Daily Workout Schedules Explained

Key Tips for Scheduling Your Daily Workouts

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Once you set the goal to lose weight or work on building up more lean muscle mass, the next step will be to set your daily workout schedule so you can efficiently work towards accomplishing these goals.  Having a good schedule in place will be a must for success because when those workouts are scheduled right into your day, the chances that you skip over them are going to be a lot lower.

When you aren’t properly scheduling your daily workouts and instead are just leaving them up to chance, you’re going to find that other things often crowd out your time in the gym. If you want to see results, you must maintain your commitment. Keeping track of your workouts will help solve that.

Let’s take a quick look at a few of the important points that you should keep in mind when figuring out your daily workout schedule.

What Time Of Day Do You Perform Your Best?

The very first thing to think about when planning your workout schedule is what time of the day you want to workout at.  If you’re someone who doesn’t feel like doing much other than reaching over and hitting the snooze button first thing in the morning, trying to plan a morning workout into your schedule is likely not a good plan.

Instead, schedule the workout when you know you’ll be feeling great and up to doing the workout. Not only will you be more motivated to do it then but you’ll see better results because you’ll push yourself harder as well.

What Weight Lifting Set-Up Will You Be Using?

The second thing that you must be doing is making sure that you assess your weight training workout set-up first. Do you want to use a full body workout schedule? Or would you prefer an upper/lower split workout schedule?

It’s imperative that you think this through first before adding other activities such as cardio training to your daily exercise schedule.

Since weight lifting requires the most structure of all types of training, everything else should be scheduled around that.

How will you Factor In Rest ?

In addition to putting your weight training sessions first into you new schedule, you must also make sure to get in one rest day as well. Many people make the critical mistake of skipping over a rest day, figuring they don’t need it, but they’ll pay the price for doing so in a few week’s time.

Get that full day of rest in there. You’ll come back to your next workout much more energized and ready to work hard.

Consider Daily Variety In Your Schedule

Finally, also make sure that you also plan some variety into your daily workout schedules. If you’re going into the gym and doing the same thing over and over again, not only will you lose motivational steam, but your progress will fall flat.

Have some variety built right into the program and this will never be a problem.  Whether it’s different exercises, different sets and rep ranges, or a whole new workout entirely, make sure something is always changing.

If you can make sure to take all of these factors into account when building your schedules, you’ll be on track to seeing the progress that you desire in no time.

Author Profile: Shannon Clark

Shannon holds a degree in Exercise Science and is a certified personal trainer and fitness writer with over 10 years of industry experience.

Disclaimer: The views of the author are his or her own, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Ask The Trainer.
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