The most effective workouts is when the full body is being put to work. Effective workouts are usually fast, intense and stress the muscles until fatigue sets in. You reaching your fitness goals are dependent on how hard your work.
If your goal is to burn fat and build muscle, then performing the right workouts will be key. Regardless of which workouts you choose, if you are consistent, you will get the results you’re looking for.
So which workouts are more effective when it comes to helping you reach your goals? Below are my 10 ways to have the most effective workouts and help you get results.
1. Make Sure You’re Rested
There’s nothing worse than trying to perform an intense workout when the body is tired. Not only will you have a sub par workout, but you can risk major injury. Also, a tired mind is a great way to make excuses to skip out on a workout. So making sure you get a good night’s rest and are eating throughout the day, will ensure you have the energy to get through any workout.
2. Keep The Body Moving
The more energy you exert, the more calories that are burned. So making sure whatever workout you are doing, the body is constantly moving. Even if you have to rest, Making sure the time you are resting is minimal. At the same time, make sure to listen to your body. If you feel light headed or feel any pain during your workouts, rest as much as you need until it stops.
3. Stress All Major Muscle Groups
Full body workouts are effective because they stress all major muscle groups. When you build muscle, the body has to expend a lot of energy to maintain those muscles. Thus more calories are being burned. The main muscles you want to focus on are the largest muscles like the chest, back and legs.
4. Don’t Be Afraid To Use Weights
Healthy eating will help you lose the weight you want, but lifting weights helps you sculpt the body you want. Weights allow you to increase the intensity of your workouts by giving your muscles more resistance. This causes your body to work that much harder, thus helping your burn more calories.
5. Try Supersets
Supersets are great because they allow the body to not only keep moving, but also hit more muscles within a workout. When supersetting, make sure you are not hitting the same muscle groups. For example: doing pushups (chest, triceps), and seated rows (back, biceps) is a good exercise working out two different muscle groups.
6. Try Circuit Workouts
Nothing keeps the body moving like a circuit workout. In order to make this work, you need to make sure you plan out your workout. Grabbing all the equipment you need so that you can move quickly through your workout is important.
7. Add Instability To Your Life
Doing an exercise on one leg or arm is a great way to increase the difficulty and workout other muscles in your body. Bosu balls are a great tool to use if you’re looking to bring some instability to your life.
8. Stay Hydrated
Making sure you are hydrated should go without saying. If you are going to perform a very intense workout, then you need to make sure your body is constantly hydrated for your body to function properly.
9. Take Your Time
If you’re looking to really put your muscles to the test, try performing an exercise really slowly. I promise you will feel the burn and get great results from trying this. It may not be the most sexy thing to try, but the results can be amazing.
10. Join A Group
As a personal trainer, I notice that people tend to work harder when they know someone is watching them. Whether you’re with a personal trainer or in a group class, it’s human nature to want to perform your best when eyes are on you. So if you are someone that struggles with motivation, being surrounded by other people could be the boost you need for an effective workout.