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Developing a new workout routine can be scary for some but it actually isn’t too difficult. It can even be quite fun as long as you keep the basics in mind.

Consider your current situation; How much time are you willing to devote to exercising?

If you can exercise one hour every day, then that would be awesome. If you are running on a hectic daily schedule, however, then thirty minutes may do. Whatever time commitment you decide on, an efficient routine is vital. Why spend 2 hours in the gym when you can just get as much accomplished within 30 minutes?

What exercises to do

Keep things simple. Unless you have been lifting for several years, do full body routines which you can finish 2 to 3 times within a week. Create a routine with at least 1 exercise for your core, pull muscles, push muscles, butt, hamstrings and quads.

Determine the sets.

It’s most recommended to do 3-5 sets for each exercise. Keep the total set number for all your exercises within the 15-25 range. Doing more than 25 sets in one workout session can be overkill.

Decide on the repetitions.

If you’re intending to burn some fats while building muscle, keep your repetition per set within an 8-15 range. If you feel like 15 seems easy enough, simply add weights or change your exercise so it becomes more of a challenge.

On the other hand, if you’re intending to simply build strength and size, vary your repetition changes, depending on your workout. Your muscles will most likely get stronger, harder and faster if you keep them guessing by forcing them to adapt to varying routines.

Monitor your progress.

It would be in your best interest to keep your own workout journal. Jot everything down to make it easier for you to track your progress and compare how far you have gone since your last workout session.

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