April 7, 2017 / Articles, Fitness, Health
Finally, spring has sprung! While it might not feel like it just yet, better weather is on the horizon, which means summer is almost here! It’s time to spring into shape with a fresh training routine, so here are a few tips to kick-start your fitness journey:
Before you begin, make sure you know exactly what you’re working towards. Whether it’s fat-burning or muscle-building, knowing your goals is the first step to achieving them.
Set one major goal for your fitness training, such as a percentage of body fat lost or successfully completing a marathon. This goal should be something that pushes you to your limits, while also being something that inspires you to keep going.
Don’t forget to also sprinkle in a few smaller goals along the way. These smaller goals could be eating healthier, sleeping more, or making sure you stretch everyday, but they should all help you achieve your primary goal.
It’s easy to get discouraged when you don’t see immediate progress, but remember, cultivating your body is a process. Tracking your progress daily or weekly will help you notice the small improvements along the way.
By keeping a fitness log that tracks your training and nutrition, you’ll be able to stay on track and, once completed, reflect on how far you’ve come! This can easily be done with the Club Metro USA App. Please speak with a front desk associate to learn how.
Don’t Get Complacent:
If you have the same workout routine every day, you’re bound to get bored of it. Mixing up your workout plan comes with two benefits: A) you’ll ensure you stay engaged with your workout; and B) adding a variety of different workouts will hit on different muscles to help create better harmony within your body.
Add in some HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) or up the overall tempo of your workout by supplementing rest time with supersets.
Incorporate Strength Training:
Strength training is imperative to changing your physique, so even if you’re new to the weights, it’s time to get acquainted (of course, our Personal Trainers are on-site at the gym to help with any questions you may have).
Each day, focus on 1-2 different body parts (Back & Biceps; Chest & Triceps; Shoulders & Legs; etc.). Make sure you’re focusing on your form and mechanics to protect against any muscle pulls.
Remember to incorporate core exercises every other day to help improve your body’s foundation.
Don’t Forget About Cardio:
Cardio is one an excellent way to shed pounds. A few days a week, add in a mile run or a few miles on the bike as a warm-up to kick-start your workout. This will get your blood flowing and your muscles loosened up, so you can hit the gym floor ready to go!
At Club Metro USA, our goal is to ensure you have everything you need to accomplish any goal you set. With all of this available to you, what else could you possibly need?