Change Up Your Workouts

by Nick Gallardo, BS, ACE-CPT

Everyone has their routines. Think about the things you do when you wake up in the morning and before you go to sleep at night. It’s probably the same 99% of the time right? What happens when you have guests over, or you’re traveling and your schedule is different? You’re forced to deviate from your routine and make yourself uncomfortable.

At some point, your workout became routine. You started with the intent to crush every workout every week, but along the way your workouts started to look like this: “Foam roll a couple areas, a few minutes on the treadmill, a couple sets of this and a couple reps of that, finished with 10 minutes of strexting (20% stretching and 80% texting).”

It’s time to make yourself a little uncomfortable. Breaking that routine will let you train with a renewed purpose and bring you closer to your training goals. Here are a few ways to make it happen:

Small Changes

Changing your workout doesn't have to be rocket science, a few tweaks to that workout you’ve been doing for awhile will do the trick. Try manipulating one of these variables in your current workout:

  • Sets
  • Reps
  • Rest Time
  • Weight

For example, let’s say your workout calls for 3 sets of 10 repetitions with a 40 pound weight for the goblet squat, with 60 seconds rest in between sets. Move up to 4 sets of 10 reps and increase your weight to 45 or 50 pounds, while decreasing your rest to 45 seconds. I’m confident your legs will remember what it feels like to be sore again.

Big Changes

If you want to overhaul your workout routine, trying something outside of your comfort zone might provide you with better results than expected. Been doing a bodybuilding workout? Try a strength plan. Taking group exercise classes for the past few months? Take a run. Cardio Junky? Lift some weights. Your body will love the change of pace no matter what you try, and you might find you enjoy a different training modality in the process.

Overhauling your current routine or simply making a couple of changes in your training can make a massive difference in your progress and enthusiasm to train.