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For those who are looking for a fail-proof exercise routine, finding a program that is convenient, scalable to your fitness level, and that keeps you entertained is paramount to staying consistent.

We designed our latest digital training program, 5/40 Fit, with this in mind.

It’s a “press play” fitness routine that is both effective and enjoyable — and is led by some of Life Time’s most recognized expert coaches. The four-week plan is accessed through the Life Time Digital app and provides you with five, 40-minute instructor-led workout videos per week. Each workout is focused around a different format to challenge your body and drive results. The formats include:

  • Power with Coach Mike
  • Strength with Coach Freezy
  • Cardio Endurance with Coach Lo
  • Recovery Yoga with Coach Rawlins
  • Barre Fusion Fun with Coach Jasmine

The 5/40 Fit program is put together so that it’s customizable to both your fitness level and your specific goals, so that you know exactly which format days to prioritize and how often.

Bring on the Fun: A Barre Fusion Workout

To get a taste of the 5/40 Fit program, try this Barre Fusion Fun workout from the first week led by Coach Jasmine. Her days in 5/40 Fit are all about putting forth your best effort, while still providing the space to laugh at yourself.

This workout will help bring out your inner dancer and show you that working out and play can be one in the same. It’s low-weight and high-repetition to help build your coordination. Whether you’re an experienced dancer or just a dancer at heart, this one is sure to get your heart pumping.

Required equipment:

  • Dumbbells
  • Versa loop

The workout breakdown:

  • Intensity: 2/3
  • Strength: 2/3
  • Conditioning: 2/3
  • Flexibility: 3/3

Tips for Success From Your 5/40 Fit Coaches

One standout feature of the 5/40 Fit program is the coaches.

This specific group of instructors not only makes you feel like you’re part of their personal workout sweat squad, but they’ll also keep you laughing and empower you with expert tips and knowledge.

Here is some of their professional advice around how to stay consistent with fitness, as well as what to keep in mind before starting a new plan.

On the days when you don’t feel like working out, what’s your best tip for staying consistent?

“Gather some workout buddies or join a group for accountability. Even as a fitness professional, I always try to find  workout partners when I can. I have run, lift, bike, and even swim buddies. I also put my workouts in my calendar at the beginning of the week so no one schedules over my workout time. You have to make room in your day to take care of yourself.” — Coach Mike

“Always remember your deeper “why” and put it up somewhere that you are able to see daily. You are human and you will have days that are better than others, but if you can remember your why, it will help you yield great benefits. Now go get after it.” — Coach Freezy

“‘Feeling it in five’” is my mantra. I just have to show up. If I get to the club and I’m not ‘feeling it’ in five minutes or less, then I just walk, stretch, or leave the club all together. But I find that 99 percent of the time I feel better once I get there. From my experience with clients, this approach works for most.” — Coach Lo

“Working out doesn’t always have to be about squats, push-ups and crunches. The key to consistency when you’re not feeling like pressing play or going to the club is simply to stay active in your mind and heart. Plan a hike to have a moment to reflect and decompress, schedule a walking book club with your friends, or if you have kids, play one of their games, such as tag, hide and seek, or catch.” — Coach Rawlins

“It’s all about mindset! When you shift your thoughts from ‘I have to work out’ to ‘I get to work out’ you’ll be able to see the benefits go beyond what’s physical. Working out and striving for a healthy lifestyle will bleed into all facets of your life, and results will become more than a number on a scale.” — Coach Jasmine

What’s the one thing you’d want someone to know before starting a new exercise routine?

“Consistency is king. The workouts don’t have to be crazy and elaborate at the start of a program. Get into the habit of simply going to the club down first. Then, you can build on more intricate workout programming details later.” — Coach Mike

“One thing you need to know before starting a new routine is understanding that it’s really all about the journey. You will have ups and downs, but the gift of a healthy life is the reward. Stay consistent and committed to the journey and you will receive many positive returns along the way. Enjoy the ride.” — Coach Freezy

“Imperfect action > no action. In most cases, something is always better than nothing! Stick to the routine as best you can, but the time will pass regardless, so ask yourself: Will your actions bring you closer to or further from your goals?” — Coach Lo

“You don’t have to do it all at once. What I mean by that is, we sometimes get ambitious about establishing new goals and come out headstrong only to then fizzle out sooner than expected. Give yourself some time to adjust to the new routine and assess every week what you might want to change up, whether it’s the type of routine, when you work out, or just how you just plan your overall day. It takes time to form a new habit. To avoid the fizzle-out, create two to three accountability ‘fail safes,’ such as having a workout partner, posting your goal(s) in an area where you can be reminded of them, or starting each day with an affirmation.” — Coach Rawlins

“Trying something new is HARD — period, end of story. Whether it’s a dance fitness class or a yoga class, we were all beginners once. Start off with small attainable goals like, ‘I will get through half this class with dumbbells’ or ‘I’ll try one yoga class this month.’ Small victories are still victories!” — Coach Jasmine

Keep the conversation going.

Leave a comment, ask a question, or see what others are talking about in the Life Time Training Facebook group.

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Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT

Samantha McKinney has been a dietitian, trainer and coach for over 10 years. At first, her interests and experience were in a highly clinical setting in the medical field, which ended up laying a strong foundation for understanding metabolism as her true passion evolved: wellness and prevention. She hasn’t looked back since and has had the honor of supporting Life Time’s members and nutrition programs in various roles since 2011.

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