for me is the most effective and efficient way to get results. If I visualize the workout I want to do each day before I even think about putting my workout clothes on, I tend to use my time more wisely….and lets be honest, who isn’t strapped for time these days!?!
I actually just started this new program that I am SUPER excited about called LIIFT4 which is a pretty intense combo of strength training and HIIT routines, so the next 8 weeks of my workout life is pretty much planned out for me, but when I am not following a pre-planned program I mentally and with the help of my monthly planner, map out exactly how I am going to use my time in the gym each day.
I am one of those sorta dorky Type A people who still really enjoys using an actual paper calendar to plan out my weeks and stay organized. I have one that I use specifically for my workouts/goals (its called the Happy Planner and it’s so much fun if anyone is in the market for one). I started doing this a few months back when I realized I needed to keep track of the muscle groups I was working each day so I could make sure I was consistently hitting all of them equally. Knowing what I was going to work out each day then allowed me to visualize exactly what exercises I was going to do to target that muscle group and in what order I was planning on doing them. This planning only really takes me a few minutes a day but saves so much time once I get into the gym. I actually visualize myself going through the routine so once I am in the gym I am really on autopilot and all I have left is to focus on is the actual moves themselves.
Like I mentioned earlier, those few moments of planing also really allow me to make sure I am mixing up my routine enough so as not to overuse any one part of my body. Overuse is a killer to your the fitness journey because it can lead to injury and ultimately stall the momentum and progress you’re making. I also didn’t want to have huge quads and small little biceps because I did too many leg days routines and not enough upper body workouts! Like everyone else out there I am sure, I have so many other things to keep track of on a daily basis that being organized when it came to my workouts simply became a necessity for me both from a time-saving perspective and from a best-practices standpoint.
Even now that I am following this new 8 week plan, I’m still using my calendar to track the workouts I have coming up each week, when the rest days are going to occur, and the progress I am making with my stamina and conditioning. This new routine is pretty cool in that it is an 8 week program that includes 4 workouts a week with 3 rest days in between. The workouts themselves are only about 30-40 minutes each but are very intense and really work to tone specific muscle groups with each phase. I am on Day 2 so stay tuned for progress pics along the way! Also, if anyone wants to try this workout and see what I’m talking about let me know…I can send you a link with a free 30 minute workout!
P.S. While I thought I was in pretty good shape at this point, Day 1 and Day 2 kicked my butt! This was both a little surprising as well as super motivating because I am more than ready to put the work in to continue getting the results I want! Progress not perfection! Bring it on, Day 3…Day 3 is a rest day :)!!