The best workout program in the world


What is the best workout or workout program?

In short, the best workout or program is the one that YOU will DO.

I tell people this often, but I have had to relearn this lesson for myself every once in a while.   Since I began my own fitness journey in college, I have tried many different types of exercise, but mostly workouts that would be beneficial for bike racing.  Over the years I have done different types of cross training including some running, cross-country skiing, weight lifting and functional strength training, yoga classes, rock climbing and, of course, A LOT of time on my bike.  Each year my goals are slightly different, my focus changes a bit, and my cross training changes.  Where one winter I may be a regular yogi, the next winter I may be obsessed with rock climbing.

Besides yoga I’m not a big class goer,  but one time I tried a Turbo Jam class with some colleagues.  Turbo Jam is a mix of cardio, dance, sculpting, and kickboxing and is far from anything I would normally do on my own terms.   I have very little coordination when it comes to dancing, and combined with the fast pace of the class and difficulty in hearing the directions, I had a very hard time following along.  Regardless,  I tried to make the most of it.    I’m glad we went, but it wasn’t my cup of tea.

The lesson here is that it’s OKAY not to like a certain genre of exercise or a specific trainer’s style.  In order to be successful in meeting your goals, you have to find a program(s), class(es) or trainer that you enjoy.  If you don’t like the program, you may get short-term results, but you are less likely to stick to it for the long-run. Not everyone will like working out at a gym, or boot camp-style workouts, Zumba, or running.  So keep trying new things until you find a few workout styles that you like, and stick to them!