You want to make the most of your time in everything you do, and getting results in the gym is no exception. A great way to do that is to switch up your training program frequently. Here are four reasons why you should change it up often:
KNOW WHEN TO SWITCH UP YOUR PROGRAM AND AVOID WORKOUT ROT
BREAK THROUGH PLATEAUS
Our body loves to reach a point of equilibrium and stay there. It is constantly trying to maintain a constant level of zen. By keeping the same workout routine day in and day out, it allows your body to simply go through the motions without having to adapt to any changes, thereby not create any.
As a rule, you should aim to change your workout program every four weeks, thus forcing your muscles to “freak out” and adapt to the new regimen and spark growth.
SAVES YOU FROM GYM BOREDOM
If an activity isn’t exciting, chances are you won’t be motivated to take part in it. Doing the same workout over and over will create a negative idea in your mind of what training is all about. By frequently changing up the routine, you can always feel better knowing that you’ll be trying something new and hit the gym with the intensity you need.
Using the same muscles in the same way over and over can lead to overuse and injury. Changing exercises, intensity, rep ranges can help prevent that from happening. I also strongly recommend that you incorporate mobility work, foam rolling and stretching as a way to prevent injury.
MEET NEW PEOPLE
Just about every gym provides you with classes that can offer an excellent workout both in cardio and strength training. These classes also provide you with the opportunity to not only change up the routine and shock your system but also meet new people with the same goals as yourself. So, the next time you’re dreading doing that 60-minute treadmill session, check out a cardio class and give yourself a reason to be happy about cardio – which is unheard of.
It is very easy to slip into a repetitive training program. I find following a simple chart, often provided by gyms, is the best way to get started. It’s easy to forget what you should be doing. This way you have a guide to follow so that you are giving your body a full workout over time.