Status Quo or Change it Up

In November of 2018 I decided to change up my workout. There were two reasons. The first was that I wanted to push myself harder and the second was that I wanted to change things up because I had been doing the same workout for a long period of time. At the time this seemed like a good idea.

If you do a quick search on the Internet you will find hundreds of articles espousing why you should change up your workout. Seems to be the conventional wisdom. At this point I would have to say that this information is not necessarily correct, based on my personal experience.

So here is the short story…

I had a 5 day workout routine that included weight lifting, body weight exercises, sandbag work and rowing for strength and cardio. It was a well balanced workout intended to complement my Martial Arts training and increase strength and endurance. One other thing was that I had the workout dialed in time wise. It fit into my schedule and I was successfully completing my weekly workouts at over 90% success rate.

I changed things up. It took 2 weeks to figure out the new routine. I had it committed to memory. The problem was that my weekly completion rate dropped off to 50%. This frustrated me so I doubled down. My workouts became more erratic. I would do some in the morning, some at lunch and some in the evenings. This process continued into this year January 2019. Really crummy way to start the year. In the latter half of January I revisited my workout structure. I came to the conclusion that I had changed too much and for the wrong reasons.

Lessons Learned

  • A completed workout is better than one not done at all

If you have a consistent workout routine that you get done consistently then you are on the right path

  • Don’t ruin  a good thing

If your workout plan is getting results and you are getting it done, then there is probably no need to change it

  • Small changes

If you are going to make changes, then start small.  Change one area of your workout at a time and see what the results are.  Over time you can turn this into a new workout routine that works for you.

 

In the end I’d have to say that if you already have a well balanced workout routine that is getting the results you want then status quo is not a bad thing!