Whether maintaining a healthy lifestyle, trying to lose that last bit of baby weight or training for your next competition, consistently and effectively going to the gym can be both daunting and time-consuming. Despite the commitment, once you begin seeing the results you want, it all becomes worth it. Stronger, faster, sexier, healthier, more energetic — whatever you’re looking to get out of your gym time can be found with the help of these tips to maximize your workout.
Maximize your workout
- Partner up. Resist the urge to put on your headphones and zone out alone at the gym. A training buddy, or your partner, can help you maximize your workout. They motivate you on those mornings you don’t want to get out of bed and go to a gym, spot your lift in the weight room and hold you accountable — just as you’ll do for them.
- Think outside the box. Sure you could go to the weight room (again), run on the treadmill (again) or, you could freshen up your workout by thinking outside of the box, and outside of the gym. Take a yoga class. Go for a run in the woods. Conquer the stairs like Rocky. Join a recreational basketball team. You don’t need gym equipment to maximize your workout. Or, check out a boutique fitness class.
- Eat slow digesting carbs before workouts. While that plain bagel might sound really good with your morning coffee, it also might not be the best food to fuel your workout. Studies have shown that eating slow digesting carbs, such as whole grains, can lower insulin levels and burn more fat throughout the day.1 Eating slow digesting carbs can help maximize your workout by giving you more endurance and helping you burn more fat during exercise.
- Hit the weight room first and save cardio for after. In order to maximize your workout, studies have shown that it’s important to either lift weights first and then do cardio, or do them on different days. A study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that both growth hormone and testosterone responses to a weight workout were stunted for 24-48 hours post-workout when subjects started with cardio and ended with weight lifting.2
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- Thomas, D., Brotherhood, J., & Brand, J. (1991). Carbohydrate Feeding before Exercise: Effect of Glycemic Index. International Journal of Sports Medicine Int J Sports Med, 12(02), 180186. doi:10.1055/s-2007-1024664
- Schumann, M., Eklund, D., Taipale, R. S., Nyman, K., Kraemer, W. J., Häkkinen, A., Häkkinen, K. (2013). Acute Neuromuscular and Endocrine Responses and Recovery to Single-Session Combined Endurance and Strength Loadings. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 27(2), 421-433. doi:10.1519/jsc.0b013e31827f4a10