As great as cardio is, weight training is the perfect complement to your time spent on the elliptical; sometimes it is even better for your body. Weight lifting is an activity that provides numerous benefits, which increase the longer you strength train.
However, many people quit before they ever begin to see results because of common mistakes that are easy to overcome.
Too Much Pain and No Gain
It is important to train hard, however, contrary to belief fatigue and extreme muscle soreness are not indicators of a successful workout. Being tired and having some soreness is okay and likely to occur, but you don’t want to train so hard that the pain and soreness drags on for days. Instead of striving for fatigue and soreness every single workout, set your goal to push a little harder than the previous workout, by adding an extra set or even extra reps.
Too Fast, Too Soon
Don’t force yourself to progress too quickly, and don’t hold yourself back too much either. Work at your own pace. Remember that a workout routine that incorporates weight and strength training is not a race. It’s about creating a routine that you can maintain as part of an active lifestyle for the rest of your life.
Workout on Repeat
Performing the same workout routine week after week can turn exercising into a chore. Additionally, the more you perform the same exercises, the less you challenge your muscles, leading to less calorie and fat burn. You’ll stay motivated by mixing up your training more regularly. Not only will different workouts keep you more engaged, but it will go a long way in building up your strength and muscles. Try to switch up your workout regularly (every 4-6 weeks) to shock your muscles, and keep your body guessing. Re-energizing your workout could be as simple as swapping out some of your strength moves for a few new ones, trying out a new group fit class, or going for a swim instead of a run.
This week give new life to your gym routine with this new Spring Training workout. There are six workouts listed for one week. Don’t feel bad if you can’t do all six workouts. Feel free to start with one or two, and work up to a full week. If you’re not sure how to do some of these exercises, ask one of our Total Woman Personal Trainers on the floor.
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