5 ways to make the gym work harder for you!22 Jun
We know a lot of you just love working out in the gym, and we don’t blame you!
With all the equipment available, there are absolutely tons of ways you can workout without getting bored. However, we also know it can be easy to fall into a routine, and when this happens you’ll find you stop getting the results you want.
So, to help combat this we’ve put together a few tips on how to make the gym work harder for you.
Ask for advice!
Our Gym Instructors aren’t just pretty faces that keep the gym in order – they’re veritable fitness experts! If you’ve got any questions at all about exercising in the gym, whether it be about your form, your exercise programme, your goals or even if you just want some nutritional advice, have a chat with a Gym Instructor and they’ll help you out.
Mix it up!
Switching up your routine is a great way to not only keep yourself motivated but also to ensure you keep seeing the results you want. If you keep doing the same thing for weeks on end, your body will start to adapt to it and so you won’t get as much out of it. Swap your routine every few weeks to prevent this happening, and to ensure you’re working out every area of your body effectively!
This is an obvious one, but be sure to drink plenty of water both before and during your workout. Muscles are 75% water, so think of them while you’re crushing weights and keep them happy!
As much as we love the gym, we know it can be a bit of a slog. Clock watching on the cross trainer can easily make time feel like it’s slowed to a crawl, so try and keep yourself entertained. One way to do this is to find a favourite podcast or audiobook and only allow yourself to listen to it while you’re working out. You’ll soon find you can’t wait to get back in the gym! Some of our cardio kit is fitted with LF Connect tablets too, which allow you to watch TV while you workout, perfect for those that want to watch Corrie while they workout.
There’s no point heading to the gym on an empty stomach – you won’t get the most out of your workout. A small snack including carbs and protein will hit the spot and give you the energy to smash that session. Examples include a smoothie made with fruits and veg, an apple with some peanut butter, or Greek yoghurt with granola and berries. Just don’t go overboard – you don’t want to feel too full!