Weird... Well the good thing is, we never have to worry about creating realistic, actionable plans that still yield amazing results for those completely made up Average Joes with their silly kids, jobs, and busy schedules. What a relief too, because those fantasy health magazines and critics that talk about the workouts these fictional people would need to be doing if they were real are always so witty and comical with their unrealistic expectations of said folks.
Are you getting paid in any capacity to workout? Yeah, me neither.
If you're reading this, hopefully you're human like me. If not, don't eat me.
Anyway, I'm going to venture a guess and say you don't fall into any of those aforementioned categories (professional body builder, professional athlete, or movie actor/actress who collects royalties every time you take your shirt off and who gets paid based on the circumference of your arms or the voluptuousness of your badonk-a-donk), so you aren't required to frequent the gym.
You're just a human, not to discredit our race, but we have better things to do - like watch Honey Boo Boo, finally read that damn book your in-laws gave you six Christmases ago, and teach your kid how to climb the monkey bars - instead of going to the gym 7 days a week because our "plan" dictates it.
Furthermore, you may or may not have even fully committed to the gym and the subsequent workouts you will be partaking in. For now you may just be "trying it out," and yet, there is this huge expectation of you to plan out a weekly routine wherein you have different splits for different body parts, pre-planned rest days, fasting days, burnout days, two-a-days, whatever else it is. All because you read somewhere that doing all of those things as often as you can is the ONLY WAY to get results, and they sound cool and advanced so they MUST BE effective. Clearly.
If you're just looking to be a little more healthy, have some more energy, lose the love handles, or start to feel sexy again, why would you hold yourself to that ridiculously high expectation - that only very few can and should aspire to - where you can't EVER miss a workout?
What eventually happens, is you quickly lose all the confidence you finely mustered up just to get into the gym, because you end up missing workouts and getting away from your meticulously crafted plan - which if you can guess by now - is really just a plan that might be fast-tracking you to failure. No matter what you won't be an Olympian, why on Earth would you expect to train like one?
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There is a big difference between being realistic and stupid when planning your workout routine.
What seems like the best option and what is doable are oftentimes two very different things.
If you are promised the sun and the moon AND a killer body with the health to match just for buying a certain supplement or following a certain routine, take a step back. At the end of the day it may or may not be effective, likely not, but that isn't the question. Is it going to be not only effective, but realistic for YOU?
If you can't actually commit to even 5 hrs per week in the gym, why would you subscribe to a plan that requires you to average 10 hours a week in order for its effectiveness to be guaranteed?
Between shuttling Georgina to soccer practice, bassoon lessons, bible study, and slumber parties, taking Ralphie the dog for a walk at least once if not twice a day, finding time to cook dinner five nights of the week with an obligatory pizza and a movie night on Friday, taking time to appreciate your significant other with dinner and a date, and working a 45hr week, YOU ARE ONE BUSY SON-OF-A-GUN!
Do yourself a favor and plan your routine realistically around what amount of time you can actually afford to spend at the gym? If it's three hours a week, great, no problem! You can achieve a ton of progress with that amount of time investment! It might be slower going than spending five hours a week at the gym, but it'll be realistic AND achievable as a goal.
Oh, and you won't need to kick yourself for missing that Thursday chest blast... *Curse that meeting for going so long... The thing is, you don't need to workout the same exact things on the same exact day every single week. It puts a hugely unnecessary added stress to your life by trying to stick to it verbatim.
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Let me tell ya, I miss workouts all the time.
Probably one every other week or so, because I'm either just not really feeling it, or I slept poorly, or I didn't eat a good breakfast, or literally any excuse is good enough. Seriously. I don't want you to stick to your regimen. Regimens be damned! Try this: LIFT WHAT ISN'T SORE WHEN YOU CAN.
But... You need to still be accountable and honest to get it done one way or another.
Best advice I can offer you in regards to this. There will be days when you're sick, you're super sore from attempting that drop set, your kid misses the bus, or you didn't eat because you were nervous about a big presentation you had to give.
Don't punish and get down on yourself for trying to follow a misguided expectation you unknowingly placed on yourself.
Any sort of routine you come up with should instead be considered as more of an outline. What do you want to get done in the gym that week? Were you close enough? Oftentimes that's all it takes - just close enough to the plan.
The thing is, that outline will still keep you honest and accountable, but also has some built-in allowances for being human! After all, the end goal is long-term, lifestyle kind of changes. I would rather see you take longer to get to your goal and actually get there, as opposed to setting yourself up for what you think will be sustainable progress and instead becoming disheartened and demoralized two months into your plan and giving up for good.
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