What is the ideal workout routine?

The answer to the question is yes and no. When I design a workout for someone I consider structural balance, all past injuries, strength ratio, muscle fiber type, equipment, exercise history, time, medical conditions, and goals. That is all done before I design a workout for them, and even then I’m not sure it is the best workout routine for them. If you don’t have the guidance for a highly trained professional designing and observing your workout routines, here are some exercise guidelines to follow that will help you. So, the best workout routine is the workout you are currently doing, but be open to changing it for improvements.

The first group is composed of the people that have never worked out before or have never done resistance workouts. The key to total fitness is finding something you like and doing it as often as you can, while still seeing improvements. If you like to walk, great, but if your walks are taking longer than they used to, then it’s time to make some changes. If you hate to bike, then don’t. Find something else to. If you hate everything, then we need to do some mental work.

If you start doing resistance exercises like squats, lunges, push-ups, and dumbbell rows and the exercise does not feel smooth and comfortable, then I would suggest finding a different way to do the exercise. I’m not saying the exercise won’t get hard, because it should. However, it should feel smooth in the joints and comfortable if doing it with no weight. If, while doing a lunge your knees hurt, that would not be a good exercise for right now, no matter who told you to do it. A good goal would be to get enough strength and structural balance to perform a lunge feeling strong and comfortable then putting into your routine. It’s as simple as this, if you are new to exercise you have a better chance of continuing if you feel smooth and confident in the exercises you are doing. All of you that are new to exercise need some form of guidance.

The second set of people includes those that have exercised on and off for many years, maybe sometimes with a trainer or a coach, but most of the time on their own. Good for you, and I’m glad that you dedicated yourselves to achieve a better health. The big change I make in this group is that you need to change your workout up and try new things. I bet that 80-90% of you have one or more exercise that hurt, but you keep doing them. 90% of exercise tapes and people working out in a gym create structural imbalances while working out. That is because we all want to train the muscle that we can see, not knowing we are creating potential injuries, which are not part of the best workout routine and can halt the good progress.

For example, many people that workout in the gym do a lot of shoulder internal rotation like chest press, lat pull-downs, pull-ups, or biceps, and do very little external rotation. If you have a shoulder problem, take 6 months off of doing shoulder internal rotators and started doing shoulder external rotation. Yes, I just said stop doing chest, lats and most biceps for six months. Not only will your shoulders feel better, but there is a great chance your lats and chest will get stronger. In a nutshell you are balancing out the tug-a-war match and creating a better structural balance. That’s what makes the best workout routine. You can also improve the quality of your workout by lighting up the weight and going through a great range of motion. We were created with the ability to move our body and if you don’t use it, you lose it.

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