via – Jon Cebula, Team AVAC®
We are all busy people looking to make the most out of the time we have. This is also true in the fitness world. Some days it’s hard enough just to make it to the gym, let alone put in an exorbitant amount of time. Here are 3 tips for making the most of your time in the gym.
1) Pre- & Post- Workout Nutrition
A.K.A.”Exercise Nutrition.” This is the food you put into your body before, during and after a workout. We have all heard the tales that nutrition is a large portion of determining your overall health and wellness. The quality of what we put into our body will be directly related to the quality our bodies put out. Fuel up 1-2 hours before your workout. Replenish and rehydrate after your workout with high quality water and protein. For more information check out this article: http://www.precisionnutrition.com/workout-nutrition-explained
2) Keep Your Cardio to About 20-Minutes
Don’t waste valuable time with 45-, 60- or even 90-minutes of CARDIO! Keep it to approximately 20-minutes worth of work and pick UP the INTENSITY. Be a Ferrari not a Dump Truck. Learn to move quickly with intention and power. The Matrix cardio equipment on the Fitness Floor all have a fantastic cardio training program called, “Sprint 8”. It is a 20-minute interval based cardio workout program. Basically, it’s 30-seconds of all out effort followed by 90-seconds of recovery for 8-rounds.
If you would like to learn more, email me at jcebula@AVAC.us for a complimentary introduction to the Sprint8 system.
3) Build Muscle!
It cannot be achieved through cardio alone! Be bold, be strong, build muscles!
As muscle mass increases ⇑, body fat decreases ⇓. The more muscle you have the more calories you burn. 1-pound of muscle burns approximately 5-7 calories per hour, which is approximately 5-times more then 1-pound of fat. So, lift weight, push hard, and increase the load when appropriate. To learn more about a Professional Introduction to Basic Weight Training, contact me at: jcebula@AVAC.us .
These are a few great suggestions on how to start maximizing your workout experience. For additional maximization ideas check-out this article: http://www.muscleandfitness.com/muscle-fitness-hers/hers-workouts/5-strategies-maximize-your-gym-time
I hope these ideas got your wheel turning. If you have any additional questions, I’m ALWAYS around. See you on the Fitness Floor!
Jonathan W. Cebula, Lead Trainer
Almaden Valley Athletic Club®