Fitness Tips

Renita Fitness

Save Time in the Gym

Don't worry about specific rest periods between sets. Instead, rest as you need it—less in your early sets when your muscles are fresh, and more as they become fatigued. "You'll cut your workout time between 15 and 20 percent".

Keep Your Stats, See Amazing Results
Test yourself often. Every 4 weeks, measure a variable—waist size, body fat, weights youre using—that equates to your end goal. "It'll show you the tangible results of your training".

Lose Your Weak Spot
If you don't like an exercise, start doing it. "You're probably avoiding it because you're weak at it.

Kill Your Excuse
If you think you're too busy to exercise, try this experiment: For one day, schedule a time to work out, and then stick to it—even if you can exercise for only 10 minutes. "At the end of the day, ask yourself if you were any less productive than usual". The answer will probably be no—and your favorite excuse will be gone.

Keep Muscles Limber
If you're under 40, hold your stretches for 30 seconds. If you're over 40, hold them for 60 seconds. As you reach your 40s, your muscles become less pliable, so they need to be stretched longer.

Build Better Abs
Don't work your abdominal muscles every day. "Physiologically, your abs are like any other muscle in your body". Train them only 2 or 3 days a week.

Squat to look hot
 Squats target crucial jeans areas like your glutes, hamstrings and quads giving you a toned behind and better balance. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and place you arms straight out in front. Push your hips back and lower your body as if you were going to sit in a chair. Go as low as you can and then slowly stand back up. Try 3 sets of 10 to get started and add more reps or weight as you improve.

Use weights
Pick up those weights! Muscle burns fat, so the better your weight training sessions are, the less cardio you’ll actually have to do.

Change it up
Get that metabolism going! Change up your workouts with a little high-intensity strength training. Increase the weight, reps and/or sets you lift (and decrease the amount you rest in between) and you’ll start to see some sculpted, lean muscles (and you’ll keep your metabolism humming post-workout!)

Move it
Something is ALWAYS better than nothing. Missed your workout? Get in at least 10 minutes. Pop in a Renita Fitness DVD and get in a quickie, turn up your favorite tunes and dance around, re-create something from your favorite exercise class, climb the stairs or take a quick trip around the block.

Feel the burn
As hard as it may be to believe, that achy feeling the day after a workout is actually a great sign. It means that your muscles are activated and responding to your activity. So, don't mistake a little soreness as a cue to stop. Instead, use it as proof that your body is already changing.

Take a class
Signing up for a weight training, boot camp,  spin or aerobics class at your local gym or Renita Fitness is obviously a great way to get into shape. But classes also come with more incentives to work out. The fact that you pay for it will push you to get your money's worth and the energy from everyone in the room will help improve yours. Don't worry if you don't know all the steps at first—think of what a big step you're making for yourself.