Just showing up to the gym and doing a workout is better than staying at home, sitting on the couch, eating Doritos. However, if you want to get the most out of your hour-long training session, you need to go prepared.
In this post, we look at what it takes to thrive in the gym. Check out our ideas below.
Get Enough Quality Sleep
Unless you’re sleeping seven to eight hours per night, you’re probably not getting enough shut eye to recover from your workouts. Remember, the majority of the adaptation that occurs in response to training happens during sleep. So, if you’re not getting enough of it, you could be compromising your gains.
Have A Quick Snack Beforehand
Before you hit the gym, you’ll want to make sure that you’re adequately fuelled. Having a fast-release carb before training floods your muscles with sugar, allowing you to get the most out of them when you finally hit the gym.
Do A Dynamic Warmup
To get the blood flowing and improve the suppleness of muscles, do a dynamic warm up. These are moving warmups, like yoga, that improve performance and reduce the likelihood of injury.
Take A Duffel Bag Full Of Clothes With You
Most modern gyms offer plenty of locker space, so take advantage of it. Bring a duffel bag full of Wolf women’s clothing with you so that you have something to wear, no matter what you’re doing. At the minimum, bring your gym clothes, plus a nice warm hoodie if the weather is cold outside. Also take a change of clothes with you if you plan on having a shower as this can reduce the total time you have to dedicate to fitness.
Use A Foam Roller
Foam rollers offer the same benefits as massage, but without the high price tag. Usually, they are just reels of plastic with foam sections across their surfaces. When you apply sufficient pressure, you’re able to perform deep stimulation of the muscle tissue, which can be useful before and after training.
Log Your Activities
Many people go to the gym week after week, but they fail to log their activities. This means that they can’t see how they’re progressing from one day to the next.
The trick here is to log your activities. Make sure that you record what you’re doing in each workout and then analyse your progress over time. This way, you can see whether your current methods are working or if you need to switch them up.
Take A Cold Shower After Your Session
Cold showers feel horrible (and they can sometimes make you hyperventilate), but they are also extremely effective in helping your recovery. Exposure to cold signals to the body in a certain way that reduces inflammation and boosts your muscle’s ability to return to their optimal condition.
Drink More Water
Lastly, you’ll want to ensure that you have plenty of liquids with you. Often, you’ll see experienced trainers carrying large flasks of water around with them in the gym so that they can train harder and longer.