ASK the EXPERT… Anytime Fitness personal trainer Meisha Pijot answers your questions

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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.

How can I reduce belly fat and flatten my stomach?

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.

Pictured: Meisha Pijot training a client. For more information please contact General Manager Oisin Devitt or follow Anytime Fitness Hereford on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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