Sunday, 13 November 2016

MY TOP TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR WORKOUT!


Picture it... you're heading to the gym in your favourite gym outfit with a motivating playlist ready to get a sweat on, yet you leave feeling like you could have achieved so much more.  Well you're not alone, it happens to most of us and there are so many reasons as to why we leave feeling this way.  It could be because you're stressed/tired, you're unsure of how to use the equipment or you just have so many things going on in your head that are distracting you.

At the end of the day when you really think about it all of the above are just excuses, so I thought I'd share with you my top tips on how to get "in the zone" and to help you get the most out of your workouts every time you hit the gym.

1. Plan, plan, plan!
If you don't have a plan then you're most likely to wander around the gym aimlessly from one piece of equipment to another. Creating a workout plan so you know exactly what it is you're aiming for will help stop this from happening and instead will help you get closer to your training goal.  A trip to the gym without a plan is only going to turn into a waste of your time.

2. Stick to a schedule!
You need to get into a habit of scheduling a workout into your daily routine.  Once you do this things will become a whole lot easier and you'll begin to keep on track without even realising.  Decide when's best for you to workout; is it mornings, afternoons or evenings?  You will also need to decide how many times a week you can train, remembering that you should be having at least 1 rest day a week.
Once you know your gym schedule you can allocate different workouts to each day.  For example on a Monday you could train legs/glutes, Tuesday arm/abs and so on.

3. Fuel your body! 
It's so important to eat before you train as this will help fuel your workout and improve your energy levels .  Planning a pre-workout meal or snack 30-60 mins before you train such as porridge with protein powder, a bagel with eggs or just a banana will help give you an energy boost so you get the most out of your training session.  Just make sure you don't eat too close to working out otherwise you may end up being sick!

4. Work harder!
Having a motivating playlist will only help you get through your session and make it easier for you to push yourself.  Fitness is about stepping outside of your comfort zone and the saying goes "your body won't go where your mind won't push it" and by that I mean if you do 12 reps but know you could do more then push your body to 15.  Pushing yourself will only help you get closer to your end goal...It's mind over matter.

5. Watch the clock! 
No one wants to spend their entire evening in the gym after a long day at work so it's a good idea to manage your time.  Doing a 1 hour workout can be just as, if not more effective than a 2 hour workout if you use your time efficiently.  With a workout plan in place, time your rest periods between each set/exercise so that you're only resting for 30-60 seconds instead of 5 minutes.  This will help keep your muscles moving.

6. Stretch it out! 
At the end of your workout it's so important to spend 5-10 minutes stretching and/or foam rolling. So pop on a chilled playlist and stretch it out before leaving as this will help reduce muscle soreness. Lastly, having a protein shake or protein bar after your workout is what your body needs in order to help build your muscles back.

A.x


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27 comments

  1. Really good post, I've just started losing weight but my aim is to get back to the kettlebells to tone up and burn more fat, so I need to come up with a regime x

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    1. Thank you. Have a look online as there are so many workout regimes and I'm sure you can find the right one for you :)

      A.x

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  2. Admittedly this is not something we do but when I used to go the gym I did follow what you have written so I am pleased you highlighted it x

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  3. Very helpful advice, totally agree with them all especially planning! It makes such a difference to a workout

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  4. These sound like some great tips, I have to admit I used to have a good time at the gym sometimes.

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  5. I agree you need to stick to a schedule - I have my classes booked in advance to make me go.

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  6. I love your advice. It's the best when I get into a regular routine and I can actually look forward to my workouts. My daughter swears by foam rolling too!

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  7. Thanks for sharing such great tips, ill be sure to take your advice xxx

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  8. I eat a fruit like at least 30 minutes or an hour before I work-out. If I don't do this, I really feel that I would eat a lot after the workout.

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  9. I needed to read this today - it's the second day I've skipped my workout! But I'm back tomorrow with my PT x

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    1. I'm glad to hear I've helped you :)

      A.x

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  10. I need to plan more especially when it comes to doing weights as I spend time thinking of what to do next and probably end up wasting some time x

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  11. I just hate working out, but think if it is planned and organised it could be something I could try.

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  12. Some great tips here - its so important to get in the zone

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  13. These are fabulous tips, I couldn't agree more!

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  14. Great tips, I often struggle when I am at the gym to focus and could probably trainer harder!

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  15. Lots of useful tips. I need to get myself motivated but it's hard with the cold weather.

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  16. Great tips although I am so useless at working out!! I need a personal trainer for sure!

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  17. I think planning and having a schedule is essential. And just throwing yourself into it - feels great afterwards (maybe not the next morning, haha).

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  18. Really great post! I try and make every second count when I work out, but it can be hard.

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  19. Such great tips! I really need to get into the swing of things working out again, struggling for motivation now that I'm working from home, I'd rather stay in where it's warm and cosy!

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  20. These are some awesome tips, I am quite bad at working out alone so I stick to classes but I need to change that

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  21. That is some really good advice for working out. I certainly need to plan as at the moment, I just do it here there and everywhere. When I can be bothered more like haha. Will be taking this on board

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  22. Great advice and totally agree with fuelling your body! Its pointless going to the gym knackered and hungry...

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  23. Nothing worse than seeing someone stroll out the gym without an end stretch, just thinking you are gonna hurt in the morning! Great advice, a lot of people forget to eat beforehand and don't think they need a plan

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  24. This is great advise and having a schedule and plan most certainly will be better than just aimlessly trying to exercise.

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  25. I agree with every single tip. Learnt it from experience too :)

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