Quit Randomising Your Workout Order And Stick With Your Routine

Exercising is tough enough as it is, and it's even harder if you're making a lot of mistakes. The Greatist tackles a few of the biggest mistakes we tend to make, including random workouts and a lack of a routine.

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A routine is important to help you keep yourself on track, but as The Greatist points out, it's also there so you learn exercises correctly and do programs that actually work. If you find yourself working out in a random order, then it's probably time to step back, pick a program that works and stick to it.

Don't randomly hit different machines or do different exercises in any order you please. Pick an order, and stick to it. You should keep your routine for a full two or three months before switching it up. Head over to the Greatist for a few more common mistakes and how to fix them.

How to Fix the Most Common Workout Mistakes [The Greatist]


    What about the dangers of getting into a rut, and then just doing exercises automatically rather than really concentrating? I like to mix things up every so often.

    My personal trainers always told me to never do the same routine (over and over, for weeks on end) otherwise your body gets used to it and it becomes less effective at losing weigh. Maybe it is good to do the routine for different purposes like bulking up.. I dunno.. but for weight loss, why would 3 separate trainers all say the same thing?

    Last edited 08/11/12 10:30 am

    2 to 3 months? Full adaptation has usually occured between 6-8 sessions, so that's the time to start changing up some variables.

      A persons body can't be surprised by a workout. That is a myth. As for having the same routine, as long as you still change weights and intensity it is fine. You should be too focused at a gym to be bored. That is ridiculous.

        If you don't think your body can be surprised by a workout, drop and give me 100 burpees. Enjoy!

    Changing the order in which you do the weights is always good, just stick to the same routine. When you get bored or lose motivation, try another gym. Member of both snap.and jetts here (also bevause I travel for work) variety is the side of life

      *spice. Fuck your mobile site and swype

      ^^ This

      The "stick to a routine" is just so you dont' neglect a muscle group.
      Keep to your schedule so you cover everything but its useful to change the the ordering or the excercises for each group every few weeks because various excercises work different parts of the muscle with differing effectiveness.

      And remember: Friends dont' let friends skip legs day.

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