Mistake 5: Not Having a Plan
One saying I like to use is failing to plan is planning to fail. Going to the gym on a regular basis is fantastic on its own. You are already taking the hardest step and will reap benefits because of that decision. But your time is valuable. Don’t you want to optimize your time in the gym and know that you are purposefully executing a strategy that will achieve the goal you set out to do? I know I do.
Work out sessions need more than just effort. Yes effort is important but in order to be truly effective there must be some type of progression plan built into your workout routine.
You see, once the body adapts you need to subject it to a greater stress in order to force adaptation once again in order to continue to make progress. This is based on your needs and your needs alone. It can look different for everyone and it can come at a different time for everyone. We all adapt and progress at different rates.
This is why having a personalized program is SO important.
A big trend today in gyms is to offer some type of group class. If you’re just looking to be active and enjoy the class then this may be a great option for you. However, if you are trying to achieve a specific goal a group class may not be the best approach. Is that current class tailored to your needs or is just about making you “burn calories?” Is it providing you too much stimulus or not enough? Are you able to properly recover from day to day and week to week? If it is initially providing your body the right amount of stimulus is the class changing to adapt to your specific needs?
These are necessary requirements of a proper training program that is results focused.
If you are frustrated by the lack of changes in your body then this may be the reason.
This is also the reason why implementing the latest workout your favorite fitness personality is doing is probably not the best idea. Is that workout trying to achieve the same goal as you? Can your body even handle the stress from that workout?
Remember this is their livelihood. It may not be yours. Do you have a high stress job? Do you have an active or sedentary office job? Do you have kids? These are all factors that play into developing the appropriate program for you.
These are all questions you need to consider when choosing the right workout routine for your lifestyle and goals. Having a one size fits all workout program isn’t realistic. It may be the perfect fit for some people and they will reap great reward out of it. But for most people this probably won’t be the case.
To summarize, anything that gets you up and moving is a good thing. There is nothing inherently bad in group classes and generic workout programs. In fact they may be the perfect fit for you. But the key word in all of this is YOU. They simply do not take your lifestyle, history, and current needs into account.
If you are looking to optimize your time in the gym this must be considered when developing a results focused, personal program.
Whether you have been training for years or are just getting started and just can’t seem to get the results you are looking for I am here to help. Drop a question below or shoot me an email and let me know what you are currently trying to achieve.