Optimising Your Sleep: Improve Physical And Mental Health

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How sleep can help boost your health and fitness

These are uncertain and difficult times for all of us, as the Covid-19 pandemic is undoubtedly causing great levels of concern. We may be required to stay in our homes for the imminent future, but that does not mean we cannot keep up with our fitness and health. Sleep is a vital component of health, and it is imperative we adapt our lifestyles during these unprecedented times to ensure we get the required amount of rest, improving our fitness and immune system through the on-going Covid-19 situation.

Finding a consistent sleeping pattern to boost your health and fitness

Whether you are able to work from home, have to look after your children or are self-isolating, there are a number of ways in which you can keep on top of your mental and physical health throughout this period of containment. It may sound simple, but even having yourself a regular sleeping pattern can be a key component of building your fitness. The NHS recommends a sleep of 8 hours is a healthy amount for our bodies to relax and reset during the night, preparing ourselves for the rigours of the following day. But how do we go about ensuring we get in our 8 hours?

Follow these 3 simple steps to optimise your sleep and fuel your fitness.

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1. Exercise promotes more efficient sleep

Exercise is one of the quickest wins we can have to get a better night’s sleep. Getting into a regular pattern of exercise can really pay dividends not only for your fitness, mental health and confidence, but it can also enable your body to relax on a night, ensuring you get the required amount of sleep to wake up healthier and in better condition.

Whether you have home gym equipment, the space to store home gym equipment or you are relying on core exercises you can still benefit hugely from training either in the morning or before you go to bed – there is no right or wrong time of day to workout. Exercise supports your ‘body clock’, allowing your body to understand the time of day and the situation better. This will allow your body to realise that it is night time, therefore getting ready to shut down and giving you a better chance of optimising your sleep.

The main objective is to get your hear rate going, improving circulation and blood flow for a healthier body and a healthier you. Having a good sleeping pattern will certainly benefit your fitness.

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2. Pay more attention to what you eat and drink

This may sound like a bit of a given, but it is vitally important nonetheless. As we are embarking on an unusual circumstance of being indoors, away from society and away from our daily routines for a while, nutrition will become a key component to your fitness and sleeping pattern. Lets be honest, we all have a craving for ‘comfort food’ every now and then, and being at home for the majority of the day is a temptation we can all do without.

Instead of going into your cupboard for your favourite packet of crisps, or biscuit, make sure you are training yourself to think about what you are putting into your body. Replenishing yourself with the right fuel is vital for preparing your body for a healthy sleep. Try to avoid heavy or large meals within a couple of hours of when you would usually go to bed. So, if your bedtime is usually at 10pm, you shouldn’t be having a big meal after 8pm, for example.

If you like a hot drink before going to bed, why not substitute your tea of coffee for a Chamomile tea? This helps to boost your immune system, reduce anxiety and depression and improve skin health. In addition, chamomile tea has some unique properties that may improve sleep quality. Fruit and vegetables of course are always encouraged, but the main threat to your sleep would be putting caffeine, sugar and carbohydrates into your body relatively close to when you would like to sleep.

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3. Relax your mind

  • A good sleep can be achieved by keeping your mind relaxed in the evening, especially if you have had a busy day working from home or looking after the kids. Having a warm bath will help your body and mind prepare for sleep, or even participating in light exercises such as yoga can relax your body and mind for sleep.

 

  • Put your mobile phone on ‘do not disturb’ or stop scrolling through your social media accounts once you are in bed. This will keep your mind occupied and distracted, hindering the sleep hormone ‘melatonin’ from being released. Reading a book, however, can help, but it is better to read on your sofa or chair rather than in bed. Keep your bedroom for sleeping in.

 

  • If you have to do a few hours of work on an evening, like catch up on emails or update a spread sheet, then try to give yourself at least an hour of relaxation before going to bed. This will help your mind switch off from work and forget the issues of the day, allowing you to focus on sleeping.
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Join our fun and inclusive fitness community

During this difficult time, we’re encouraging people to come together. Focus your love for fitness and the gym into our new series of home workouts that still allow you to work towards your goals and health in the comfort of your own home. Share your workouts with us and show us how you’re using this time to continue on your fitness journey with Xercise4Less Gyms. Once you’ve repeated the exercises at home and built up confidence, make a visit to the gym once we’re back open and use our wide range of quality equipment and facilities to improve your strength further.

All Xercise4Less Gyms provide members with access to a range of top quality kit as part of our great value gym memberships, including:

  • Private and self-contained Female Only gym zones for female members
  • Over 400 pieces of gym equipment for beginners to bodybuilders
  • Dedicated cardio and free weights training areas to build up your fitness
  • Motivated Personal trainers to help you achieve your health ambitions
  • Free weights ranging from 2kg to 75kg to build up your fitness
  • Wide range of resistance machines for toning and building muscle
  • Strength training apparatus like Olympic lifting platforms and squat racks for power lifters
  • Great selection of weight plates and cable machines for weight training
  • Large fitness studio perfect for stretching or creating custom mini cardio or light-weighted circuits with boxes, barbells, mats and plates
  • Purpose-built spinning-area with 30 spin bikes
  • Full-size boxing ring, MMA cage and punch bags in our amazing combat zone.

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Weight Loss Success Story – Amy Mathie

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Overcoming personal tragedy to succeed

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Xercise4Less Hull member Amy Mathie has overcome personal trauma and bereavement to successfully accomplish her weight loss success. Less than a decade ago, Amy had spinal decompression surgery as four of her five discs in her back had slipped, leaving her in agony and paralysed in her left foot. This was understandably a difficult period for Amy, and something she struggled to comprehend.

 

“I was in hospital for two weeks and when I eventually left, I was immobile and unable to walk. It was soul destroying and this caused me to become depressed. I started to eat a lot and I gained so much weight and when I went to my first Weightwatchers meeting in June 2012, I weighed nearly 20 stone. This was a wakeup call.”

Finding solace through Xercise4Less Gyms

From this point, Amy was determined to lose weight and get herself going on her fitness journey. Signing up to Xercise4Less Gyms has given Amy the platform and the confidence to boost her health through exercise, especially cardio workouts.

 

“I was always afraid of walking through gym doors and it was something I always avoided, worried about being stared at for being so big.”

 

“But last year, something changed. The crippled girl who hated looking at herself started to see more clearly. I introduced exercise and immediately fell in love. I can’t do all the exercises, but I make sure I give it a damn good go! I started by completing 10-minute treadmill walks and a little bit of rowing to build up to 45-minute walks.”

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'Doing it for Dad'

If dealing with severe injuries wasn’t enough for Amy to deal with, her world was rocked again on New Year’s Eve 2018, when she had the heart-breaking news that her beloved father had passed away. After the initial shock, Amy used her late father as motivation to continue her weight loss journey.

 

“I was going on holiday in early 2019 to remember my dad and I had a goal in mind. So when speaking to Alex I started doing PT sessions to help me achieve my goals of getting into a size 12 dress. Alex worked on a programme with me and even got me doing deadlifts to help improve my strength. My best was 75kg, which I couldn’t believe I was lifting.”

Fitness classes to boost confidence and health

As well as performing solo workouts, Amy began to attend fitness classes with her friend and thanks to helpful and friendly staff, the classes were adapted to suit her injuries and making sure she was able to gain the most from the classes and enjoy them in the process.

 

“I joined my first fitness class on a Saturday morning, the PT Alex was funny and friendly. As soon as I explained my injury, he adapted all the exercises for me, allowing me to join in with alternative exercises. This became a way of life and I wanted more. I started doing spin classes and through this I was able to lose 3 stone. I love the buzz and the calorie burn.”

Finding that inner belief

Seeing real fitness results and blasting the calories through exercise really gave Amy the confidence to continue her amazing progression. She started to restore the faith and belief in herself and found the gym a place of solace and fortitude. Having the support of her PT and friends, Amy was smashing her fitness targets on a regular basis.

 

“This crippled girl had finally done it! I was strong and building muscle definition. Alex always believed in my ability and I seriously couldn’t have done it without his help and support. Now, I have a gym buddy who I work out with three days a week and it has become a key part of our lifestyle. I have fallen in love with exercise and the way it makes me feel. I have now lost over 4 stone and I feel amazing – walking into the gym feels like home!”

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A revitalised diet to supplement training

In addition to exercise, Amy has also revolutionised her diet and nutrition. She wants to supplement her exercise with a clean diet, and this is clearly paying dividends for her. Hard work and commitment are just as important to your fitness journey as the time spent in the gym.

 

“My nutrition has also changed massively. I have turned to veganism to help with my performance and strength in the gym. Through everything we need to not give up. We need to make ourselves a priority and last year that is exactly what I did!”

 

“Have faith and trust in the process. We will always succeed!”

Incredible success story, Amy! Keep up the good work!

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Our members find everything they need to reach their personal goals in regard to health and fitness from our friendly staff to dedicated Ladies Only gym zone, special Spin studio or group fitness classes including Les Mills workouts and also toning and conditioning.

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5 Ways Of Improving Your Health In The Gym

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Strengthening Exercises

You simply cannot put a price on your health, and going to the gym is a great way to improve your physical and mental wellbeing as well as developing your immune system. Exercising can be the catalyst for weight loss, fitness, boosting your mental health and building up muscle. Whatever your aims and targets are, you can rely on friendly, inclusive Xercise4Less Gyms to give you what you need to achieve your goals.

We have provided you with 5 top tips for improving your health in the gym.

1. Get your heart pumping with cardio exercise

Boosting your cardiovascular fitness is a crucial element of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, giving yourself a healthy heart and improving circulation, blood flow and your general respiratory condition. The common misconception is that cardio fitness is monotonous and boring, which, if you repeat the same exercises you are bound to fall into that mindset. Step your fitness up with moderate-intensity exercise two or three times per week, spending roughly 30 minutes to ensure you break sweat and get yourself ready for more prolonged exercise as you develop.

As well as preventing boredom, mixing up your exercise can help to prevent overuse injuries, and giving specific muscle groups a break from being continually worked. Instead of just pounding the treadmill, why not try ramp up your fitness on the bike, rowing machine or the cross trainer. At Xercise4Less Gyms we have a dedicated cardio section, allowing you to handpick the workout to suit you, with a wide range of fitness equipment to achieve all your aims and goals in a friendly, inclusive environment.

After completing moderate-intensity exercise for a number of weeks, you will then be gradually feeling fitter and able to take on more strenuous exercise. Step it up with high-intensity training, stimulate different muscles and gain different responses from your heart and blood flow. A great example of high-intensity exercise is a HIIT workout. HIIT training is perfect for maximising your time spent in the gym, meaning you can gain the most from a set period – typically 20 – 30 minutes, but of high intensity training. Primarily designed to boost your cardiovascular fitness, especially improving your VO2 max (your level of fitness through consumption of oxygen).

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2. Tone your body with resistance workouts

Blasting belly fat can be an uphill struggle but using our incredible range of resistance machines will help with your weight loss goal as well as enabling you to build muscle or enhance toning. Work your full body in our designated resistance zone, mixing up your workouts to create real fitness results as well as giving you a sense of enjoyment in the process.

From a health perspective, resistance training can lead to a healthy heart, improving your balance and strengthening your bones. Resistance training is a physical activity designed to improve muscular fitness by exercising a specific muscle or muscle group against an external resistance. The external resistance can be at your discretion, whether you prefer to use include free-weights or weight machines.

Strength and resistance training also increase your level of endorphins which work to boost energy level and improve your mood. Having a better level of energy and a happier mood will lead to optimal performance, meaning you are more likely to achieve all your fitness goals. This form of training can also encourage you to have a better night’s sleep.

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3. Enhance your mental wellbeing through fun group exercise

It can be inspiring and motivating to have like-minded individuals around you with relatable goals. Exercising in a group can also give you confidence to push yourself to your limit and proving to yourself – as well as others – that you can go to that next level. Group classes are designed to be functional, but also incorporating the fun element of fitness, especially when the team environment is created. At Xercise4Less we encourage all our members to participate in group fitness classes, helping each other to achieve goals as a team.

Group classes also offer a structured setting which is ideal for those who do not want to plan a workout for themselves. This is a stress-free option, especially for new gym goers or anyone who is looking to build their social network or just not comfortable doing a solo workout. Getting involved with gym classes can encourage you to meet new people with similar lifestyles and goals, and you can always go for a coffee and have a post gym de-brief!

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4. Channel your aggression with combat exercise

Need a quick release of aggression? Why not visit your local Xercise4Less Gym and put on the boxing gloves to hammer the punch bags. Boxing is a great way to blast the calories and get you fit in barely any time at all. Boxing also works to improve your co-ordination, balance and agility to keep you light on your feet and is suitable for people of all ages and fitness. Give it a go!

If you are used to training with a gym buddy, get yourselves in the boxing ring and put on a pair of pads and do some sparring with each other. If boxing is not quite your thing, or you want to try something completely different, we also boast a Mixed Martial Arts cage for you to do battle in.

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5. Structure your fitness with a routine

Building a fitness plan or routine can be quite problematic. You have a whole host of ideas and targets that you want to achieve, and no idea how to do it. We’ve all been there. Thankfully for you, your Xercise4Less gym membership allows you to train in a range of different zones, whether it be cardio, resistance or combat. There will always be a piece of fitness equipment available for you to build your workout. The best advice would be to start of slow, and work to a plan that gives you a little bit of a sweat but not overdoing it.

Once you feel more comfortable and confident in the gym and in your body, you can start to progress your fitness and take it to the next level. Try doing more intense versions of what you have been previously doing or lift heavier weights than you could manage before. Putting together a simple but effective workout can be all the difference from achieving your targets and not doing the correct exercises.

If you arrive at the gym and are still unsure, then do not hesitate to ask a member of our friendly staff who will be more than happy to help. Additionally, the inclusive environment we have created enables members to talk and assist each other. You might need to work on your technique or have some support when lifting, don’t be afraid to ask a fellow member for help.

In the long run, having a more structured workout will lead to maximum efficiency. Once you have found your rhythm, you will see the benefits both physically and mentally as everything begins to fall into place.

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We are proud of our friendly staff and inclusive community in our gyms and welcome people from all backgrounds and experiences to join us. Whether you’ve never stepped foot into a gym before or are an experience gym goer, join the Xercise4Less community today and take those all-important first steps onto your health and fitness journey.

Our members find everything they need to reach their personal goals in regard to health and fitness from our friendly staff to dedicated Ladies Only gym zone, special Spin studio or group fitness classes including Les Mills workouts and also toning and conditioning.

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How Going To The Gym Can Boost Your Immune System

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We all pick up a pesky cough, a runny nose or get the common cold from time to time. But how can we help ourselves become more immune through fitness?

Performing gentle exercise when feeling a few degrees under the weather can help to fight off that nasty bacteria, blasting out our lungs and airways with some cardio or resistance work to build up a sweat.

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The health benefits of exercise

Exercise and working out can provide a range of health benefits to help boost your fitness and even contribute to a better immune system in the process. This will provide your body with more resistance against infections. Simple exercises such as a 20-30-minute walk, going to the gym or even a bike ride can reduce the number of colds you get in a year.

Pop down to your local Xercise4Less gym and get your heart pumping through physical activity, increasing your heart rate to try and flush out the bacteria from your lungs and airways. This, in turn, may reduce your chance of getting a cold, flu or other illness. Exercising causes change in antibodies and white blood cells. Your white blood cells are the body’s immune system cells which work tirelessly to fight disease. When exercising, these move more rapidly so they could detect illnesses far sooner than they might have before.

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Slow and steady wins the race

Furthermore, exercise slows down the release of stress hormones, and therefore, lessening the impact of stress on your health.  It is important to remember that while exercise is good for you, make sure you don’t overdo it when you are feeling below par. Heavy or intense exercise when showing symptoms of a cold or flu would not be advised, but a short, pulse raising workout could be extremely beneficial. Working out too hard can make you feel worse and slow down your recovery, so just be mindful with your level of exertion.

Train in our dedicated cardio or resistance zone to boost your fitness, with a range of fitness equipment to enhance your immune system.

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We are proud of our friendly staff and inclusive community in our gyms and welcome people from all backgrounds and experiences to join us. Whether you’ve never stepped foot into a gym before or are an experience gym goer, join the Xercise4Less community today and take those all-important first steps onto your health and fitness journey.

Our members find everything they need to reach their personal goals in regard to health and fitness from our friendly staff to dedicated Ladies Only gym zone, special Spin studio or group fitness classes including Les Mills workouts and also toning and conditioning.

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Build Fitness With Fun Group Exercise Classes

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Class categories at Xercise4Less Gyms

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Here at friendly, inclusive Xercise4Less Gyms we offer four main categories of fitness class to help you achieve your exercise targets and enjoy yourself in the process. The categories are split into; high energy, toning and conditioning, dance and health and wellbeing. These genres cater all your fitness needs and give you the opportunity to train with like-minded people who are working towards a similar goal. 

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High Energy

Get your heart rate pumping and boost your fitness by joining our High Energy classes!  These classes are great for increasing your energy, reducing stress and making your body more efficient! From BODYATTACK™ to Boxercise™ and Step sessions, we have something for everyone! Or if you prefer something more challenging, join on of our HIIT style (High Intensity Interval Training) classes!

All our clubs offer Indoor Cycling classes. This is an amazing way to challenge your fitness using a stationary bike! So, if you want to get fitter and burn calories, these classes are for you!

Toning and Conditioning

Want to get more from your workouts in the gym? Our Toning and Conditioning classes will help to change the shape of our body by strengthening your muscles.

BODYPUMP™ is one of the most popular Group Fitness classes worldwide and we are pleased to offer this in most of our clubs! This high repetition workout will get you burning calories fast! We also run classes from Legs, Bums & Tums to Total Body Workout. We even run Core Conditioning and Abs Blast classes to turn your body into a fully functional machine!

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Dance

Dance classes are a fantastic way to lose weight, have fun and improve stamina! From Zumba™ to SH’BAM™ and Dance Fitness, you can work out to your favourite tracks through a range of different styles!

Health and Wellbeing

Increase your energy and calm, whilst improving your strength and mobility with our Health and Wellbeing classes. From various Yoga styles to Pilates and BODYBALANCE™, we have something for you! If you are looking to calm you mind, whilst building your fitness, these classes are for you.

Head over to xercise4less.co.uk/classes to sign up for your chosen class at your local Xercise4Less gym!

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Five Effective Full Body Exercises

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Work your full body at Xercise4Less Gyms

It is important to pay attention to your whole body when working out, and not just focus on building up one area or individual muscle groups. Having a balanced physique will help to reduce the stress and burden placed on your body, and ultimately, lessen the potential risk of injury or discomfort. At friendly, inclusive Xercise4Less Gyms we encourage all our members to try out our different training zones from cardio to resistance or from free weights to fun, functional fitness classes. Come down to your local Xercise4Less Gym and give these exercises a go!

1. Push Ups

The push up is a great exercise to develop your core fitness as it targets a wide range of muscle groups. This is a simple exercise to complete and can be successfully performed by people with all levels of fitness. Grab yourself a mat, place yourself in a horizontal position and raise your body by lifting yourself with your forearms. Once you are in position, slowly lower your body to the ground, gradually bringing yourself up to complete the exercise.

You can challenge yourself by either performing more push-ups or doing them at an increased pace. Furthermore, you can also try balance yourself with only one arm to add further difficulty and exertion.

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2. Squats

Squats are a classic exercise to primarily target your lower body, working your glutes, hamstrings and calves. The exercise also works in a similar fashion to a sit up as it pulls on your core and is a real winner if you are wanting to blast some belly fat or target your abs. Typically a strengthening exercise, squats give you a balanced workout to suit a range of fitness needs.

Once you have completed squats, you can add difficulty or push yourself further by performing them with weights to give your full body some much needed attention. To build real muscle, add a barbell to your squat routine and really work those shoulders.

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3. Deadlifts

While this may seem like you are targeting your upper body, deadlifts are also great for working your lower body. Similar to adding weights to your squat routine, deadlifts provide a full body exercise, reaching out to your legs as well as your torso. One thing to remember is technique, you must keep your back flat throughout the process. A deadlift is simple to execute, and the name of the game is to pick up a weighted bar from the ground, bringing it up to your waist using your whole body for maximum exertion. To complete a deadlift, your arms must be straight with the weight hanging.

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4. Burpees

This dual-purpose exercise blasts belly fat and improves strength. All the best fat burning workouts always include the flabtastic burpee. This full-body exercise uses compound movements (hip-hinge, plank, push up, squat, and jump) that will melt your unwanted fat and supercharge your metabolism. You’ll train practically every muscle in your body from shoulders, chest, and abs to quads, inner thighs, posterior and triceps with these proven fat burners. Build more muscle and burn more calories with burpees in your nearest Xercise4Less gym.

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5. Lunges

Lunges work tirelessly to increase muscle mass and build-up strength to help tone your body. Lunges help to develop your glutes, hamstrings and quadriceps to shape up your body and improving your posture as well as your range of motion. To complete a successful lunge, stand up straight with your shoulders relaxed and your chin up. Keep one leg in front of the other and lower your hips until both knees are bent and at a 90-degree angle. It is important to maintain your posture by ensuring your body weight is on the heels. Repeat this process on both legs to gain the most from your workout.

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Leg Workouts | Build Bigger Legs With These Exercises

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Smash leg day at Xercise4Less Gyms

Don’t dread leg day any longer with these leg workouts from Xercise4Less Gyms.  Attack the fear of leg day with these easy to follow exercises that will help you build muscle during your fitness session.

Working your legs is an essential part of any gym routine, and it is important to focus on the quads, hamstrings and glutes in order to maximise your core as well as build muscle in your lower body. Follow the exercises below to make the most of your leg day sessions.

Before you start your workout, it is advisory to complete a full warm-up to get your legs going before adding the serious weight. Exercises such as dynamic stretches are ideal, or, light deadlift sets. Gradually increase the weight of your warm-up set, reducing the reps.

Deadlifts for effective muscle increase

At Xercise4Less Gyms we love to include deadlifts in your workouts whether you’re a casual gym goer or an experienced gym user. Why?

Deadlifts primarily target your glutes, but this strength training exercise also works your hamstrings, quads, your lower back and core, and even your arms and shoulders. The deadlift is the workout that really hits every bit of your body. And the benefits are huge.

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Ramp up leg day with the leg press

Put pressure on your lower body and benefit from this Standard Leg Press exercise. Place your feet shoulder-width apart on the leg press machine pad. Make sure your toes aren’t pointing straight forwards. Straighten your legs and release the leg press handles. Keep your entire back, particularly the lower portion, firmly set against the seat.  Keeping your feet set, lower your legs towards your chest then press up again without fully locking your legs out at the knee.

Do 15-25 standard leg press reps and repeat in 3 sets.

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Go heavy with the seated leg extension

Work out with one of our leg extension machines at the Xercise4Less gym leg station for a leg-building boost.

Choose a moderate weight and sit on the leg extension workout machine with your legs under the pad, your feet pointed forward and your hands holding the side bars. This is your starting position. Adjust the pad so that it falls on top of your lower leg just above your feet. Ensure too that your legs form a 90-degree angle between the lower and upper leg to prevent undue stress at the knee joint.

Using your quadriceps, extend your legs to the maximum as you exhale. Ensure that the rest of your body remains stationary on the seat. Pause a second on the contracted position. Slowly lower the weight back to the original position as you inhale, ensuring that you do not go past the 90-degree angle limit on the leg extension machine.

Do three sets of eight to 12 leg extension machine repetitions.

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Battle Rope Exercises To Blast Belly Fat

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Why battle ropes?

If you are wanting to lose weight quickly whilst enhancing your cardio performance, then battle ropes are the resource for you. Come down to your local Xercise4Less Gym and grab a pair of ropes to blast that belly fat and get a real sweat on with this high-intensity exercise regime. Just working with the ropes for ten minutes can increase your heart rate to peak levels, improving your overall fitness.

As well as boosting your cardiovascular fitness and aiding weight loss, the ropes are extremely versatile and enhance your grip, strength and power. The high-intensity nature of the exercise means you can focus on your explosiveness and aerobic endurance to gain the most from your fitness session.

Battle rope workouts at Xercise4Less Gyms

Below are a range of battle rope exercises which will torch the belly fat and get your heart pumping in no time at all. See results quickly and say goodbye to those excess calories!

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This exercise targets a range of areas, including glutes, core, hamstrings and shoulders. To begin, place yourself in a deep squatted position, making sure you hold both ends of the rope. Move your hips up as you fully extend your knees to get to an explosive standing position, whilst using both arms in a powerful upward-wave motion. To add intensity, perform two explosive squats and combine them with a two-sided wave.

If you want to push yourself even more, you could incorporate push-ups.

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Burpee with a double-lateral jump

Much like the double wave, the intention of this exercise is to target your glutes, core and hamstrings. Begin in a squat position with your hands on the floor in front of you. Place your feet behind so you are resulting in the push-up position. Move your feet back to the starting squat position, then, leap as high as you possibly can with your arms aloft to complete the first burpee.

The next step is to powerfully jump sideways, clearing each end of the rope individually. Make sure that each end of the rope are approximately two feet apart. Once you are clear of both ends of the rope, perform another burpee and continue facing in the opposite direction.

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Double-arm crisscross in a wall-sit position

Intensify your workout with this next exercise, giving you a new position to test yourself and your body with during your fitness session. The double-arm crisscross delivers a full body workout to really blast that belly fat and eliminating the calories.

To begin, sit against a wall with your hips and knees at a 90-degree angle, ensuring your back is making full contact with the wall. Keep your neck and back straight whilst you hold the end of the rope with both hands. Once you are firmly in position, start to make crisscross shapes with the ropes so that it pulls on the core of your body. One thing to remember is to keep your weight on your heels and off your toes to avoid any unwanted pressure or strain being placed on your knees.

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Make battle ropes a staple of your circuit training

Battle ropes will become a key component of your fat burning program, ensuring you burn the required calories as well as building up your cardiovascular fitness levels in the process. Implement each of the above exercises into your circuit, completing three rounds and making sure you take a well-earned rest between each round. The advised resting time is around 60 seconds.

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