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3 Ways to Stick To Your Workout

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By Jason Dobson, certified personal and group trainer

You’ve got a lot of people competing for your attention: your family, your co-workers, your friends. It’s easy to let time at the gym fall by the wayside, but you’ve got to commit to being fit. Here are some ways to stay on track:

Strategy #1: Choose a Convenient Time to Work Out
Don’t drag yourself to the gym in the evening if you’re exhausted after a long day at the office. If you enjoy going to the gym at night, by all means, go for it. But if you have dinner to prepare and housework to do, find another time of the day to schedule your workout. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Try exercising in the morning, early afternoon lunch break, or evening. Just to see when you feel the strongest.

Strategy #2: Exercise with Your Family
I often find that when one person starts a fitness program, others in the family will follow suit. And that’s great motivation for everyone: Just knowing that you have a loved one who is inspired by you can encourage the entire family to have a healthier lifestyle. So have fun—and don’t be afraid to start some friendly competitions between each other either!

Strategy #3: Consult with a Personal Trainer
I know what you’re thinking: I’m giving you this advice because I am a personal trainer. But the truth is, you will have a better experience in the gym if someone knowledgeable helps you get started. And it never hurts to have someone around to support you—either with helpful tips or encouraging words.

Want to start getting in shape this summer? Feel free to email me at Jdondada2@yahoo.com or just stop into any of the four Island Gym locations in New Jersey. It doesn’t take much to get started—and the end results are well worth it!

Jason Dobson is a certified personal and group trainer. He is also the fitness director of Island Gym, in New Jersey. He worked with the Avagliano family during the first two months of our challenge.


3 Ways to Save Time in the Gym

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By Jason Dobson, certified personal and group trainer

All too often, people equate the word “workout” with “tedious,” “boring,” or “monotonous.” And that’s too bad—because if I could give everyone one piece of advice, it would be this: “You don’t have to spend hours in the gym to get the results you want.”

Here’s what is required, though: You have to have fun. If you don’t like your workout, you won’t be able to maintain it. Luckily, at my gym—and many other fitness centers around the country—trainers know this. They’ll help you find a plan you love, and they’ll help you fit it into the time you have.

Want more ways to make the most out of your routine? Check out these tips:

Skip The Cardio
Or at least save it for the end of your workout. I see a lot of people spending 30 minutes to an hour on the treadmill, elliptical or stationary bike. And while those are great ways to boost your stamina and endurance, you can burn more calories by doing resistance training instead. So don’t shy away from weights—once your start using them, you’ll see huge results. Then, if you want to hop on the treadmill, go for it—but consider it icing on the cake.

Use Hand Weights
You don’t need to bench your body weight for 100 reps to see results. If you want to lose pounds, a short, focused, intense workout is all you need. You can do this by performing total-body, 3-dimensional exercises. For example, do dumbbell alternating leg lunges, quickly followed by shoulder presses. Or, try dumbbell squats with calf raises followed by bicep curls.

Keep Moving
You don’t have to rest during your “rest periods.” (Unless you really do need the break.) Instead, try performing some pushups, jump squats, or high knees in between sets. Doing so increases the intensity of your workout—sure, you’ll be tired, but you’ll also burn more calories in less time than you ever thought possible.

Jason Dobson is a certified personal and group trainer. He is also the fitness director of Island Gym, in New Jersey. He worked with the Avagliano family during the first two months of our challenge.