It happens to the best of us: One day, you're going about your regular exercise routine feeling amazing, and suddenly wham, you hit a wall. Call it a slump, a rut, an insatiable need for workout inspiration-whatever you call it, it's defeating. That's why we tapped three leading fitness pros for their advice on shaking things up and making a workout more effective. Their advice-don't resignВ yourself to a boring workouts.В
But a well-rounded workout plan isn'tВ just about arming yourself with the right moves-your gear is important too. From a super-supportive sports bra to less obvious things like antiperspirant, the items you stash in your gym bag can make all the difference. Not sure where to start? Below, each fitness insiderВ shares his or her tips, tricks, and product picks guaranteed to reinvigorate your Sunday morning yoga practice (or other workout of choice).
Boredom is motivation's mortal enemy,В so to thwart it in your workouts, Ally Love-model, host, and Peloton instructor-suggests focusing on variety. вЂњThink of working out like a buffet,вЂќ she says. вЂњTry a little bit of everything, and do more of the stuff that you love.вЂќ And if you're following that advice but still need an extra boost, consider what you're wearing and the products you're using.
В вЂњDressing the part can motivate you to play the part,вЂќ she continues. вЂњWhen I'm comfortable without compromising style or functionality, it really adds to my game.вЂќ Her must-have? Degree UltraClear Antiperspirant Deodorant Dry Spray Black & White ($5). вЂњIt's the invisible products that make looking, smelling, and ultimately feeling good possible, especially when I have to run from the studio to a meeting,вЂќ she says.
Another trick for spicing up your routine? вЂњWorking out with a friend always adds an extra push,вЂќ says Kirk Myers, Dogpound founder, owner, and CEO. вЂњYou know you're not alone, and it also adds some competition into the mix.вЂќВ Once you've found your go-to gym partner, incorporate pairings of two different movements-think a bench press and a pull-up-into your sweat sesh.
Doubling up is a surefire way to shock your system and amp up your workout. It increases intensity and limits rest periods, pushing people past the limits they've become accustomed to, explains Myers,В adding that proper nutrition is also a game changer. Make sure you have the right gym gear on hand, too. вЂњI never hit the gym without a resistance band; it's a multipurpose piece of equipment that supports muscle building and fat loss,вЂќ he adds.
вЂњI get bored really fast,вЂќ says Nicole Winhoffer, creator of the NW Method. вЂњAs a solution, the workouts I teach change each class, with new movements, new music, and a new set of muscles being targeted,вЂќ she explains. And while you may be working out your body, don't downplay how important the mental component is when it comes to inspiration and achieving maximum results. Keeping the body guessing is important for your muscles, mind, heart, and spirit, she adds.Degree UltraClear Antiperspirant Deodorant Dry Spray Black & White $5ShopNike Women's Indy Hyper Femme Sports Bra $29ShopBoseВ® SoundSportВ® Wireless Headphones $130ShopDegree Men UltraClear Antiperspirant Deodorant Dry Spray Black & White Fresh $5ShopC9 ChampionВ® Econosport Stopwatch $9ShopC9 ChampionВ® Exercise Flat Resistance Bands $11ShopBoseВ® SoundLink Color Wireless Bluetooth Speaker II $130ShopDragonFly StudioВ® Standard Yoga Mat $18ShopSharper ImageВ® Ergonomic Massage Wand $20Shop
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