Hey guys, I hope you are all doing well! As you know, I have shared a few of my workouts on YouTube (and there will be even more in die future 😉). But today I wanted to talk to you about how to structure those workouts properly. You cannot simply do one session everyday and expect to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger afterwards. 😀 Also, because of the pandemic, it is extra hard to find a fitting workout routine. That’s why I will try and show you how I structure my Workout Plan.
I will go through six simple questions and try to find ways to answer them. At the end of those you hopefully can structure your own fitness routine! While doing that, I will use my own workouts as an example.
Question 1: How many times per week should I work out?
This is the most important question in the beginning. To answer it, you have to be clear about your goals: Do you want to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger? Do you just want to be active and more healthy? Or do you simply want to have something to balance out your everyday life? Those goals determine the number of workouts.
I recommend something between three and six times per week. With less than three workouts a week, it is hard to get a routine going, doing seven workouts a week will probably overwork you.
In the example I use, we will do five workouts, so you have two days of rest.
Question 2: How long should I work out each time?
My recommendation here is between 45 minutes and two hours. But be sure to not only do one kind of workout, but rather combine them (more on that later). I recommend to do 45 minutes to an hour on five days a week, instead of doing two hours only three times a week. As I’ve said before, your mind gets into a routine. That is what we want to achieve.
So, for our example we well use an one hour workout five times a week.
Question 3: What different types of workouts are there?
Of course not every training session should be the same. Different type of workouts strain different kind of muscle groups. I like to divide the different types into three boxes. You can find the different sessions on my YouTube Channel:
Box 1 – Warm Up
10 min Full Body
10 min Stretching
Box 2 – Secondary workouts
Box 3 – Main Workouts
In the next steps we will get into them and put them together!
Question 4: Warm Up – What? How? When?
The Warm Up is very important in every workout. It gets your heart going and reduces the risk of an injury. Use five to ten minutes on that. You should do it before EVERY workout! Also you can switch it up here. A Warm Up can be a 10 minute fat burn (look on my YT Channel for that 😉) as well as rope skipping – it just has to be something to put your heart rate up and get you sweating.
Question 5: When should I train Abs?
Yeah, we all want to have a sixpack, don’t we? But we cannot train for it every day. We have to give those muscles some rest after a big session, so they can recover. Luckily, you can train abs more often than other muscle groups. I have found that, once you get really into it, they recover a lot better than the big muscle groups. So I recommend abs training every two workout days. I always do them before my Main Workouts. It helps me stay motivated! But be sure that the first few days your abs will burn. A lot.
Question 6: How do I integrate the Main Workouts?
We are almost done! Now we have five days to fill up the plan with our main exercises. For me, there are four different exercises to differentiate:
- Push Workout (Chest, Shoulders, Triceps)
- Pull Workout (Back, Neck, Biceps, Back Shoulder, Lower Back)
- Leg Workout (thighs and calves)
- Cardio (Running, Swimming, Bicycle etc.)
So, we have those four main groups. We can change them up however we please. On one day for example we can train push and pull together, or we can train push and legs together, or push and cardio … you get the idea. 😀
The way I do it is splitting them. Because I workout six times a week, I do one exercise each day. Monday push, Tuesday pull, Thursday legs and so on. But for someone who is just starting, it may be right to combine different workouts.
So, after adding your main exercises, the plan looks something like this:
As you can probably see, we now do the push training two times a week. Because there are five days, but only four main exercises, it allows us to have a base (Warm Up and Abs) and switch the main exercises one day up. That way no training week is the same!
So, that’s the workout plan! I hope it wasn’t too confusing and I was able to help some of you. 😊 If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below! Also check out my Youtube Channel for all of my workouts, and there are even more on the way!
Take care, guys. Until the next time!