I’m the kind of person that likes to prepare somewhat before making a commitment. The way that I like to research is by looking around at different options and comparing what’s on offer. By doing that, I start to get a bit of a feel for which one might work for me.
There’s a certain level of research that I get to and then it’s time to make a start.
Before preparing for this fitness challenge, I checked out different workout plans that were on the website, BodyBuilding.com.
There’s a feature that lets you define your goals and it suggests the different plans available on the site – all are free!
The options are muscle building or weight loss and one that caught my eye was a 12 Week Daily Trainer With Kris Gethin!
Slowly, I went through every single page; nutrition plans, supplementation, and then I watched every single workout plan (different each day).
One huge benefit of this particular training program is that Kris Gethin goes through the training with you.
The videos show his progression, yet, what I enjoyed about it was the tiny snippets of wisdom that come through, too.
It’s a non stop battle every day, pushing past the limits and dealing with ever changing issues that might come up.
There are days where he has to travel and carry his food with him, it shows how to cope when you are sick and your energy levels are drained.
These are all real situations that we all deal with throughout our lives.
About halfway through I decided that it wasn’t the trainer for me…yet. Not a complete loss though, there was plenty to take away from the videos.
I then compared that trainer to some of the other options and eventually decided to do (link) Lee Labrada’s 12-Week Lean Body Daily Trainer.
One of the greatest tools that I used that helped me in the beginning was a workout journal. I picked one up online and I’m sure you could find one, too.
I decided that Monday was going to be my start day and that at the start of every week I would record all my body measurements.
Taking photographs each week is another good way to track results.
By having these records to compare, figuring out what areas I want to improve and making adjustments to a workout is a lot easier.
I made myself familiar with the workout beforehand, and would enter it in to an app called iFitness.
Then I would take my phone with me to the gym and refer to the workout for the day, as well as entering the results after each set.
There are plenty of ways to record results, both in print and digital. Whichever is easiest for you, go for it!
So we’re all set. We’ve got;
-Methods for recording results; workout diary, mobile apps etc.
-Workout plans; printed out sheets or mobile
-Video tutorials to show how to do the exercises correctly
At this point it’s very important to start familiarising yourself with the above.
After having everything ready it’s time to reaffirm that start day. Mine was set for a Monday, but you can do whatever the day of the week you want. Take your intial body measurements, photos, and whatever you want to record for the next 12 weeks.
The next part of this wrap is is going to be about: Reacting to road bumps, Staying on track, and approaching that ever important FINISH LINE * * *! To be continued.