I unearthed my Top 3 Personal Training Pet Peeves and provided solutions for each. Are you guilty of any of these?
As a registered dietitian and personal trainer one of my main goals is to help people be in the best shape possible both physically and internally, however most of us have some types of destructive behavior that we’re prone to. It’s easy to identify that in our diets – We love salty chips or we can’t resist Mom’s macaroni and cheese. It can be harder to scout out destructive habits at the gym, so today I’m bringing you my Top 3 Personal Trainer Pet Peeves. There are the 3 things you might be doing in the gym that's hurting your workout.
· Holding On To the Treadmill
o Walking at an incline is one of the best forms of cardio, especially if you’re someone who can’t or doesn’t love to run. However if you’re upping the incline of the treadmill, but holding on to the sides, you’re only achieving about 40% of the efficiency of the workout.
o My tips is to either lower the incline to a level can you comfortably and safely remove your hands OR alternate 30 seconds of holding with 30 seconds of walking. It will see harder and that’s the point.
· Resting Too Long Between Sets
o Maybe this is you and maybe it’s not, but the gym can become a part of your social life. You can knock out one set of squats and then chat for 90 seconds. The problem is you’re letting your heart rate decrease significantly and lowering the overall intensity of your workout.
o My tip is to incorporate supersets into your workout. Alternate 2 exercises for 2-3 rounds. That way while one muscle recovers you can focus on a different muscle and keep your heart rate and calorie burn up.
· Not Using Heavy Enough Weights
o This one is for the ladies. Ladies, using heavy weights won’t make you bulk up like a body builder. Women simply don’t have the testosterone levels of men and if your diet is in the right calorie range bulk will not follow heavy weights.
o Tip if you can complete 10 repetitions with a weight then it’s not heavy enough.
o Did you know that Cameron Diaz uses 20-pound weights in her workouts?