A safe, productive trip to the gym takes brains just as much as brawn. We asked Teresa Wade at Sports Barn for some tips on how to get the most out of your workout. Don’t miss this expert advice!
Teresa Wade, Trainer, Sportsbarn
By Brian Beise
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Hydrate: Hydration keeps your body flushing out toxins while you work out. Drink water on the way to the gym, while you’re there, on your way home, and for the rest of the day.
Set Goals: If you don’t set measurable goals, how can you know you’re making progress? Consult with a professional trainer to figure out your fitness goals and the best ways to achieve them, and design your workout from there.
Focus on Form: Bad form leads to injury and poor performance in the long run. Unfortunately, most of us have imbalances and areas of bad form we don’t know about. Consult a trainer or therapist to evaluate your form and prescribe corrective exercises.
Confuse Your Body: Vary your workout routine, exercising different muscles in different ways. This keeps your muscles adapting and growing. It also keeps you from getting bored and lowers your risk of injury from overdoing specific exercises.
Challenge Your Body: The length and intensity of your workout depends on your fitness level and your goals. Whatever you do, make sure your body feels challenged.