4 tips for getting more out of your workout

Mar 11, 2014 at 9:49 a.m. ET

You want to push your body to the limit, and in addition to that, make sure that you are using techniques that will help you do so.

Want to increase the results that you’re seeing from your workout sessions? While getting to the gym and actually doing the workout is definitely one of the top things that will lead to optimal success, on top of that you do need to also make sure that you are giving a good effort.

If you go into the gym and are only giving 75 to 80 percent, you’re only going to get 75 to 80 percent of the results that you could be.

You want to push your body to the limit, and in addition to that, make sure that you are using techniques that will help you do so.

Let’s look at four such techniques that you can put to good use to help ensure that you get more from each session you do.


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The very first thing to consider is adding a superset into the mix. Supersets are one of the best ways to add a cardiovascular element to things and make sure that you are going to be not only gaining strength, but working your heart muscle as well.

Supersets will also crank up your post-workout calorie burn, ensuring that you continue to burn fat for hours after you’re finished.

The end result is that you get lean, and stronger, in a hurry.

Think your way through it

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Next, make sure that you aren’t just going through the motions when you progress through your workout sessions. Really think about each movement that you’re doing. Are you putting in the effort you should be?

Are you contracting each muscle fiber to its fullest? Are you using proper form?

Those who really focus in on what they are doing are going to see better effort being put into each rep completed. Those who just count reps will not.

Know the difference and make sure that you abide by it.

Add an exercise ball

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Moving along, also consider adding an exercise ball to your workout mix. Putting some of your strength-based movements on the exercise ball such as chest press, lateral raises, shoulder presses or bicep curls is one of the best ways to hit the muscle fibers deep within the muscle belly of these tissues while also challenging your core to a larger degree as well.

The instability that you’ll get from using the exercise ball is one of the best ways to avoid having to spend extra time doing abdominal exercises throughout your workout protocol.

Get a spotter

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Having a spotter standing near you is the next quick and easy way to boost the results you see. Spotters provide you with the assurance that if you hoist a weight and can’t quite get it up as you should, they will be there to help you.

This added mental boost can help you push your body to the next level, really making sure that you see optimal strength gains.

If you don’t have a spotter around as you do your workout session, you’re going to be somewhat limited as you will only be able to lift a heavy enough weight that you are fully confident you can get up.

So there you have four great strategies that you should consider using as you go about your workout approach. Make sure that you are not overlooking these, because they will help you go that extra mile and not only enjoy your workouts more because they are more challenging, but also see faster all around success.

That in itself will work wonders to keep you motivated and coming back for more.