We receive the following email time and time again: "Which workout routine is best for me?"
First of all, props to everyone who wants to dive deep into researching the best workout routine for themselves. Considering a program that really works for you depends on your free time, diet, age, goals, biology, and more. There's a lot of factors that can determine the effects of your workout, but addressing every individual's needs would be difficult. So, we at HiDow International are here to talk about how you can customize a workout routine that will work best for your body. Certainly, there's only one person who really knows your physical tolerance better than others, and that is YOU!
Before you begin, determine the situation. How much time are you able to devote to exercising? Some can only afford 30 minutes while others can stay for over an hour. Whatever your time commitment is, capitalized every minute as this is crucial to your success.
Will you be driving to the gym or do you have the equipment to use at home? Choose the easiest way for you to commit to your routine. If you're not interested in driving to the gym, consider investing in working machines that will help you instead of paying a monthly membership that you'll never use. That way, you're more likely to stick to your plan rather than going far off your goals.
As you start, keep it simple. Don't be fooled by different workouts that "targets" certain muscles in six types of exercises. Not only will you confuse yourself, but it's also unnecessary. Instead, make it simple. Unless you've been a body trainer for a long time, we suggest selecting a full-body workout at least two to three times a week.
Try exercises that will address your front legs, hamstrings, and butt. Then choose one that will "push" and "pull" your muscles, and lastly, one that's great for the core. In all workout routines, opt for efficiency.
Hamstrings and Butt - step-ups, good mornings, straight leg deadlifts, deadlifts, and hip raises.
Pull (forearms, biceps, and back) - dumbbell rows, bodyweight rows, pull-ups, and chin-ups.
Push (triceps, shoulders, and chest) - dips, push-ups, dumbbell press, bench press, and overhead press.
Quads - box jumps, one legged squats, lunges, and squats.
Core (lower back and abs) - hanging leg raises, jumping knee tucks, mountain climbers, exercise ball crunches, side planks, and planks.