This is something you see every day in the gym. People are kind of wandering aimlessly.
It’s not always because they don’t know what they are doing, and if that is the case for you, just ask someone, they will be more than willing to help you out. But more times its because people just have an idea of what they are going to do that day. No precise plan of attack that is measurable. They just tell themselves that they are going to do some cardio and then crank out 3 sets of 15 on some machines for arms and then some ab and stomach work.
You may laugh, but this is literally the plan of majority of people. Its not because they are clueless, its because we are constantly talked to about muscle confusion and that gym workouts for women and gym workouts for men need to be constantly changing. Your not supposed to do the same workouts for a few weeks in a row because your body will catch on, and you need to keep it guessing.
And this is true to a certain extent. And muscle confusion can definitely get you great results, but too many people take it to the extreme and think they need a new plan every few days.
This doesn’t mean you can’t follow a well designed plan for a period of time, because that is going to get you much better results than changing your plan, just to change it so you think your body is guessing all the time.
Lets do one thing, change that word guessing, to the word progressing.
Its true, you can’t let your body do the same workout over and over again. No dispute here. But you can do the same workout plan, and just force your body to do more work each time.
In my opinion, you need to keep a similar workout plan for a few weeks in a row. It doesn’t have to be exactly the same, but something that you can look back and make sure you progressed forward.
For example, doing more work each time in the gym. More reps for the same exercise, something along those lines. And then obviously you need to change up the plan and make sure you can keep getting better results, and this applies to both weight loss and muscle gain.
Another reason you can’t change the gym workouts for women and men constantly is because you will never know what is and isn’t working. You may respond better to a certain type of training, or certain exercises may eventually cause you pain. You can never identify the positives or negatives if you can’t answer someone when they ask you what you did in your workout last week.
Its really important to be able to measure progress in this fashion.