How To Build Your Own Workout Routine

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I get an email at least once a day that says the following:

“Steve, what should I do for a workout?”

After all, many people are interested in getting started with strength training and want to know what workout routine to follow.

In addition to working with our 1-on-1 coaching clients and building custom programs for them, we have this awesome guide we’re going to cover (click to go to that section):

Quick not: a program should be developed around a person’s biology, age, goals, diet, free time, etc.

But this is a great place to start, and ANY exercise is better than no exercise.

We do build custom workout programs (and provide expert guidance and worldwide accountability) for our 1-on-1 online Coaching Clients, but this strategy guide should help you get your hands dirty and start building your own workout program too.  

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Step #1: Determine Your “Get in Shape” Situation

What should this finger know about building a perfect workout? Maybe he needs to thumb wrestle soon.

As we lay out in our “How to get in Shape” guide, we need to answer a few key questions:

QUESTION 1: What are your goals?

Whatever your goals are, it’s good to write them down and be aware of what you’re trying to accomplish. These goals will shape HOW you build your workout.

QUESTION 2: How much time can you devote to exercise?

If you can do an hour a day, that’s awesome.

If you have a wife or husband, three kids, a dog, two jobs, and no robot butler, then maybe you only have thirty minutes, twice a week.

If you're swamped like Sponge Bob here, a 30 minute workout here and there is a great way to start.

That’s fine too.

Whatever your time commitment is, developing the most efficient workout is crucial. Why spend two hours in a gym when you can get just as much accomplished in 30 minutes, right?

Here’s the good news: weight training is the fat-burning prize fight victor, and efficiency rules all. So whether you are building muscle or looking to lose weight, a strength training workout will get you the results you’re after (when combined with the right eating strategy!)

While we’re talking about time, let me quickly mention something important:

Proper expectations!

As we cover “how fast can I get the body I want,” make sure you are thinking about your journey with a realistic timeline:


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