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Should You Be Switching Up Your Workout Routine?

Throughout the fitness world, there are differing opinions on the idea behind changing an exercise routine after a period of time. Some believe it’s best to change their routine every six to eight weeks, others suggest to change even sooner.

This can be a confusing topic—especially for beginners—so let’s break the concept down to its simplest form.
In just about every aspect of life, when does it ever make sense to change something that is producing desired results? Changing a routine that is yielding positive results may lead you down a path that might not give you expected results.

When Is Change Good?

With that being said, there are times when it’s in your best interest to be like Peyton Manning and audible—to try another routine that may produce even better results. The following four scenarios are good indicators it is time to “Omaha!” your schedule in the gym.

• Your current routine has stopped producing results. You haven’t changed anything in your current system, but are not getting the same results. It’s almost as if your body has plateaued at its present state.

• You no longer have the fire you did when you started your routine. You’ve lost both interest and motivation and need something new to bring you back to wanting to reach your fitness goals.

• Your goals have changed. You’ve decided that you got the desired results, but want to reach even higher goals. This scenario is the only time that changing your routine when getting expected results is the right move.

• Something in your life has happened that has a direct impact on your schedule or ability to perform certain exercises. Perhaps you got a new job and your hours have changed, or you suffered an injury that makes your current routine undoable.

If your routine isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

The Best Ways To Change

Let’s imagine one of the above reasons presented itself, and you decide to make a change. How should you go about changing your routine?

This answer can depend on a number of factors. In most cases, it’s plausible you'd be able to keep the overall arrangement and setup of your routine the same and just make smaller adjustments to things within the workout. A good example would be changing to seated dumbbell curls from standing barbell curls, or switching to lunges when you’ve previously been doing squats. Subtle changes can be enough to spark your interest or get your results back in line with your expectations. Just replacing an exercise—or a group of exercises—with another similar exercise of the same movement pattern and target muscle groups may be all you need to spike your results and interest. Don't overthink it; there's no need to reinvent the wheel.

In some cases, it may be time to do a complete overhaul of your routine and install something entirely new. However, if none of the four scenarios mentioned above present themselves, there is no benefit to making changes. And as long as what you're doing keeps working, there may never be a reason to change it.

The Only Change Your Body Needs

Progression. Your body has zero ideas as to what exercises you are doing. It just knows there is tension being placed on it. If that tension grows over time (gradually increasing weight/reps), your body will have to accommodate it by making the necessary improvements, producing more muscle and more strength. As long as there is progression at a reasonable, realistic rate, you will get the results you desire.
Remember, there is no quick remedy for getting the results you want. Your fitness goals should be more in line with the tortoise as opposed to the hare.

Are you ready to try something new or feel like you just need a couple of tips to perfect your current routine? Stop by and schedule a session with a trainer today!

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