Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Gym Time

8 GymHaving a gym to workout at is great, all the equipment and knowledge you need are in one place, but not everyone knows where to start or how to get the most out of their gym time. Follow these tips to get the most enjoyment and benefit from your gym time.

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Before a Workout

Believe it or not, what you do before going to the gym has a huge impact on your workout, both in your energy levels and results. Your body needs the proper fuel that will not weigh you down.

Slow digesting carbohydrates are great for providing energy. These include great things such as: oatmeal, fruit, or whole-wheat bread. A green salad is a great addition to your meal. Avoid eating heavy and fatty meals before a workout, as these types of foods will leave you feeling sluggish. A little bit of caffeine before a workout is okay too, as long as it is in moderation.

During Your Workout

Working out at the gym should be challenging, but more importantly it should be fun. There are several easy ways to mix up your workout. A common, popular trick is bringing music to the gym with you. This gives you a distraction from the workout and gives you the motivation to push a little further with each set. Don’t forget your headphones!

Repeating the same workout with little to no change leads to plateauing. There are a few easy ways to vary your exercises so you continue to benefit from your workout. Vary your set weight and repetition speed. The weight and speed at which you do the movements has different effects on the same muscle group.

Having a friend to workout with is great, and having multiple friends is even better. Training with several people introduces you to different exercises they know and each person can motivate you in a variety ways.

After Your Workout

A proper cool down is important at the end of any workout. This includes doing a few light exercises and stretching. This allows your body to wind down and will reduce soreness the following day. After a good workout spend some time in a sauna or hot tub to relax your muscles and spoil yourself, you deserve it.

Fitness is Fun at The Gym

Now you know the secrets behind a good gym workout, so go put them into action! The Gym LC provides you with the exercise equipment and classes you need to enjoy your workout. So stop dreaming of the body you want and make it reality!

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