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How do I Choose the Best Gym Workout?

By D. Messmer
Updated May 17, 2024
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Choosing the best gym workout depends largely on what you are trying to accomplish through your workouts. One of the benefits of working out at gyms is that they provide such a wide array of equipment and, usually, fitness classes that they can accommodate a wide variety of workout routines. The wide variety of available gym workouts, though, means that it is crucial to have a clear gym workout plan in order to get the most out of a gym membership.

A gym workout usually will focus on either aerobic exercise or weightlifting, although it is also possible to perform a workout routine that blends both. Aerobic workouts are common for those athletes trying to burn calories or tone the body or who are training for endurance sports. Aerobic workouts generally make use of a gym's treadmills, stair climbers, elliptical machines, stationary bikes and rowing machines. Performing aerobic exercise at a gym can be beneficial because you can frequently change the type of exercise that you are performing, which can help stave off boredom and maintain motivation.

Anther common type of gym workout is weight training. These kinds of workouts are beneficial for athletes who are trying to improve strength or engage in bodybuilding. Weight training also is a very effective way to lose weight because building muscles can substantially increase your metabolism. With a higher metabolism, you will burn more calories even when not working out.

Gyms are particularly effective for these kinds of exercises because a gym has both the resources and the space necessary to maintain a wide array of workout equipment. Most gyms will have the weights and various benches and cages necessary to perform any number of free weight lifts safely. Also, most gyms have a wide array of machines available for those athletes who either do not know the proper form necessary to use free weights or who do not have a spotter available.

When you are deciding what kind of gym workout will best suit your needs, it is also important to be aware of the fitness classes that a gym offers. In addition to workouts that target cardiovascular exercise, such as aerobics or step classes, or those that focus on overall body fitness, such as martial arts training, many gyms offer yoga and Pilates classes. These classes can also benefit you by providing better balance and flexibility.

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Discussion Comments

By Bell44 — On Oct 05, 2012

In my opinion, a gym visit is the best thing to do to find out about some healthy workouts. Try to go to a gym and do some exercises with discussions with a personal trainer.

By sam45 — On Jul 18, 2012

I suggest everyone do a gym workout because the gym is the best place for fitness and workout. Choosing the best gym depends on what you want to get out of it. Anyway, nice post.

By tigers88 — On May 21, 2012

Sometimes you need to switch up your workout, and sometimes you just need to switch up your gym. I went to a 24 hour gym close to my house for almost a year and saw very little results.

Then I switched to a gym tat was just for women and I started losing weight immediately. There was just something about the environment. I felt more comfortable and less judged so I could go out there and really tackle my workout.

By nextcorrea — On May 21, 2012

My gym workout program is all about interval training. This involves doing a lift or a movement for a given amount of time, resting briefly and then going right in to the next move. It gets the blood flowing, the muscles pumping and the sweat dripping.

The best part of this kind of workout is that you combine cardio, stretching and strength training. It is a full body, full system workout that maximizes you results and minimizes the time it takes. Do some research and find an interval routine that works for you.

By Ivan83 — On May 20, 2012
The workout that is best for you will depend a lot on the goals that you are trying to achieve. If you are trying to lose weight you will do one workout, if you want to pack on muscle you will do another.

Most gyms these days have a personal trainer on staff who will design a workout just for you that will maximize your chances of success. Some people are nervous about working with a trainer, but they are only there to help and they are almost as invested in your success as you are.

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