The key to designing a successful workout program is in knowing exactly what is that you want to accomplish. Maybe you want to lose weight, maybe you want to build-up your overall body muscle or maybe you want to get rid of that beer belly, and turn it into a rock-hard six-pack.
Knowing what you want to accomplish allows you to include the right exercises and routines into your workout program. Exercises, which meet your specific needs and enable you to get the results you desire.
Comprehensive men's workouts should include both cardio and weight exercises. The mix of which will be determined by what you want to achieve, and your current state of physical fitness.
If the primary concern is losing weight, then your focus will be largely on cardio-based routines, however, if you want to build muscle then your focus will be less on cardio and more on weight training.
An effective workout schedule will normally consist of a four to five day routine. This allows you ample time to work your body, while also ensuring that you get enough rest and recovery.
Of course, for some, it is simply not feasible to schedule four or five days a week for working-out, if this is the case you need to ensure that you are getting a complete and intensive workout, on the days that you can schedule.
An example of a basic five-day schedule focused on building overall body muscle mass, might look something like this…. Remember, the make-up of a schedule should reflect your personal plan
Monday: Chest and Triceps
Tuesday: Back and Biceps
Wednesday: Cardio and Abs
Thursday: Forearms and Legs
Friday: Upper Arms and Shoulders
If you are very new to men's workouts, design a schedule that gradually increases your fitness and strength levels over time. Start-out with low-intensity cardio sessions and lightweight training exercises, and build from there. As your body grows in strength and fitness, you can increase the intensity of your cardio workouts, and the level and amount of weight based exercises.
It is a good idea to space-out your rest days. If you are working to a four-day schedule, you can have a workout day followed by a day of rest.
Rest and recovery time is as crucial to the muscle building process as the actual exercises and routines that you perform as part of your workout schedule. Without sufficient periods of rest your muscles will not repair themselves and you will find it hard to build muscle mass.
Another important aspect of a successful workout schedule is tracking. It is important that you track each of your sessions. This requires that you take detailed notes about the type of exercises you performed and the number of sets and reps that make-up each circuit. Tracking allows you to adjust your routines so that you get maximum benefit from the exercises you perform.
When you have your schedule in place it is important that you stick to it, this is the one commitment that you must make to yourself from the get go. Missing a workout out session here and there is inevitable. Things will come-up! However, you should not make a habit of it.
If you do miss a scheduled session (for some very good reason), try to make a little bit of time for quick twenty-minute intensive workout. While a twenty-minute workout may not be much, it is still much better than missing a scheduled session and doing nothing at all.
Men's workouts designed to build muscle will only be effective when based on a solid schedule, specifically tailored to meet your needs and goals.