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Changing up your fitness routine can go a long way to helping you reach your fitness goals.  Most people who are ready to start working out just don’t know what to do, so they either do what they did in high school or just keep repeating the same things over and over again.  This is the fast track to frustration and ending any chance of you making a lifestyle change.

Here are a few tips on when to know you’re ready for a change and how you can change-up your routine.

When is it time for a new routine?

1.)  If you’re bored  Working out is not always easy but it should never be boring.  Maybe the workouts are too long or it’s just not the type of workout that you like.  Don’t give up, keep looking and trying new things. 

2.) No results. – If you’ve been working out for a few weeks or months and haven’t started seeing results, then it’s probably a sign that you need a new routine.  Eventually your body will plateau but over a period of time you should see and feel results, no matter how small. 

3.) You’re feeling Blah! –  Working out should give you a boost of energy not make you feel exhausted and sore everyday.  If soreness persists over an extended period of time and you find yourself overly tired, changing your workout routine up may be your best option. 

4.) Your workout doesn’t challenge you –  Shortly after you start a workout routine you’ll start to notice that over time it seems to get easier and more doable.  If this is the case don’t keep doing the same thing over and over, change up the workout to give you a new challenge and more results. 

How can I change-up my routine?

1.) Vary your reps and sets –  Sometimes my routine involves lifting heavy weight with light reps and very little cardio.  To change I simply “flip/flop”.  For approximately 6 weeks or so depending on my goals I switch to light weight with high reps.  I’m not necessarily changing up the moves just the reps and sets.  It’s that easy. 

2.) Same muscle group, different exercise – For example if I’m working my chest with a dumbbell chest press I may switch to a push-up routine using push-up stands.  If I’m working my legs I may use squats and then to change I may switch to lunges or step ups on a bench.  Again,working the same muscle group just using different exercises. 

3.) Rotate body part movements – Day 1 work lower body, Day 2 work upper body, Day 3 work total body, Day 4 back to lower body and Day 5 back to upper body and Day 6 Total body.  The first lower body day you may use more weighted movers or resistance.  On the second leg day you may do more cardio type moves.  The same goes for the upper body days.  

4.) Alternate sets and reps – Start with heavy weight/light reps and gradually lower the weight (5/10 lbs) but increase the reps each time (6, 8, 10, 12, 15).  Your routine may look like this (Set 1 50lbs at 6 reps, Set 2 45lbs at 8 reps, Set 3 40lbs with 10 reps etc.)  Next time do the opposite, start with a lighter weight/high reps and gradually increase the weight (5/10 lbs) but lower the reps (15, 12, 10, 8, 6).

Changing up your routine is not Rocket Science, keep it simple and keep changing.  I personally use Beachbody routines like, P90X, Insanity, Body Beast, etc. to easily change-up my routine.  I love to mix the different workouts together and create a workout hybrid.  For example, mixing Body Beast workout on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with Insanity on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Just keep it simple and the results will keep coming. 


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