BANG FOR YOUR BUCK

When you go to the gym, WHAT exactly are you going for?

You may think to yourself, “so that I can lose weight and tone up”. This is fine, but it represents the outcome you’re hoping to achieve, which is also fine. But what are you looking to achieve from that single session? How does the session fit in with later visits as part of a puzzle?

This brings us to exercise selection…

Get this wrong and like many, you’ll be wondering from exercise to exercise, or machine to machine in the gym, with little direction or purpose. A picture paints 1000 words? Squats target your lower body and core muscles, as well as your upper back.

It’s pretty simple…

Work more muscles = burn more calories, during and when your body is recovering from exercise. Done properly, squats improve the strength and health of your knees, hips, ankles and back. This extends to flexibility and co-ordination, decreasing your chances of injury whilst doing daily activities and playing sports.

Work more muscles = burn more calories, during and when your body is recovering from exercise

There are different squat variations; I find split squats to be a good variation for most to begin with. If you’d like to have more toned legs, these are one of the ‘bang for your buck’ exercises you should include. Especially if you’re a runner…then it’s a no-brainer!

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