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Getting the Most out of Your Workouts

Thursday September 29 2016

If you are finding you are having difficulties achieving your fitness goals, part of the problem could be with your workout routines and how often you are visiting your local fitness centres in Toronto and the GTA. Far too often, people start a workout plan only to toss the towel in after a few weeks or months because they are not getting the results they desire.

 

If you are becoming frustrated with not reaching your goals or are looking for some ideas on how to maximize your workouts, consider the following tips and suggestions.

 

    • Commitment – There is a fine line between wanting to get fit and actually doing it. Commitment to workouts is essential in order to reach your goals. Many people know what they need to do, but lack the commitment to do it. The best way to reinforce commitment is to make yourself stick with a fitness program for a minimum of 30 days. After this time, workouts should become a normal part of your daily routines.
    • Schedule Workouts – When you are first getting started, it can be beneficial to schedule your workouts at a time that works best for you every day. You may also want to continue this habit if you are easily distracted and might forget to visit the gym on a workout day.
    • Warmups – Stretching has been a common practice for warmups prior to working out. Try squats, leg extensions, knee raises, lunges, leg swings, and other movements for your warmups instead.
    • Have a Plan – You might notice some people wandering aimlessly from one piece of equipment to another. This is because they did not think ahead before arriving at the fitness centre on what they wanted to focus on during their visit. Make sure when you walk in the door you have a plan so you can maximize your workout time.
    • Vary Your Routines – Do the same weight lifting sets and using the same cardio equipment can result in lag. Your body is no longer being challenged to push itself further. Vary your routines by trying out new cardio equipment and different types of weight lifting sets.
    • Keep a Record of Your Progress – Start a journal where you can record what types of workouts you did that day, the number of sets and reps, the amount of weights used during each set, and so on. You can also include a section where you track your body measurements as these are the best indication you are moving towards your goals and objectives.
    • Get a Workout Buddy – Find someone who shares similar goals and objectives as you, and ask them if they want to be your workout buddy. Having another person there to workout with not only makes workouts more fun, but also can provide encouragement and support to keep you focused on reaching your goals.
    • Ask Questions and Get Help – If you are not sure how to use equipment, change weights, or have other workout questions, you can get help from the fitness centre’s staff including personal trainers, who will help create your own personalized workout plan to help you reach your goals.

 

For more tips to help you get the most out of your workouts, or to learn more about our 30-day fitness challenge, please stop by your local Wynn Fitness Clubs location or contact us at (905) 276-0040.