Hitting the gym has become a steady habit in our modern lives. It is a great way to stay healthy, fit, and to keep a balanced state of mind. Everyone has their own training routine depending on what they are aiming at achieving; whether it’s increased stamina, muscle gain, weight loss, or just to stay fit and healthy. Many people –including myself- find themselves opting more to weight training.
Here are some tips that will help you get the most out of your exercise:
Lift heavy weights: If you finish your reps with ease then you’re not lifting heavy enough. Increase the weights, your goal is to barely finish your last rep. For your muscles to actually work, you should be tired by at the end of every set.
Use the machines right. I know this should go without saying, but a lot of gym-goers fall inthis mistake. Pay attention to the instructions on the machine, and make sure your body position is right. This way you don’t just get the most of your exercise, but also you make sure you don’t injure yourself. If you’re sure how to use the machine, ask a coach; he’s there to help you!
Have a proper routine: Your exercise routine is of utmost importance. If you’re new to weight training, start with general exercises for all your major muscle groups (arms, hips, legs, back, chest, abdomen, and shoulders); then separate your workout according to each muscle group. It is always best to ask a coach for help, he will help you in design a proper training program according to your needs.
Warm up and Stretch: A proper warming-up technique helps prepare your body for the exercise to follow. It prepares your muscles for the workout and ensures you the best results. Running or walking can be a great start. Make sure you stretch after training to avoid muscle soreness and injuries.