Here’s what I do: I start at the top of the list, which is Monday. If your workout schedule begins on Sunday or another day then start there. The first thing I check to see is whether or not it’s in my best interests to work out that day. The vast majority of the time, my pendulum does not surprise me here. Every once in a while, though, the pendulum indicates that it is best to skip a day during the week.

The next question I ask is how long I need to spend training for the most efficient use of my time. I start at less than sixty minutes, then less than ninety minutes, then less than one hundred and twenty minutes.

I’m not precise here. When the pendulum changes its indication from one half-hour increment to the next, I call it good. I don’t care to know how long to stay at the gym down to the minute. If the pendulum indicates a no at less then ninety minutes, and yes at less than one hundred twenty minutes, I simply plan to be at the gym for and hour and a half to two hours.

Again, most of the time I’m not surprised here. The pendulum almost always indicates a time somewhere between one and two hours.

The next thing I check is the muscle groups for each day. To make this step go faster, I start by checking the pre-planned muscles. So for Monday, which is back and biceps day on my routine, I ask,

“If over the course of the week I exercise every muscle group listed in my routine once, is there a better day than Monday of this week to work my back and biceps, so that I experience a maximally challenging and beneficial workout?”

If I get a no, I move on. If I get a yes – yes there is a better day to work those muscle groups – I ask which day it is. When I find it, I ask where that day’s muscle groups belong, and continue through the week until I have all of the muscle groups arranged for the most beneficial and challenging workout.

Sometimes every day of the week checks out according to my pre-planned routine. But every other week or so, I find myself switching muscle groups around here and there.

The last thing I check is for the best time to exercise. I either work out in the early morning or the late afternoon, so for this question I use a semicircle chart, one half representing morning, the other half representing afternoon.

As I dowse out the week’s workout schedule, I make sure not to think about anything else that I have on my plate for the week. I am always forced to surrender some of my workout schedule to the practicalities of the daily grind, but I do not let these appointments and deadlines interfere with planning my workout. I get the answers and plan the week’s workouts first, and then I see how diligently I can stick to the plan.

A couple good compliments to dowsing your workout schedule are dowsing your supplements and dowsing your protein intake for maximum muscle gains. Remember that there are infinite ways in which you can use dowsing to help you improve and understand more about your body. So give this a try next time you want to change things up at the gym, especially when you feel yourself getting into a rut, doing the same things that have become easier and easier for you. Let the pendulum give you some suggestions to break the routine and get you back in the zone.

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