What Does an Effective Workout Look Like?
Going to the gym or even doing a workout in your own home can be a challenge. Why? Because it’s really freaking hard to figure out what you’re going to do that will actually get you the results that you want. Trust me, I know how this feels because I used to be the same way before I became a Certified Personal Trainer.
Creating a workout is the key for true success toward your goals. Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain weight, build strength, or just maintain your current stats you must know what type of exercise program is going to get you to that desired goal. As a Certified Personal Trainer that focuses on functional fitness, I want to share some quick tips for helping you create an overall body workout that you can do at home or in the gym.
Let’s Make A Plan!
#1. Make a plan: Do not go into your workout setting without a plan in mind. Actually scratch that! Make sure your plan is down on paper or in your phone! Chances are if you already have your plan at the palm of your hand (or in a notebook) you will be successful and actually workout. Trust me I see plenty of people in the gym not even working out because they had no plan walking in!
#2. Full Body: In order to be effective, especially if you’re on a time crunch or have a weight loss goal, I recommend doing a full body workout that has these movements: push, pull, bent & lift, rotational, and core movements. This will give you that full body, full movement functioning exercise that will keep the heart rate pumping and muscles moving in all ranges of motion.
#3. Cardio Burst: You need this in your life honey! Everyone hates them but they provide PROVEN results. So what is a cardio burst? Any exercise that gets the heart rate up and through the roof! Ex: The dreaded BURPEES for the win. Yes I know they suck, but they produce results and condition your stamina and endurance.
#4. Intervals: Using timed intervals for your workout is a game changer. You’re continuously moving with a short rest period in between exercises. I use timed intervals A LOT with my clients because WHY NOT! Plus you won’t have to count your reps. My all time favorite time interval is 60/30, 60 secs of work and 30 secs of rest.
A major recommendation I’d love to share with you is to look for exercises on Pinterest if you are needing some creativity help when creating your own workouts. I used to kill Pinterest before I became a trainer for my own workouts and it still serves as a major resource for me today, especially if I’m training for a specific event like a future Triathlon??!!
Alright, now that you have these awesome tips for creating your own workout- leave me a comment and let me know what you think of these recommendations and if you’d like an example of some home workouts download my Quick Fitness Guide.