4. Re-Evaluate Frequently
Doing the exact same workout week after week is a problem for a few reasons. First, it’s a recipe for boredom, which can trigger a decision to abandon your program. Second, repeating the same workout all the time is a good way to end up stuck on a plateau. When you stop challenging your body with new exercises, your body stops adapting. And finally, as Elwood points out, if your routine isn’t balanced, and you do it over and over again, you’re more likely to develop unnatural movement patterns that can lead to injury.
A rule of thumb is to switch things up every 4-6 weeks.
“Maybe the first four weeks is bodyweight exercises, the next four weeks is bands and medicine balls, followed by four weeks of weights,” says John Hall, the owner of John Hall Studios. “Constant change adds balance to the body and keeps things from getting monotonous. The body responds much better when you switch up your workout routines.”