5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Starting a Workout Program
Last week’s post was about questions you should ask yourself before you start a diet.
Now I’m going to be talking about 5 questions that you should ask yourself before starting a new workout program.
With so many different styles of training out there, it can be very confusing to know where to start.
Luckily after today, you’ll have a much better understanding of what to look for in solid training program.
So let’s go ahead and get started.
Understand This First
I think that it’s first very important to understand that no program will work for you if you don’t put in the effort. You’ll get out of a program what you put into a program.
So even if you have a solid workout plan, it won’t matter if you aren’t able to put in consistent effort towards it and follow the structure exactly as it’s laid out.
Consistency over time is one of the most important factors when it comes to building a great body so just remember that as you continue forward.
Question #1: How Often Does This Program Change?
It’s important to change your workout up from time to time, especially when you hit a plateau. However, don’t change things up so often that you can’t make any consistent progress.
You don’t have to worry about “confusing your muscles” or anything like that. I generally recommend sticking with the same workout for 6-8 weeks before making any modifications.
At that point you can substitute some different exercises and reps ranges if you’ve plateaued or even if you’re starting to get bored. If you’re workout protocol is vastly different from week to week, then it’s for the best that you move onto something else.
It’s just too hard to focus on progressive overload when nothing stays the same, which brings me to my next point…
Question #2 Does the Workout Focus on Progressive Overload?
Progressive overload is the real key to making gains in the gym. For those of you who don’t know, progressive overload is simply a slight increase in stress placed on the body during training over time.
This means that you should be doing more reps, heavier weight, or be resting less time in between sets for you to be making progress. If you do the same sets, reps, and weight for a prolonged period of time, you won’t be making any sort of substantial gains in the gym.
Just look at someone who’s still benching the same weight he was a year ago compared to someone who added 100 pounds to his bench press. Who do you think has added more size to his chest over the past year?
Definitely the second guy. So instead of worrying about increasing the volume or frequency for an exercise, just make sure that your main focus is on progressive overload.
Question #3 Does This Program Align With My Goals?
This is a really good question to ask because I think that many people get confused as to what they actually want out of a program. If you want to look good at the beach this upcoming summer than your workout needs to be different from someone who’s a performance athlete.
Sadly, many times people will try to copy an athlete’s workout when their main goal is to simply build a better-looking body. If you’re someone who hasn’t worked out in the past 5 years, then copying a pro athlete’s workout isn’t going to work too well for you.
Instead, understand the goals of a program before you start and see if they align with what it is that you want to achieve.
Question #4 Is This Workout Designed to Help Me Burn Fat?
If you’re doing a weight lifting program that specially designed to help you burn fat, then you need to find something else. This is because lifting weights helps to build muscle, not to burn fat.
Different rep ranges induce different types of muscle growth as I mention in the post down below.
Sure lifting weights can indirectly burn fat because it burns calories, but you’re main focus with a weight program should be to build muscle. Now if you’re someone who’s looking to burn fat, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t lift weights at all, far from it.
At the end of the day you need to lift weights if you want to look as good as you possibly can. Sure diet and cardio can help you shred pounds, but you need to lift weights to give your body that firm look.
Question #5 Is This Program Sustainable for Me?
This is the final question that you should ask yourself before starting a new workout program, and you may have even noticed that this is one of the same questions you should ask yourself before you start a diet.
It doesn’t matter how good a workout program is, if you can’t stick with it, it won’t be able to provide you with any valuable results.
For example, if a program requires 5 workouts a week, but you can only workout 3 times per week, how successful do you think that you’ll be with that program? Not very successful at all.
Find something that not only fits in with your schedule, but something that you will also enjoy doing. Because at the end of the day if you don’t enjoy doing something you won’t be as likely to stick with it.
Your consistency with a workout is what will ultimately determine how good your results from the program will be. A solid program with good fundamentals can’t help you reach your goals if you don’t put in the effort.
With that being said, by asking yourself these questions, you’ll be much more likely to find a workout program that fits your style and needs. Finally, if you enjoyed this post, be sure to share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.
Also I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below. Which question was your favorite?
What are some other things that you like to ask yourself before starting a new program? Whatever your thoughts, let me know!
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