How To Navigate The Gym With This 5 Tips

It's the beginning of the year, and we all know how gyms can get super crowded and a little overwhelming. That’s why I love the  Tone It Up program, because i don’t even have to leave my house for a workout!.  But if you are a gym person here is how to get the most out of your gym experience with this 5 tips!

Familiarize yourself with the set-up
The first step to mastering the gym: Knowing where all of the equipment is and how it works. Most gyms will give you a tour when you sign up. If you’ve been a member for awhile but still feel a little lost or have no idea how to use that one pesky leg machine, don’t be shy! Just ask the front desk employees to show you around. They want you to be able to utilize the equipment and enjoy your workout, so they’ll be more than happy to assist you!

Don’t be scared of the weight room
Weights are for everyone – not just the dudes who hang out by the bench press! Strength training and toning, whether it be with 5 pounds or 50 pounds, can benefit all. Adding weight to your leg and upper body routines will help you build lean muscle and burn extra calories. If you’re uncomfortable hitting up the weight room, bring a friend with you to start. The buddy system can reduce tension and make the workout fun!

Have a plan, but be flexible
Gyms are typically packed this time of year. But this doesn’t mean you have to throw in the towel for your w workout! Plan your workout the night before. If a machine or weight that you need is taken, continue on to the next workout that doesn’t use it. You can always circle back to that move or swap in another piece of equipment. For example, if you plan on using dumbbells, sub in kettlebells or bring your booty bands for resistance. Or if all the treadmills or taken, opt for a bike or the stair master for your cardio.

Get class-y
Lots of gyms have really great classes you can add to your routine. Most offer yoga and spin classes that are perfect to hit up with a girl friend. Check your gym’s schedule in advance. You may need to sign up early if spots fill up quickly.

BYO Breakfast
If you run straight from the gym to work or school, make sure to bring your breakfast with you! Remember, your body needs protein 30 minutes after a workout in order to build beautiful lean muscle. Pack a piece of fruit and scoop of protein shake. 

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