FITNESS: 10 QUESTIONS YOU ASK YOURSELF FREQUENTLY
To answer the 10 frequently asked questions you ask yourself at the gym , we asked Olivier, personal at Domyos . Save time, you will surely find an answer here!
1) “AT WHAT PACE DO YOU NEED TO TRAIN TO GET RESULTS?”
It is the frequency of your sessions that will make you trained, that is, be regular. It is better to train 2 – 3 times a week, than occasionally. It is regular practice that will bring you pleasure and results . The irregularity of your training will only bring displeasure, body pain, fatigue, lack of motivation … and abandonment!
2) “WHAT IS THE MOST COMMON MISTAKE NOT TO MAKE IN THE GYM?”
Most people who start fitness don’t know how to use the equipment at their disposal in the gym. They perform inappropriate exercises that can hurt. Our advice: don’t be afraid to ask a professional for advice ! Usually, teachers are at your disposal at the academy and their help will allow you to work in the right direction, whatever your goal. Likewise, don’t forget to warm up before training and stretch every time you finish your workout. Finally, don’t forget to hydrate yourself throughout your workout, your body needs it!
3) “HOW DO YOU DO IT WHEN YOU CAN’T EVEN TRAIN IN THE MORNING, AFTER A DAY AT WORK?”
Sport is a fatigue of well-being ! Although, at first glance, it can be difficult, the more fitness you do, the less you will be tired. Don’t stop with the first pains of a day after the sport, but be prepared. Regular practice will bring you shape, well-being and better sleep.
4) “WHAT ABDOMINAL EXERCISE SHOULD I DO TO LOSE BELLY?”
It is the training of the entire body and especially the large muscle groups that will consume abdominal fat . The abdominal muscles are very small and do not allow for the recovery of a flat stomach alone … however, they are necessary to solve back problems and are essential for posture and body stability.
5) “DOES THE FAT TURN INTO MUSCLE?”
No! Muscles are fat consumers . Muscle gain increases basal metabolism. Increasing your basal metabolism means spending more energy, calories and fats. That is why cardio work makes you lose weight more when it is associated with muscle work.
6) “I LOST A NUMBER ON THE WAIST OF MY TROUSERS BUT, ON THE SCALE, I HAVEN’T NOTICED A CHANGE … HOW TO EXPLAIN?”
If you lost a number in your pants, you tuned it. You lost volume in fat, but gained weight in muscle ; stronger, heavier muscles, which will not change the number on the scale, but which sharpened the silhouette. This is the difference between volume and weight. What is important is a silhouette that has changed more than one number on the scale !
Tip: instead of weighing yourself, use a tape measure to measure your waist, hips … or use your white pants worn this summer that you will try on all winter! NOTE: This advice is for people who only have a few pounds to lose. For overweight people, the scale remains an indispensable tool.
7) “WHY, WHEN I GO ON A NON-SPORT DIET, DO I LOSE WEIGHT MORE QUICKLY, BUT I ALSO GAIN WEIGHT QUICKLY AFTERWARDS, OR EVEN MORE?”
A diet is often restrictive and will, above all, make you lose muscle mass without decreasing your fat mass (or little). That’s why when you go back to eating normally you regain your pounds quickly because the fat never disappeared! Therefore, the combination of sport with a balanced diet in low amount of calories to have a perfect body.
8) “SINCE I STARTED MUSCLE STRENGTHENING, I HAVE INCREASED MY THIGHS … AND I AM NOT IN MY PANTS! WHAT TO DO?”
With muscle strengthening training, you get toned muscles. But they will tune and stretch with stretching! So remember not to use heavy loads (weights) during your fitness sessions . Opt for long sets (repetitions for the same movement ) that will attack your reserves , combined with a stretching program that will stretch and tune your muscles.
9) “DOES INDOOR CYCLING (BIKING) SHARPEN YOUR LEGS?”
Yes, with moderate resistance ! If pedaling resistance is too important to decrease, your muscles will gain volume! In fact, a lot of resistance corresponds to using heavy weights that would give the volume (as in weight training).
Always remember this: muscle strengthening makes you lose weight, if the workload is light (moderate) and the activity is long.
10) “I NEVER KNOW HOW TO BREATHE PROPERLY DURING EXERCISE … WHAT IS THE CORRECT METHOD?”
Obviously you should never be in apnea during exercise. Inhalation is often the preparatory phase of effort, exhalation occurs during exercise . Example for a squat: inhale to lower and bend your legs, exhale to lift and stretch your legs. The only exception to the rule is for exercises in which the effort opens the chest (for example, a muscle strengthening exercise for the back such as the horizontal pull), in this case, you will have to inhale during the effort.