What vs. Why


Many people head to the gym on a regular basis only looking to do what they can and neglect why they are doing what they are doing. Without a specific goal we do not utilize our time in the gym effectively. Effective use of our time in the gym leads to results that we desire and that leads to motivation - so wasting time in the gym leads to the exact opposite over time.

Moral? Don't waste time, it eats away at your motivation. Figure out what you want from your workout this week and then tailor what you do towards getting that. Get specific and get focused on one or two goals that you will accomplish this week enroute to reaching your overall bigger goal. What do I mean? Well, let's say your goal was to lose 10% body fat and get leaner in the legs. Instead of spending countless hours doing only cardio, perhaps you could institute the following circuit instead of doing 40 minutes of treadmill walking 3 times this week, after the proper warm up and mobility work of course:

Jumping Jacks x 50

DB Squats x 25

Jumping Jacks x 50

DB Alternating Lunges Stepping Forward x 20 per leg Jumping Jacks x 50

DB Alternating Lunges Stepping Backward x 20 per leg

Jumping Jacks x 50

Body Weight Squats x 25

Jumping Jacks x 50

Body Weight Alternating Lunges Stepping Forward x 20 per leg

Jumping Jacks x 50

Body Weight Alternating Lunges Stepping Backward x 20 per leg

Abdominal Plank x 45 - 90 seconds

3-5 Sets

Follow this up with 15-25mins of medium intensity cardio (stairmill, rowing, interval sprints or incline walking) and record how far you travel & how long it takes you to do so. Then you'll have a number to beat next workout. Make sense? Figure out what you want and then build your workouts to challenge you enough while helping you get what you desire. Happy training! Mark Sparks

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