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If you are going to workout, you might as well make it count! Here are 5 ways to make the most out of your workout session.


1) Be Intentional

You set aside time in your day to workout, so focus on the exercises instead of thinking about other things like what you need to do later, groceries, work, etc. Think about engaging the muscle groups you want to work to create that mind-body connection. If you just go through the motions without really thinking about how you are moving, you may not get the most benefit from your workout.


2) Pre-Workout Nutrition

Make sure you fuel your body properly before your workout. Working out on an empty stomach may make you feel tired too early into your session, while having a large meal before your workout may make you feel sick. Therefore, plan your meals around your workout ensuring that you have enough energy to power through. If you need some ideas on what to eat before your workout, check out this previous post here. 


3) Hydrate

Drinking enough water is just as important as properly nourishing your body. Make sure to drink water consistently throughout the day, before your workout, during and afterwards. Take small sips during your workout, as too much can lead to cramps. If your pee isn't clear, then you are likely not drinking enough water. 


4) Focus on your form first, not the weight or speed.

Having correct form during your workout is key to receiving the most benefit from the exercise. Choose challenging weights, but remember to always check your form first. If the weight gets too heavy, do not be afraid to lighten it in order to get the proper form. Also, it is better to do slow controlled reps with proper form, rather than fast reps with incorrect form. Going too quickly without proper form can lead to injury. Usually gyms have mirrors so that you can check your form. When performing exercises, ask yourself - Am I engaging my core? Is my posture correct? Am I keeping my shoulders down and back? The more you pay attention to your form, the better you will get at the exercises. 

5) Remember to breathe

Do not hold your breath throughout your workout. Remember to breathe every single rep - in through your nose and out through your mouth. Not breathing properly can make you feel light-headed or tired early on in your workout. You want to have enough energy in your muscles to stay strong until the end! 


If you want more workout tips, make sure to reach out to our awesome team of trainers at Crux Fitness!

This post is written by personal trainer, Jacquelyn Son. Check her out on Instagram and Youtube.

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