We all want to achieve better results in less time, with fewer aches and pains. What's the best way to do this? And it is effective?
The quick answer is YES! Yes, it is possible to achieve better results in less time IF you are smart about your workout. We want to share some strategies to help you workout SMARTER!
This is part TWO, if you haven't read part ONE make sure that you do!
Tip #4 - Focus on Weaknesses
We all have the tendency to do the things that we are good at and postpone or modify doing the things we don't like or don't think we are good at. It’s human nature! We try to avoid failure and looking foolish.
However, if you’re trying to get stronger, faster, leaner, happier, smarter, etc, etc, etc…you NEED to start putting your focus on your weaknesses. Get a little uncomfortable and get outside your comfort zone.
- Hate planks?
- Don’t sit them out. Work on them. Start with small reps and increase your duration each day!
- Have a chronically sore back?
- Start your workouts off by stretching the hip flexors, work on building more core strength and mobilizing you tight lower back muscles.
- Need to get faster / quicker for your sport?
- Stop lifting weights like a bodybuilder and start working for speed or cardio endurance.
When you improve your weaknesses you simultaneously improve your strengths. We have seen it again and again and again here at DEFY!
Tip #5 - Bands
Resistance training is a great way to work out smarter. It strengthens your muscles while also stretching and lengthening them, something you do not get from weight training. It creates well defined lean muscles not bulky ones.
Whether you are on the Reformer or using our resistance bands in the Cycle w/Bands class you are doing something effective and smart for your muscles!
Tip #6 - Love Your Fascia
If you don't know what fascia is....well, let me tell you. Fascia is connective tissue and it basically a casing for all your muscles.
Typically when you have those painful knots, it is adhesions in the fascia. If you've ever rolled your legs across a roller and almost blacked out, you know what adhesions on the fascia feels like. Breaking up those knots is important for a speedy recovery and can give you a better performance in your workouts. Defy loves the foam roller so much that we created a fantastic new class around it! Foam Roller Fit! Try it, every part of you will thank you.
Remember, smarter not harder.