What’s your overall success rate with following the newest workout routine?
Okay, now really. Don’t lie!
I’m very simple in the gym. I stick to squats, deadlifts, bench, and pullups. When I’m outside of the gym and looking for a workout, I do whatever I feel like. I usually stick to pullups, body weight squats, and pushups. You can’t go wrong with these.
I recently shared an expert roundup on how-to get an amazing pump without a gym membership. I did this because I wanted to show you how it’s possible to stay in shape/work out like a champ without leaving your place. Why? Because specific gym routines don’t always work out.
What’s the problem with very specific workout routines?
We suck at following them.
Most of us generally suck at following fitness plans, routines, nutrition advice, and anything along those lines. We want to get in shape. We are willing to put in the work. We just suck at following specific routines that are timed out to the second.
Not everyone is strong in this area.
It’s easy to give up.
It’s easy to make an excuse. Many plans suck. Some are unrealistic. Others just require too much time out of us.
It’s far too easy to give up and just want to call it quits. There will be times where you can’t access a certain piece of equipment that you need to use. Your job might not have all of the right tools, or you just won’t be able to complete everything. This is where it gets totally easy to give up.
Fitness and getting in shape isn’t about perfection in my opinion.
We can’t always do everything.
For some reason, most of us just give up when we can’t use a specific machine or piece of equipment at the gym.
Many programs assume that we have our own personal gym. Anyone reading this that attends a highly populated gym knows that this isn’t the case. There are wait times and you can’t always do everything.
It’s easy to get bored.
I’m all over the place. I get bored easily. I constantly need to set new goals for myself and find ways to push myself. I can’t follow some boring routine off a piece of paper in the gym.
That’s why I haven’t been a fan of specific workout routines.
What can you do to get in shape/be consistent with your training?
Just because you don’t want to follow a specific program that times your breathing, doesn’t mean that you’re doomed to being forever. You can easily still get in shape and take your training to the next level.
You need to set your own routine/goals.
We all have different goals at different points in time. I went through phases where I wanted to be as heavy as possible (fat). I lifted super heavy and ate like a slob. I got heavy and then I realized I was fat. Then at times I got so into Muy Thai that I did no weights for a period of time.
What are your goals? They can vary from:
- Be able to x amount of pushups in a row.
- Squat a certain amount.
- Get faster.
- Get leaner.
I believe that the world is your gym. I sometimes might go for periods of time where I only train in the park. Then I only do MMA classes.
Whatever the case is, you need to set your own goals and then work towards them. It’s you vs you.
You need to find a way to be accountable.
Accountability is key. This is why we rely on new workout routines because we want answers to our problems.
The reason that we rely on personal trainers and routines is that they work and they keep us accountable. There’s no way around this. When left to our own devices, we wouldn’t get anything done. We need a program or a trainer to get us in gear.
Your job is to find a way to become more accountable. You can find a workout buddy or you can attend specific classes in your gym. I’m a fan of both because on our own there are limitations sometimes.
Will I never follow a routine?
That’s just being stubborn. I realize that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t work.
I plan on following the program in the Engineering The Alpha book that I have on my desk. I will update you guys with how that works out in the near future.
So here’s the key takeaway: despite hating specific routines, I know that I need to switch my training right now. I’m willing to give this program a try to see how my body responds.
At the end of the day, all that matters is that you become a little better today than you were yesterday. Some of us just want to feel more confident and want to workout a little bit more during the week to reach our goals.
Are you a fan of specific workout routines? What has worked for you?