1. Determine Your Primary Goals
Do you want to run faster? Do you wish to lose a certain amount of weight?
When you’re working out, you want to know what your desired physique is going to be. Do you want to have the shredded bodybuilder body? Do you just want to lose a certain amount of weight?
Your goal may not even be the way your body looks. You may have a particular goal you’re aiming for. You might be training to be able to run a marathon.
There are extreme differences between a bodybuilder and a marathon runner. They’re both fit, but their bodies are shaped to do different things. The training regimen are also entirely different as well.
The more specific you are in the goal you want to achieve it leads you down the correct path of what types of workouts you need to do. If your primary objective is just to look good, then a bodybuilding routine will get you the results you want compared to a 25-mile runner.
2. Research The Right Plan For You
Do your homework before you start.
If you’re a beginning make sure you read up on beginner workouts to make sure you have the right form and are doing the correct intensity level workout to keep you on track.
Take fitness classes or get a free assessment from a personal trainer to provide you the tools you need to get where you want to be.
Watch YouTube tutorials, find basic workouts based on your experience with fitness. Find someone who had the same goals/objective as you and see how they succeeded.
3. Stick To The Plan
Once you pick a workout regime, try it out for 30-60 and follow it to a T.
If you want to lose weight, you need to make sure all the workouts you’re doing aren’t a waste of time because you’re eating ice cream and pizza at home.
If you’re working out for endurance for things like long-distance running you need to be running, a lot.
If you want to larger muscles, you need to be eating more calories, that means you can’t lose weight.
If you try doing all three at the same time, you’re never going to see any results. Ever. Focus on one of these objectives at a time for 30-60 days until you’re satisfied, with where you’re at then try to concentrate on another goal.
That’s why you might have heard about bulking and toning. Bulking is gaining muscles. Toning is thinning out the fat to show the definition of your muscles.
4. Stick To You Schedule
Make time to fit your new workout plan into your daily schedule.
The reason why so many people fail in their workout goals is because they don’t make time for their workout schedules. They try to just add it to their already busy schedules and then they get lazy or forget to workout.
You don’t even need to force yourself to go to the gym. Having an actual space at home to do your workouts is good enough.
If you can fit time to watch TV, but you can’t seem to get yourself to the gym, that’s the issue. Make your workout as essential as eating.
5. Track Your Progress
Every two weeks, track your progress by taking photos or measurements. Ask yourself what’s working and what’s not.
Don’t always judge yourself based on what the scale says. You may have heard that “muscle weighs more than fat”. We see it all the time. Someone decides to stay in shape; they work out, they remain dedicated to their workouts, they see weight loss one week, and then the next week they gained weight. Stop letting the scale rule your life.
Taking photos helps you to see the progress you’ve made. Also taking proper measurements of the muscles you have been working out is a better indicator of your progress. Also, the places where you lose weight might not be in the typical areas that most people are self-conscious about.
Track all your measurements for your neck, shoulders, chest, bicep, waist, hips, and thighs. That which is measured will improve.
Another thing to look out for is the calories you’re eating. You should always be tracking your food when you have a goal in mind. It’s always hard to count calories because some foods we buy don’t have a nutrition label. Track what you can and look up similar foods on the internet to gauge how much you ate. You will never outrun the fork you put in your mouth.
Also, track how many reps and sets of each workout. It will come in handy later…
After your 30-60 day trial period, determine if this particular workout is the right fit for you and your goals.
Increase the weights, reps, or sets you do to see your improvement and progress.
Constantly doing 30 pushups every day will make you great at doing 30 pushups, but your body is going to get used to it and then those 30 push-ups won’t mean anything after a week. The next week you should always be able to do more than what you did the week before.
7. Tailor The Workout
After the trial period, if you like your workout start tweaking the technique to fit your body.
If you determined that particular workout system wasn’t for you, you can now cross that off your list and move onto another one. You’ll know what’s working after those 30-60 days are up because you can tell if you’re pushing yourself hard enough or not.
Make sure to take lessons from your previous effort.
8. Be Happy
As long as you’re happy and healthy, keep up what you’re doing. Don’t worry about others around you.
Most people get self-conscious when they’re working out around other people at the gym. Don’t compare yourself to others. The only person you should be comparing yourself to is yourself and you a day, week, month, or a year ago. If you feel like you’re doing better than you were before, that’s all that matters.