If you think you’re ready to step up and write your own workouts you better have your information right!
Having written tens of thousands of workouts over the years I’ve built up a dos a don’ts list.
Here are 6 of the biggest mistakes I think you can make if you’re writing your own workouts…
A good training programme will be equally balanced between doing things you enjoy, and doing things you need to do.
For example, everyone loves to bench press. But, too much pushing will negatively affect your posture and possibly lead to shoulder/back pain – so make sure your pressing exercises are balanced out with your pulling exercises.
Also, a lot of people skip leg day…don’t do it! Your lower body should get as much attention as your upper body.
If you’ve ever read a bodybuilding magazine or article on the internet you will have seen the workouts that involve 30 sets per muscle group with 4 variations of each exercise.
Thankfully it’s not that complicated.
For most beginners 10 – 12 sets per workout split over 3 – 4 exercises will be enough.
Keep it simple.
While it’s important to not try to do too much…you have to do enough!
If you think you’re going to get strong and lean doing three sets on the chest press and two sets of tricep pushdowns three times a week you’re wrong.
Accumulating volume on the big, compound movements will bring results.
Keeping notes of weights, reps, sets, times, distances etc will mean you’ll actually have a record of what you’ve done.
Once you’ve got a record of your activity you can analyse what needs improving.
What weight did you press last week? Could you improve it?
How long did that run take last month? How much quicker are you?
Doing the same weight and reps on the same exercises month after month will get you nowhere.
Vary the sets and reps you use (3 sets of 3 reps one week, 5 sets of 5 reps the next, 3 sets of 10 reps the week after) to keep things interesting and change the stimulus.
Cycle your exercises regularly as well…have you been bench pressing with the bar every week for the last year? Try switching to dumbbells for a few weeks and then move back to the barbell.
While variation is important, there needs to be consistency!
Your muscles don’t need to be ‘confused’ every workout.
To see and feel progress you need some consistency. Changing every element of every workout will mean you’ll be going round in circles.
Make sure the variation in your programme is planned and not random.
And if it’s all too much….message me!