Holiday workout tips

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

The holidays are right around the corner and personal trainer Logan Michaels from Gold’s Gym has some tips on how to keep the pounds off this season.

"You want to have nice form," Michaels said. "You want to make sure that you're achieving your goals but you're not taking the chance of any injuries while you're doing it."

Form is a very important thing to pay attention to, according to Michaels. You should take your time and feel the weight.

"It's all about getting the mind connected with the muscle. You want to feel what you're doing. You want to eliminate the outside forces like momentum and inertia," Michaels said.

Michaels suggests doing three to four sets for each body part. If you are looking to tone your body, you should increase repetitions but use less weight.

As far as eating schedules, Michaels said to avoid eating carbs after 5:30 p.m.

Michaels had a few more tips to get you motivated:

1. Variety is the spice of life. Try a new exercise for each body part every week. That doesn't mean you need to totally blow off the structure of your workout. That just means, "try something new."
 
2. Work out with a new friend. Have someone join you or train in a small group to inject new energy and a new perspective into your workout. If you're smart, you'll invite someone more experienced than you, and you may learn all sorts of new exercise techniques/variations.
 
3. Remind yourself why you are working out. Get a clear mental picture of what you want, and associate the pleasurable image with the workout you are doing.
 
4. Enjoy your breathing and sweat. You are alive! What a gift and blessing to be able to draw in breathe and feel your muscles and limbs strengthening. Live today. You can never be sure about tomorrow.
 
5. Try a new gym. Don't leave your old gym behind. But working out at other gyms as a guest occasionally freshens up your environment and can be very motivating.
 
6. Challenge yourself. Set a mental goal of sets and reps, and then I dive in. Keep a good rhythm going, never resting more than one minute in between sets and just plow through it.