How Effective is your Exercise Routine?

You’re putting in the hours with your exercise routine but not seeing optimal results. Is it possible that you are not giving it 100%?  In this week’s newsletter, we discuss why some people are not seeing optimal results from their workouts (if you would like to receive our newsletter, please email us at

Let’s face it, time is limited.  When you do spend your valuable time exercising, you want to make sure that it counts!  You could burn 400 or 800 calories in an hour (for example) depending on how much effort and intensity you put into your workouts.  Getting results is more about quality over quantity.  Doesn’t it make more sense to use half the time to see the same results?  Or spend the same amount of time and see twice the results?

Ask yourself these questions:

1. Do you regularly push yourself to the limit?

2. Do you feel the burn with each rep?

3. Do you have nothing left to give when it’s over?

If you aren’t saying yes to these questions then change your focus and make it happen for your next workout!

Working out with friends and family

Friends and family can really help to motivate each other and be a strong support system.  However, if you are chatting while exercising, you probably aren’t getting the most out of your workouts.  Instead, challenge your friends and family so you are each pushing each other.  If you are getting more results, you will have a lot of positive to talk about when the workout is over!  You’re doing yourself and your friend a favor by saving the chatting until later.

Appreciate the importance of small blocks of time

Fifteen minute workouts could be extremely challenging and get you in amazing shape if you focus!  Otherwise you will have to spend sixty minutes to get the same results if you don’t maximize your effort.   Make sure that your workouts are designed to give you the results you’re looking for.

Get out of your rut

Using the same size weights for years is probably a sign that you are in an exercise rut!  Your body does not continue to get challenged therefore, you will see less results. Your body will adapt to the demands that you place on it. Gradually increase either the size of your weights or the number of repetitions so that you feel challenged.  Your last repetition should really be difficult!

Go into your workouts with the intention of giving it 100% and you’ll be glad that you did!

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4 Responses

  1. Teresa Butler

    Teresa Butler September 16, 2013 at 4:27 pm | | Reply

    After reading, “How Effective is your Exercise Routine?” blog, I am changing and modifying my goals. I will maximize my efforts at all times and give 100% no matter how challenging the routine is. As Stephanie recommends, I will increase the size of my weights. Lastly, I do appreciate the strong and motivating support system that The Boot Camp Girl offers each of us every class. Teresa Butler

  2. Julie K.

    Julie K. September 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm | | Reply

    I have recognized that I am not giving it all I can give. Nothing will change until I do!

  3. ginny

    ginny September 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm | | Reply

    I have recently changed from 10lb to 12lb weights! woot!

  4. John M.

    John M. September 21, 2013 at 11:50 pm | | Reply

    If you don’t give it your best, then improvements won’t happen as quickly. After a year at Boot Camp, that has proven to be absolutely true for me!

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