Gym Time - 7 Best ways to Maximize Workouts

Gym Time – 7 Best ways to Maximize Your Workout

How do you get the most from your gym workout? Your time spent in the gym is precious. It’s valuable time you have set aside from your busy schedule to get healthy, so you deserve the best results. Here are seven ways to get the most from your gym workouts: Use a workout program to get the most from your gym workout.

Bouncing around from machine to machine or doing a few curls while watching yourself in the mirror will not help you reach your weight loss or fitness goals.

Instead, decide what you want to accomplish and research the exercises to burn fat and add lean muscle. Hundreds of websites and magazines can help you define your program, even down to the correct number of sets and reps.

If you need help, you can always hire a personal trainer or coach for a few training sessions until you become familiar with what you need to do and which equipment will offer the best benefits.

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Warm-up –

Always warm up before your workout: it only takes 5-8 minutes to get your blood flowing, and your muscles are physically warmed and prepared for the workout about to take place.

Warming up on the treadmill, exercise bike, or rowing machine followed by a few dynamic stretches will wake up your muscles for training and help to prevent injury. If you don’t have any equipment to hand, grab a jump rope, start jumping or grab a lightweight kettlebell for kettlebell swings.

Correct form –

There is a correct way to perform every exercise; the better your form, the better your results. For example, when training with weights, you want to move through your entire range of motion: you are using too much weight if you can’t. Using the correct form also reduces your risk of injury. An employee at your gym should show the proper form and the correct way to use a piece of equipment.

Resistance Training –

While cardio is great for burning calories, your metabolism will slow down once you become fitter, making weight loss more difficult. Resistance training will help build lean muscle, increasing your metabolic rate.

Free weights –

Exercises using free weights like dumbbells, kettlebells and barbells activate (involve) many more muscles to lift, rotate and stabilize the weights, so choose these weights over machines dumbbells over barbells if possible. Exercises such as the bench press, squat, shoulder press, and deadlift are the best for recruiting more muscle fiber.

In addition, according to the Journal of Strength & Conditioning, free weights promote more significant hormonal responses than the same exercises performed on machines.

Keep Track –

Use a simple training log to track your progress: start with your initial body weight, body measurements, and “before” and “after” photos. Next, record your sets and reps, how you felt during and after your workout, and anything you feel you should change.

Finally, you can use your training log to record your meals, snacks, and diet progress as a food journal. Review your records weekly and identify your successes and ways to change if you think there are failures. Cold water increases metabolism by 24%.

Drink Water –

Drink more water before, during, and after your workout. Dehydration begins after losing as little as 2% of your body weight in fluids, and if you are training hard, you may lose as much as 6-10%. This lack of fluid reduces your blood volume, makes your workout feel harder, and reduces your exercise performance.

You should drink ½ to 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight every day. Drink water before you train at the gym and during your workout to replace any fluids you lose.

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