Ashley Cooper: Not a gym rat yet? 6 steps on how to become one…

Posted: February 23, 2010 by acoopfigure in Ashley Cooper, Athlete Blogs
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1) Find a program that will best suit YOU. Everyone is different. You may have an injury or condition where a program may not be suited for you. Always consult a qualified trainer to make sure that the new program will not hurt you. If you begin into a fitness program that is not just right for you, it can cause more injuries and a lot of frustration.

2) Set realistic goals. Make sure that the body you are striving towards has an achievable time line. The program should also be practical and not give you false hopes. It is important to be aware of the obstacles you might encounter in your daily life. Once a program has been decided upon, then you can set goals and deadlines that are realistic.

3) Exercises should target muscle tone, definition, balance and build. This is important because, when you develop muscles, you burn more calories! If you are trying to lose weight then by burning more calories you are lessening body fat. Multi-joint exercises (such as lunges and step-ups) and weight lifting are great for this. Learn what exercises work on specific parts of your body. The more knowledge you bring into the gym, the more progress you will get!

4) Be systematic when working on your muscles. Over time your muscles should be working harder! Repeating the same sets of exercises and same weight will only lead you into an exercise slump, and your results will minimize. Record your daily results and make the progression based on your previous information. A log is a great motivational tool as well; you’ll feel great looking back at where you started and the progress you’ve made.

5) Variety is key in your exercise programs. You can change your exercises, goals and sets every six weeks to keep you motivated and feeling fresh. This will help to prevent you from becoming bored and losing energy physically and mentally.

6) Be competitive! The best way to become a gym addict is to allow healthy competition either with a partner, or within yourself as a part of your program. If at the gym with a friend, challenge him/her to a push-up competition, if you are alone, get your log out and compete against your best set and see if you can do more reps or a heavier weight.


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