4 Tips to Transform Your Body FAST

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Millions of fitness enthusiasts are working out at this very moment, all with the intention of getting fitter, stronger, to gain muscle, to lose weight. (or all of the above). But out of those millions, how many will actually take a step closer to their fitness and body transformation goals?

If you’ve been working out regularly and you’re not getting the results you desire, here are some potential reasons why…

1) Are you choosing the right exercises?

Focus your energies on functional strength exercises. Exercises such as lunges, squats, rows and presses involve several muscle groups at the same time, result in greater energy expenditure and provide a favourable hormonal environment for fat loss and body transformation.

Isolation exercises can add the finishing touches however they should comprise no more than 20% of your workout.

2) Turn down the volume?

Perhaps the most common mistake of all is giving in to the temptation to add more minutes, more sets or more repetitions to your workouts. Unfortunately, more is not always better – especially when it comes to transforming you body.

While it’s true that exercise tolerance significantly increases in the first few months of starting an exercise programme, there’s a point when too much exercise is counterproductive and can send your progress into reverse. (For example too much cardio can cause a cascade of stress hormones that result in weight gain)

For regular improvements in fitness and body composition, keep your workouts to a maximum of 30-45 minutes per session. Quality over quantity wins every time.

3) How’s your technique?

You may think you’re doing an exercise correctly, however sometimes a few simple “tweaks” can make the world of difference.

This may involve changing grips, changing tempo, varying the range of motion or changing the intensity of the exercise itself.

Correct exercise technique is not just about moving a weight from point A to point B. To transform your body in record time it is essential to learn how to contract the muscles being used and to form a “mind to muscle” connection. It’s not how much weight you use, it’s how hard you contract the muscles. (Successful figure and physique athletes have mastered this concept.)

Subtle changes in technique can make a BIG difference and help you to break through workout plateaus to take you to the next level.

4) Personalise

We all have different needs, commitments and schedules. A stay at home mum with severe time constraints has different needs to someone who has the luxury of being able to exercise after work or during their lunch hour.

A personal trainer can design a personalised programme and exercise recommendations to suit your lifestyle and the time frames you have available. Regardless of the type of equipment you have available (or if you have none at all) an experienced trainer will provide you with creative solutions to get the job done.

Forget the one size fits all approach. Hire the services of a personal trainer and save yourself months, if not years of wasted time and frustration.

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