College: aka time management hell. With all the classes and clubs and friends you have to deal with, it seems nearly impossible to get to the gym, let alone THINK about going to the gym. It almost seems unnecessary to go at times because of how insignificant it seems in comparison to your studies. But I can assure you, exercising is probably THE MOST important thing in college. Exercising regularly will not only make you feel good and look good, but will make you more confident in social settings, improve your mental capabilities and help you study, and provide more energy to keep you going throughout the day. “That’s great, but how do I even fit workouts in?” There are 5 key aspects to planning out your workouts in college that I’ve come up with that will help tremendously.
1) Morning Routines
Your Morning Routine is paramount to your success in not only being able to plan out your workout schedule, but your life in general as well. Adding a morning routine to your daily habits will add structure and balance to your life and will make things flow much smoother overall. Here is what my morning routine looks like to serve as an example:
- 6:30 AM – Wake Up & Get Ready for Morning Cardio
- 6:45 AM – 15-25 Minutes of HIIT
- 7:00-7:10 AM – Breakfast
- 7:30 AM – Go Over Top 3 Goals of the Day and START
Now you don’t have to do EXACTLY what I do in order to have an effective morning routine, but just having something in place will allow for a basis to structure each day and make things much less stressful.
2) Figure Out Your Goals
This is probably the most important step when it comes to getting in shape and figuring out how to structure your workout schedule. You have to know WHAT type of shape you want to be in!! Do you want do put on muscle? Increase your strength? Lose Weight? There’s so many different ways to train and they all yield different results, so you have to know what you want your end result to be so that you can determine what to do throughout.
Not only do you have to dial in your training to fit your goals, but you also have to dial in your fit as well. Eating to bulk and training to cut will not yield the results you want as you’ll need up staying stagnant wondering what the hell is going on. So make sure your diet is in correlation with your training. If you want to get bigger, be in a caloric surplus. If you want to cut down, be in a caloric deficit. It’s as simple as that.
3) Find a Workout Program that Fits Your Goals
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There are different training styles when it comes to attaining different fitness goals. If you want to put on weight, you will need to perform exercises at moderate to high intensity for a low to moderate amount of volume (8-12 reps). If you’re training for strength, high intensity with low volume (4-8 reps). If you’re trying to lean down, moderate intensity with high volume (12-15 reps).
4) Find Gaps in Class Schedule
You’re in college, which means you are taking classes and likely will have hours of homework to complete each week. It seems near impossible with a full school schedule to be able to fit a workout in here and there, but it is very doable. It all comes down to time management.
When looking at your schedule, look for big gaps before, in-between, and after your classes to see what would be an ideal time to fit in a workout. For me, my classes usually start around 8 everyday and I’m done by about 2. I don’t have any gaps in between my classes, so morning workouts (unless they were at 6am) would not work out for me. However, my days are done around 2, meaning I could schedule my workouts either in the afternoon or evening. I like to have all of my work done before I workout, so I schedule my workouts for the evening, usually around 6:30.
5) Stay Disciplined
I could give you an entire blueprint on how to eat, how to train, and how to manage your time and get results. But, at the end of the day, it comes down to you actually getting shit done. Your goals will only become a reality if you take action on them. Sitting and thinking about them all the time without implementing action makes it a dream, not a goal.
Find a source of motivation to listen to or look at every morning to keep you going. Get an Arnold poster, have a motivational quote on your phone/wall, find a picture of a physique you want to achieve, anything to motivate you to start and to keep it up. Now get out there and craft your physique.
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