For your sake, I really hope it’s better than mine was a couple of months ago. Before that, I had fallen into the “the cobbler’s children have no shoes” category with workout planning. Each workout was scribbled onto a piece of paper and then shoved into the front pocket of my program folder. Some on post-its; some on scraps. Most do have a date and in theory there was probably some semblance of a plan from day to day, although not much more than that. It almost became a joke. Probably I should not have included “almost” in that last sentence.

It’s a bit of an irony (can you have degrees of irony?) because every one of my clients gets a program. Each program is good for 3 to 8 weeks, and is created to help them reach their goals while respecting the reality of their body. I think this is what everyone deserves and should have. And so it’s ridiculous that I didn’t have one. Not wanting to cling to the ridiculous, I made a plan! I have workout tracking sheets and everything. Cool.

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Do you plan your workout? Do you have workout goals that you can plan toward? If not, what are you waiting for? Does your trainer have a plan for you? If you’re not sure, ask them. A good trainer would never be offended by that question, and hopefully will tell you that they do in fact have a plan.

Elsbeth Vaino trains athletes in Ottawa, Canada.

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