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Get in Shape Quick: 5 Tips for Small-Gym Workouts

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Get in Shape Quick

5 Tips for Small-Gym Workouts

Most of us know the feeling of walking into the gym ready to hit it hard only to find ourselves bored on the elliptical because we don’t know what else to do. What starts as a 5-minute warm up quickly turns into gym dread which can crush your fitness goals before you even have a chance to sweat. So instead of trying to wing it on arrival, do a little recon mission and visit the gym ahead of time to see what they have to offer, then head home and plan your workout based on what’s available. At the Sofi Poway apartment complex fitness center, you’ll find our little gym packs a big punch with options like free weights, treadmills, elliptical, jump ropes, medicine balls, and more to keep you engaged in your workout routines.

Here are 5 quick tips to help you make the most of Sofi Poway’s onsite fitness center.

#1 Cardio is your friend, but it’s not your only friend.

A lot people make the mistake of thinking that long stints on the treadmill are the best way to lose fat without adding inches of muscle. But the truth is that cardio should only be one element of your workout. For optimal fat burning and muscle building, try high-intensity interval training (HIIT) like 30-second sprints on the treadmill or elliptical followed by 30-seconds rest for 7 total minutes. This gives you the most benefits in the shortest amount of time.

#3 Don’t Skip Fun, Skip Rope

Cardio doesn’t have to happen on a treadmill or elliptical. Take it old school and grab a jump rope for a cardio challenge you won’t see coming. You can stick with the same HIIT regimen above, or have a little fun with it by timing your workout to your favorite song. Try this: jump at a consistent two-skips per pass, then speed it up to a single-skip pace for the chorus. By the time the song is over, you’ll be feeling it.

#3 Stronger Muscles Hurt Less & Burn More for Fat

To really improve overall health, even if weight loss is your immediate goal, you need to strengthen your weakest muscles so that you feel better before, during, and after workouts. Plus, muscle mass increases your metabolism and keeps your body burning fat even while stationed at a desk all day. Try some simple free-weight presses or squats. Choose a weight this is comfortable yet challenging and give it 3 sets of 12 reps on each exercise.

#4 Medicine Balls, Just what the Doctor Ordered

If you’re wondering why medicine balls are suddenly making a comeback, you’re not alone. But with so many different ways to engage your total body for a fast and effective workout, the medicine ball really is what it’s cracked up to be. Check out our favorite medicine-ball workout routine from Shape. This 8-minute monster is sure to get you sweating.

#5 Make a Schedule & Stick to It

Once you’ve got your workouts planned, time is probably the biggest obstacle between you and your goals. So instead of letting time bandits, like work, laundry, and TV sneak their way into your dedicated workout minutes, set a schedule and honor it. And if you find that moving time around your smartphone’s calendar is just too convenient, get a wall calendar or day planner and write down your workouts with ink so you aren’t tempted to just erase that one that got away.

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For more help creating a workout plan to use at the Sofi Poway fitness center, check Women’s Health online and Men’s Health online. Both offer workout plans based on your body type, fitness goals, and preferences. You’ll also find great meal planning ideas with recipes and nutrition information.

If you’re looking for an apartment with a fitness center in Poway, CA, contact Sofi Poway today. You’ll find all you need for fitness and luxury in these North San Diego Apartment homes.