It’s no secret most of us are creatures of habit and that’s not necessarily a bad thing! Having a routine and sticking to it can make a big difference in achieving your goals, whether they’re fitness related or in your personal or professional life.


But, when it comes to your fitness routine, hitting the elliptical for the same amount of time each week, or doing only one type of class can result in a plateau. Check out our article on plateaus here.


Changing it up can make a big difference to working new muscles, keeping you interested and increasing your gains. Plus, you’ll meet new workout buddies by trying new things and that’s always a great way to stay motivated. Keep reading for our top tips on how to change up your routine.


Change up your days:

Leg day usually fall on Wednesday? Arm day ALWAYS Monday? Mix it up! If you typically work out specific muscle groups on certain days, try switching to a 4-8 week upper/lower body or whole-body program to spur results. These programs emphasize compound, or multi-joint, exercises that burn more calories and offer more of a challenge. Plus, it is a great way to break through that dreaded plateau. 


Vary your equipment:

In-Shape has a ton of equipment and there is a lot to choose from. If you usually stick to the selectorized machines or free weights, try something new! Try out Kettlebells, TRX and body-weight variations of exercises you already enjoy to create a positive change and keep you interested. You never know, you might just love it.


Try a new group fitness class:

There are a ton of group fitness classes every week to check out. Add variety and instead of logging miles on stationary cardio equipment, try a Zumba class or go for a RIDE with our incredible cycle instructors. Feed off the energy, make new friends and let the community push you to reach your potential.


Get a workout buddy:

Add a friend to your workout, and your routine won't stay the same! Having a workout buddy will help you stay motivated and help push you to the next level. Whether it’s a little friendly competition or a spotter, having a friend with you for your workout is always more fun!