Saturday, October 7, 2017

Gym Routine Planning and Other Details

And let's add "or planning my gym routine!"to that while we're at it!

So, the last two days have not been much fun for me physically. I was dealing with a really bad headache most of yesterday afternoon and evening and have spent all of today feeling pretty awful so I haven't worked out for the last two days.

I don't think I drank nearly enough water yesterday which has made me feel like crap today so I'm spending a quiet day at home, catching up on my water, watching horror movies (some of the slightly older stuff like the original Halloween movies and the original Friday the 13th movies) because, hey, it is October! Plus, it's not like I ever need an excuses to watch horror movies lol, and reorganizing and replanning my gym routine.

I messaged with my trainer today because I wanted to make a few changes, add some new exercises and maybe make my workout days a little shorter, or less packed anyway, and here's what the plan is now.

Instead of Push/Pull/Leg/Abs days A-D with 10-11 exercises a day, I'm now going to shorten my daily exercises to 7-8 (mostly 7 with 6 for abs) for each workout day, with about 2 exercises per body part and extend the workout cycle which will now be a 24 day cycle of Push/Pull/Leg/Abs A-F.

For example... on "Push Day" there is the plank (which I don't include in my exercise body part count, it just exists as an entity of is own - outside of abs days) lol. Then there are 2 exercises for the chest, 2 for shoulders and 2 for triceps. The days are almost all like that except Pull Days which occasionally have an extra exercise included here and there for forearms because those don't take as long as other things.

I'm also lowering my plank amount from 5 a day to 3 a day and changing up my sets and reps.

Instead of doing 3 sets of 15 reps an exercise (excepts the ones where I just go until "failure") I'll be doing 4 sets of 10 reps an exercise as well as doing the 5:5 tempo which is 5 seconds up and 5 seconds down on every rep. This gives me the opportunity to really focus on each rep and make it count for quality over quantity and if I were to do this with 10-11 exercises a day I would probably be in the gym 4 hours a workout if you include warm-up, cardio and stretch! And while that could be fun I just don't have time for that!

So far I've gone though and made a written list of every exercise for every day trying to keep a good mix of machines, dumbbells, cables and some body weight in each day and I think it's pretty well put together. Of course some things may change as I run through it the first time and I see what's working and what isn't but that's normal.

Personally, I like a visual workout routine to work from when I'm at the gym so now that the written routine is done, I'm putting it all together into a visual routine which, to be honest, will take a few more hours, but it will definitely be worth it in the end. Plus I absolutely LOVE planning and organizing workout routines! It's one of my favorite things to do these days!

My big hope is to feel totally better by tomorrow and start back at the gym then with the new Push Day A!

I'll keep everyone updated on how it goes!

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