Everyone has their own reasons for joining the gym. Some aim to improve their athletic abilities. Some aim to enhance their overall strength. Others work toward the beach bod they’ve always desired. There’s no wrong reason to join the gym, fitness goals are good goals.
Having said that, most people don’t realize that they need to tailor their workouts specifically toward their goals. You can do so by modifying your workouts with the following methods.
Athletic Performance Tailor your workouts to include explosive compound movements. Focus on flexibility, and mimic the dynamic movements you’ll be performing regularly. Put a significant emphasis on cardio training, preferably a mixture of high-intensity interval training (H.I.I.T) and steady state cardio. Strength Training Use heavy weights (according to your strength levels) with a low rep scheme. Focus on compound movements such as the squat, deadlift, bench press, and shoulder press. Track your workouts and place an emphasis on progressive overload (for example, last week you bench pressed 135 lbs. for 5 reps. This week you need to be able to bench press 135 lbs. for more than 5 reps). Implement cardio as well. Bodybuilding/Physique Training Emphasize muscle hypertrophy training. Fluctuate between heavy and light weights, and always put an emphasis on fully contracting your targeted muscle group. Aim for high reps and prioritize the quality of your form. Implement cardio according to your goals.