Trainer Tip Tuesday: Keep your muscles confused
if you are doing the same workout day in and day out your body eventually adapts. Switching it up will help you to get stronger, build endurance and train different muscle fibers.
I try to mix up my cardio weekly I never do the same thing 2 days in a row. I usually choose, boot camp, T-25, insanity, or getting outside for a run or walk with Cooper as my cardio. My muscles stays confused and I am constantly challenging myself.
I am also fortunate to teach classes
that work on all aspects of training so I am able to get a variety of workouts and I am forced to do them
During Group Power
we focus on strength training.
Yesterday I switched our Group Power workout to an older routine from APRIL that focused on lighter weights and higher reps.. man did my muscles feel it, but the change was great. I noticed the calorie burn was significantly higher then last weeks workout because I mixed it up, my heart rate was higher and I was working harder.
With Boot Camp the focus is different. We do more cardio, we work on balance training, and muscle endurance. Some of the exercises we do work on speed, agility, and athletic type training so its difficult but fun at the same time!
Believe it or not while teaching my senior class I get a low impact workout with moves that train all my muscles in a milder form, while keeping my heart rate!
The point is, mix it up! Challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new
How do you challenge your muscles?
Are you in a fitness rut? Try mixing up your workouts or go to a new fitness class!
For more of my Trainer Tips check our my previous posts:
Trainer Tip #8: Make time for yourself
Trainer Tip #7: Get more out of your Group Fitness Class
Trainer Tip #6 Choose exercise that you enjoy doing
Trainer Tip #5 Quality vs Quantity
Trainer Tip #4 Lift a little heavier
Trainer Tip #3 A short workout is better then no workout
Trainer Tip #2 Exercising outdoors
Trainer Tip Tuesday #1: If you don’t like an exercise, start doing it!