What are the biggest mistakes people make at the gym?
Often, I get clients approach me who have plateaued with their progress and after further questioning, I discover they have been following the same routine in the gym for a very long time. As much as you may be working your body, without challenge it won’t change. So whatever your goal, continually mix up your workouts; whether it be changing the exercises, the tempo, the reps or sets or even the speed at which you execute the movements.
This is probably the question I get asked the most! Unfortunately, doing endless crunches and cardio won’t give you the flat stomach your heart desires. To get that toned mid-section requires low body fat and increased muscle mass. So first of all get your nutrition in check and create a calorie deficit to reduce that fat. Then, use a combination of body weight and resisted exercises to build the muscle.
What level of body fat do I need to have a six-pack?
If you want your abs to show as a six pack, women should be aiming for 16 to 19% and men for 6 to 9%.
What would you recommend for a quick 20 to 30-minute workout?
For a maximum impact in just 30 minutes, try High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT. This doesn’t have to be high intensity cardio, it could be a variety of body weight or weighted exercises performed using high reps and increased tempo with short periods of rest.
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Previously gymnastics coach, massage therapist and personal trainer with 20 years of experience. Former gymnast and dancer.