How to Design An Effective Workout Routine

How to Design An Effective Workout Routine

Just to be clear, I’m talking about designing one that is the most effective, most efficient, fastest working, optimal results producing workout routine custom made for YOU! One that is crafted based on your body, experience, schedule and goal(s).

In order to accomplish this task let’s talk about a few crucial steps and components of designing your workout routine.

Ask yourself these questions when crafting your workout routine.

  1. What is your goal?
    Before you can do anything, you need to decide WHY you’re working out. Meaning, what’s your specific goal? Building muscle? Losing fat? Increasing strength? Getting “toned?” Whatever it is, you need to know it beforehand. You also need to know what your training status is… beginner, intermediate or advanced. Many aspects of your workout routine will need to be tailored to your exact goal and experience level in order to be as effective as possible, as well as minimizing injury.
  2. What is your weight training frequency?
    Workout frequency refers to 2 things. How often you’ll work out, and how often you’ll work out each muscle group or body part over the course of a week.
  3. What is your ideal frequency schedule?
    It is critical that you take an honest look at the time you are going to allocate to your workouts. This is the number one excuse people use as to why they do not workout….”I don’t have the time.” And we both know that is a BS excuse. If at all possible, start with a 3 day, every other day training schedule.
  4. What is your weight training intensity?
    Workout intensity refers to how hard you’re going to be working out. Meaning, how much weight will you be lifting, how heavy or light the weight is for you, and how many reps will you be able to do.
  5. What is your weight training volume?
    Workout volume is the amount of work you’ll be doing such as how many exercises, sets and reps you will do per muscle group, per workout, and per week.
  6. What exercise are you going to do and not do?
    Be sure you select exercises that are most ideal for you and your fitness goals and properly implement those exercises into your workout routine. If you are not sure of what exercises to do, this is where talking to a personal trainer for a consultation may be a good idea.
Are you keeping score?
It is absolutely imperative that you keep track of everything you do, preferably in a written journal. Everything from what exercises you are doing, how many reps, how much weight, what you are eating…..EVERYTHING. This is extremely important to the beginner level as this will help in keeping you focused and more importantly COMMITTED to your goal.


Yours in Fitness and Health!
Joseph Teti | Founder of T1 Performance Nutrition