When you are committed to weight training, you want to make sure that you get the very best out of each and every workout. Here are some great tips to make sure that each workout has real impact
Sip water throughout the day
We all know the importance of hydration. Few people would entertain the thought of a workout without a bottle of good old water by our side, but people sometimes overlook the importance of keeping hydrated throughout the day. Sipping water is actually a great way to prepare for a workout, especially if it is going to be an intense one.
Being hydrated is a key factor as it allows you to push yourself to the limit. Being dehydrated causes you to lose around 10% of your body strength. Even mild dehydration can have a negative impact on your energy levels.
The trick is to keep sipping, even if you don't actually feel thirsty.
Lighten the load you lift
An easy mistake to make when you feel a bit tired on gym equipment is to test yourself with a heavier weight. It's as if you are trying to prove a point to yourself - that you've still got it in you or that it might get you back on track in some way.
Actually, it's the worst thing you can do. It's actually much more beneficial to lighten the load you are lifting. By doing this, you focus back in on your technique. By feeling every muscle contracting as you lift and squeezing will give you greater control. With this, you will see greater strength gains.
Keep rest and recovery periods short and sweet
Of course, we need rest periods and there's absolutely nothing wrong with having a bit of recovery time in between sets. However, a rest should be just long enough to for you to push on afterwards, and not a second longer. The longer you allow the muscles to rest, the more power you will lose. Momentum is lost too and your workout won't have the impact it should.
If you are following a particular programme which has recommended rest period, follow it to the second.