Fitness is not an exact science. Whether you’re a beginner or a dedicated gym-goer, there are some tips and tricks you can incorporate into your gym time to make your workouts more effective and efficient.

Check out the following tips to get more out of your gym time.

1. Try a class before you sign up for it
Don’t waste your time in a fitness class that doesn’t interest you. Ask if you can stay for a trial session for a group exercise class, and sign up only if you’re sure that’s what you want to do.

2. Have a pre-workout snack
You need to fuel your body to perform well when you work out. If you’re feeling fatigued and famished, then you need to eat a meal that includes carbs and protein. Have a workout snack that will give you an energy boost without weighing you down.

3. Get some protein

It’s important to pay attention to whether your muscles are getting the protein they need to rebuild. If you don’t, you’re not going to get much out of your workout. We recommend eating protein-rich foods such as lean meats and eggs. You could also try whey or soy protein shakes.

4. Make a plan

Without a thorough game plan, your visit to the gym can end up being just a complete waste of time. Speak to your trainer and plan out your workouts ahead of time. Make sure you set clear training goals.

5. Find a partner
To get better results and satisfaction out of a workout, seek the help of a training partner. When you’re lacking motivation, your workout buddy will be there to give you the push you need.

6. Lift slowly
It’s common for people to contract their muscles gradually and then release more quickly. But to maximise each move, you need to lift slowly in both directions.

7. Maximise your calorie-burn 

Burn more calories by adding high-intensity interval training to your cardio routine. Try multitasking moves that work a number of muscle sets at the same time.

8. Mix it up

Don’t follow the same workout routine for too long, your body will adapt to the stress level, reducing the effectiveness of your workout. Cross-train for an efficient workout.

9. Rest
Regular exercise is a healthy habit, but don’t overtrain; it’s not good for your health. To reap the maximum benefits of your workout, you need both work and rest. After a workout, you should stretch, swim or do yoga. You need an active recovery routine. And make sure you get enough sleep!