I've said it before...I will repeat...All workouts were not created equally. Here are a few ways to achieve faster fitness results…
Use More Resistance
In order to get the most from each rep you do, it’s important to challenge your muscles, and not to just go through the motions. If you are able to complete 15 reps easily, then the weight is too light. I have a few clients who get mad at me for this! But, on the flip side, if you aren’t able to perform an exercise through its full range of motion, and find yourself sacrificing good form, then the weight is too heavy.
The correct weights will feel challenging by your last few repetitions but won’t force you to sacrifice form.
Keep it Fresh!
You may have noticed that most people do the same exercises each time they visit the gym. Maybe you’ve been doing the same exercise routine as long as you can remember—if it isn’t broken then don’t fix it, right?
The truth is that exercise routines have expiration dates, and that is the date that they begin to lose their effectiveness. As a rule of thumb never use the same routine for more than 4 weeks.
Never Skip the Warm Up
Most people consider warm up time to be wasted time—they’d rather jump right into the heart of the routine. What they don’t realize is that a good warm up will allow you to perform at a higher intensity, which means greater results.
The point of a warm up is to increase your muscle temperature. This increases blood flow, muscle contraction and reduces muscle resistance. Your warm up should last 5-10 minutes.
Focus on Proper Form
Gyms are filled with people performing exercises with bad form. The two biggest reasons are that you aren’t concentrating on the exercise, or you’re trying to lift weight that is too heavy. I'm the "form police" and lifting with improper form almost always results in injury.
Take the time to achieve proper form, by doing it you’ll avoid injury and will reap the full benefit from each exercise.
Together is better
People who exercise alone are less challenged, less accountable and typically see fewer results. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Why rush to the gym if no one is there waiting for you? Why push yourself if no one is watching? Exercising alone is a recipe for disaster.
The best way to avoid injury and to see results is to work with me - and the Body By Sid family. I am passionate about seeing my clients achieve results by working out smart and without wasting time, energy and effort on mistakes.
Don’t know where to start when it comes to exercise? Let me help you!
Committed to Your Fitness Success,
sidney L. West