5 Training Techniques to Shake up Your Workouts

I stumbled across this blog the other day while I was surfing the web.  I guess it was Divine intervention because I’ve come to realize that I need to shake things up a bit.  I find myself moving away from group fitness and on to the gym floor, but really have no idea what to do.  I know as some of us transition from group fitness to working out alone, we might feel overwhelmed at the plethora of choices we have on the floor… Should I use machines? Free weights? Kettlebells? Barbells?  Or combination of all the above?  Some of us might choose to enlist the help of a personal trainer to walk us through exercises on the floor that we can use independently later on.  And some of us aimlessly walk around and do exercises that we see other people doing.  I’m guilty of all the above.

Luckily, my husband used to be a personal trainer back in the day and still remembers some of his favorite exercises he used to implement.  However, even with his help on certain days – when I’m by myself in the gym I find myself not really focused.  That is why I’m so glad I found this blog written by Nia Shanks.  She is co-founder of the women’s fitness movement Girls Gone Strong.  In her blog she specifically mentions two different techniques to shake up your workout.  I’m really interested in trying out the Ladder technique.  This technique is good for building strength,muscle, and conditioning.  I’m all about that!

I’m excited to try this workout later on this week and see how I feel.  Burpees/push-ups/kettlebell swings sounds like no joke to me.  Read her complete blog here: 5 Training Techniques to Shake up Your Workouts Part 1

Be on the lookout for part 2 and my reaction to her training tips!


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About Food4Thought

I am no fitness expert. I am simply someone who has found joy in fitness and nutrition. I am a certified group fitness instructor. I’ve been teaching at the local health club for about 3 years now. While Zumba was my first love, I have since added Total Conditioning, Bodyworks plus Abs, and Core to my repertoire of classes. I work with a personal trainer to help me reach my fitness goals that I cannot obtain through group fitness alone. This year I ran my first 5K and plan to run my first 10K in March. To further my knowledge in the fitness realm, I have begun reading Strong Women Stay Slim, New Rules for Lifting Abs, and The Body Sculpting Bible for Women. On my list to read next is Wheat Belly. I am always looking for new ways to further my education and knowledge to better serve the members that take my group fitness classes. Lately, I have started tinkering with recipes, buying healthy cookbooks, and finding easy, tasty, and healthy foods to make. Like I mentioned earlier, I am by no means an expert, but the things I share with you have helped me tremendously with my fitness journey. It is my hope that with these easy tips and recipes, that you too can make these tiny steps and see big positive changes in your life.

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