If It Works, Do It

If It Works, Do It

The thing with training is that there’s no one size fits all solution, no magic bullet. What works for someone else might not work for you - and vice versa. 

It’s important that you don’t fixate on training programs you’ve seen others use, and which are promoted all over the internetif they’re not working for you. 

If something isn’t working, despite what others have told you and despite what the science says, abandon it.

On the other hand, if somethingis working for you that isn’t working for others, you must maintain the confidence to keep going with it. Why change? If it works, do it! 

In this article, I’m going to help you build a workout program that works for YOU. 

Identify Your Goals 

Identifying your goals will help you find the best possible solution. 

So write down what you’re aiming to achieve. For example, are you looking to lose weight, to gain muscle, or maybe to be a crossfit star? 

Decide How Much Time You’ll Be Dedicating To Exercise 

Time is of the essence, and it’s important to work out how much time you can dedicate to exercise daily and weekly. 

If you’ve got a really busy life with a family to look after, you might want to exercise two times a week for thirty minutes each. 

On the other hand, if you’re single and have time on your hands, why not up the ante to four days a week for an hour each time?

Decide Where You Want To Exercise 

There’s no pressure to workout at the gym if you just don’t feel comfortable being there. Some love it at the gym, others prefer to workout at home. 

You could even try a park workout if the weather is good and you dig exercising outdoors. 

Choose Your Exercises 

Now comes the tricky part: Determining what exercises you should do that will help you reach your goals. 

The best exercises are the ones that a) work and which b) you know you’ll stick to. If there’s an exercise youhate and which kills your motivation, it’s probably best to avoid it. 

Ideally, you should aim to pick an exercise for each of the following: 

  • Back, biceps, grip 
  • Chest, shoulders, triceps 
  • Butt, hamstrings 
  • Quads

Here are some exercises you could try: 

  • Back, biceps, grip - Bent-over rows, bodyweight rows, pull-ups, chin-ups
  • Chest, shoulders, triceps - Dips, push-ups, incline dumbbell press, bench press, overhead press
  • Butt, hamstrings - Step ups, good mornings, straight leg deadlifts, hip raises, deadlifts 
  • Quads - Box jumps, one-legged squats, lunges, squats 

What If You Get Bored?

I won’t lie to you - even beasts get bored in the gym from time to time. One of the reasons people fall out of love with working out to the point where it isn’t working anymore is because of boredom with the same routine.

Variety is the spice of life, which is why you should stick to a formula that’s working, but which you tweak every few weeks. 

For example, if you’ve been doing bench presses all week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, why not mix things up by going with dips on Wednesdays and overhead presses on Fridays? 

Or, if you’ve been doing deadlifts once a week for a month, try mixing up the reps and sets you pick. 

Conclusion 

As well as not getting sucked into doing what others are doing, it’s important you don’t stick with your guns when something you once enjoyed is no longer working. As well as boredom setting in, a rigid routine can also cause you to plateau. 

Experiment with your workout routine, mix things up and keep your mind and body on their toes. 

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