It is a general understanding that it is necessary to change up the daily workout routine if we want to continue to see results and avoid a plateau in our fitness efforts. However, that is often easier said than done as it can be difficult to know what to do especially when working out is often an accomplishment in and of itself. Getting fit can seem overwhelming and monotonous at times but if you follow these two simple rules I bet you will start to see quicker results which will lead to increased motivation and enjoyment of your workout routine. What are these two simple rules? Consistency and Variety!
1. Consistency: To be blunt, you will never reach your fitness goals by consistently working out one day a week or by consistently working out for 1 week up to 1 month and then bagging the whole thing. When talking about consistency if you are committed to consistently being active 3-5 day a week you are on the right path! Having a bigger reason to workout than just weight loss is a huge help when it comes to staying consistent with exercise. I could throw all the stats at you such as cholesterol, blood pressure, decreased stress etc. but you already know that….Find a reason to be fit. Is it to keep up with your kids, climb Machu Picchu, to feel strong and confident, be ready to go hiking with friends on a whim or jump in the next 5K in your area without worry of finishing the race.
2. Variety: I am going to go out on a limb and guess that you do not eat the same thing for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for months on end. While you may have a few favorites and “repeat” meals it is important to add a some variety to get all the necessary nutrients. This same logic applies to workouts. A few things are likely to happen when you repeat the same workout every time you go to the gym:
- Plateau: our bodies are designed to adapt quickly to stimulus.
- Injury: doing the same exercise time and again often leads to overuse injury
- Muscle Imbalances: There are different planes of the body and different ways to work each muscle group.
Keep the above in mind as you give the workout below a try! Hopefully it challenges you and shakes up your workout a bit. Take note of what is difficult and what is easy: Are you struggling with strength but finding the cardio demand easy? Or are the cardio demands making it difficult to get through the full pyramid set? This might be a helpful indication of where you can add more variety to your workout and increase your overall fitness!
Make sure you are using proper form for each exercise and stop and rest if you cannot maintain form. The great thing about intervals is you can always increase the pace/intensity to make this more difficult and push YOUR fitness level. If you need modifications for these exercises feel free to contact us.
* Perform at your own risk, we are not responsible for injury or illness. Consult a doctor before engaging in physical exercise.