5 Tips to survive your workout!

May 13, 2009 at 1:37 pm 3 comments

fitguysback_FullA great workout far outweighs an average one but what makes a workout great? Here are five tips to get the most from your workout.

1. Eat before your workout. It is hard to draw on energy to work hard when there is nothing in your body. A piece of fruit and 5-6 nuts is a good start to carb load before working out.

2. Workout with someone. Either with a trainer, in a group or with a mate. Unless you are talking a lot you are going to get a more intense workout than on your own as you have the opportunity to be pushed.

3. Start with a plan. There is nothing worse than rocking up to workout with absolutely no clue what you are going to do. You arrive and try a bit of this and a bit of that. You have an unbalanced workout which was really rather average and you leave with out finishing properly. A standard plan would be a workout that you complete over 4-6 weeks. A time frame gives you a short term goal to keep you motivated.gymboss

4. Use a timer or count reps to get the most from your workout. Of thousands of workouts performed over 8+ years the most beneficial ones I have seen are where accurate recording takes place whether it is how many seconds the set took or how many reps were performed. I use a timer called the GymBoss interval timer. It is from the states but is sold in Brisbane as well.

5. I know you would have heard this before but a lot of injurys can be avoided if you stretch the tight muscles after a workout. Do not attempt to stretch before a workout as it can be counter productive to your warmup. If you have no clue how to stretch see a personal trainer or start yoga. It is fantastic.

I hope you enjoy your workout and have a productive day!

Tim James

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  • 1. Dimitris (formerly Jim Kay)  |  May 15, 2009 at 11:21 am

    “Do not attempt to stretch before a workout as it can be counter productive to your warmup”

    In what way can it be counter productive? I always thought you’re supposed to stretch before a work out to prep the muscles, joints, etc for the pending workout.

  • 2. Tim James  |  May 15, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    That is why I addressed it Jim. Many people still believe it is necessary but the purpose of a stretch is to lengthen the muscle and a workout shortens the muscle.
    It is therefore counter productive to stretch specific muscles before working them.
    I will mention that a thorough warm up is essential and mobility work as all athletes do is necessary. Thank you for all your comments
    Tim James

  • 3. Dimitris (formerly Jim Kay)  |  May 16, 2009 at 5:19 am

    Thanks for the reply, Tim. Looks like I’ll by modifying my workouts from now on.

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