Looking around at the majority of the population it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that most folks aren’t getting the most out of their workouts. Poor lifestyle habits, bad program design, and the inability to seek out knowledge for principles that involve effective strength and conditioning tactics all qualify as reasons that people have failing workout programs at every level. I have been a strength and conditioning specialist and professional trainer here in the Atlanta, Georgia area now for over 10 years and I see these very problems with people on a daily basis. The thing is that it doesn’t matter where you are along the spectrum of fitness you will fall short of your goals if you are not getting the most out of your workouts. Athlete or not you must always train smart to get results!
Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Workouts!
Tip 1: Short Intense Bouts Beat Out Long Less Intense Bouts-Thats right, if you are looking at getting REAL results then you are much better off training all out for 10 minutes rather than dragging out an hour long lackadaisical training session. The sooner you can jack up your heart rate, break a sweat, and start sucking wind the sooner you will start to see results. Its simple, the harder you train the better the results! Just make sure you are smart about how you go about doing it. Obviously if you are just starting back you don’t want to over do it to the point that you injure yourself or are too sore to function for a week. There is a fine balance to find here and you have got to work on that aspect of your training. Train hard, but train smart!
Tip 2: Engage In Multi-Joint Exercises-I don’t care if you are looking at losing inches off of your waistline or trying to beat up on the defensive lineman across from you on the line of scrimmage. Either way you have got to engage in multi-joint exercises to get sound results. Multi-joint means that you execute exercises that involve more than one joint action. For instance, a bicep curl would be considered a single joint activity because the only joint involved in the action of flexion and extension is the elbow joint. A good multi-joint exercise to blister the biceps along with many other muscles would be pull ups! By doing pull ups you not only hit your biceps, but you include your lats, shoulders, forearms, and the rest of your core for tremendous core stability. Kill more than one bird with one stone!
Tip 3: Engage In Functional Styles Of Lifting-Kettlebell swings, totes, olympic lifting, sandbags, and plyometrics are all great methods for you to generate a ton of fitness within a relatively short period of time! Not only do you get the benefit of building strength by working your body in this way, but you will also achieve a sound level of cardiovascular fitness, mobility, balance, and coordination at the same time. Remember that training is about a mind-body experience not a mind-numbing one! The mental focus and coordination aspect of training is part of the TRAINING. Ignore the machines and engage in exercises that will get you results.
If you are interested in learning more about these and other great tips for getting the most out of your workouts then feel free to access more of my articles on the subject. Take the time to learn about what works by browsing through my content. Remember that most anyone can train hard, but only the best train smart my friend.