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How to make working out a habit

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Exercise should be an essential part of your daily routine – that’s something you most likely already know, but, making exercise a daily habit is something many people find a tough task.

Let’s be honest, does the thought of the gym make you shudder? Do you skip the gym at times with the lamest excuse? If the answer is YES, then this article is perfect for you. Why? Because we are going to give you 4 simple ways to finally make exercise a habit rather than a chore.

Ready? Let’s go!


Choose a time and stick to it!

If you’re more of a morning person than a late owl, then the obvious thing to do is get your workout in as early as possible.  

This step will set you on the right path. Once you’ve chosen your workout time. Stick with it. This will make you less lenient in skipping your workout.

Set a specific time and stick with it. We offer classes throughout the day, to fit all schedules. Check them out here!


Don’t overdo it in the beginning

When we start with fitness, we often want to go full throttle straight away. But, going too hard too soon can be damaging. If you push yourself too much at the start, then it makes burning out more likely – and when we burn out, we often quit.

The best way to overcome this is to cut your exercise into bite sized chunks. Use light weights – don’t overstay too long at the gym. Go at a comfortable pace.


Switch up your workout plan every fortnight

When we get caught in a routine, we leave ourselves open to boredom. Doing the same workout week in week out can make your gym sessions mundane. You want to keep things fresh, so, we recommend changing up your workout pattern every 2 weeks if possible.

This will keep the gym buzz and make your workouts exciting. It also helps to keep your muscles alert!  


Sort your gym gear the night before

Minimising any obstacles, which will fall in the way of you making it to the gym, is a must. When we are hit with obstacles, we often use them as an excuse or any easy way out.

Be honest, how many times have you skipped the gym because your workout gear wasn’t prepared?

Prepping the night before will keep your routine on track and allow you to simply get up and go when your workout time comes.


Need more help?

Want our team to help make the gym a habit in your weekly routine? Contact us – we are more than happy to help!

3 Ways Exercise Helps Your Mood

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The physical benefits of exercising are obvious and have been for many years. Rock hard abs are something we all dream of – but what about the mental aspect? Yes, it’s something we often overlook, but, exercise helps our mood just as much as it helps our physical body too!

From easing anxiety to keeping you sharp and alert, working out has many mental benefits. We aren’t talking about running marathons or lifting huge weights either – it can come from simple workouts and light cardio. So, to give you a better understanding, here are 3 ways exercise can help you mentally.


Minimises Stress

One of the first things we should cover is stress. It’s something we all suffer from at some point in our lives. It can be stress from work, or it could be something at home. Whatever the problem is, exercise can be used as a solution.

The science behind this? Well, Increasing your heart rate during exercise helps to reverse stress by stimulating the production of neurohormones like norepinephrine, which improve both your cognition and mood.


Increased self-esteem and self-confidence

When it comes to exercise, there are many physical achievements that we notice – from losing fat to getting more toned. With these achievements come confidence and boost your self-esteem.

When you start to receive compliments on your new figure and start noticing a change in the fitting of your clothes, it will give you motivation to carry on. Most of the time you don’t notice it until one morning and you catch a glimpse of your toned glutes in the mirror! The feeling of when this happens makes the sweat and tears all worthwhile.


Better sleep

If you have trouble with sleeping, then exercise could be the remedy you’ve been looking for! When we exercise, our body temperature rises and this helps to make us become calm.

More often than not, the lack of sleep can come from stress and overthinking. But, with added exercise, you will be out like a light come bedtime! And even better, when you wake up you will feel much more alert and energetic throughout the day.

At MYGYM Bristol, we have specialised classes and workouts to help you reach your goals. Feel free to try us out by clicking here.

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4 reasons you should try olympic weightlifting

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This is an exciting article. Because this article is the very first we are publishing on our brand new shiny website!

We got together and ran through some ideas on what the first article should be about and it felt right for the first article to be about something we love, but something few of you may have had the chance to experience – Olympic Weightlifting.

The first thought when you mention Olympic weightlifting to people that haven’t tried it before is always quite scarce. Many often make the mistake in thinking “To lift you must be experienced” – but this isn’t true! Everybody has to start somewhere, and with the amazing benefits Olympic weightlifting can bring, it’s time to start now!

But, if you’re still wondering if Olympic weightlifting is for you, continue reading. We are going to give you 4 reasons why you should try Olympic weightlifting.

Let’s get started…


You’ll get abs to die for!

One of the biggest benefits about weightlifting is how damn good it is at burning that tummy fat and building those abs of steel! There is a common myth that weightlifting will just make you huge. That’s not the case – especially not with Olympic weightlifting. The exercise of hoisting a large weight over your head builds crazy strength in your core – and it burns fat at the same time!


Not just abs…

It’s not just your core that gets shaped. Olympic weightlifting is super beneficial for your back and arms too – even your shoulders – something that people forget about!

Think about it; the deadlift, catching the barbell, squat, and pushing it over your head all in one movement. It requires your full body and all of your muscle groups.

Basically, performing Olympic weightlifting for 30 minutes means you’ve completed a full-body workout for 30 minutes. That’s a big deal! 


It’s much safer than you think

OK, we totally get it – when you see a barbell stacked with 80kg of weights, it may look quite daunting – I mean, how can you possibly lift that over your head?!

The truth is, if you use the right technique, which we will show you at our gym, it’s very safe. In fact, it’s actually one of the safest sports!

At MYGYM Bristol, we first ensure you have the right technique nailed down. This way, you  will learn the right form and minimise the risk of injuries. Our team have been doing this day-in-day-out for years. We won’t let you rush into anything if we don’t think you’re ready. But when you are ready – the thrill is something else!


Join a great group of people

And finally, one of our favourite benefits of joining the MYGYM’s “Bristol Barbell Club” for Olympic Weightlifting classes – the people you meet!

We run classes for beginners and those with experience every Monday and Wednesday evening. Experienced 5-6pm, Beginners 6:30-7:30pm

When you join our gym, you will meet new friends, who will not only help you to reach new goals, but they will also make it fun – something that’s important when it comes to motivating yourself.

But hey, enough talk – why not try us out?

You won’t regret it!