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, rather they’re fitness related or in your personal or professional life.


But, when it comes to your fitness routine, hitting the treadmill 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 increase your gains. Plus, you’ll meet new workout buddies by trying new things and that’s always a great way to stay motivated.


We spoke with Palmdale East’s fitness manager Andrew Sterkel for his top tips on how to change up your routine.


Change up your days:

Leg day usually fall on Wednesday? Arm day ALWAYS Monday? Stir it up! If you typically workout 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. Stop by and speak to a Trainer for more information on these types of weight-lifting programs.


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, mix it up! Try out Kettlebells, TRX and body-weight variations of exercises you already enjoy to create a positive change and keep you interested. Every Tuesday we offer demos on new equipment at 9 am and 5 pm, so definitely join us to learn something new. 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 in the studio with our incredible cycle instructors. Feed off the energy, make new friends and let the community push you to reach your potential.


Talk to a trainer:

Our trainers are here to help. They love to offer feedback and ideas when it comes to programs/exercise variations. “We know how important it is to keep things interesting, and we’ve got your back! Stop by and talk with one of us about ideas on how to add variety into your experience and reach new levels of progress towards your goals,” Andrew said.