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The Mix 'N Match Workout

The No-Brainer Way to Add Variety to Your Program


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  • Mixing it up is key. Since my employment situation makes it impossible to have a gym membership, I rely on my library of fitness videos. I have a variety to choose from (Firm, FitPrime, Leslie Sansone, Denise Austin, Get Ripped, and more). I try to mix them up constantly so I'm always getting a different workout and it has made a difference in my results. Plus - I do not get burnt out and bored by doing the same routine. Mixing it up is good for both the body AND the mind! (plus, I comb discount places like Ross and Marshalls for fitness DVDs - I have found many high end workouts that would have cost $15 to $20 at a regular store for $3 to $5. Just an extra tip to those on a tight budget that prefer home fitness!)
  • This is really going to help. I have the same strength DVD I do a couple of times each week. I like this. I might even do two from each list each time I strength. Yay!
  • some of us cannot do some of the exercises. I have a knee replacement, can't do squats, can't kneel so.....
  • the mix n match workouts are really awesome and being a trainer i love going throu all the exercises that are shown in sparkpeople.. cheers and keep the good work going
  • I have been doing the same routine that the personal trainer introduced me to since September 4. I have increase the amount of the weights twice. I plan to keep the routine going gor 90 days. I notice that I am not able to get my heart rate up to 130 any more as in the beginning. I am only able to reach 120-125. I realize my body is getting use to the routine and a change is needed soon.
    As a personal trainer specializing in functional fitness I like the idea of the chart very much. It allows my clients to design their own workouts within practical parameters, thereby giving them a participatory role in the creation of their program. When we participate in exercise on that level we take 'ownership' of the workout - which usually leads to more commitment. Nice job!
  • thanks this is great i am going to print off the exercises so i will have them
    when i work out
  • I think this is great. I've known that I needed to change things up a bit, so this will send me in the right direction. Thanks!
  • CORA12
    I think this is a good idea because sometime we do get tired of doing the same thing. I walk more than any thing. And the children keep me busy running behind them.
  • this is just what I needed!
    I think this article is right on! A girlfriend of mine and I have started walking/jogging a couple of evenings a week (just to shake things up a bit) and I noticed real change already. I sent her this article so we can incorporate more into our workouts. I am also changing my strength training routines as well. - Thanks, Wanda
  • Great ideas, especially for those of us that are new at this
  • Great! Thanks so much!
  • these suggestions are GREAT! this is the 3rd article in the last few weeks that have REALLY helped me modify my workout!

    i am a creature of habit, last week, i began doing part of the "bikini diet" workout and i loved the variety it added to my workout (along with 30-45 minutes of cardio)...

    i'm going to add some of these exercises this week! it's great to have a variety to chose from while on the road, when you don't have a great workout facility you feel like your options are pretty limited! these exercises REALLY help a lot!
  • VERY useful!! I printed this, will keep it by my weights!

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