If you are setting out to achieve the body of your dreams it is very pertinent to ensure that you have a good workout plan in place. Most people set out with an end goal in mind that they wish to achieve.
They forget to remember that it is important to think about how they are going to get there.
We all want good results, but it is crucial that you are following a smart protocol that is designed to work in harmony with your body to get you the look that you’re after.
Here is my step by step guide for doing so…
Step One: Determine Your Look
The first thing is to have a clear picture in your mind of the look you want to achieve.
If you are unable to have an image in your mind of the type if look you want to work towards, it will be a hard task to develop a workout plan that is going to be effective.
It is important to remember that the ‘look’ that you are aiming to achieve must be realistic, otherwise you will be fighting a long uphill battle throughout your training regime..
Step Two: Plan Your Diet
Once you are in a position to easily visualize a look (that is realistic) you need to form a diet plan.
If you are planning in losing weight to look leaner and slender, then it is important to think about reducing your calorie intake.
If you are aiming to put weight on and look bigger by building your muscles or adding curves to your figure if you are female, then it will be necessary to add extra calories into your current diet.
A recommended benchmark to reduce or increase calories is between 300-500 in either direction (depending on what you want to achieve); and you will see progress quite quickly.
The next step is to eliminate all processed and refined foods from your diet meaning that you want to be eating as much natural foods as possible.
Try to ensure that you consume an even mix of carbohydrates and protein in each snack. The carbohydrates should be slightly lower for those who are looking to lose weight and slightly higher for those who want to gain weight and incorporate these into your workout plan.
Step Three: Design Your Weight Workout
After you put your diet plan in place, the next step is to design your workout plan.
The best exercise to reshape your body is weight training, so that is what you will want to turn to.
If you are looking to achieve more muscle definition in certain areas, then you will have to adopt a few isolated exercises for those muscle groups.
Be sure to incorporate compound exercises as these are key to building overall body strength and conditioning.
If you are aiming to burn fat, keep your breaks between sets very short.
Step Four: Factor In Cardio
The final step is cardiovascular exercise, more commonly referred to as just ‘cardio’.
If you are looking to gain muscle, then you will need to keep your cardio routine at a minimum because you don’t want to burn off too many additional calories.
If you are looking to lose weight, then it will be a good idea to increase your cardio exercises in your routine.
Your cardio routine should be a mixture of interval sessions as well as longer and moderately paced sessions to give you a good balance in your program.
It is important to ensure that you do not neglect your weight lifting program in favor of your cardio as cardio on its own is not as effective in changing your body shape.
So there you have it, my top tips on the things that you should remember before embarking on your body transformation program. Indeed it will take time to settle in, but once you are in the routine of your workout plan, it will seem a lot easier.