At this point, you should have your goal and know what do you want to achieve with your body (shape it, make it stronger or both). Now the next step is to plan it out. With the planning, you have to be very careful. If you over-plan your workout you will discourage yourself because you will burn out your body too early. If your plan is too light you are not going to achieve much progress and again you will discourage yourself.
Example of weekly workout schedule
I could write thousands of workout schedules but for now, I am going to stick to only one. In this example, you will start your weekly workout at the beginning of the week and you should use the same plan for two to three months. First, you have to make sure that your plan can be accommodated by your lifestyle. If you are working for a living and have a family too you have to plan time for them also.
Once you planned the family and work time into your weekly / monthly schedule you will see how much time you have left for your workouts. If your current personal life keeps you so busy that you have no time left for your workouts, in the gym or at home, then you should revisit your plan and work on it until you do not find enough time for your workouts, minimum, 3 -4 times per week. From your daily life try to cut back on things like watching TV, playing video games etc. Once you pre-planned your personal time to accommodate time for your bodybuilding workout schedule, minimum 3-5 times per week, you should create your workout plan, which you would spend your workout days. Too much rest is not good for your body but no rest at all can slow down your initiatives also. For beginners, the easiest way to plan for the entire week is one-day in the gym and one or two days rest. Example: workout days are: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Rest days are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
Advancing your workout schedule
Once you get used to your workout routine you should change your workout and incorporate one additional day so you can workout 4 times per week. Again this is one basic plan, which will help you to put together your own schedule and start with it within a very short period of time.
Changes in your lifestyle
Yes, you have to schedule time for quality sleep and finding the right nutrition. If you do not plan your diet you will end up eating junk food or you will spend too much money on protein drinks. In order to build the right body and mind, you have to have the mixture of the following: planning, workouts, eating (85% real food and protein supplements), sleeping and fun.
Changes in your eating habits
After each workout, you have to make sure that your body receives quality nutrition and enough liquid. The food has to be rich in high-quality protein and minerals. The quantity of food should be spread through the day. Instead of eating large portions, twice per day, try to split the food into smaller portions and have 5-6 meals per day.
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