People, who want to start their workout plan always ask, “Where do I start?” They want to get started with strength or core training but don’t know what to do. A workout plan should be developed around that person’s age, goal, biology, free time and diet. There are other factors, but these six are the most important. If you are one of those “get the hands dirty and figure out on my own” type of person, here are some tips on how to build your workout routines. Developing a workout routine on your own is very challenging, but it is not impossible. It is entertaining if you know the basics. The first questions you have to ask yourself are, what workout are you doing right now? Is it working? And Is it safe? Is it making you healthier? If you can answer these questions, you now have a basic outline on how to start your plan. If you are just getting started, you want to do a little bit of everything, mix it up a little. It is best if you understand what goes into the fitness routine that you build for yourself. If you want to start your fitness routine and want to know how it is done, then, let’s begin.

Determine Your Situation

The first thing you have to determine is, how much time you want to spend exercising? One or two hours a day is good. If you have a job or a kid that needs your attention, thirty minutes per day is also fine.  It is essential to know how much time you can spend exercising. Why spend half a day in a gym if you can do it in one to two hours in the comfort of your home. The next thing you need to do is to know where you want to work out. You want to go to a gym or work out at home? Once you determine all the factors, you can now plan your workout.

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What exercise should you do?

The best workout is the one that you do. Most people like to complicate things and try to do different things all at once. Keep it simple, make sure you do at least one exercise per body part. One for your quads, one for your hamstrings and butt, for your push muscles, one for your pull muscles and one for your core. You need to develop a full body routine with a minimum number of exercises. You can do one for everybody parts: Squats, lunges, box jumps for your quads, deadlifts or steps for your butts and hamstrings, bench press or push-ups for your push muscles, chin ups or pull ups for your pull muscles, side planks and planks for your core muscles. You can pick one for every category. These are just some of the examples you can put in your workout routines. You don’t need to complicate things. One for each group is enough.

How Many Sets?

If you don’t include warm-ups, you can do at least three sets. What is a set? It is a series of exercise that you completed without stopping. Don’t overthink this. You can start from one set, then move up to two sets next week, so on and so forth. The most important part of exercising is how to get started. Your body will adapt as you go, so no need to worry about not keeping up. A tip, avoid doing multiple exercises with ten repetitions per category or body parts.

How many repetitions

It is another thing that most beginners overthink.

If you are new to this sort of thing, exercising and strength training, you need to do more reps with lighter weights. You need to increase the weight and lower the number of repetitions, as you get stronger and better.

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Keep track of your progress

You need to record everything, whether it is on video or in a journal or notebook to know whether you are getting stronger or faster as the day goes by. Write everything down so you can compare the progress of your workout. It is best to build your workout routine because it can help you develop a sense of pride and excitement. And what’s more fulfilling than seeing yourself get stronger and faster without the help of a fitness trainer.

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