Maximizing Your Workout

As you go about your workout sessions, one thing that you must make sure you’re doing is maximizing your time in the gym. Many people still spend too much time performing exercises that simply are not going to get them results for their time invested.

Eventually this become frustrating and you can loose interest and possibly discontinue your exercise routine altogether.

Overall its important to make sure that your time exercising is using an effective workout to make use of exercises that can target the muscles that you wish to enhance to get you to the peak level of fitness that you are aiming for.

The following are a few exercise swaps designed to target major muscle groups to give an overall fitness level for strength and endurance.

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Lateral Raises or Shoulder Press

The first exercise swap to make sure you have a set or two of shoulder presses to target the Shoulder muscles. Shoulder presses will target all the heads of the shoulder muscles, but then in addition to that, also target the triceps and biceps as well.

Plus, doing shoulder presses will help to create the illusion of a slimmer waist as well if you can add a bit of added muscle size and definition, so thats another benefit to look forward to.

Hip Raises or Lunges

Hip raises are one move that many of us get into the habit of doing believing they are going to firm up the backside. Not always the case.

Hip raises really don’t work enough total muscle fibers and essentially are not as effective as lunges.

Lunges are far more superior because not only will they work the same muscles you were intending with those hip raises – the glutes, but they’ll also work the hamstrings, quads, as well as the core.

Doing this exercise will getr great results in a very short time period.

Bicep Curls or Chin-Ups

For your upper body, if you want to create arms that look solid, consider swapping out your bicep curls and doing chin-ups instead.

Chin-ups are very often overlooked, but these are one of the most effective exercises that you can use.

Chin-ups will target the biceps as well as the lat muscles, helping you build stronger back muscles. When you do chin-ups, consider taking a brief pause at the top of the exercise for a second or two.

This will increase the total time under tension and make sure that you fatigue the muscle to a maximum state.

Crunches or Prone Ball Roll Ins

For your abdominal muscles, many people believe crunches in the gym to be effective.

Instead, consider doing the prone ball roll in. This exercise is great because not only will it place the abs under a great deal of tension, but it’s also going to work the hip flexors as well as the shoulders and arms.

It really is a full body movement, so you’ll likely feel it almost everywhere as you execute it. To get best results while doing this movement, make sure that you keep your abs squeezed the entire time and the hips elevated when you move into the stretched position.

Take your time with this exercise, but rather move the ball inwards and outwards in as smooth and controlled manner as possible.

Leg Extensions or Step-Ups

Another good swap to consider making is to swap out the leg extensions that you might be performing with some step-ups instead.

While leg extensions can be good for zeroing in on your quad muscles if this is the primary muscle group that you want to target, they aren’t going to be as effective as step-ups.

Step-ups, like lunges, are going to work the glutes, quads, hamstrings, as well as the core, so you’ll get a full lower body workout while you do them.

This means you’ll burn more calories total throughout the entire workout session, while also boosting your strength levels to a higher extent as well.

So there you have some of the key exercises that you should consider dropping from your workout program and which you should consider adding instead.

At the end of the day, this is also what will create the greatest metabolic response for you, which will mean greater fat loss over the 24 hour period, moving you one step closer to creating that lean, yet muscular body you’re after.

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2 Responses to “Maximizing Your Workout”

  1. John
    February 13, 2015 at 6:15 pm #

    Hey man, this actually makes sense. I’ve been looking for something that clicked and this is it. Thanks for putting this out there for people like me to find.

  2. Eric
    February 16, 2015 at 4:55 pm #

    Lunges kill man, you have to work them but if you do them right they will work you like nothing before. You really have the best tips in this article. WTG!

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