How To Survive an INTENSE Workout
You know the drill. You’re sweating more than you ever thought you could, your muscles are shaking, your whole body burns, you’re out of breath, and it’s taking everything you’ve got not to run (read: crawl) out of the gym as fast as you can. Those intense workouts may push you to your limits, but they’re necessary to take your fitness journey to the next level! This week we teach you how to survive the hardest, hottest, heaviest workouts, so you can be prepared for anything the gym throws your way!
- Prepare yourself. If you know you’re going to be having a power workout at the gym, make sure you prepare your body correctly. Bring plenty of water, eat a light meal consisting of carbs beforehand, have a good night’s rest the night before, and stretch before and after! This will put your body in it’s best form to carry out an intense workout.
- Bring a friend. Nothing like having another workout enthusiast on your side during a tough workout! By bringing a friend, you’re basically bringing along your own personal cheerleader to the gym with you (and you’ll be returning the favor of course). It’s a lot easier to make it through a big workout with someone next to you to give you a pep talk along the way!
- Mix up your workout. You might be getting bored during your workout sessions, making it easy to get distracted or not want to put your full effort into it. By mixing up your workouts, you force yourself to focus because your body is not used to those movements, and you’ll find it easier to push through!
- Make a killer playlist to get you in the zone. Put your craziest, most energetic songs on a playlist and get ready to pump some iron. The right music can really make a difference in your workout game — try it and thank us later ;)
- Do a fitness class. Many gyms offer free or cheap fitness classes to members, or you could always spring for a membership to a fitness studio like SoulCycle or Corepower. Either way, it is easier to push through an intense workout when you’re surrounded by others and guided by a teacher!
- Hire a trainer. If there’s one way to make sure you finish your whole workout no matter how bone-crushing, it’s by hiring a personal trainer. I mean, it’s literally their job to push you to your limits!
- Don’t do two intense workouts back to back. Your body needs a resting period to rebuild, and by doing back to back intense workouts, not only are you exhausting your body, but you’re probably doing more harm then good. Allow a few days rest between very heavy workout, so that your body can heal for the next one!
How do you prepare your body if you know you're going to be having an intense workout? Let us know in the comments below!