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5 Tips for a Good Workout

Are you stuck in a rut with your workout? With summer in full swing, get back to basics with these five tips.

1). If you’re lifting about the same weights now as you were a year ago, you can’t expect to have bigger muscles. Gear everything related
to your body-sculpting to adding iron to the bar in good form – this is the central creed. Conversely, if you weigh the same now as you did a
year ago, you can’t expect to have bigger muscles unless you’ve substantially reduced your bodyfat percentage.

2). Choose free-weight movements whenever possible. Some machines are good, but many are inferior to free-weights because they lock you into
a movement pattern that doesn't conform to your natural muscle contraction sequences. Free weights also recruit stabilizer muscles that help you maintain balance, therefore, you can expect more complete development.

3). Don’t skimp on warm-up work. A warm muscle is much less likely to get injured than a cold muscle. Begin each of your workouts with a general warm-up workout (with a general warm-up activity you need to break a sweat). Then, do specific warm-up sets before your regular work sets start for each exercise.

4). Focus on what you’re in the gym for – to train hard and progressively. Talking diminishes focus. Be so focused that you simply can’t be distracted. As a reward, visit with gym pals after your workout for 5 – 10 minutes and then hit the shower.

5). Set limits, but don’t expect the impossible. Live for the next bit of progress, and then the next, and then the next. Target a 5 percent strength gain on each exercise, get it, then target another 5% and so on. Bit by bit you’ll get bigger, and lots of little bits add up to huge gains.

Hopefully, these simple tips will help you keep-up those productive workouts. Seeing results is always a good motivator.

Rick Gusler is a certified personal trainer and diet nutritionist who serves his clients through Gusler Body Sculpting Fitness Center in central Denver. To schedule a free consultation, or to learn more about the Gusler method of body sculpting, spin yoga, or Rick's Boot Camp, please contact him at 303.860.7131 or online at

Gusler Body Sculpting Fitness Center, LLC
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