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How to Make the Most of Your Time at the Gym

Haley Shaw is a wellness specialist and public speaker for her company, Amp Up Fitness. Here, she offers her tips on how to make the most of your time at the gym. 

In order to maximize your time at the gym, torching calories and feeling the burn (in the best way!) are key. So, how do we go about that? I broke down a few tips for you to start incorporating into your fitness schedule because nothing feels better than getting a real good sweat session in.

Work on Big Muscle Groups

If you know you won’t have much time to spend at the gym, consider working large muscle groups like your chest, back, quads, glutes, and hamstrings.

Focus on Compound Movements

Compound movements are ones that include more than one joint movement at the same time. For example, instead of doing a leg extension, do a squat. A squat would involve movement not only in the knee joint, but also in all the joints in the feet, hips, and ankles. Exercise moves to consider: pull-ups, rows, push-ups, sit-ups, kettlebell swings, deadlifts, etc.

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High-intensity interval training is an exercise strategy that alternates short bursts of intense physical activity with rest periods. These workouts typically range anywhere from 4 to 30 minutes and have been shown to increase fat burning.

Take a Class

If the weight room isn’t really your thing and you don’t see yourself planning out which muscle groups you want to tackle each day of the week, why not let someone else take that on? There are plenty of classes to suit your interests. A few examples include Pilates, barre, dance, Tabata, etc.

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