Prioritize Your Workout Plan for Better Results

Here’s some important information that will help you achieve your goals quicker if you are not already aware.

When I walk through the gym periodically, especially if I spend some time there, I notice pretty much everything. Usually, the things that I notice are the things I write about in these articles, and I do it to help, not to criticize.

One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that many members spend a substantial amount of time stretching and doing abdominal work on the mats. That’s all fine and good and extremely beneficial, but if your priority is weight loss, or fat loss is what I like to call it, then although stretching and abdominal work should be a part of your time spent in our gym, the priority should be strength training and cardio.

I feel that there are still a lot of people who believe that doing abdominal work will trim down their mid sections by reducing the fat that has accumulated there over the years. Nothing can be further from the truth. Spot reducing is impossible. The only way to reduce the amount of body fat you have is to get your body to use it for energy, or reduce your daily caloric intake, or better yet, a combination of both.

So having said that, if your priority is to lose body fat, then you should warm up quickly for no longer than five minutes. That’s all that is required if you put some effort into it. Break a sweat, yes a sweat, and get going on your strength training. Your strength training should last about 30 minutes or so which will leave you with at least 25 minutes of cardio to keep your entire workout at one hour. You can certainly choose to do longer cardio, there’s nothing wrong with that if you have the time, but we try to get members to do an effective routine in an hour, no more. There are many reasons for that, but can’t get into those reasons here.

This article is about prioritizing the components in your workout to better serve you, and that’s what personal training is all about. Even if you hire us to do a consultation and a program design, at least you will know that you are not wasting your time. Well worth the investment.

Now having said all that, priorities change. Hopefully, you follow our advice and lose the weight you want to lose, or at least most of it. Now it’s time to re-evaluate and change what is necessary to change in order to achieve your next goal which might be to get stronger, get more flexible, etc. Then and only then will the components in your workout change. \

Hope that helps,


How Long Does It Take to See Results from Exercise?

Everybody wants to know; how long do I need to exercise before I see results? Depending on what results you are after the period of time it takes will vary. We will look at a few of the more common benefits and when you can expect to start to see some results. There is a catch though! We will address that at the end, so read on.

Resting Heart Rate
Within just a couple weeks with regular aerobic training you can see improvements in your resting heart rate. The heart is a muscle and improves and gets stronger with exercise. As you get fitter, not only will your resting heart rate decrease but your heart rate will recovery quicker after an exercise bout as well.

Blood Pressure
Again, within just a few weeks you can start to see improvements in blood pressure if you have high or borderline high blood pressure.

Expect it to take 4-6 weeks of regular aerobic exercise before you see noticeable improvements in your endurance although the changes begin within the first couple weeks, it just takes a bit before they translate into noticeable improvements.

You will begin to notice strength gains within the first 2 to 3 weeks. These gains are mostly from neuromuscular adaptations where your muscle learns to move more efficiently. In a 3 to 6 month period you can see anywhere form a 25-100% gain in strength.

Muscle Size
This one takes a lot of work and needs a long-term perspective and the amount varies from very little change to up to about a 60% increase. There are a lot of variables that come in to play for this one such as age, gender, genetics, type of resistance training program and nutrition.

Weight Loss
With no change in diet, depending on how much energy you are expending throughout the week you could see results within a week or never see any weight loss results. Remember, you can’t out work a bad diet. The best weight loss results come from combining diet and exercise. If you do that the results are immediate.

Mental Health
Results in your first workout! Every workout will produce positive mental health benefits.

Now here is the catch.

Most of these results begin within the first few weeks of beginning an exercise routine BUT they only matter if you maintain the consistency with your exercise program. You have to keep it up to keep the results up.

Find a way to make exercise a regular part of your weekly routine and you will reap all of the benefits listed above for the rest of your life!