Samara Donald is: The Gym Coach

Make the most of your workout!

New Year! Plan for a busy gym:

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people make New Years resolutions around weight loss. In fact according to dailypress.com, of the top 10 New Years resolution, the top 3 are health related (#1 Diet, #2 Stop Smoking, #3 Fitness). Not that new years resolutions are bad, they can be a great way for people to find a new momentum and focus on their health, and that’s always good!

The challenge is for us regular gym goers – busy gyms. Here are a couple of things you can do to avoid the busy gym this January:

1) Plan your gym visit for very early or mid-day if you can, and skip the weekends!. Most new gym goers plan a session in the evening, or before work. Try to hit the gym outside of these rush hours, even if it means modifying your schedule. You’ll be sure to have full access to the treadmills and other machines.

2) Decide to focus on a little more weight training this January: Most new gym goers stick to the cardio machines and classes. Why not use this opportunity to focus on building muscle this month, and develop a 5 day a week weight training plan. 5 days allows you to split up the major muscle groups into 2 per day (10 major muscle groups: quads, glutes, hamstrings, calves, abs/core, back, chest, shoulders, biceps, triceps).

3) Do it outside – Even if it’s chilly out you can put on some warm weather gear and get out for a run or two. Add a route with some stairs to mix it up. This will help you have a plan for the busiest gym days like Saturday and Sunday.

And don’t worry, before you know it February will be here and your gym will be yours again!

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This entry was posted on December 30, 2010 by in fitness, routine and tagged , , , .
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