Ask Alfonso: Is My Workout TOO Consistent?
I am a 20 year old female who’s been trying to lose weight for about three months now. I do a mixture of cardio and some strength training but am not seeing the results I want. (Mainly slimming down my arms)
I’m getting mixed opinions and a recent one that came up is that my method is too consistent. I did not think that was possible!
I work out Monday-Friday and work set areas on set days (i.e., arms and back on Monday, abs on Tuesday…) and everyday I do at least 30 minutes of cardio.
Should I try to vary my workouts a little bit more? What can I do to start seeing more results?
Hey Christa, how are you? This is a great question! I’ve got some tips for you.
First I have to point out the obvious. Are you a bodybuilder? Because your exercise program looks like that of a person that body-builds. You’ve separating ‘cardio’ from weights and using body part training in your program. That’s 1980’s fitness at it’s finest. Now training like that is good and you’ll see some results, but YES you need variety – A LOT of it.
Why separate strength training from aerobic training? It takes too much time; performing set after set for the same muscle group, resting in between with little time efficiency. Why not combine the two and get them both done at the same time? Instead of resting between sets try a set of jumping jacks, mountain climbers or jumps squats. Heck I’d even say go grab a set of burpees! That will surely take your training and fitness to another level.
Especially since you’ve been on this program for three months now, not only are you bored but your body is too. And when your body is bored, results come to a screaming hault. Your body is super smart and quite adaptive; it learns very quickly the easiest way to accomplish a task you’re asking of it. If you don’t continually challenge it and give it a reason to change further, it won’t.
Let me ask you this – next time you go to the gym I want you to look around at the people you’ve seen exercise regularly. Do they look any different? Have you seen them make progress? The honest truth is that most people don’t change much because they fail at including variety in their program. They stick with what they know and like and as such once the initial results appear, it becomes a stagnant relationship between trainee and exercise. Does that make sense?
Additionally you can try circuit training as well. I suggest you pick 3 or 4 exercises that target different body parts and add in one aerobic movement and perform them in sequence for 2 or 3 sets before moving to the next set of exercises. Simply select how many exercises and sets you want to do, write it down and follow the plan. It’s that easy. This will provide a totally new stimulus for you and I’m certain will produce results. I’d stick with whatever workout you create for 4 weeks and try to increases some parameter at each session; try for more reps, more time, more sets etc.
Lastly Christa most people have it wrong. A more important factor for you to be concentrating on is your diet. You simply will never see the results you want if your diet isn’t right. Too many people look to more exercise or harder routines as the answer to achieving a better appearing body, but if they would just learn some basic eating strategies they’d see better results.
In short, the only consistency you should see in your program is constant variety.
Oh, by the way. I highly recommend you subscribe to my YouTube channel for FREE workouts that you can perform in home and at the gym. Nearly all of them are the type of routines I speak of and you’ve got all the variety you need right in one place!
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