Planning and fitness – you can certainly stay fit without any planning whatsoever. But for me, they go hand in hand. Planning helps me on a day-to-day basis to get in the workouts that help with fitness goals, which have varied from getting stronger and improving body composition to training for a race.
(Right now, I’m definitely in endurance/race mode. My running plans are quire elaborate and detailed, and my strength plans are more loose/unstructured. In past seasons, I’ve done the opposite!)
Allison Sizemore is an exercise enthusiast, fitness trainer, and owner of Couture Fitness, a fitness and coaching program based in Kansas City. She is also a long time BOBW and BLP listener, and has a lot of thoughts about the intersection between planning and fitness, both in terms of ease of coordination and the ultimate outcomes she’s seen from her clients.
She shares her current planning setup, including her digital workout calendars:
Next year, I’m thinking of tracking all details related to running/workouts in a Hobonichi Weeks. This might be overkill because the Apple Workout app has most of the data, but having one place to write down split paces and fueling hits and misses I think will be helpful, and being able to physically flip through might help me better appreciate trends over time . . .
When and where do you plan your workouts, if you do choose to plan them out in advance? Also interested in those who keep a completely spontaneous approach but still manage to stay active!