How many times have you headed to the gym to do weights with really no goal in mind? You just hop from machine to machine, and leave feeling like you just had a so-so workout. This has definitely happened to me in the past, so I am going to share a few tips on how to keep your gym workouts interesting!
Come in with a plan
Ok, so this is kind of obvious, but so many of us walk into the gym blind. No plan, no time commitment – aka, not the best idea. Do some research before you go and write down what you want to do before you get there. You will find that you are able to complete a lot more exercises in a shorter amount of time since there isn’t much thought needed once you are actually working out. For a few idea, check out here, here, here, and here.
Throw in some variation
I love completing a superset, and then hopping on a cardio machine for about 3 minutes of high intensity exercise. It helps to spike your heart rate and really makes a difference in the effort you put towards the workout. Think about it – if you have an hour to workout, add 3 minutes of cardio at the end of a couple of exercises – you end up having about 25 minutes of total cardio during your strength workout. That is a solid calorie blast right there!
Recruit some help
Personal trainers are at the gym for a reason. If you are unsure of how to use the machines or even how you should really strength train, hire a trainer for a few sessions to help you. Our jobs are to show you how to work out effectively, which includes varied routines and injury free sessions. It is a great investment if you really don’t know where to start, or if you are just looking to change it up a bit.
Change the plane
Exercising on a different plane than you are used to can really change the exercise you are doing. Going from a more stable plane (the floor), to a less stable plane (a foam pad, bosu ball, etc.), can really make you engage your muscles in a different, more effective way. I tend to do most of my exercise on a bosu ball to keep my core engaged the whole time. This makes my mid section much stronger, reduces low back injuries, and cuts down on the ab-isolating exercises I do in a workout session. Seems like a win-win to me!
Exercise with a friend
Have a friend that loves hitting the gym? Tag along with them next time. Just seeing how someone else travels through a workout can give you some more ideas of different and challenging exercises to do. Oh, and it is a lot of fun to chat through sets with someone – it makes the time fly!