The Importance of a Workout Plan

If you're like me, then you've walked into a gym, looked around at all of the equipment, felt overwhelmed and wanted to crawl into a corner.

Or maybe you're that girl whose gotten ready for her at-home workout, cute gear and all, only to get lost in the thousands of YouTube videos that target everything but your eyebrows. 

In both of these scenarios, you've probably ended up doing something quick, random, ineffective, or maybe nothing at all, because you just weren't sure where to start.

If this is you, and trust me, its been me, its time for you to get a plan.

Having a workout plan will not only make your time spent working out more effective, it will make it easier for you to workout on a consistent basis. 

Whether we like it or not, we are creatures of habit. While new habits CAN be formed and old habits can be broken, the sooner we can make the good things a habit, the better. Without a workout plan, you will spend a good amount of your precious time trying to figure out what to do.

Having a workout plan takes the in-the-moment decision making out of your sweat sesh. Which means, you are more likely to get your workout on, and less likely to bail.  In addition, it will help you strategically use your time to get the most out of your workouts. And that brings results. Results keep you motivated. Motivation keeps you working out. And if you keep coming back, you'll build a habit. A workout habit will up your energy levels, and make you stronger and healthier, so you can take life on with intentionality and focus.

Where to Get a Workout Plan

Online Programs

There are countless online programs (including one I have starting on Oct. 17th). Check out Tone it Up, Blogilates and BodyBuilding.Com for other workout plans that will take the guess work out of your gym time.

Apps

There are a few apps out there that offer training plans that are effective and well thought out. Spitfire Athlete, Sworkit, and FitStar Personal Trainer all have plans you can follow. So if you are short on time, but want something structured and effective, try one of these out and stick with it for the duration of the program.

Hire a Trainer

If you are more of a gym kind of gal, I highly recommend hiring a personal trainer. The cost for a trainer will range from $25-$120/hr depending on your area, the trainer's skill level and where you decide to train. While there is a clearly a cost here, the benefit of having someone design a plan specifically for you will undoubtedly bring you rockstar results. 

Join a Class

Maybe one on one, or at home seems overwhelming to you. If that's the case, find a class nearby that you can go to at least 3 times a week. Most classes are designed to be total body, and to effectively build throughout the hour. If you are really dig a group atmosphere, let someone else make your plan, and join in with a group of peers who will keep you motivated and moving!