This is something that EVERYONE needs to know to make positive lifestyle changes in 2019. I get asked on a regular basis “Ian, what’s the BEST workout plan?” or “what’s the best way to get in shape?” Early in my career, I would come up with this elaborate workout plan for them. I would have a plan with great exercises, great progressions, great set and rep schemes, my plan for this person had it all! It would take me days of research to complete, I’d reference articles, textbooks and websites that I trusted to construct this plan. I would be so excited to give it to them!
Then the day would come, I would give it to them and explain everything about it. I would even have materials to show how to do the exercises or take an hour or so out of my day to show them how to do EVERY exercise. They would leave excited, I would leave excited and they would be on their way to achieving their goals.
I would see them a few weeks later and ask them how the plan was going, and they would respond “oh, yeah, I only have time to work out 2x a week for about 30 minutes so that plan didn’t work well for me” I’d be crushed, not because they didn’t use my plan, but because if I would have asked them a few questions before hand, I would have saved both of us a lot of time.
Simply put, the best workout plan is… THE ONE YOU WILL ACUTALLY DO! If you only have time for a few days a week, don’t try and do a workout plan that will have you working out 7x a week. If you hate lifting weights (more on this in another post) then don’t choose a plan that is all about weight lifting. You can have someone come up with a great program, but if it’s not great FOR YOU, then it’s not a great program. You have to be realistic in your program selection and creation. This DOES NOT mean you shouldn’t push your limits and reach out of your comfort zone. It is simply stating that the best workout plan for someone else, may not be the best plan for you right now. Pick a plan that you will do and stick to it. Consistency is key and if you stay consistent with a plan, you will begin to see the results you desire.
Starting a plan and sticking to it is better than having a plan that you never use. This will not only be a waste of your time and energy, but it will be a waste of the energy of those who are trying to help you. Be honest with yourself when trying to make changes. Small changes produce big results over time, remember this when changing your lifestyle habits. Money compounds over time, so do the small physical changes you will make in 2019.
Ian is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist and all around active person. Comment below to ask questions, give feedback or interact with him!