Adapt To Mother Nature With This Seasonal Workout Routine

     One great way to set up your program is with the seasons. Seeing how most people are always trying to lose fat come summer you can take this concept and build your training around it. A good plan would be to focus on building muscle mass during the winter, focus on fat loss in the spring, take the summer to relax, rest and enjoy some outdoor sports, and the fall to build a good base. Here's what to focus on throughout each season.
Winter: In order to make this your 'gaining lean muscle' phase, you are going to have to focus on your weight training and let your cardio take a bit of a backseat. You can still do cardio a few times a week in order to keep your heart in shape, as this is important too. important to remember is that if you are going to do cardio, you are going to have to eat more in order to replace those calories burned.  You need to make sure you are taking a few days off weights every week as well in order to allow your muscles time to repair and grow. Along with your training program you also need to make sure you have a good nutrition program to go with it. Don't think that just because you are trying to gain muscle you can eat whatever your heart desires. You still need to focus on clean sources of carbohydrates and protein along with healthy fats at each meal. The only difference is now you will be eating greater quantities of each food.





Spring:This is going to be your leaning out phase so you can show off your new muscles come summer. In order to do this you are going to have to rework your diet and add a bit more cardio into your program. waste away your new muscle mass and your body will eventually adapt to this high amount of cardio meaning you will only have to do more and more to see results. Incorporate more HITT sessions, along with 1 to 3 steady state sessions for optimal fat burning. During this time you will generally want to keep your weight training fairly similar to what you were doing. On the diet side of things, this is the time to start watching your calories a little more close, especially on the carbohydrate side of things. Already assuming you are eating clean sources of carbohydrates, try cutting down on your intake later on in the evening when your body likely needs less fuel.









Try and focus more on eating complex carbohydrates in your morning meals and around your workout as this is when you need them most, eating vegetables sources later on in the evening. You may also wish to give carb cycling a try, as this helps many people shed excess bodyfat in a relatively quick period of time.  This involves having lower, medium and high carbohydrate days that are cycled around your training program. Finally, be sure you are drinking lots of water to help your body flush out any toxins as well as help ensure you don't eat due to dehydration rather than hunger.  It's the time for barbecuing, which is a great, low-fat method of cooking that you should take advantage of. One point to consider is alcohol consumption. Summer is usually the season when most people drink a little more regularly and you will want to monitor this because the calories in many popular beverages can add up quite quickly and if not careful, your new beach season bod will be a thing of the past.





Summer- Now that your spring training has paid off and you are sporting a newly chiseled body, this is a great season to enjoy the rewards and relax a bit. It's always good to have a few months of the year where you can rest a little more and let your body recuperate and prepare itself for the following year of training. During the summer you are most likely not going to want to spend so much time inside the gym when it's warm and sunny out, go run or play a game of basketball.  As long as your getting some cardio in while enjoying the nice summer weather its all good.  As far as your diets concerned summer is a season when people normally crave lighter foods since no one feels like eating too much in the heat. Focus on incorporating lots of different fruits into your diet, as this is the season for them, along with fresh vegetables and lean cuts of meats.









Fall- Final season of the year so just like your training sessions end it strong. develop good core strength along with a good cardio base so when you go to incorporate sprint training into your program you don't suffer too much.  In order to do this, try getting in at least 4 or 5 longer cardio sessions in. This will build up your endurance and  help you to train for a longer period of time without fatigue. Try and eat a healthy maintenance level diet. You don't need to focus on trying to lose weight during this time, and you will be doing enough cardio and lifting that you shouldn't have to worry to much on cutting back on your food intake.





Conclusion - By switching up your training program you can help prevent reaching a plateau and will constantly keep your mind psychologically fresh and ready to workout. Your body can really only train for one goal at a time if you wish to see 100% results on one goal, so by focusing on one aspect for 4 months or so, you can really give it your all.  Cost Cutter Fitness can support your every goals year round.  Training from the luxury of your home will give you no excuse to miss a workout.  We have the resources and knowledge to cater to every fitness enthusiast looking to stay on top.




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