Easy Gym Workouts for the Unmotivated

Easy Gym Workouts for the Unmotivated
If you are overweight and have gotten to the point where you're ready to hit the gym to start shedding more weight and gaining more muscle, there are many workouts you can do to help ease you back into the gym scene. Before getting into the specifics of these exercise and workout programs, you must know the basics of what not to do when it comes to exercising.
Common Mistakes Made When Exercising at the Gym: Cardio
So many people who want to lose weight and feel that the gym is the best place to do this could potentially run into some roadblocks. For those beginner gym goers, they may be exercising incorrectly and not realizing it. If you're not informed of what NOT to do you will never see results and you could do more harm than good.
1. Slouching on gym equipment is not going to maximize your cardio workout. Don't lean forward, lean back, or hang on with an extremely tight grip. This causes your back to round out. When you do this to your spine it doesn't allow for much support. If one of your goals is to strengthen your core muscles this isn't going to help. You need to engage your core by sitting or standing straight to optimize your results.
2. Don't hold on to any type of cardio equipment too tightly. This contributes to slouching and allows you to "cheat." It restricts your arms from moving hence restricting you to burn a lot of calories. If you don't feel comfortable with the gym equipment without gripping onto it tightly, a great alternative is to lightly rest your fingers on the bar. As you gain confidence and get more familiar with the equipment, start dropping a few fingers off the bar or even your entire hand. By letting your arm swing freely, you will increase your heart rate and will be able to burn more calories comfortably and confidently.
3. Using gym equipment to catch up on your reading is a big no-no. If you are on the bike, elliptical or treadmill and you're reading rather than focusing on your workout then you're probably not getting a workout. Save the reading for home and the gym for burning off that fat! Don't just go through the motions; leave the book at home and focus on your body, your intensity level and your breathing.
4. Never walk with weights. While this appears to be a good idea it actually limits your workout by compromising your stride. By adding weights to your hands, wrists or ankles you are essentially forcing your body to move in a more exaggerated manner. Another thing to keep in mind is that if you lean too far back or forward you will add unnecessary stress on your ankles, quadriceps, shoulders, shins, and your lower back. For the best results keep your strength training and cardio separate.
5. A common misconception is that only doing cardio exercises you will still achieve amazing results. While cardio is a must in any successful workout regimen, you will need strength training to rebuild the muscle you began losing at the age of 30. This will increase your metabolism which in turn burns more calories. Adding formal strength training to your workout routine 2 to 3 times per week separate from cardio will allow you see amazing results more quickly.
6. You are paying to go to the gym to exercise, not socialize. If you have the energy to catch up with your friends at the gym while doing cardio either face-to-face or in person you are not allowing yourself to get into a good target heart rate zone. By talking and holding onto hand grips too tightly, your chances of reaching that target heart rate zone are slim and won't be beneficial at all to your weight loss goals. A good thing to remember is do your gym cardio as you would if you were jogging, walking, running, or cycling outside.
Common Mistakes Made When Exercising at the Gym: Weight Lifting
The goal of a personal trainer is to help their clients get the best results. Just as with cardio, there are many errors that you can make when starting your strength training, especially if you're a beginner and you're not familiar with how to use weights properly. The following list includes what NOT to do when doing weight lifting exercises.
1. Don't ever copy another client or trainer's moves. Trainers will develop a training plan based upon the client's goals, pre-existing injuries and/or time. If a trainer is doing a specific move they are basing that move on what their client's goals are and what they are capable of. Even though utilizing personal trainers are the best choice in getting your desired results, don't do any exercises without knowing the correct technique and form or you could cause yourself to get injured.
2. Check the weights on a machine that a trainer just used. Don't just take on the same amount of weights that the trainer used as it may be too much or too little for you to handle. If you are jumping on a machine after a trainer, make sure you change the weights to the appropriate amount that matches your goals and capabilities.
3. To get the best results, increase lean muscle, burn more calories, and decreasing body fat, lifting weights is a must. Knowing the appropriate amount of weight you should life is crucial. If you're lifting weights that are too light, you won't achieve the results you want; if you're lifting weights that are too heavy, you risk getting injured. Women are more likely to lift weights that are too light thinking that, if they lift heavier weights, they will bulk up. Men on the other hand are more likely to lift heavier weights to get that bulk only to realize they are straining themselves by doing this. A good thing to remember is to lift weights that are comfortable using for 10 to 12 reps.
4. Hanging out on weight lifting equipment is a BIG no-no. Not only are you taking time away from other clients, you are wasting your own time that could be used working on another machine. Complete your set, briefly stretch and then move on to another machine.
5. Don't ever drop weights. Weights can tend to feel heavy while you're doing a hard weight lifting workout. Not only could you leave floor damage but you will need to pick them up again and either use them or put them back in their proper place. An important thing to remember is that some weights can bounce and roll causing injury to you or someone else. All you need to do is place them on the floor rather than dropping them from two feet up.
6. Don't make noises while working out. Those "look at me! Look at me!" grunting noises are not needed and won't make a difference in the results you will achieve. It's very distracting to other gym members as well. Also, when you're grunting you're not breathing properly making you lose your breath easily and making things more difficult for you in the long run.
7. After sweating on a machine, wipe it down. Regardless of what type of machine you're using it is common courtesy to wipe it off for the next person. It helps keep the gym sanitary and clean as well as safe for you and other gym members.
















Save Money With a Home Workout Plan

Save Money With a Home Workout Plan
Save Money With a HoWith the world gripped in a financial recession, everybody is looking for fat to trim from their budgets. One of the first "luxuries" to be trimmed are expensive gym memberships. While this is a quick way to save money, there's no reason to let your personal fitness suffer.
The connection between physical activity and health has been proven time and time again. Exercise is critical to a balanced, healthy lifestyle. It's just as important for psychological health as it is for losing fat and building muscle. A recent study from the World Health Organization may help put things in perspective:
1.9 million people die annually due to lack of physical activity
30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 days a week greatly reduces the risk of non-communicable disease
Over 35 million people died in 2005 from non-communicable diseases - representing 60% of worldwide deaths
So, in addition to staying emotionally and physically fit, exercise can actually help you fight disease. Unfortunately, many people are overwhelmed at the thought of integrating a regular exercise program into their daily life. That's where the benefits of a home workout program come in. Many people join gyms with the best of intentions, but very few people regularly use their gym memberships. Why waste the money when you can workout at home?
Here are a few advantages to developing a Home Workout Program:

It's Private 
Many people - especially overweight people - are shy when it comes to exercising in front of other people. A home workout program is private. You don't have to worry about wearing fancy gym clothes or what you look like. And you'll never feel like you have to compete with anybody.
It's Cheap 
A home workout program is essentially free. There are definitely no monthly contracts. Over time you might want to invest in some simple home fitness equipment: free weights, yoga mats, etc. but you can definitely get started for free.
 You can buy all the equipment you'll ever need for the price of a few months gym membership, and this equipment will last you basically forever. You'll also save gas money because you don't need to drive to the gym everyday, which brings me to my next point...
It's Convenient 
With a home workout plan, you can basically roll out of bed or start exercising. You can exercise anytime you can find a spare 15 to 20 minutes.
 It's also great for traveling because you can perform most of the basic home workout exercises in your hotel room. You'll save a lot of time from not driving to the gym and if you exercise before your morning shower, that also saves you the time of taking an extra post-workout shower.
When you start your home workout plan, it may seem ridiculously simple after all the fancy gym equipment you've been using. But as simple as it seems, it will work. You'll be saving money, building muscle and improving your psychological state of mind.

Exercise With an Ab Workout Routine

Exercise With an Ab Workout Routine
Regardless of your gender or age, to have a flat stomach or even well defined abs would be great.
 For most women, it can be said that they want to look good in their clothes and having a flat stomach can be very important.
 There are many different roads you can go down in order to achieve this, but you will have to do some sort of workout. One of the best approaches that you can adopt, would be to choose and use a good ab workout routine. A routine that will really work your muscles, and give you the desired effect.
There is a right and a wrong way of doing any exercise - you either work your muscles or not! This a common mistake made by most people when working out. In order to get the most out of any exercise, you must concentrate on working the right set of muscles. The same rule should apply to your routine if you want a flat stomach or to develop your abs.
Obviously, you start off at a steady pace and work towards really intensifying your routines. By staying at the same pace, you will not really see any benefits. For example, if you start off by speed walking, then you should move on to something more energetic, like jogging after a week or two.
The best exercise to really work your abs is doing the crunches. Initially, you can start off by doing the simple form of the crunch. When you feel that your confidently working your upper and lower abdominal muscles, you should then progress to doing some of the more complicated crunch exercises.
A way of finding out if you are doing the exercises correctly, is by placing your hand on your abs as you slowly perform the exercise. You should be able to feel your abs muscles being worked. You should then be able to learn how to target those particular muscles, as your go through your abs workout.
 Remembering to avoid these simple mistakes with your own abs workout routine, you will be on the road to working and developing your muscles and achieving what you initially set out to do.
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Best Fat Loss Workout Routine

Best Fat Loss Workout Routine
The best fat loss workout routine is one you can do consistently and with the equipment you have. If you have a home gym or a membership, great, if not, you need one that includes little equipment. In this free article I give you options for both.
Best Fat Loss Workout Routine - Gym
It has been proven that lifting weights is very conducive to fat burning and can help burn calories a LOT faster than just doing plain old cardio. The free weights in the gym are the best, although there are some machines that are good such as cable machines, the free weights are the hardest and most challenging to your body = most weight loss. Here is a great fat burning routine for the gym:
Deadlifts - 4 x 10
Back squats - 5 x 10
Bench press - 4 x 8
Clean and press or military press - 4 x 10
Calf raises - 4 x 30
+ any ab workout
Do these in a style with very little rest between sets and different exercises to get you sweating and aiding the lean body creation.
Best Fat Loss Workout Routine - No equipment
Do these workouts in a circuit style - do a whole circuit then start again once finished:

Burpees x 20
Free squats x 50
Jumping jacks x 75
Plank hold x 1min
Wall sit x 1 min
Bicycle crunch x 50
This workout should be done about 4 times through with high intensity.
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Home Gym Workout Routine Setup Tips

Home Gym Workout Routine Setup Tips
A home gym workout routine offers you the benefits of no membership fees, no audience with all eyes on you, and no time lost in travel to and from the gym. The best news though is that it can be incredibly cheap to set up. Simplicity is the name of the game.
Start small and determine your additional needs from there
You may well find the benefits of your home workout routine mean you are able to get a lot more out of less. Lets face it, much of the equipment in the gym is just to justify the fee they are charging you anyway. You probably won't miss it. Besides plenty of people are in great shape without setting foot in the gym.
Setting up your home gym
1)Recognise the value of bodyweight exercises
There is a reason why some of the fittest people on the planet use bodyweight conditioning exercises. 
People such as the navy seals who are arguably the perfect combination of performance and looking fit and healthy. They have to be. Using the right bodyweight exercises will help you improve your body, and save money. Thats a win-win.
2)Get some dumbbells
Choose adjustable sets so you have the option of different resistance to work with. This way your program can adapt as you do.
3)Use an exercise mat
This will be your workout area; get the mat out to signal its "game time" and get your mind into workout mode. When your workout is over you can simply put the mat away and get on with living your life.
4)Consider a pull up bar
The pull up is perhaps the king of upper body exercises, and will improve your strength and conditioning at the same time as your looks.
5)Use a mirror
A mirror is not just for vanity but to watch for your form when performing an exercise. If its possible to workout in front of a mirror, you will benefit.
Tools bands and balls are optional, if you think you will enjoy using them they can add variety, but they are by no means necessary, so start with the basics mentioned above first. With this simple set up you really will have the foundations for a great home gym workout routine.

A Workout Routine For Muscle Growth

A Workout Routine For Muscle Growth
When building muscle, failure is a good thing. I know that sounds weird, but, we actually want our muscles to go all the way to failure. As always, if you are starting a new workout routine, it's best to consult your doctor before starting.
If you have never lifted weights before, don't just rock into the gym and go to muscle failure. Start out slowly, or you could injure yourself. You can always consult a professional Personal Trainer in your gym. Don't be afraid to ask questions. They are always happy to help.
Once you've established your work out, and you are able to do a good hard routine, you can begin to build muscle. You want to go very heavy in your weight, only if your form is good, and low repetitions. For instance, you can go for 6 to 10 repetitions.
By good form, I am talking about isolating each muscle group. For instance, if you are a doing a bicep curl, you want to take every other muscle out of play except for the bicep. You want ONLY the bicep to do the work.
 The minute you start to swing the weight up by moving your upper body backwards, you are recruiting the lower back muscles to do the work. You are also using momentum to do the work rather than forcing the bicep to do it.
 Also, if you swing the arm forward, you are now using the shoulder muscle's to do the work of the biceps. If you need to swing your upper body, or you recruit your shoulder muscle's for a bicep curl, then, that is a good indication that you need to lower your weight.
For muscle building, we want to go to muscle failure. What this means is that by the 6th to 10th repetition, you physically can not lift the weight. Using the bicep curl for an example (as above), you want to keep proper form, and don't recruit any other muscle. So, in using your bicep, you want your bicep to fail, rather than using momentum or muscle recruiting.
When putting together a workout routine for muscle building, you want to choose muscle groups that go together. For instance, back and chest, shoulders and triceps, legs and biceps. So, by this model, you would do back and chest on Monday, Shoulders and Triceps on Tuesday, Legs and Biceps on Wednesday, then start over again on Thursday with back and chest. Friday would be shoulders and triceps. Then, take two days off. The following Monday, you would do Legs and Biceps, and keep continuing like that.
You would choose three different exercises for each muscle group and do three sets each. So, an example would be for shoulders and triceps. Overhead shoulder press, then tricep dips. Shoulder pulls with a bar, then tricep kickbacks with a free weight. Side shoulder squeezes, then tricep rope pull downs.

How To Maximize Your Total Gym Workouts

How To Maximize Your Total Gym Workouts
When planning for your Total Gym workouts schedule, make sure to listen to your body, one could do, you could even manage to do workouts everyday but your body will need a break once in a while. If you have a tight schedule, just make sure that every time you get to work out, it is really intense.
When working out, push yourself to your last limits, take small breaks in between sets, this will be plenty of time for your body to recover.
 For best results, you could decide that once a month you do a Total Gym workout for two days consecutively, then rest for three days and you will see the outcome.
When you get to the gym, make sure you warm up first, walk around the room to get your muscles going, then start with basic pull ups, lay on your stomach with your neck above the bench and then with a reasonable weight perform the pull ups in slow repetitions. Do three sets of these.
Next do bicep curls, get into a seated position and turn over your hands so that you are in a curl position, make sure your shoulders are down and strengthen your wrist, lift the weights up to your shoulder in slow repetition motions, do at least three sets until you feel your muscle burn.
Next you should do the chest press, seat on the bench, grab the weights in such a way that your elbows are close to your chest, and lift the weights up to your chest without locking your elbows, make sure you do two to three sets of these and you are good.
Finally try the incline squat, this workout works most of the lower body muscles and is a good cardio supplement for the week, lie on the bench with your back put your feet on the optional bar and lower yourself so that you bend your knees to about 60 or 90 degrees. Doing these exercises will give you a great work out under an hour.
Circuit training is an efficient way to train multiple muscle groups in a short period of time. It works by performing a series of exercises that typically focus on different muscle groups. 
As you begin your circuit, you'll complete one exercise and then move onto the next exercise with little or no rest in between. By circuit training you'll gain both muscle strength and cardio endurance.