Frequently Asked Questions
We thought we’d share a few of the questions that we’re often asked at Perfect Workout Gym. Don’t see the answer to your question? Just contact us and we’ll be glad to talk with you about your workout concerns.
Of course, before you even get started exercising, you should consult your physician. It really depends on you. If you’re a beginner, we suggest working out three times a week. After you’ve been exercising for six weeks or so, it is then safe to increase the intensity and frequency of your workout program.
Cross training is the practice of combining different methods of training into your workout program. What this means is instead of just running every day, you would vary your daily routine…maybe a Zumba workout one day or a pilates class another in between running days. One benefit to cross-training is that it may help you avoid injuries by lessening the continued stress on overused joints and muscles. We can work with you to individualize your cross-training schedule.
Of course, everyone wants to see results right away! Although you should begin to feel the results of working out almost immediately, it takes an average of four to six weeks to feel increased strength and see weight loss.
It’s hard to move most things when they are cold. Your muscles are no different, so it is best to stretch at the end of your workout when your muscles are warm. However, if you feel that you need to stretch a little before your workout, try some light cardio to warm up before stretching.
Whether you are exercising regularly or not, everyone should drink at least eight, eight oz. glasses of water per day. However, if you are more active and working out on a steady routine, you will want to drink more water to replenish the fluids lost during exercise.
We get lots of questions about weight loss. If your goal is to lose weight, remember that the healthiest way to do so is to have a balanced diet. Control portion sizes and always eat in moderation. And, if you eat smaller meals more often, it will keep your metabolism up and it may prevent you from overeating. Instead of three large meals a day, try eating four-five smaller meals that are 300-400 calories each. Also, watch your fatty food intake and don’t overeat after a workout (just because you worked out doesn’t mean you can go for ice cream!). Once you start following these tips, the effect of an improved diet will show in your workout…you’ll have more energy and start feeling better by the day!
Try these 3 tips:
1 – Start with cardio. It’s common knowledge that a good cardio base leads to lower body fat which leads to a more toned physique…something we all strive for! Think about it: how may overweight marathon runners do you see?
2 – Break up your routine. Try designating certain days to work on certain body parts. For example, you can work on legs one day and back and biceps the next. This will get you into the gym more often plus give you a more well-rounded workout routine.
3 – Be flexible. Sometimes routines can become a little too set in stone. Mix it up…if your machine is occupied, move on with your workout and come back to it later.