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How Often Do You Need To Change Your Workout And Why I Hate Pink

Whenever I pick Maren up from daycare she asks to listen to “So What” by Pink on the ride home.

Personally I hate the song for no other reason than it’s just unbelievably annoying.  Plus I hear it all the time in my training studio.

I try to get her to listen to something new every time – sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t and when it doesn’t I tell a little white lie and say I don’t have it on my iPod.

What does this have to do with weight loss?

You need to change things up a bit on a routine basis.  I know that’s a stretch in comparing the two, but it’s close enough for me!

You can’t stick with the same fat loss program and same workout routine all the time because your body adapts and gets used to the same old thing – and it does it a lot quicker than you may think.

This doesn’t mean you have to totally quit what you’re doing and hop into a totally different workout, all it means is you need to change a few things.

It could be as simple as changing the order in which you do the workout for a couple weeks, or change the amount of weight used and the number of times you lift that weight (repetitions and sets).

It could also be something as simple as changing the type of push-ups your workout calls for.

For instance if I tell you to do a Medicine Ball Push-up, you could do a Decline Push-up (with your feet elevated on a bench or stability ball) instead.

You may like what you’re doing  – just like Maren loves that stupid song – but that doesn’t mean you’re going to keep getting closer to your goal by doing the same thing week in and week out.

You NEED to change things up REGULARLY if you want to keep moving, changing and reaching your goals.

Here are just a few more examples of what I do in my own personal workouts, and all the workouts I design for my clients:

–    Change a couple exercises that work the same area – i.e. different style of push-up, instead of doing Mountain Climbers, do Stability Ball Jack Knife, different style of Plank, etc.
–    Increase the weight and decrease the repetitions, or sometimes I decrease the weight and increase the reps, or use the same weight and force out a few more repetitions.
–    Change the workout order.  This can be kind of fun because normally I do tough stuff first, then progress to “easier” movements, but every once in a while I’ll totally change the workout around on my clients and have them do the “easier” moves first and the tougher ones later.  This usually leads to A LOT of grumbling and/or cursing.

There are a number of other small and big ways to change up your workouts, but those should get you started.

Again, if you have any questions or comments leave them below and I’ll answer them.

Have a great day!

Ed

P.S. – In my Fat Loss To Go program, the workouts totally change every 3 weeks so that your body never gets used to the program.  I even allow for some of the “minor changes” I just went over within the program to make it almost limitless in terms of changing up the workouts.  If you want to change your body and do it with short workouts, check it out at:

www.FatLossToGo.com/StartToday.html

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