1. IMPROVE YOUR FORM
Proper form or technique is critical to getting the most out of whatever exercise you are doing. If you do certain weight lifting exercises using poor form you may end up with an injury, or worse. The squat, deadlift, and bench press being prime examples.
Do your homework and ask someone you trust the proper way to do an exercise so that you can get the full benefit from that exercise. Don’t sacrifice quality for quantity. The end goal of any exercise is to improve fitness and strength, not as a bragging point. You do enough work using good form, your physique will brag for you.
2. USE A FULL RANGE OF MOTION
There are plenty of folks out there who actually think they are doing a particular exercise with proper form, but are actually doing partial reps as opposed to “full range of motion” reps.
The most common exercises where I see partial reps are the push-up, pull-up, squat, and the deadlift. If you do partial reps on any of these exercises you are missing out on the full benefit of the exercise. For example, if your push-up doesn’t get you past a 90 deg bend in your elbows, your chest (pectoralis) muscles are barely getting engaged.
Yes, it’s harder to do full range of motion reps on all of the exercises, but I promise you it’s worth it.
Doing the same exercises the same way over and over again is not only boring but not nearly as effective as they would be if you change some things up.
Let’s use the push-up again: hand position can be shifted an inch either way and you effectively change how it hits the muscles. Feet position can make the move harder or easier. Lift your butt up in the air (think Downward Facing Dog), and now your shoulders will be more affected.
Using your imagination will not only alleviate boredom, but will hit muscles you didn’t even know you had.
These are just a few ways to improve your workouts. Now go #GetFit & StayFit!