If you’re putting the time and effort into exercising, you want to see noticeable results. Seeing how your body, your fitness or your attitude changes while working out is a great way to stay motivated and focused towards your goal. However, figuring out which exercises will give the best results for you is not always simple. It depends on your body shape and type, your goals and your preferred exercise method. Here we look at some general tips and exercises for getting the best results.
First Things First:
Before you start to exercise, it’s important to check with your health care professional, and evaluate your fitness. Taking an initial assessment of fitness can give you a starting point that you can compare your results to as you train. Ultimately, there’s no one size fits all workout and all bodies respond differently to exercise. So if you really want to get the best results, you should spend at least some time with a personal trainer. A personal trainer can tailor a workout that exactly fits your needs, as well as track your progress to make changes to your workout as you go.
As a general rule, the best exercises for different results depending on your goals are listed below.
If Your Goal Is Fat Loss:
Your best exercises will be aerobic and high intensity interval training (HIIT). Aerobic exercise can be time consuming and repetitive (think slogging it out on a treadmill or bike for an hour) but this level of exercise directly burns fat.
However, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a great alternative that helps you build endurance and burn fat in less time, while also training your speed, strength and agility. HIIT regimes can be designed by your personal trainer or you can attend fitness classes like Crossfit.
If You Want To Build Muscle:
You’ll need to hit the weights at least 2 or 3 times a week. Less than this and the muscles don’t get the stimulation they need to grow. However, exercising using weights more than 4 times a week could do more harm than good, and won’t allow your muscles to recover bigger and better than before. Join a local gym for access to the varied and heavy weights you’ll need to train correctly. A qualified personal trainer can show you how to lift weights safely and for the greatest effectiveness.
If Your Goal Is To Improve Fitness And Conditioning:
A varied and diverse exercise program will give you the best results. Interval training, drills or bootcamp style workouts will help to consistently push your limits and work different body systems. You can choose drills to focus on speed, agility, strength, power or balance, or choose a varied workout like Crossfit to work a range of body systems at once. A personal trainer can work with you to design a unique program targeted to your needs.
To produce results you can really notice, target your specific goals with a workout that’s uniquely designed for you.