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How to make the most out of your gym session

Updated on December 18, 2011

Maximizing your gym session

Some of us invest in a gym membership or make an effort to hit the gym on a regular basis to ensure we get enough exercise. Most of us may have limited time to spend at the gym as we are either rushing there after work, going there early in the morning before work or going there in between appointments.

Knowing how to make full use of your time at the gym helps you to maximize the time you spend there, so that you gain the most benefits in the least amount of time.


Plan your workout session beforehand.

Planning out your session beforehand allows you to have a clear objective on what you want to do so that you maximum your time at the gym. Plan according to the time you can spare. A one hour workout will differ from a two hour workout, so it is important to know how much time you can allocate for each workout session.

It is also a good idea to bring along your gym apparel and other workout necessities so that you save time from having to make a trip home to grab them. This will also reduce the chances of you deciding to stay in once you get home.

Set your fitness goals.

Setting fitness goals will also allow you to plan your workout, which ties back to the previous point. Is your main goal to lose weight, build muscle tone or improve your stamina? If you want to lose weight, you will need to spend time on cardiovascular activities, such as running on the treadmill or the elliptical trainer. If you want to build muscle tone, you will need to incorporate weight training into your exercise regime. Setting a clear fitness goal will allow you to know what kind of workouts to focus on, so that you maximize your workout. You can also read my other post on the fastest way to burn calories at the gym.

Target other areas when you are resting.

If you are taking a break from doing crunches, you can switch over to other exercise that targets other parts of your body such as your biceps or hamstrings. This will help you to maintain your heart rate and maximize the calories burned, so that you make the most out of your gym session. However, you should know when to take a break if you are feeling exhausted. Pushing yourself too much can harm your body.


Learn to use free weights.

Free weights are versatile and the best thing about them is they can target several muscle groups at one time. Gym machines generally isolate and target one muscle group at a time, but they do help you to focus on working out the particular muscle group at that time. Using free weights also save you time from having to switch from machines to machines and waiting for other people to finish using the equipment. Workouts such as biceps curl, dumbbell deadlift and squats go well with free weights.

I hope the above points will help you to maximize your session at the gym and make the most out of your time spent. Happy working out!

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