Preparing For Your Workout

Preparation is key when it comes to a successful workout. If you come to the gym without a successful plan in place, chances are you will leave without a successful workout. Today we are sharing four ways to improve your workouts before your heart rate begins to rise.

Plan your workouts for the week.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but creating a plan will help to ensure that you complete your scheduled workouts each week. Though it varies for each person, a successful workout plan generally includes two days of strength based training and two days of cardio.

Eat a snack prior to your workout

When you fuel up prior to a workout, chances are you’ll perform better during your workout and recover more quickly. Simple carbohydrates such as a piece of fruit, oatmeal, or greek yogurt, will digest quickly and provide you with quick energy.

Wear proper gear

Clothing that breathes well and is designed as activewear will help you feel cool and comfortable during your workout. In addition, the shoes you wear are equally important. Make sure you have proper support in your footwear and that they are designed for the type of exercise you are about to do.

Roll out/stretch/warm up

Never start your workout cold. Instead, take a few minutes to roll out with a foam roller (see our video tutorial here (link)), stretch, and take some time to ease into your workout. This will help to reduce injury and improve overall mobility.

Armed with these four pre-workout guidelines, we think you will see improvement in your weekly sweat sessions. You might also find that your workouts seem easier and even more fun once you have a plan in place!