Before you aimlessly walk around the gym for 45 minutes and occasionally sit down at a machine, ask yourself these questions:
- What are your goals? Are you trying to bulk up and add muscle to you body, or are you looking to lose some pounds by shedding fat. Going to the gym with your goal(s) in mind will make your training session more effective and you’ll be more motivated if you’re working towards something.
- What is your experience level? If you’re new to the gym, don’t over do it. If you go all out, and are too sore to go to the gym the next day, you aren’t helping yourself. Also, if you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t risk injuring yourself. When you’re first starting out, always use a spotter when lifting heavy weight. Emphasize using good form when you first go.
- How much time can you commit? If you have very little free time, and you are squeezing the gym into your daily routine, your workout will be different than someone who could go to the gym all day. Make sure you get the most out of your time spent at the gym.