In a previous article, Reeveluate and Be Real With Yourself, I wrote about the need to plan your workouts. I touched briefly on it and felt it might benfit you to see a more in-depth discussion of the topic. There are four reasons why you will benefit from planning your training in advance.
The most commonly heard complaint from those who do not consistently train is that they don't have the time. It is a fact that training does take up time from your busy schedule. If you walk into the gym to do your workout and you simply select your plan at that very moment, you are not going to be efficient with your time.
By planning your training session before you actually enter the gym, you can get started immediately and follow through to the end. You will know exactly what exercises you are doing, how many sets, how many reps and how much weight you intend to push. You will waste a minimal amount of time with this approach. Since time is so valuable, this approach will prove to be valuable.
Whenever I want to get something done, I schedule time for it. For some reason, having scheduled time for something kicks my brain into action and I accomplish the task. It is no different with training. If you plan ahead and have a schedule for your training sessions, you will get them done. Your consistency will skyrocket and so will your end results.
Remember, next to intensity, consistency is the best thing for your training results.
As a result of maximizing your time in the gym and being consistent, you will see a massive change in the training results you achieve. You should be tracking your workouts in some sort of log (software or a book) and checking your overall progress regularly. The results you get will boost your confidence and send you to new heights.
As mentioned, you should be logging your workouts so that you know what progress you are making. Making good progress is motivational. You will be driven to work even harder when your planning is paying off. You can't get this motivation if you have no clue what your progress is.
Planning is the key to all of this, so don't neglect it. The small amount of time it takes will more than pay off in the end.