With final exams just around the corner, summer is getting even closer! Right now is the perfect time to begin an exercise plan and get a head start on your beach body.  Whether you’re a guy or a girl, weight training can take your physique to the next level. This week I will walk you through some steps to get you on track in the gym.

First, decide how many days a week you can realistically commit to working out. Even if you only have thirty minutes three days a week it’s still better than not working out at all. Or perhaps you have an hour to commit five days a week. Whatever the case, build your training plan around your own schedule; this way you’re more likely to stick with it.

Next, prepare a gym plan so you will stay focused once you step into the weight room. For example a three-day training plan may look like this:

Day 1: Upper body

Day 2: Lower body

Day 3: Cardio

While a five-day training plan could look something more like this:

Day 1: Chest & Abdominals

Day 2: Legs

Day 3: Shoulders & Abdominals

Day 4: Biceps & Triceps

Day 5: Back

However you decide to build your training split, include at least one or two days off from the gym. These days are crucial because they allow your muscles to rest, recover, and rebuild.

Third, be sure to incorporate cardiovascular exercise and stretching in your workout routine. Cardio is great to warm-up before weight training and stretching after an intense workout will reduce injuries

Finally, all of your efforts at the gym will be in vain if your eating habits aren’t in check! Try to eat clean every day and enjoy a cheat meal once a week. If you need more tips on eating clean, look back on my previous column about healthy eating.

Best of luck!

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