There's a lot of bad advice out there about fitness - just take a scroll through Instagram at all the 'body transformations' and you will see what we mean!
We pride ourselves on providing a high standard of health & fitness education to our members - not unrealistic expectations! So we have decided to launch our 'most asked questions' series to help share our knowledge and experience with you.
This week, we focus on planning your workout. Here's everything you need to know.
Q: Is working out in the morning better for you?
A: There's no evidence to prove that working out in the morning gives you better results - some people are just morning people! Exercise at a time that suits you and your body. You'll get the results regardless of the time of day. It's what you do that counts!
Q: Do I need to vary my workout to see results?
A: If you want to see a real change in your body, then YES, we recommend mixing up your routine. Your body will quickly adapt to exercise and continuing to do the same workout, or the same weights, your results can plateaux. We recommend increasing your intensity, frequency or type of exercise as often as you can.
Q: How long do I need to work out for?
A: TOP TIP - something is always better than nothing. How long you should work out for depends on your fitness levels, type of training and intensity. If 30 minutes is all you have then a quick cardio or HIIT session is ideal! But, if you're doing a strength workout, set aside more time for warming up and mobilising to help avoid injury and factor in rest between sets. Either way, you definitely don't need to be slogging it out for hours.
Q: Should I approach my gym sessions with a plan?
A: If you want to get the most out of your workout then YES! With a plan you will work harder and have a great sense of achievement. Your plan should be tailored to your needs and fitness levels. The whole idea of a plan is to get results in a sensible and safe way.
Q: Do I need to work out every day?
A: You DO NOT have to train every day! 3 or 4 workouts a week is enough if you have the right plan that mixes cardio, HIIT, strength training and stretching. Plus - don't forget that walking, housework and gardening all count towards being active when you are not at the gym too.
If you have a question about your workout, your health, fitness or wellbeing, we have a team on hand to help. Pop in and see us and see why our approach is different to others. Or ask one of our members - we are sure they'd be happy to share their stories with you.