Feel like you have been working hard towards your fitness goals but haven’t seen the progress you are looking for? If you are still trying to reach those new year resolutions you have set, there is always time. All you might need is a quick change of pace.
Let us look at four significant fitness changes to consider making to your program in the year ahead…
1. Shake Up Your Cardio Routine. One error many people make is hitting the gym and doing the same workout over and over again. It is time to get out of that. Shake up your cardio routine. Rather than choosing a piece of cardio equipment at the gym, try something entirely different. Get outside for a run or go rollerblading.
By changing the environment of your workout, you might just look forward to it more, and this can help ensure you get it done.
2. Try New Weight Lifting Exercises. Just like you should not gravitate to the same cardio training day after day after day, you should not be doing the same weightlifting routine either. Try some new exercises this year.
If you have always used dumbbells and barbells, try cables instead for example. They place a slightly different type of stress on your body that will have you seeing results.
3. Break Out Of The 8 to 10 Rep Norm. The 8 to 10 rep range is the one most people work in as it is the one tending to make the most sense. You see significant strength gains while following the 8 to 10 rep range but you get a better metabolic response with the reps in the high field.
Don’t think this is set in stone though. Sometimes, going beyond that rep range – or doing fewer reps can be beneficial. Going beyond the 8 to 10 rep range will help you work on maximum strength development or help with byproduct training. Basically, by taking your rep ranges up high, you will get a good byproduct response in your body, which then helps you burn fat faster.
4. Focus On Form. Finally, do not overlook the importance of the proper mechanics of training to get the most benefit from your time. It is easy to let your form slip, but doing so will eventually land you injured. Take the time this year to perfect specific exercises by body part and the proper way to perform them.
It is a bit of extra work but well worth it.
Keep these points in mind and apply them to your training for best results.