When researching for a workout plan it can be challenging, because many of us are unsure where to even begin.
First, I want to share with you a few things that went through my head when I started getting back into the gym. These are common questions/thoughts I had when trying to find the most effective workout plan for myself. I want you to remember everyones bodies act differently, so finding the right plan for you is crucial in getting the results you want. Important note when starting a plan is to make sure you are staying consistent, because it will take time!
#1: How often should I be doing cardio?
This is a common question you should be asking yourself, because YES cardio is highly effective in helping you lose weight, but it may not always be the most effective way as our bodies will finally hit a plateau. All I have to say on this topic is do your research to figure out which type of cardio is better for you. Two types of cardio workouts you may find are HITT workouts and Steady-State cardio. These can be used interchangeably as well. My tip to you is find a plan you enjoy doing and stick with it!
My favorite is Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guides.
These are designed to blast away fat while building lean muscle, and the best part about them is they only take 28 minutes.
#2: Which is better heavy lifting or light weight training?
Okay this is where your personal goals come into play. Which will bring me to my next question you should ask yourself.
#3: Where do I see myself in 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and a year from now?
Here you really need to figure out what you are trying to achieve. In 3 months are you looking to drop 10 pounds, drop a couple of dress sizes, etc...I think you get the picture. Set your goals high! Don't be afraid to fail. If you fail thats okay, because at least you failed trying! Get back up and keep pushing on. Never give up on what you are setting out to accomplish, because eventually you will start crushing your goals.
#4: Now Which is better heavy lifting or light weight training?
Lifting heavy will help you lose body fat, while building up strong muscles. Light weight training is for muscular endurance. Doing high repetitions will give your muscles a defined look. So now you have to determine what you want. Again doing your research is also important, because all body types react different.
Here is just a quick example of the type of training you will see with different muscle groups.
Legs often receive heavy lifting meaning you will do fewer repetitions with heavier weight. Often 4 or 5 sets are also done when working on this muscle group.
Arms can receive either type of training. If you are looking to build strong muscular arms you will want to do heavy lifting, and if you want more sculpted lean arms you'll find light weight training is your best option. These workouts have higher repetitions with a lighter weight. Depending on the plan you may see 3 to 4 sets per workout.
Moving on...once you have your goals set post them by your computer or in a place where you will see it daily. Having them out in front of you they will always be a constant reminder of what you are working towards.