When people first start going to the gym it can be a scary experience. There are so many machines, people, and seemingly unwritten rules that everyone else knows to follow. It is important to do your exercise in a way that benefits you, so check out this guide to building the perfect workout routine.
What works best for you
The first thing you’ll need to do is to figure out when and where you can do your workout. We all lead busy lives so it can be hard to find the time to squeeze in an hour’s workout. If you can only spare 30 minutes instead of an hour or two, then you’ll have to pack a lot in. Knowing the amount of time you’ll be able to work out will help you to figure out what exercises you should be doing.
It’s also worth thinking about where you're going to be doing your workout. Will you be heading to the gym nearest your work, your home, or in your own house? Look at all the options and see where you can do the best workout conveniently.
Picking your exercises
Half of the battle when it comes to working out is making sure you’re doing the right kinds of exercises for what your fitness goals are. Do you want to lose weight, build strength, increase your cardiovascular capacity, all of the above? It is best to keep things simple when initially planning your workout but make sure you include time for stretching and warming up. Dedicate the first 10 or 15 minutes to getting yourself ready to workout. The next step is to figure out what part of your body you want to work on with each exercise, and make sure you focus your time there.
For instance, if you want to work your core, you should include exercises like planks, rock climbers, leg raises, and crunches. If you’re planning on working your legs and glutes, then you’ll want to be adding squats, deadlifts, step ups, and hip raises.
Rest time is important
When you schedule your workout, you will also have to think about rest times between sets. Ideally you will be able to maximize your exercise by limiting your rest periods, but we have a general guide to help ease you in. If you can only do between 1-3 reps of the weight you are lifting, then you should make sure to rest that body part for at least 3 minutes. Then, if you can increase your reps from 4-7 you should be resting for two minutes, and one minute for 8-12 reps. Any more reps than 12 and you should aim to be resting for less than one minute. You can pack more into a limited workout by working out other parts of the body while you recover from your reps.
The best way to follow a workout is to write everything down beforehand and follow it. There is no way to know for sure if your workout routine is perfect until you try it, so get planning and test yours out in the gym now!