Tools for Creating a Workout

Hi friends!

I had this whole plan to share a recipe with you all today. And then I made it last night and it didn’t turn out like I hoped it would :?…so annoying! Oh well, at least it was tasty enough to enjoy. I just don’t feel like it was blog worthy haha.

So after scrapping that post idea, I decided that today I’ll tell you how I make up my workouts! There are so many bloggers out there that are a personal trainer and other type of fitness professional and they have a wide knowledge base they can utilize when creating their workouts. While I do have a degree in exercise science, I don’t have that plethora of knowledge within me…I’ve had to teach myself that stuff and utilize other sources.

These are my main go-to “tools” to help me when I’m trying to put together a quality workout.

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Exercise and Muscle Directory is a great website where you can click on a particular muscle and it will give you descriptions and animations of different types of exercises that target it!

Health and Fitness Magazines are awesome! While I don’t always love the full workouts that are posted in these magazines, I do often find ideas for new exercises to incorporate into my own or learn ways to use equipment differently than I’m used to. Also, the websites for these magazines can be great to visit. And I don’t just limit myself to going to the sites for women’s magazines. You can find awesome moves on the men’s ones!

Youtube is my go-to place when I don’t quite understand how to do a more complex exercise. It’s way better for me to see the move in its entirety than to try and figure it out from a written description or a picture that doesn’t quite give me enough information.

Blogs are seriously an amazing place to discover new ways of exercising, ways of putting together a workout that you might not be familiar with, new moves you haven’t seen, and you can get first hand information as to whether or not certain things actually seem to be effective! Some (key word here is “some”) of my favorite blogs to find workouts are Tina’s, Ashley’s, Julie’s, Courtney’s, Lindsay’s, Annette’s, and Paige’s! That’s 7 different sources right there and that’s just a taste of the ones I go to :).

Google (or any other search engine of your choice) is one of my ultimate resources. I like that I can basically type in something like “treadmill workouts” and come up with a ton of hits! If you’re googling something, there is pretty much always a chance that you can find something to spark your creativity for coming up with your own routine.


Now that I look at this list, it seems like common sense to me…but it may not be for everyone so that’s why I wanted to share it! These are my 5 main “tools” that I utilize when I’m trying to create a workout. I can’t always just pull stuff from my head. I sometimes need inspiration and information and these are the places I get those things!

I hope you all have a fantastic day!

Don’t forget that tomorrow is Fitness Loves of the Week!



What is your biggest “tool” that you use to create a workout?


About In Sweetness and In Health

I'm Lindsay! I'm a 23 year-old graduate student in occupational therapy. I love all things health and fitness related and this blog will document my life as I learn to really love myself, try to stop worrying so much about my body, and truly take advantage of all the sweet things that life offers us.

Posted on March 1, 2012, in Bloggers, Fitness, Health. Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. great tools! definitely checking out that muscle directory!!

  2. I probably use fitness magazines such as Oxygen the most, but is great, too 😀 Also blogs of course 😉

  3. I read other blogs, and I read magazines. I also watch what other people are doing in the gym and copy them haha! 😉

  4. Reading other blogs, like yours! and also various websites- oxygen, pinterest (that obviously lead to sites) and my own brain, are all sources I use! Okay, so I feel like I have asked this question before and I apologize if I have, but what are you using to create your workouts into those pretty images? And also to make them different sizes and going different directions like above? Is there a particular program? Don’t judge, I lack in tech skills haha

    • Haha you haven’t asked and no worries I don’t have tech skills either! I always use Word, excel, or powerpoint and then take a screen shot! For this one I used ppt because you can rotate the pictures!

  5. I need to check out the first link. I like for examples. I guess I mostly think about past rotations I’ve done (like from Cathe Friedrich or from other sources), I like to get ideas from Oxygen or Muscle & Fitness Hers and blogs are always another great resource.

  6. great tools!

    I get ideas from magazines like Oxygen, Fitness and some others…

  7. Ahhh, thanks for the shout out, Linds! I definitely agree that blogs and magazines are great sources of info. I actually just pulled a few pages last night from a magazine of mine! 🙂

  8. great tools! i am definitely going to go check out the muscle directory. that sounds interesting!

  9. Blogs and magazines are definitely where I get the majority of my work outs from.. 🙂 I am so bad at remembering names of moves though! Thanks for the link of moves descriptions, and I love your suggestion for using you tube!

  10. great tools linds! thank you for the shoutout! 🙂 i also love finding new-to-me exercises in health and fitness magazines. there’s some crazy ones out there that i don’t even think of on my own! have a great day girl! xoxo

  11. I had a dinner failure the other night too – they suck!

  12. Google is a big one for me! I look for moves to target certain areas and then put them together in a sequence that makes sense and that will challenge me!

  13. Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction

    Blogs, Youtube and Google are biggest source for almost everything! I’m not quite sure how our parents lived without the internet, I can’t even imagine it!

  14. I love! Such a good resource for finding different exercises:)

    Thanks for the shout out, Lindsay!

  15. Ahhhh, I just read blogs like this fancy one and follow what you tell me!! Haha, I actually take bits a pieces of everyones and make what feels right for my sweat sesh, I love it!!!

    Thanks for your inspiration!


  16. Awww thanks lady! You’re fabulous!

    I obviously pull from what I use with clients and what I teach in class, but I always love getting new ideas from books at the library (I am a nerd, yes), Google (oh yah!), YouTube, and some of my books from college and grad school. All very helpful!

  17. I guess my main tool is my knowledge. I’ve been lifting since 8th grade, so I ought to at least know a few good moves. 😉 I learned a lot of things from and various health magazines along the way.

    After I create something new in the kitchen, I ask the hubs if he liked it. Then I always ask, “but is it recipe worthy???” haha

  18. I like bodyrock and youtube a lot! I always find really good workouts on other peoples blogs as well! It helps me to keep switching up my workouts so I don’t get bored!

  19. Love this post. I usually just go and do whatever pops into my head. LOL.

  20. When it comes to strength workouts, I don’t have a lot to go on besides moves that I’ve done in fitness classes and workout videos. Others’ blogs have been so much help in incorporating strength work into my workouts! When I try to do my own thing, I don’t push myself as hard as I could.

  21. I love it! I’m always looking for more workout ideas!! Gotta keep it fresh!

  22. Super helpful – thank you!

  23. Thanks for this ~ I feel so lost when I go to the gym, so I always stick to my standards. This will be a huge help!

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