With years of experience and thousands of coaching hours Gym66 takes a no-nonsense approach to getting clients results, giving them what they need and not what they want to hear. So here are some top tips to getting started with lifting weights...
Ditch The Cardio:
Yes, going to the gym and spending an hour trudging away on the cross trainer is better than not going to the gym at all, but it’s not the best bang for your buck… and its definitely no fun!
We work with women wanting to lose fat and build strong, sexy legs and better bums. To do this, you need to work out with intensity! You need to get a sweat on, get out of breath, and work hard.
If you insist on sticking to your cardio machines, choose interval training over a steady state session. If you really want to step it up a gear, then keep reading.
Don’t be scared to lift weights:
“I don’t want to get too big” and “will I look like a man?” are questions we hear working in the fitness industry all the time. It couldn’t be further from the truth… especially if you pay attention to our third tip.
Resistance training (lifting weights) is a fantastic way to burn a lot of calories in a short space of time, build muscle in areas you want to look good, and keep your training interesting for longer!
We would recommend training the muscle groups you want to improve 2-3 times per week. Focusing on maintaining perfect form and working in the 8-12 rep range to start.
Focus on the areas you want to look good:
Far too many people fall short of their goal, because they are not actually working towards it! Sound crazy? Let us explain.
Let’s say you want to build a perkier bum, neither sitting on a bike for an hour or copying your boyfriend’s weights programme is directly training your glutes (bum). So although you’re hitting to the gym, you’re not working towards YOUR goal and will be disappointed with the results.
Using our example, we would recommend you train your glutes directly using exercises such as glute bridges, lateral lunges and side lying abduction 2-3 per week.
Have a Plan:
You’ve decided to ditch the boring cross trainer sessions and give weight training a go. You know that you need to be training the muscles you want to look good directly. And you might throw in some interval training every now and then to get your heart rate up… Now its time to make a plan!
Decide how many times a week you can train, what exercises you are going to do on what days, and stick to it. Record what you do, and try and push a little harder each week. Consistency is the key!