Get results from your workout plan! Make your fitness routine work for you and your health goals. Getting a strong and leaner shape is all about evaluating what you are currently doing and what you need to improve upon. Progress your exercises, build muscle and stay motivated.
6 Tips to Get Results a Workout Plan
I have shared before that I grew up completely unathletic. I had no talent for sports and such so I stayed far away. It was only in my early 30s after a car accident did I realize I was going down a less than ideal path. I was not “unhealthy” but I was pretty weak for someone my age. I was thin, but simply not in shape. I spent long days working away at a desk and had a chronic sore neck, shoulders and upper back. Starting a workout plan was a little overwhelming. I had little to no idea what I was doing. I would perform the same exercises, the same way, all the time. Since I was so insecure at the gym this routine felt comforting to me. But that comfort quickly turned to frustration because I wasn’t seeing any difference in my strength or my shape.
Starting that workout plan is a huge first step. Maybe you are in a fitness routine and after a few months you aren’t exactly seeing the results that you thought you would. You’re frustrated and wondering how much further you want to go with this whole thing. Is it worth investing the time? Everyone tells you that it is, but your heart is less and less in the game. The motivation has left the building so to speak.
We all have those moments where we doubt the direction we are going. How can we start to see results from all of our effort? I have been in those shoes myself and learned what’s not working. Here are my tops tips to move in a positive direction.
Form = Crucial
More is not necessarily better. If you aren’t performing a squat or lunge then more of it is not going to help the cause. In fact, it is often a sure-fire way that you may injure yourself. Invest the time in learning how to use effective form. This is not particularly fun and it is going to be a learning process. You may not feeling like you are getting ahead, but trust me this is huge to your athletic development. Look at it an an investment in you future.
If you are not in the position to hire a personal trainer turn to the online resources available online. There are numerous exercise demonstrations on You Tube where you can watch a quick video and start to get a better understanding of why you are performing a certain exercise a particular way. I have started to slowly add some to my channel. When looking for videos or an in-person trainer always look at the credentials of the person you are following. Of course, there are talented and smart people out there who might very well offer good information. However, since there is just so much information online this can be a helpful way to find a trusted resource.
Don’t be attached to the idea of what you should be capable of doing in your workout plan. Many women can’t jump in and do a proper push up. You are better off accepting that the process of getting strong can often be a slow one. Do not feel like you are somehow lesser become you have to take a step back from the idea of what you think you should be doing. No comparisons warranted here. Just because the babe on the bench next to you can use the big girl dumbbells doesn’t mean that you’re ready for that too. Bodyweight exercises like chin ups and push ups are tougher than they seem. Again, modify and make it a goal. Enjoy the process – the push ups will still be there in a few months!
High Intensity Interval Training
Steady state cardio should really only be used in small amounts. You are better off using a high intensity interval training technique. These intervals are a rotation of high intensity performing and recovery. Don’t sway your booty on the elliptical for 3o minutes every day with a magazine. Alternative a fast pace for one minute followed by a minute off. You can use this same basic guideline on pretty much any cardio machine. Or kick it up with something like kettlebell swings. Longer is not necessarily better!
It’s normal to feel like you want to do all the things at the gym. Or even to get bored and want to try something new. However, you always want to be mastering the basics. The key is making those somewhat different so that you are continuing to improve. Add some dumbbells to your reverse lunges or try a different plank that you did last time. It is all about getting stronger every day. This is what leads to results in your workout plan.
Add the Resistance
Always pay attention to the weight you are using. Have you been using the same dumbbells for as long as you can remember? Well, it’s time to add more weight or resistance. Graduate from a push up on your knees to a full push up. Do not get stuck with performing the same variation all the time. Continually add more reps until you are able to ready to get to the next level. When you can perform 15 reps like it’s easy peasy then the lightbulb should go off in your head. You need to add more weight to this exercise.
Develop Flexbility & Mobility
Oh man! This one is a definite weakness for me. I work on developing it every single day. It is so easy to skip out on stretching or a session with the foam roller and other assorted mobility tools. I live with the ultimate connoisseur of mobility tools so we have plenty to choose from always!
Always take 5-10 minutes to really work through sore muscles and developing your flexibility through proper stretching. It may seem SO easy to skip, but the benefits to your fitness will be unreal.
If you don’t have one at home it’s a great investment. You can even use your foam roller (affiliate link) while you are catching up on your TV shows.
How About You?
- Do you have a workout plan?
- Is stretching part of your fitness routine?