Guest post by Kaitlyn Wilson, Marketing Director at Zone Health and Fitness.
Whether you’re just starting out at Zone or you’ve been an athlete your entire life, there are always ways to make your workouts more effective. Follow these tips to see more results.
Eat Something Before Workouts
Start With A Warmup You Like
Begin your time at Zone with whatever gets you most excited about exercise. Love stretching? Use the stretching cage in the Functional Training Zone before you take a class or hit the machines. Do you love quiet time? Sit in the sauna for a quick 10-minute sweat or lie back on the hydro-massage bed to relieve achy muscles. Starting with your preferred warm-up will motivate you and get you mentally ready for the workout ahead.
Feel The Burn
You’ve escaped the temptation of choosing the couch and made it to the gym, so now it’s time to work. Max out your calories burned by choosing a high-intensity interval training workout. Some great class options at Zone are:
Ignite, a High Intensity Interval Training class based on athletic conditioning, plyometrics and strength training. This class utilizes a variation of ropes, kettle bells, TRX, medicine balls and functional training equipment resulting in improved athletic endurance, increased metabolism, muscular strength and fat loss. The core elements in this workout are performance balance, athletic movement and integrated strength, preparing all types of athletes to meet the demands of sport, recreation and real life.
Cardio Sculpt, which incorporates cardio interval training and strength training. You will utilize various equipment (dumb bells, bars, bands, etc.) for the strength training segment. This class will keep your heart rate elevated through the entire workout giving you a total body workout.
Les Mills BODYPUMP™, a weight training class that will make you toned, lean and fit. Using light to moderate weights with lots of repetition (reps). BODYPUMP™ gives you a total body workout that burns lots of calories. It’ll also tone and shape your body, without adding bulky muscles.
These classes are great options so you don’t go into your workout not having a plan, which can be the most discouraging part of starting any workout schedule. Keep in mind that every pound of muscle that replaces a pound of fat works for you and burns calories just by existing! So get off the treadmill and implement some weight training in your schedule.
Hire A Personal Trainer or Share One With A Friend
Having a trainer at hand can help you understand what to do and why to do it. He or she will hold you accountable and help you get the most out of your workouts. Treat yourself to one on one training or group training with a friend for the summer!