4 Pro-Tips for a Successful Gym Session

You've found a great gym, and you've set aside the time to go, so you're definitely on track to achieve your fitness goals, right?

Not necessarily. Showing up is the first crucial step, but there are a number of mistakes that can derail your progress and set back your growth. To make sure that your gym sessions will be successful, keep these four key points in mind.

1. Focus: Do not go to the gym to socialize. Go to the gym to WORK!

Making friends at the gym is great; it’s fun to meet new people who are also interested in a healthy lifestyle, and it can serve as extra motivation to make gym-going a regular habit. Gym friends can help keep you on track, but only if you stay focused on your main reason for being there. Standing around discussing last night's game or next Saturday’s barbecue won’t do your body any favors, but it might deplete the valuable time you set aside for your workout.

Try to limit your socializing to a friendly smile or a “Hi” in passing until afteryou’ve finished with what you really came to do.

2. Have a plan: Make a schedule and routine that you can track and follow.

You wouldn’t set off on a road trip without a map, or try to assemble a piece of furniture without consulting the instructions. Similarly, you shouldn’t embark on a new fitness regimen without a plan to guide you.

A good routine will allow you to understand where you're seeing improvements, and where you need to work harder. Consult a fitness professional if you need help designing one that is customized to your specific goals.

3. Push yourself: If you’re not sweating or tired at the end of your workout, you didn't work hard enough.

Even the best routine in the world won’t bring you the results you want unless you also bring the effort in the gym! No matter what your goals are—losing weight, building muscle, gaining strength or improving stamina—it takes real work and exertion to see the physical changes you desire.

Don’t be afraid to push yourself, and don’t be afraid to sweat!

4. Seek expert advice: If you are inexperienced in the field of fitness, consult a professional, even if it is simply for friendly guidance.

When adopting a new routine, it’s a great idea to speak to a qualified fitness professional who can introduce you to new techniques and workouts, give you important feedback, and keep you on track to meet your goals.

You might decide to take advantage of their expertise through a personal training session, but even if you don’t, you will take away some helpful advice or direction.

Showing up is important, but it doesn’t guarantee success on its own. But these four key strategies will help make every minute in the gym count—and lead you to real, measurable fitness improvements.

How to Stay Motivated Throughout a Workout Program

Setting a fitness goal is simple. Sticking to it, however, is a completely different story. So many people develop a workout routine but fail to keep up with it for more than a handful of sessions. Staying motivated when it feels like you aren't making any progress is tough. But if you are able to push through this initial slump, you'll be greatly rewarded with real results from all your hard work. Here are three ways to stay motivated when starting a workout routine.

Set Short Term Goals

It's great to set long-term goals for weight loss or your fitness performance. But when all you are doing is focusing on these long-term goals that are 6 months down the road or more, the mindset of "I'm never going to make it" quickly sets in. Or you might find yourself thinking, "It doesn't matter if I skip this one workout. I'll make up for it next time," but "next time" never comes.

Along with your long-term goals, set short-term goals that challenge you, but are achievable within two weeks. You might aim to do 15 push ups or jog a mile on the treadmill. Reaching your goals gives you a tremendous sense of accomplishment, motivating you to keep going. Once you've completed your short-term goal, set a new one to focus on. Our Fitness Fusion Classes are the perfect boost to get these short term goal mentality started!