Getting in great shape requires both hard work and dedication. You can’t workout two times and expect miracles to happen.
You didn’t gain the weight overnight and you won’t lose it overnight.
However, if you have been working out for a month or so and still haven’t seen any noticeable results, chances are your workout routine sucks and its time for a change.
Lack of progress and lack of performance improvement are two telltale signs that your current workout routine is no longer effective.
Here are 3 reasons your workout routine sucks and what to do about it.
Reason #1 – You Have Yet To Set a Clear Goal
Why are you working out? What is it that you hope to accomplish?
If you are just working out for the sake of working out, all of your workouts will be aimless and inconsistent.
Without a clear goal you will never have anything to measure your progress up against.
Here’s what you should do:
Before starting your health and fitness journey, take a little time to get clear about what you want to accomplish.
Are you looking to lose weight? Do you want to gain muscle?
Whatever it is, get clear about it before you start your journey. Once you know what your goal is you can create a plan to reach it.
To help you stay motivated, and to make it easier to track your progress, set benchmarks that you want to reach along the way.
Reason #2 – You Do The Same Workout Everyday
The second reason your workout routine sucks is because you are doing the exact same routine everyday.
One of the quickest ways to stall progress is to do the same workout routine, with the same number of reps, every single day.
Your body is extremely intelligent and will quickly adapt to any stimulus that you apply to it. You therefore must continually add new stimulus if you want it to continue to change.
If you continue to do the same workout, with the same reps, with the same amount of weight, your body will never change.
The good news is fixing this issue is quite simple.
The next time you workout, do something different!
For example, you can increase the amount of weight you lift, or you can reduce the amount of time you rest between lifts.
These simple changes will ensure your body is always being challenged, which will in turn cause you to get amazing results.
For even better results consider alternating days when you work certain muscle groups.
Reason #3 – You Don’t Push Yourself Hard Enough
There’s a saying that says what doesn’t challenge you won’t change you.
When it comes to working out you have to push yourself.
This doesn’t mean you need to push yourself to the brink of exhaustion where you can barely stand up. It does however mean you need to push past your perceived limits.
Chances are you can do one more rep or sprint for 30 more seconds.
The reason you want to push yourself is because if forces your body into adaptation. As your body starts to adapt to your workouts you will become stronger and your body will be more conditioned.
Eventually you will notice the workout that used to be tough for you to get through is now a lot easier to do.
When that happens that means its time to take the intensity up a notch.
The biggest issue people run into is knowing whether or not they are pushing themselves hard enough.
A simple way to ensure you are challenging yourself is to create mini goals. A mini goal is just a smaller goal that moves you closer to your overall goal.
For example, lets say your goal is to bench press 150 pounds at the end of a 90 day period.
In order to make that happen you can set a mini goal to increase the amount of weight you lift by 5% each week.
When it comes to cardio you should use a heart rate monitor to determine just how hard you are really working.
If your heart rate isn’t between 80-85 percent at least 10-15 minutes during your cardio session, that’s a clear indicator that you aren’t working as hard as you think you are.
You can also just observe how you feel. Are you out of breath? Are you struggling to push out the last few reps? If so that may be a sign that you are really pushing yourself.
There are a lot of factors that go into transforming your body. Its not just about pushing yourself or setting clear goals.
You also need to make sure your nutrition is on point, that you stay properly hydrated, and that you are getting plenty of sleep every night.
When you combine these things with a well thought out workout regimen you will be well on your way to improving your overall health and well being.