not getting the most out of their routine because of disorganisation.

What many people fail to realise is that without proper organisation and a well-managed workout plan, your training is inefficient and you will sometimes be wasting valuable time.

The trainers who put on muscle and make fitness gains are the ones that understand how to prepare and follow a workout schedule.

If you want to have success in the gym, or with any type of exercise, you need to get serious and get organised.

Here is a quick rundown of the things you should consider when planning your routine:

Most good trainers plan according to the standard 7-day week. This is fine.

Basically, you should try to workout each of your main muscle groups twice per week.

For each muscle group, try to have one day of exercise, two days of rest. If you plan properly this is very achievable.

Try to arrange each workout so that the muscles worked are complementary. You want variety in every workout, and you want to make sure you are not jeopardising the following day’s exercise.

Here is a sample plan of how you might approach the week:

Day 1 – chest, calves, arms and abs

Day 2 – back, shoulders and thighs

Day 3 – cardio training or rest

Day 4 – chest, calves, arms and abs

Day 5 – back, shoulders and thighs

Day 6 – cardio training or rest

Day 7 – yoga, pilates, swimming, tai chi or rest

It is a good idea to get workout planning advice from your gym instructor. Remember to make sure every workout complements the next one.

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