Trainer tip from Kristin Gellert
How many sets? How many reps? Instead of spending an hour counting, spend your time listening to your body and focusing on what muscles are being activated. Before each exercise ask yourself what the goal of the exercise is. Are you trying to reach a target heart rate, or work a certain muscle group? Remember that goal throughout the entire exercise, whether it be cardio or weights. This will ensure that you are using the proper muscles and not letting a tired or weak muscle hide behind a stronger muscle, leading to further muscle imbalance. By focusing on which muscles to use, you will ensure that those muscles get their best workout. Feel the muscle work through its entire range and don't let it rest until you allow it to.
For example, your biceps is working as you curl the weight up and is still working to allow that weight to come back down. The arm is not just relaxing on the deceleration. Keep a focused workout and you can use your time in the gym much more effectively and see results much faster. If you have any questions on how to properly engage a certain muscle group, ask the floor trainer on duty or set up a time to talk with one of our certified personal trainers so you can get the most out of your workouts. By focusing your efforts, you can get a better workout in half the time. Maybe then you will have time to add in some stretching, cardio, and those pesky planks that you've been avoiding.
~ Kristin Gellert