The time spent working out does not equal the amount of results. Unfortunately, many people waste time in the gym.
Here are 5 tips to ensure that every minute of your workout is well spent burning fat and toning your muscles…
✅ Workout Smarter Tip 1: Use More Resistance
In order to get the most from each rep it’s important to challenge your muscles, and not to simply go through the motions. If you are able to complete 15 repetitions easily, then the weight is too light. On the flip side, if you aren’t able to perform an exercise through its full range of motion, and find yourself cheating on form, then the weight is too heavy.
The correct weights will feel challenging by your last few repetitions but won’t force you to sacrifice form.
✅ Workout Smarter Tip 2: Keep it Fresh
You may have noticed that most people do the same exercises each time they visit the gym. Maybe you’ve been doing the same exercise routine as long as you can remember—if it isn’t broken then don’t fix it, right?
The truth is that exercise routines have expiration dates, and that is the date that they begin to lose their effectiveness. As a rule of thumb, change your routine every 4-12 weeks. You can change one or more variables including things like intensity, time, and exercises.
✅ Workout Smarter Tip 3: Never Skip the Warm Up
Most people consider warm up time to be wasted time—they’d rather jump right into the heart of the routine. What they don’t realize is that a good warm up will allow you to perform at a higher intensity, which means greater results.
The point of a warm up is to increase your muscle temperature, get your cardiovascular system revved up, and lubricate your joints and connective tissue. This increases blood flow, muscle contraction and reduces risk of injury. Your warm up should last 5-10 minutes and include mobility as well as movement preparation.
✅ Workout Smarter Tip 4: Focus on Proper Form
Gyms are filled with people performing exercises with bad form. The two biggest reasons are that perhaps you've never been taught proper technique for the exercise, or you’re trying to lift weight that is too heavy (or swinging a weight that is too light). Lifting with improper form almost always results in injury.
Take the time to learn and always practice proper form. By doing so you’ll avoid injury and will reap the full benefit from each exercise.
✅ Workout Smarter Tip 5: Together is better
People who exercise alone are usually less challenged, less accountable and typically see fewer results. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Why rush to the gym if no one is there waiting for you? Why push yourself if no one is watching? Exercising alone isn't much fun for most people.
The best way to avoid injury and to see results is to work with a fitness professional like me. I am passionate about seeing my clients achieve results by working out smart, avoiding injuries, and without wasting time, energy and effort.
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