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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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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