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A personal trainer is a great asset when getting into shape or increasing the intensity of your workout. Personal trainers know when and how to push your body for increased performance while maintaining safety. At Planet Fitness of Austin, you’ll find knowledgeable trainers dedicated to helping you reach your goals in a welcoming and judgment-free environment.
Safety is essential during any workout, and trying to figure out how to perform a move or use equipment properly on your own can be a challenge. When you hire a personal trainer, you’ll know that someone is keeping an eye on your movements and will ensure that you are executing them with good form. When you exercise safely, you’re also exercising correctly, which means your body will get the most benefit from your workouts.
It can be difficult to spice up your workout routine on your own. A personal trainer is an endless wealth of ideas, offering constant tips and routine changes to keep you interested and your body challenged. You won’t need to worry about custom-designing a workout for your needs because your trainer will do it for you. This takes much of the stress out of working out and allows you to put all your energy into meeting your fitness goals.
The right motivation can make a big difference when you’re trying to decide whether to go to the gym or take the day off. A personal trainer is there to give you that extra boost of motivation and confidence when you need it. Your trainer can offer praise, tips, and sometimes a little healthy competition to keep you in the right frame of mind when it comes to maintaining your fitness routine.
If you’d like to learn more about booking a session with a personal trainer to advance your workout, contact Planet Fitness of Austin today at (512) 428-8420. We can get you the information you need to get the most from your fitness plan in Oak Hill and Riverside. Check us out online to learn more about our judgment-free gym.
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Arm exercises such as the biceps curl can add tone and strength to your upper body. The biceps are the muscles located at the front of your upper arm. Biceps curls should be done with a weight that’s appropriate to your fitness level. Stand with your feet flat on the floor and spread them to match the width of your hips, keeping your knees slightly bent rather than locking them. Support your body by using the core muscles of your abdomen to straighten the trunk and brace the spine. Start with your arms relaxed at your sides and your palms facing outward. Slowly curl your arms upward until your dumbbells are at the height of your shoulder, then lower them in a smooth, slow motion. The key to successful biceps curls is to control both the upward and downward motion, rather than performing the moves quickly.
At Planet Fitness of Austin, we are here to provide you with the tools you need to tone your body. Call (512) 282-0003 to find out more about becoming a member in Oak Hill or Riverside. You can read through more fitness tips and routines on our blog.
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Dumbbells are versatile fitness tools that can shape and sculpt every part of your body. There are a variety of dumbbell exercises you can use to spice up your workout and strengthen every muscle. Take advantage of all your health club has to offer and try one of these exercises during your next visit:
Assume a push-up position on the floor with a dumbbell in each hand. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart and your hands beneath your chest. Pull one arm up, bending at the elbow to bring the dumbbell in close to your obliques. Lower the dumbbell back to the floor and repeat with the other arm.
Dumbbell Spider Curls
This exercise takes advantage of your gym’s incline bench to isolate your core and arms. Lie face-down on the bench with your weight on your toes. Extend your arms directly in front of you, palms facing up, and curl the dumbbells toward your shoulder without rocking from side to side. Lengthen your arms again and repeat.
Alternating Dumbbell Bench Press
Lie back on your gym’s flat bench with your elbows resting beneath the edge of the bench so the weights line up with your shoulders. Using one arm at a time, press the dumbbell straight overhead without letting your body move from side to side. Alternate arms, keeping your core engaged.
Dumbbell Pistol Squat
Stand with your feet flat on the floor at hip width. Let your arms extend downward with the palms facing back. Extend one leg in front of you, and squat using the other leg. At the same time, bring the dumbbells up in front of your body, keeping your arms straight. Sink as low to the floor as you can, then move back up as you lower your arms, all without letting your other heel touch the floor.
If you’d like to try these exercises and more, head over to Planet Fitness of Austin’s Oak Hill or Riverside location. Call (512) 282-0003 today to find out about becoming our newest member. You can find more workout tips on our blog.
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A strong, lean upper body looks great and provides better strength and support. If you’re interested in strengthening your upper body, you may have concerns about building muscle mass without gaining excess weight.
This video explains that you can make “lean gains” to increase muscle by tailoring your diet and using the right workout techniques. If you are hesitant to begin exercises using free weights or fitness equipment, you can use your own body weight at the gym to firm and tone your arms for a great-looking upper body.
Do you have fitness questions you’d like answered? At Planet Fitness of Austin, our staff is here to educate you about your workout and help you reach your fitness goals. Check out our website to learn more about our Oak Hill and Riverside locations, or call (512) 282-0003 today.
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You don’t have to be a metal-pumping pro to take advantage of your fitness center’s weight machines. When used with the appropriate safety precautions in mind, weight machines can be excellent tools for beginners. Here are a few weight machine tips to get you started.
Before using the weight machines, warm up your body with five to ten minutes of light cardio. Afterwards, consider your plan of attack. Excellent machines for beginners include the incline chest press, assisted chin-up machine, lateral raise machine, cable machine, leg press, and prone hamstring curl machine.
Strive for Form
When you are just getting started, it is more important to focus on getting the exercise right than trying to lift additional weight. For your first few weeks, pay special attention to your form and allow yourself time to get comfortable with the machines. If you are unsure of how something works, ask one of the employees at your health club to demonstrate for you.
Repeat as Needed
For each of the machines you use, strive for two sets of twelve repetitions. Work your way up to a weight that makes the last two repetitions feel like a struggle. As you improve, add either repetitions or weight to each exercise. Rest for approximately one minute in between each repetition.
Rest and Recover
In between workouts, allow your body time to recover. Ideally, you will rest for one day in between each weight-lifting experience. Your day of rest does not need to be a day of leisure –you can still take part in cardio workouts or other forms of activity.
Shake It Up
Once you feel comfortable on the introductory set of machines, begin working out on additional pieces of equipment. Modifying your routine will not only help you stay interested, it will also prevent your body from hitting a plateau.
Planet Fitness of Austin offers an excellent health club environment for beginners. With five convenient Austin area locations, our affordable fitness center membership can give you easy access to top-notch equipment in a safe and accepting environment. Call (512) 282-0003 to learn more.