How to Crush It Every Workout
You work hard and want to see results. But could you take it up a notch? Increasing the intensity of your workouts can take your fitness to a new level. But it’s also important to keep safety in mind. The last thing you want to do is go overboard and end up with an injury.
Ramping up your workouts
Ramping up your workouts can be beneficial in several ways. The most obvious benefit is improved fitness, such as increased strength, endurance, and cardiovascular fitness. But giving it your all also has additional health benefits.
When you crush it every workout, you’re likely to burn more calories and increase weight loss and body fat reduction. Plus, pushing yourself during your workout will have a long afterburn effect, which means you’ll continue burning more calories per hour after an intense workout than if you took it easy. And as an added bonus, you may be able to shave a little time off your workout.
Taking your workout to the next level
There are several things you can do to take your workout up a notch. Consider some of the following suggestions:
It’s hard to give it your all if your body is unprepared. Optimize your nutrition and drink plenty of water before and during your workout. For example, eat a light snack that combines a carbohydrate and protein before a workout.
Imagine the results
It can be difficult to feel motivated to huff and puff your way through a workout at the end of a long day. Instead of focusing on the process, think about your goals and the results you want.
Mix in explosive moves
Add explosive moves into your routine, such as plyometric pushups and jump squats. Explosive moves increase intensity and work fast-twitch muscles.
Challenge your muscles differently
Consider performing supersets or adding instability exercises to your workout. For example, using a wobble board or BOSU ball while you do squats requires more muscle involvement to maintain balance. Also, add in a few compound exercises to work multiple muscle groups at once.
Watch the clock
Too many breaks can lower your heart rate and intensity. Consider allowing a minute or less between sets or better yet, add a cardio interval between strength training sets.
How much is too much?
Pinpointing a limit for how much exercise is too much is difficult to say. What’s right for one person could be excessive for another, depending on health, age, and fitness levels.
Exercise should not negatively affect your mood or ability to sleep. If your immune system is low and you’re sick and exhausted all the time, you may be over doing it. Like most things in life, balance is key. Working out hard can be a great way to improve your fitness level. But exercise should be a part of your life, not your entire world.
Interested in ramping up the intensity of your workouts to maximize your fitness, stamina, and visible results? The fitness training experts at Elite Triangle Fitness are here to help you with a personalized program designed to help you reach your goals. Call us for a free consultation today!