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Small Changes To Your Fitness Routine Can Make A Big Difference

Amber DeLeal March 2, 2016
Small Changes To Your Fitness Routine Can Make A Big Difference

There’s nothing like the beautiful sunshine coming through the windows this morning. Now if only warmer temperatures came with it! ūüôā

It’s HUMP DAY. If you read my blog post from last Wednesday, where I shared a great leg workout you can do at home, you already know that hump day is also leg day. With what’s felt like the blink of an eye, it’s leg day again! In case it isn’t obvious, I’m really pumped about my workout today!

As I explained in last week’s post, I have leg day twice a week. Sometimes when I’m feeling good I add an extra leg movement or two on a third day, too.

I’ll add that third day because I hold most of my fat from my waist down. So the more fat I can burn and work off that problem area, the better!

Why I Split My Leg Days Up

When I started working out I always did quads one day and hamstrings 3 days later.

I eventually wanted to change it up. I thought if I put them both on the same day it would save some time and I could replace hammies on that second day with abs.

So that’s what I started doing. Quads and hamstrings on the same day. ¬†Unfortunately, two weeks into it I came to the conclusion that I didn’t like it.

I couldn’t really put my finger on the reason I didn’t like it at first. I just¬†knew I didn’t. I stuck to it though, because I wanted to see if it would make a difference in my progress. It didn’t.

After about a month of pushing through the workout, I decided to go back to training quads and hamstrings during separate leg days 3 days apart.

I didn’t get the results I had hoped for and couldn’t accept it.¬†I didn’t see any change physically and, for whatever unknown reason, I really didn’t enjoy the workout.

That’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with trying something and then scrapping it if it doesn’t work or isn’t enjoyable. That’s how progress is made.

Trial & Error In Fitness

Everybody’s preferences are a little different. So even though I didn’t like combining my quad and hamstring lifts into a single training session, you might make a similar change and fall in love with it. Like most things in life, the only way to find out what works best for you is to try different strategies¬†and see what you like best.

Again, just because this¬†experiment¬†didn’t work for me,¬†you shouldn’t jump to the conclusion that it won’t work for you.¬†After all, a LOT of people train every leg muscle during a single session, get great results from it, and love it. It’s just not my cup of tea.

Speaking of trying new things to find what works best… I’ve recently changed my quad and hamstring training to make them more intense, with less rest between sets, to help burn off that unwanted fat before my competition! After only two weeks, the circumference of both legs went down by a full inch.

It’s all about trial and error and finding what your body responds to best.

Dieting works the same way. Everyone’s body is a little different and won’t necessarily react the same to the same nutrition plan. It’s good to experiment a bit to find out what works best for YOU.

When you aren’t seeing the results you expected, you don’t need to completely abandon everything you were doing. Make a few small tweaks to your diet and/or exercise plan and see what happens. Small changes can make a big difference.

I’ve been at this for two years now and I’m constantly making little changes to ensure that I’m continuing to evolve¬†into a better me. There’s always room for improvement.

Today I’m hitting quads. Even though it breaks my heart a little that I’m not lifting heavy, I’m content knowing that I’ll be lean and sexy because of my low weight, high-rep training plan.

BRING ON THAT COMPETITION SUIT! (Which I happened to have just ordered over the past weekend!!!!!)

I’m getting close to competition day and it’s so exciting! Just over 6 weeks to go and I’ll continue to experiment, analyze and get better.

Because that’s how you never stop improving.

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