How long do you stick woth a routine

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-08-2008
How long do you stick woth a routine
Tue, 02-12-2013 - 9:10am

How long do you stick with the same routine or do you change it every time you work out? I tend to do the same workout for a few weeks then plan something else but notice a lot of people at the gym do something different each workout. Aslo where do you get your ideas? I look at vidoes when i get time and take ideas from them.

Anyone got any 30 minute total body ideas for circuits that i can try? I am always looking for new stuff.


iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Tue, 02-12-2013 - 10:14am

I used to do routines and I'd do them for 4-6 weeks.  Nowadays, my workout is different each time. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Tue, 02-12-2013 - 3:27pm
I vary a lot...I lift on a split schedule..chest/back one day, legs one day, shoulders, bis, tris one day. I also take classes like Zumba and Pilates, run and swim. I have a basic plan for lifting but I vary it if the equipment I want is in use...I might sub in a different exercise or go in a different order. If I only have 30 minutes I might do a full body weight circuit of squat/bicepcurl, shoulder press, followed by lunge, hammer curl, tricep extension. I do the first one as one movement, three sets, the second as a set of each, with. A break after all three, for three circuits. I throw in some abs in between sets. I am sure Jean will be by with soe killer sets..she is very creative...
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Tue, 02-12-2013 - 5:34pm

Hi there, Kay! Welcome to the board!  My workouts are diverse and change each time so I'm not a good person to ask about personal experience. In general, you want to keep a routine 4-8 weeks and then change it up some.  The first couple of weeks, in general, you'll see improvements but most of that is neuromuscular (getting your brain wired to do the move correctly) so after that is when your muscles will actually start getting stronger. For quick workouts, try these sites. They update periodically and have enough in their library to keep you busy.

For lifting, these is as comprehensive as I've seen. Just pick an exercise for chest, back, bicep, tricep, shoulders, abs/lower back/core, legs.  Do 2-3 sets, 8-15 reps.

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Wed, 02-13-2013 - 8:23am
My workouts seem to vary with the many injuries I have to manage. :(. Life before injuries meant varying classes...always trying something new since I get bored easily. I think it is good to alter days/muscle groups if you do weights every day, though...and if you are sore, rest. As I have gotten older, I SWEAR by not pushing myself, although I didn't listen to that rule when I was younger...hence, the many injuries! Feel free to post your progress on the daily journal below, as there are so many intelligent women with ideas and feedback on this board!!!