Hi,

It’s Friday!

I really hope you had an amazing week. I most definitely had an amazing one. Still hitting the gym thrice a week.However, I had a problem finding the perfect routine and I’m pretty sure most people who go to the gym for the first time or after a long time like myself go through that as well. I once saw Khloe Kardashian say it.

I’ll give you a few tips on finding the right routine since I managed to find one that just works perfect for me. So here are my few pointers:

The treadmill never goes wrong (Warm Up)

It is my first time using the treadmill regularly. My long-term goal is to build more muscle and not lose it so I spend very little time on the treadmill. I get a good 10 minutes and set it at a speed of 8-9 km/hr. I however have observed that some people spend a lot of time on the treadmill than other exercises and I guess it is because their goals are different. I however feel like the treadmill never goes wrong for a beginner.

Bonus point: Never focus on anything else apart from the treadmill. I nearly died trying to watch TV while running at 8km/hr. For the sake of your life, make sure you are fully focused on the workout.

Check with the trainer

Every gym has a trainer at any given point I beleive. The trainers at Xtreme Muscle Fitness where I work out are very friendly and helpful. My current routine was given to me by one of them and it is painful as hell but that can only mean it is working. Trainers also get to see your body and give you a routine based on your body type so more power to you if you find a good trainer at your gym.

Use a fitness app/ google

At Xtreme Muscle Fitness, there is a guide for beginners. However, in case you do not find a guide at your gym then make google your friend. I use Fitness Pal which is a very good app for people who are interested in weights.There are plenty of awesome workout apps for home workouts and the gym.

Improv (Be creative)

I am pretty sure you have seen a fitness routine somewhere that really sparked your interest. So pick that routine and repeat it a few times. I suggest ten reps then build it up as time goes by. You can create your own routine from scratch.

Slow down

This is a well-deserved tip for those who are tempted to do so much at the same time. I know the zeal is too much but the goal is to build something sustainable and not rush. I think I have said this a million times but focus on the long term. It happened to me last year. I was doing too much and ended up running out of gas.

Take it step by step. This also includes spending a reasonable amount of time at the gym. I am at 30 minutes at this point. I do not believe in working out for more than an hour, but that’s just me.

My current routine is:

*Ten minutes on the treadmill
*‎Squats (3 sets of 15 reps each)
*‎ Woodchopper with weights (3 sets of 15 reps each)
*‎ Tricep dips (3 sets of 15 reps each)
*‎ V sits ( 3 sets of 15 reps each)

These exercises are helping me get in tune as I progress and tackle bigger and more complex exercises in the future.

Are you hitting the gym?

What’s your routine?

I’ll see you tomorrow for my favorite segment.

Posted by Nattie

When I’m not blogging, I am either working at a medical research facility, stalking people on facebook and instagram, sleeping, eating, admiring pictures of Beyonce’ and Jay Z,reading a book or closing a business deal. Hi, my name is Natalie.I am here to inspire, to motivate, to give back and most importantly to live! Join the ride…you may just love it. Ngiyabonga!

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