Fri 15 Apr 2011
First thing you need to address is – Why are you working out? Different people have different reasons; some want to put on weight some to lose it! Some want to develop muscles where as some are looking at it as a treatment to some condition! So it all begins at the beginning – Why?
The ‘Why’ will help you and your trainer; design a workout program which is suitable for your needs. While planning please keep in mind the time you will need to warm up and warm down; as not exercise program is complete without the two!
Break down your week so that you have three days of weight training and three days of cardio/aerobic training. You will alternate body parts between upper and lower body. This will allow you to work out one muscle group while the other rests.
Take Sundays off for rest, enjoyment and spending quality time with family.
When training cardio/aerobic days, use various exercises including jogging, swimming, your favorite active sport, cardio machines at the gym, or even an aerobic class your gym may offer.
When doing weight training, have a goal of doing 3-5 sets repetitions. For strength training, these sets should be 10 – 15 repetitions. If you want to add mass, your sets should 6-10 reps. I recommend 4 sets per exercise. For strength training, burn-outs and active rests are recommended. For mass building, try pyramiding and supersets. Rest approximately 1 minute between sets.
Once you have your workout program planned make sure you stick to it. Consistency is more important than intensity. Make an honest commitment to your goal and stick with it.
Along with the workout program prepare a diet to match with the help of a professional dietician and get on with it! Nothing can stop you! Go get your goal!