This is something that I have struggled with in the past and I am sure a lot of other people have struggled with too. I used to go to the gym and maybe burn off 100-150 calories in an hour and a half. That’s nothing. I probably burn more sitting down at my desk all day!
Well fear not. I have tips on how to make the most of every gym session!!
1. Drink your pre-workout
This seems like a weird one. Drinking pre-workout is a must. Some of you may ask, what is pre-workout? Well fear not, I am going to tell you. Pre-workout is a drink you take about 30 minutes before you start exercising. The idea is that it gives your body the extra energy and caffeine it needs to get through a workout. If your body is like mine, you’ll die within 15 minutes. I used to crash out for 2 hours as soon as I got home from the gym and constantly yawn when I was there. Drinking pre-workout means that I can last longer in my workouts and put 10 TIMES more effort in than what I would usually do.
My favourite pre-workout at the moment is G-Fuel. It’s a bit on the pricey side and it is shipped from America but
2. Buy yourself a Fitbit
Honestly, my Fitbit (www.fitbit.com) changed my life! I can’t tell you!!!! I have the Fitbit Charge 2 and it’s incredible!! Not only does it track my steps, it tracks how many calories I burn a day, the exercise I do at the gym, my sleep of a night-time and my resting heart rate. I can honestly not tell you how in love with it I am! I mainly use it for tracking my workouts. It tells me how many calories I have burnt and what zone I was working out in; fat burning, cardio or peak. If you’re in the fat burning zone, you are not working hard enough. The heart rate needs to be elevated. The Fitbit is good because it gives you a guideline of where you need to be and it helps you improve your breathing, your exercise and your heart rate. Again, it is quite expensive but you will definitely get your money’s worth. I bought mine on Amazon during the Black Friday sales last year for £118. I think now they are worth about £75.
3. Plan your routine
If I turn up at the gym with no game plan, I. FREAK. OUT. I don’t know where I am supposed to be or what I am supposed to be doing. In my diary, I write down what I am going to train on each day. That way I am already in a routine, I have prepped
4. Grab yourself a good playlist
I cannot tell you how important it is to have a good playlist. I pay for Spotify premium and create my own gym playlist from scratch. It only costs £9 a months and is totally worth it! Personally, I think it is so important to have the right music in your ears when working out. When I have my favourite tunes playing, I am in the zone and motivated to work hard. When my earphones are dead and I have nothing, that’s when I think. And the more I think, the more I talk myself out of it and I just want to do home. I can hear the background noise around me and I get distracted.
As a side note to a good playlist, I highly recommend buying a set of wireless earphones. You will be happy to know, they are inexpensive this time. Once you’ve paid for the Fitbit and G-Fuel, you’ll have no money left. Mine was £10 on Amazon and I swear by them. They are good because I can put my phone on the floor when I’m on a machine without worrying about the cable.
5. Go for that warm up run
I know what you’re thinking. You see the word run and you literally want to run away from this post. Well hear me
One thing that I have just mentioned that I want to backtrack on is stretching. I cannot stress enough that you need to stretch BEFORE and AFTER each workout. It might seem like a lot of hassle but it’s better for you in the long run. You won’t feel stiff and your muscles won’t tense up. They will be free-flowing and as able as they were before you started working out.