TRAINER TIP TUESDAY #4: Lift a little heavier
I hear it all the time. From people around the gym, sometimes from clients, from friends and family. Every once in awhile it even crosses my mind…
“I’m working out, but my body isn’t changing”
In its simplest form, if you want to see changes in your body, you have to make changes in your workout. Doing the same thing every day or lifting the same weights will most definitely keep you fit, but you may be looking for more. I myself am a very big advocate for incorporating many different forms of exercise into my workouts. Not only does it keep it from getting boring but by confusing your muscles you will get faster, more noticeable results. I am a huge fan of boot camp workouts. They constantly challenge my muscles!!
For those of you who are in a fitness rut try this: instead of lifting the same weights every time you exercise switch it up. Grab a set of dumbells a little bit heavier than usual and do a few less reps with them. See how you feel and listen to your body. The last couple of reps should be difficult.
Please excuse my weird faces!
I CAN RELATE to those of you who have felt that your body wasn’t responding to exercise. With a shoulder injury earlier in the year I was super limited on lifting heavy with my upper body.. it just wasn’t an option. I am at the point where I am increasing weights, and I am finally starting to see the strength gains and changes that I have been waiting for.
Have you ever been frustrated from not seeing results with your workouts? Did you try switching up your routine? Did you notice physical changes in your body?
** I am a Certified Personal Trainer, however you should always consult your Doctor or Physician before beginning a new exercise program or making changes to your fitness routines**