What is The Best Training Routine?

What is The Best Training Routine?
by Jonathan Lawson

One of the biggest questions that I get asked on a regular basis is, “What is THE best training routine?”  I’ve even asked that question myself numerous times in my early years.  I’m proud to say that after 21 years of in-the-trenches research I finally have the answer…

No matter what your training goals, there is one routine which is guaranteed to get you to your target.  Whether it’s to lose fat, gain muscle, be stronger, increase endurance or just to be healthy, the answer is the same.  THE best routine is…

The routine that gets you to the gym.

Simple, isn’t it?  Yes, that statement even came from someone who sells many different e-books about weight training, too.  Even for those of us who make a living in the gym, it all boils down to motivation.  For the beginner, that motivation usually means actually getting TO the gym and continuing to go back.  For the more experienced trainee, motivation is just as important because it keeps you pushing beyond your own boundaries, let alone keeping you focused so that you don’t start the downward spiral of skipping workouts.

The basic point of this is simply that there is no ONE single routine that is perfect for everyone.  What works for you today might not work tomorrow, and what works for one person might not work for another.  There can be all the science in the world backing up a good training routine, but if someone isn’t motivated to do it, let alone to push themselves at 100% every day, then it’s not worth the paper (or e-paper) that it’s printed on.

These are just a few of the key items which keep me motivated to not only get to the gym, but to push myself as far as I can AND to come back to do it again every day:

1) Pick a routine you WANT to do.  If you’re someone who will train 5x a week without thinking twice, then do it.  If you know you’re only going to train 3x per week, however, don’t set yourself up to fail from the get go. Start with a 3-day routine and work your way up.

2) Change is your friend.  Regardless of your personal fitness level, boredom is your worst enemy.  Whether it’s adding new intensity techniques throughout the week or completely revamping your entire routine every 4-6 weeks, do it!  Make whatever changes you need to in order to keep yourself excited to train.

3) Don’t settle.  If you have a goal in mind and have found yourself reaching a plateau, never let yourself think you can’t accomplish what it is you’ve set out to do.  The fact of the matter is that it’s not going to be easy, but that’s a good thing.  If this were all as easy as we want it to be, we’d all be perfect.  You have to find it within yourself to dig deeper and either set more short-term goals which will lead you to your end goal, or revise your end goal if you’ve already reached what you set out accomplish.

Yes, it does go a bit deeper than that when you’re looking to compete, prepare for a photo shoot or reach any number of specific goals, and that’s where fitness professionals are able to help.  In general terms, however, you have to actually get to your battles in order to win your wars.

About the Author
Jonathan Lawson has been working in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years; weight training for 21 years, competed in numerous bodybuilding competitions, worked for IRON MAN Magazine for 17 years, co-owns X-Rep.com where he has co-published over 15 e-books and writes a daily training blog.  He has appeared on the covers of, and been featured in, dozens of international magazines, books and e-books.

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