How To Know It’s Time For A New Program
As you go about your workout sessions, one question to be asking is how often should you start a totally new workout program?
If you hope to see ongoing results, one thing that you must make sure you don’t do is perform the same workouts over and over again for too long or you will quickly find yourself stuck in a progress plateau.
So this said, how often should you begin that new session?
There are a few things to keep in mind when making this decision. Let’s look at what you should know.
Your Current Skill Level
The first thing to consider is your current skill level. Beginners will typically find that they tend to make rapid progress right from the start of a program, therefore they are better able to move into a new program that’s more advanced quicker than someone who is at the intermediate or advanced level already.
If you are just starting out, expect to stick with a program for around one month before needing a new one.
If you are more advanced, you can likely use one program for 2-3 months or possibly even longer before needing a change.
Always paying attention to how much you feel your current workout challenges you, as it’s important to gauge whether you may need to step it up a bit more.
Your Interest Level
Another consideration for changing your workout? Your interest level. While this has less to do with your current rate of progression or any physical factors, it’s an important consideration as well.
If you simply don’t find yourself interested in your workout sessions, you’ll be hard pressed to keep at it day in and day out.
Mentally you need to be invested. If you aren’t, it’s time to find a new workout.
Some people have no problem following a similar workout for months on end without becoming bored, while others need something to change almost every workout they do.
Recognise which type of person you are and then make sure that you are structuring your workouts accordingly.
Your Current Rate Of Progression
You’ll also want to consider your current rate of progression when deciding whether or not to change your workouts around.
If you are currently seeing excellent progress, this could mean you are best off sticking with that workout program for the time being.
Then as progress begins to stagnate, you might begin looking at changing your program around entirely.
On the flip side, if it’s been three weeks on your program and you still haven’t made any progress from the beginning, despite putting in good effort, you might consider changing your program right away.
Don’t feel like you have to stay with a program if it doesn’t seem to be delivering results.
Don’t jump ship too soon as some programs can take a bit of time to show you results, but don’t stick with a program that isn’t working for too long either.
If you haven’t seen any results after three weeks, chances are good you won’t be seeing results any time soon.
These are the three main things to consider when trying to decide how often to change your workout program around.
Keep in mind that you don’t necessarily need to completely do a full program overhaul either to see optimal results.
Simply changing one thing in the program, be it your rep range, set range, or rest periods can often be enough to extend your progress and allow you to stick with a program a little longer.
Listen to your body, watch your results, and you should be able to properly determine when your workout program has run its course and it’s time for a new one.