I'm excited about this post for two reasons: a) for once, it's a printable that I needed and plan on using! 🙂 I've made it well-known that, while I love making printables for the blog, I'm more of a digital girl. But, I was in need of a visual planner for my workouts a couple of weeks ago, so I whipped up this printable monthly workout calendar and thought I'd share it with you guys.
b) it's actually a preview of a big project I'm planning for late this summer! More details coming soon, but just know that there's lots more printables coming that will look a whole lot like this. (UPDATE: The 2018-2019, a planner collection that matches this printable is now available!)
So, a little more background on why I needed this (and why you might too): as of last week, I started a workout program that does require a little bit of planning. After months and months of hearing about everyone and their mother doing Kayla Itsines' BBG program (via the SWEAT app), I finally drank the Kool-Aid and gave it a try. I decided that, for Lent, I would be giving up 5 hours a week to exercise. I've been trying to do this since January, but sickness and busyness keep getting me. My gym is also currently doing a contest that requires you do lots of different things, including classes, cardio machines, and strength machines…the first two were already in my routine, but strength machines have always kind of stumped me. I wanted a program that showed me how to effectively integrate the machine work in an whole-body routine, and after all of the amazing things I've heard about this program, I decided to go with BBG Stronger (since I already have been doing cardio and limited strength training).
And y'all – let me tell you…I haven't been this sore in a long, long time. It packs a punch in a very short amount of resistance training time (around 30 minutes, 3 days a week). The program also has a few days of cardio (called LISS or HIIT, depending on intensity) every week, but that's really something I was doing anyway. It's the resistance training that I've been looking to start, and this is most definitely an effective, awesome way to do it. Plus, it's always nice to have a community for accountability when exercising. If you don't believe that there are tons of women doing this, go search #bbg on Instagram. It's spreading like wildfire!
So I took my before pictures last week (Woof. I don't see myself ever putting those online, but they're definitely motivating.) and really cracked down on planning out my workout routine in advance. There is a weekly planner in the SWEAT app, but honestly? It's kind of clunky and I don't love it. Plus, it's much easier to plan out several weeks at a time this way.
Enter this printable! This has been the perfect solution to planning out my workout week in advance and keeping me accountable. It's so easy to glance at this calendar on the way out the door and cross off your workout once you get home. Having it displayed in the house is really motivating (hence why I wanted a printable vs. keeping this digital) and I love that I'll have this for easy reference of past weeks.
I know there are a ton of people doing this program right now, so I thought I'd share it with you guys as well! This could really work for any program though – it's nice to have a good balance of cardio vs. strength, so this might be your key to organizing that out. It's also an amazing tool for accountability and motivation – nothing like staring down your progress each time you open the fridge! 🙂 Give it a try – you'll be shocked how much more you want to work out.
Hope you guys get as much use out of this one as I have.
And, if you're looking to organize your schedule, I've also got a great set of printables that matches this one. The 2018-2019 Year of Intent Planner has over 60 pages of organization printables that allow you to make your own customized planner. There are resources for schedules, goals, finances, projects, and more – this is a huge collection of organization resources, all in one place! Click here for more information.