Today calls for a little celebration! Best Body Bootcamp officially has over 100 participants!
If you are paid and registered, you should have received an email yesterday welcoming you to the bootcamp. I will send the email out to new registrants at the end of each day until registration closes on Sunday. Let me know if you thought you were registered but didn’t receive an email!!
The Best Body Bootcamp is meant to focus on a few things:
- help us to stay motivated
- learn new workout ideas
- challenge us in new ways
- help us to focus on other health-related goals of your choosing
- have fun with healthy living!
I really want to emphasize the last point. Sure, I want this to be a challenge, but I also want it to be FUN and realistic to each person’s goals and schedule and fitness level. I have been HARD at work (hence no post yesterday) writing details to the plan to hopefully provide just that. I want the workout schedule and plan as flexible as possible.
I believe every quality workout plan provides two things – something to work towards to help hold you accountable AND the flexibility for it to be realistic to your needs and life in general.
I get a kick out of creating workout plans. Heck, I like it so much I made it my job!
For as much as I loathe sitting down to write up a meal plan for the next week, I absolutely adore planning out my workouts for the upcoming week or month or training phase for a race. You can enjoy it as well. Let me share my planning process with you!
CREATING A SOLID WORKOUT OR TRAINING PLAN
Determine the focus. In order to have a fitness plan suited to your goals, you need to KNOW your goals. This is the #1 step, in my opinion, and one too often overlooked. Are you training for a race? Are you hoping to achieve a healthy weight through weight loss? Are you wanting to increase strength? Are you bored and need to mix up your workouts with some fun, new workouts? Know what you want out of your workouts and make sure your plan reflects those goals. The majority of your workouts should relate to your fitness goal.
Add variety. Make sure you don’t have a one-sided plan, though. Make sure you add in other areas of fitness for a well-rounded plan. Seek to include cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility training in your workouts. However, don’t have TOO much variety. Your plan shouldn’t look like the group fitness schedule at your gym. Unless you’re one of these crazy ladies who actually ARE the group fitness schedule at their gyms.
Hard AND Easy. Just as you need to include variety in the types of workouts you use, you also need to include variety in the intensity. You cannot go 100% every day of the week and expect your body to respond well over the long haul. To train smart, you should alter your workouts between more and less challenging levels.
Listen to your body. Some people need 2 or 3 full rest days. Some only want one. Some feel soreness 48 hours after a tough workout and, therefore, find two challenging days back to back a better fit. Some feel sore the very next day, and have to plan rest days accordingly. Pay attention to what your body tells you and work your workouts so you have energy when you need it and can push it when you have the energy.
Know your habits. Plan your schedule according to the times and days you will more likely accomplish your workout. Don’t force yourself into a fitness class you hate…and always end up skipping. Don’t schedule that Friday afternoon workout that never seems to happen because you’re always ready for the couch by then.
Have options. In other words, back-up plan. There are plenty of times that schedules have to change. Be willing to remain flexible with your plan and keep some ideas handy for when the original plan won’t work out quite as expected. I like having options for at-home workouts (even 15-20 minute bodyweight ones!) or different days and ways to fit in my runs.
There you have it. Some things to consider to help you set up a solid workout plan! Now, go get your fit on!
Your Turn: Do you have a workout focus? What is it?