How to Maximize your Workout

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 Eat Healthy Carbs Before a Work out

Eating healthy, slow-burning carbohydrates before a workout can help to lower insulin levels and burn more fat during the day. Your muscles rely heavily on the carbohydrates as fuel, and will burn through them quickly when you start working out. Here is a list of foods, such as whole grains, that could be beneficial to your workout:

  • Oatmeal
  • Buckwheat
  • Fruit
  • Whole wheat bread   

Listen to Music

Listening to music while working out can benefit you by motivating you to work harder. Because of this, it can help you to do 1-2 more reps per set, which adds up to a lot over time. It can also do a lot to elevate your mood and make you happier, which could also make you want to do more, or return to the gym more often. While listening to music is great for your workout, listening to music that is too fast or too slow could have opposite effects, so make sure that you’re listening to music that is at a good pace for you and your workout.

Do Cardio after Lifting Weights

Doing cardio after lifting weights allows for your body to burn fat faster. Why? Because working out allows your body to generate ATP, and ATP helps you to burn fat. Instead of doing cardio first and having to break through all the layers to get to ATP, it is more beneficial to lift first, get to the point where there’s only less layers to get through until the ATP is generated, and then do cardio, where you can almost immediately break through to that fat-burner.

Interval Training

There are many perks of interval training, most to do with efficiency and effectiveness. This is because alternating intensities of lifting and cardio workouts has you continually burning calories for hours afterward. This is great for your heart, and on top of that, it builds up your endurance and is more time efficient, so it’s easy to fit in your schedule.

Stretching

Stretching is crucial, and probably the most important part of any active person’s daily life. This is because stretching helps you avoid injury. While it is a preventative measure, it also helps to get you more flexible and strong, which is what everyone wants out of a workout. Lastly, stretching helps with your mobility and endurance in the long-term.

All in all,  the  importance of stretching, eating well, and utilizing strategic workouts is essential to maximizing your time at the gym. Schedule a free consultation with us today, or check out of class schedules for group fitness!