Workout Tips: How To Increase Intensity

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Doing the same workout can get boring fairly quickly. If you're finding yourself doing the same routine day after day, it may be time to add more intensity to your workout. If you don't know where to start, I wanted to give you five tips that I use every time I workout:

1. Take Small Breaks

Try to push yourself to the limit, but make sure that you take small breaks in between to catch up. So let's say that you run 6 mph on the JTX Sprint-9: Superior Gym Treadmill but your limit is 10. If you can run that 10 mph for five minutes and take a few minutes off in between, you can find yourself really pushing the limits and the workout will make you feel a lot better at the end.

So a great schedule could look like this – 10 minutes at 10 mph, 3 minutes at 4 mph and another 5 at 10 mph.

2. Don't Forget The Power

If you're just working on cardio, you have to remember that power is just as important. Even if you just work out of the house, you can try power moves such as jumping jacks, squats, pushups and lunges. So the next time you jump on the treadmill, try to stretch and power up before you jump into your normal routine. Don't forget that you have to add that protein too if you're looking to build muscle!

3. No Strength? Go Higher!

If you're lifting weights month after month but you're not seeing any differences, it may be time to start lifting heavier weights. Don't lift by yourself, though. Instead, make sure that you have a spotter and lift at a gradual pace. You should know when you're pushing yourself too hard. When you lift, the very last rep should be extremely hard but enough for you to lift it.

4. Combine Your Workouts

Hopping on the treadmill and running for 30 minutes every day can get boring pretty fast. Instead of treating your workouts like a job, try to mix things up every week. One day work the cardio, while the next day you work on the power. Remember, you don't want to stick to the same routine because your body is going to get used to it fairly fast!

5. Slow Things Down

Getting disappointed with your workout can often lead to not working out at all. If you're having a hard time keeping the tempo going with your workout, you may want to work at a slower pace. By working too fast, you may find yourself too fatigued when working out. So, the next time you work out, try to lift slower or alternate your speeds.

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Adding intensity to your workout is a great way to keep yourself going and not get bored every week. By following some of the tips mentioned above and applying them, there's no reason that you can't have a successful workout routine the next time you hit the gym.

Kathy Cady works for the website HowMuchIsIt. Find the prices on anything from A to Z.

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