Mix it Up to Make it Happen
By Coach Matt Hartsky
For the beginning exerciser and gym veteran alike, a couple of the biggest challenges lie in either deciding what to do for the workout or changing up the old routine.
We have all heard stories of a few people who reached their weight loss goals by doing the same thing over and over (running). However, while consistency is an important piece of the fitness puzzle, most people fail to meet their goals for the lack of a plan that involves consistent change.
Whether we are talking about the athlete trying to gain strength and mass or the average person trying to get to their ideal weight range, workout variety is a key ingredient in reaching the goal. Bodies forced to work in a different way, adapt to grow stronger and leaner.
In working with thousands of clients over the past 23 years, I have never had a client do the same workout twice. We constantly change and adapt. Following the change guideline helps my clients to eliminate the plateau effect and continue to progress in their fitness level. My clients stay more motivated by variety, and constantly add new exercise tools to their toolbox of workouts.
The best thing about jumping on the change band wagon is the freedom you have to vary your workout based on how you feel or scheduling changes. In addition, variety allows you to search out new ways to shift your routine. There really are thousands of exercises that can be combined in creative ways to spark your motivation and maximize exercise effectiveness.
The healthiest individuals from a social and psychological view point are those who are most well rounded. Their lives are balanced. Thus, it makes sense that exercise should be balanced too. Placing too much emphasis in one area of fitness can leave you lacking in other areas, whether it be flexibility, strength, cardio, or endurance.
Mix it up. Whether you search the internet or hire a professional to guide you, a few minutes spent adding variety to your workouts will be your best companion on your quest for better strength & conditioning.