As you know, one of my new year’s resolutions is to get my fitness back on track. At first, I was just focusing on actually making it to the gym, but as I got back into that habit, I turned my attention to what I do when I’m at the gym. Last month, I explored all the ways group fitness classes can be beneficial and today I wanted to talk about the benefits of following a training plan.
When I first joined my gym, GoodLife Fitness, part of the ‘onboarding’ processes was speaking with a personal trainer. He had me do a basic fitness test, to figure out where I was and then we discussed my goals and the best way for me to go about accomplishing them. For someone who had basically no idea what I was doing in the gym, that initial session was a godsend. And it really highlighted the importance of following a training plan.
3 Reasons you should be following a fitness training plan
1. It’s (ideally) tailored to your needs
The best training plans are the ones made specifically for you by a trainer because they’re designed to help you accomplish your specific fitness goals. That being said, not many people have can afford to work with a personal trainer. Luckily, there are many training plans and programs available online that cater to different, more general, fitness needs.
Whether you want to lean out, lose weight, gain weight or whatever, it should be relatively simple for you to find one. Granted, the results may not be as good as if you had a trainer pushing you to do your best. But, from experience, those ‘generic’ fitness plans can be infinitely better than the random workouts you throw together on your own. Especially if you’re working to a specific goal and not just working out to work out if you know what I mean.
2. It encourages you to actually workout (well)
Like with group classes, training plans take the guesswork out of going to the gym since the exercises you need to do are already laid out for you. This helps to combat those ‘I don’t know what to do’ days that either result in missed workouts or sub-par ones. I know that there’s a saying that no one ever regrets a workout, but I honestly don’t fully agree with it.
First, there was that time I injured myself at the gym, which is a story for another day. But let’s just say I still regret working out that day. Then, there are the times where I leave the gym feeling like my workout was basically a waste of my time. Not fun. But when I’m following a dedicated workout plan, my missed or crappy workouts are very, very few and very, very far between.
3. It forces you out of your comfort zone
The workout program I’m currently following calls for 5-6 training days a week with anywhere between 270 and 350 reps per day. And next week, I’ll have to start incorporating 4 days of cardio a week. If I was working out on my own, I would never workout that hard or that often. And I sure AF wouldn’t be doing cardio since it’s the bane of my existence.
But because my plan calls for it and I’m dedicated to reaping the rewards of following the program, come next week, I’ll be doing every rep and every second of cardio. And I’m 99% sure that I’ll be glad I stuck with it when it’s all over (unless I get injured again, that is.)
What about you?
- Do you follow a fitness training plan/program?
- Why or why not?
- Which fitness training plans floating around the interwebs have you done/wanted to do?
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Janelle @ Wholly Healthy says
I totally agree with this! I finished Jillian Michaels Body Revolution awhile ago and felt like the plan really gave me results and challenged me more than I might myself. Plus, it’s great having a plan.
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Giselle Rochford says
Oh I’ve been thinking of doing that one after I finish my current plan. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!
I could not agree with this more. I am such a routine and schedule person that following a training plan is incredibly beneficial to me. When I don’t have a plan, I totally feel out of whack and have no idea what to do with myself, haha.
Giselle Rochford says
I wasn’t always a routine/schedule person, but I’ve slowly been becoming one and it definitely makes things easier 🙂
Sam Sly says
Sometimes I follow a plan and sometimes not. A plan is really helpful when recommitting to fitness or working on specific goals. I usually do well with an open-ended plan (cardio 2x, yoga 2x, and strength 2x a week). I think I do need to follow a focused plan for a few weeks as life has been getting in the way of my workouts! I am sharing to Twitter as you raise some great points!
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Cindy Hoffman says
Hey Giselle, nice write up there.
Regularly working out under a schedule is what I have been doing for a few years now and I am happy with my body and the results. Although I don’t usually focus on hardcore workouts for the purpose of building my body, I am glad that I have got a leaner shape while doing functional workouts.
Sam @ PancakeWarriors says
Love this post Giselle!! I am a total make it up as I go person, but I’m a personal trainer, so I’m always putting stuff together for clients. But I can say in the beginning I would always go to group fitness classes an mimic the movements outside of class. It really took the guess work out of it.
I need to get back on some sort of a plan, as I had to take some time off for surgery. In the time I had to take off I’ve lost a lot of strength, so it’ll be a lot of work to get back to where I was. Thank you for sharing!
Emilie @ Emilie Eats says
Totally agree with all of this, Giselle! I know I benefit from having a plan in place – that’s why group classes are my favorite.
Although I don’t usually focus on hardcore workouts Decanter Reviews for the purpose of building my body, I am glad that I have got a leaner shape while doing functional workouts.
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Zaggy KH says
great article. thanks for all the motivation. i think i should start my workout with a proper plan again.
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