A Simple Start Process to Get Moving

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Stop scouring the internet looking for the perfect workout that will get your heart rate up, strengthen your body and get you losing those pesky pounds that are lingering in those places we really don’t want to mention. You have enough knowledge to get you started. Yes, you read that right. You can start right where you are today.

Create Your Own Home Workouts!

Not sure where to begin to build your own workout routine?  You probably know lots of exercises but you’re not sure how to put the routine in place.  Follow this Simple Start Process and you’ll have a routine put together in no time.  Then just follow and enhance it to keep the momentum going.

Write a list of all the exercises you know how to do.

You’re probably thinking I’m not sure what I know. There’s lots of them that you know – how about squats, push ups, sit ups, plank, bicep curls, jumping jacks, lunges … see, there are lots of them.  So write them all down and keep a running list.


Put the exercises into categories – upper body, lower body, core and cardio.

This step will help make sure you work all body parts.


As a starting point, choose one from each category.

Pick the one you like best to start with. Or pick the one you’re weakest at.  Whatever jumps out at you.  You can add more as you build your strength and confidence.

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Determine the variation (select A, B, C or D).

This is where the routine comes in.  Once you decide how you want to handle the repetitions or timing, you can then get started.

A. Set number of repetitions and sets eg. 10,12 or 15 reps for 3 – 4 sets, for example:

  • exercise A 12 reps
  • exercise B 12 reps
  • exercise C 12 reps
  • exercise D 12 reps
  • rest 1 minute and repeat for 2 or 3 more sets


B. Time your workouts – do as many repetitions as you can for set duration.

For example exercise for 20-30 secs, rest 10 seconds and go on to next exercise

  • exercise A 30 secs rest and get ready for next exercise
  • exercise B 30 secs and get ready for next exercise
  • exercise C 30 secs and get ready for next exercise
  • exercise D 30 secs
  • rest 1 minute and repeat for 2 or 3 more sets


C. Time the whole workout doing as many circuits as possible during a set time period; eg. 7 minutes, 10 minutes, etc.


D. Straight sets to focus on one muscle group at a time.

  • exercise A 3-4 sets of 12 reps, rest
  • exercise B 3-4 sets of 12 reps, rest
  • exercise C 3-4 sets of 12 reps, rest
  • exercise D 3-4 sets of 12 reps, rest


Now that your exercises are chosen and you’ve set your variation, you can start the routine and follow it easily. For best overall body results you will want to exercise a muscle group twice a week. That could be an upper body, lower body and a full body workout for three workouts in a week or two upper body and two lower body workouts per week. Let your body become accustomed to exercise by exercising 2-3 times a week in the beginning and progress to 4-5 times a week.


That is The Simple Start Process.  When you are ready to up the ante, you can intensify your workout by adding an exercise, increasing the reps, decreasing the rest time, changing the variation of an exercise, work on one muscle group per workout … all without adding equipment.


Let’s recap:  start where you are, let your body adjust, when you feel it burn – do just a couple more, rest and repeat.


Need some more inspiration and motivation? Join my Facebook group: Simply Fit or give me a call and let me help you build that routine.