Want to venture off on your own now, do you? You’ve been working out for a while, you have a good amount of fitness knowledge, and now you want to make your own workout plan. Congratulations! You’ve made the jump from beginner to fitness connoisseur.

The problem is: What the heck are you supposed to do now? Allow me to let you in on the three things you need to consider in order to successfully make your own workout plan…

1) The first thing you have to consider when you make your own workout plan is: What are your health and your fitness goals?

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What are you looking to achieve? Do you want to lose weight? Tone up? Build strength? Power? Explosiveness? Gain muscle?  Some random combination of all of these?

Whatever it is, your first step to make your own workout plan is to make sure you identify exclusively with that goal. Own it. Then ask yourself the following question…

2) How much time do you have each day to work out?

Some people have hours on their hands, while others have minutes. You have to make a decision based upon your schedule’s allotment for daily exercise Is the duration of time you have to work out relative to your health and your fitness goals?

For example, if your goal is to build muscle mass, and yet you only have 20 minutes per day to work out, is building mass actually a realistic goal?

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Gaining mass typically incorporates high-weight, low-to-moderate-rep exercises with long rest periods (typically 2-3 minutes) in between sets.

If you’re doing a shoulder workout consisting of five sets of 8-12 reps of five exercises, for example, not even half of this workout will take up the 20 minutes you have to exercise.

Perhaps in this instance, you’d be better suited to partake in High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) or Tabata, which definitely is not conducive with building mass.

Perhaps at this point, you’d be better suited looking to trim down and boost your endurance.

Or, if you REALLY want to build mass, you might have to make some changes to your schedule in order to allot for the 60-90 minutes you’ll need each day to build mass.

The main takeaway here: When you make your own workout plan, make sure you have an adequate amount of time in your schedule to perform the right type(s) of workout(s).

3) Change things up.

Variety in your workouts is key. If you design a few workouts and perform Workouts A, B and C in order every week, your body will quickly adapt to the demands being placed on them. This is called the SAID Principle. So, change things up!

Let’s say you want to lose weight and get ripped. Your schedule varies based upon the day. Here’s what I do: Lift heavy one day. Go running the next. Do yoga the next. Take a kickboxing class the next. And that’s just this week!

I’m at a point where I go by feel each day. That means I can gauge what my body wants or needs on a given day, and based upon my time allotment, I have the ability to create a workout that meets those criteria. You’ll get there too in due time!

Hopefully, this article has helped you to consider the three things you need to do when you make your own workout plan. Now get out there and excel to that next level!

Until next time,

Peter

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