Oct 05, 2018
Summer may have ended but fitness is a year-round commitment.
Here are some expert tips on meeting your workout goals
When it comes to fitness, there are four main goals people wish to hit: weight loss, toning, increasing endurance and building muscle. To accomplish any
one of these goals, a clear fitness regime needs to be set.
Coach Katherine Benson from Fitness First provided her
The main focus should be on creating a deficit with energy
in versus energy out. Therefore, you should be looking
for exercises with high-energy (calories) expenditure
as well as looking at the energy (calories) that you are
consuming - cycling, circuit training, and swimming are
If your aim is to tone up then you need ensure you are
lifting weights - this could be body weight, fixed machines or free weights like dumbbells and barbells. Combine HIIT
workouts with weights to create an 'after-burn effect'.
Pilates is good for strengthening your core.
Mix super-set workouts which keep switching internsiy
gears with low-impact balancing workouts, like yoga, for
the best results. Yoga especially helps lengthen the body
which will make it more mobile following the high-energy
classes advised previously.
To maximise strength gains, you need to keep the weight high
and the reps low - always consider this when selecting your
weights, and don't forget to target all the muscles in your
body. Don't just focus on one section every day.
Your core is especially important as a strong core will mean
you can lift heavier, with better form in the future.