Game-Changing Workout Tips

“If people want to work hard for a living, that’s their problem.”


This is a saying I would hear my dad spiel repeatedly growing up. He would go on to explain that the key to success is to work smart, not long and hard. I wish the same for you in your work and career but today we are going to apply this concept to your Total Gym workout.

I bet you can guess what the number one reason people use as an excuse to not work out is. Time. Yes, time, the most precious resource in life. I hope you have experienced and have realized that working out doesn’t take time, it gives time. Because it gives you more energy, increased brain function, and strengthens your immunity, the return on investment of your workout time is a positive one. It makes you more efficient, effective and more productive in life.


Here are five game-changing workout tips to truly maximize the return on investment from exercise. Plug these concepts into your Total Gym workouts and you’ll feel like you loaded up on Apple stock in 1980!


Build Your Workout Routines Around Your Realistic Time Constraints

The best personal trainer in the world can design the most awesome workout ever but if it doesn’t fit into your schedule, guess what? It won’t do a bit of good because you won’t do it.


So, start by figuring out what timeframes work realistically (I hope I’m stressing this adverb enough!) with your schedule and then build your workout from there. The wonderful thing about training on your Total Gym at home is that you save so much wasted time commuting to and from the gym or waiting for machines to open up.


Engage Your Core Muscles with Every Exercise

Not only will this protect your back from injury and keep your stomach flat but it will allow you to generate more power during each exercise. Check out the video to learn how and why it works.



Always Take the Muscle to Fatigue on Each Exercise

In life when you are put to the test, challenged, and stressed it tends to make you stronger, more resilient, and results in personal or professional growth. Similarly, you need to properly stress your muscles to maximize their growth and progression.


For most people who want the benefits of keeping their muscles, bones and joints strong, keeping their metabolism burning calories and looking good, I recommend choosing a level on your Total Gym which makes you hit fatigue around 10 repetitions (with good form of course). It is an easy rule to remember and adhere to due to the ease of changing the level on your Total Gym.


Evoke the Mind/Body Connection

Just like anything else you do in life, if you focus on what you’re doing, you’re going to get more out of it. Maximize your return on investment by focusing on the specific muscle group you’re working on each exercise.


Change Up Your Workout Every 10 Weeks

If you don’t, you will experience The Law of Diminishing Returns and thus reduced benefits and ROI. If you’re going to invest your valuable time to train your body, I want you to reap the biggest rewards. My favorite saying I share with clients is: “To keep your muscles progressing, you have to keep them guessing.” You may want to change your entire routine or simply mix it up a bit but do something to keep your body and muscles guessing.


Okay, team! Now enjoy the video as I will elaborate on each of the five concepts to help you get the biggest ROI!

JayDee Cutting III, MBA

JayDee Cutting III, MBA is an Educator for the American Council On Exercise and holds 12 fitness certifications including Pilates, yoga, personal training, lifestyle and weight management. JayDee is a Total Gym master trainer and spokesmodel since 2004. He lectured and taught wellness at Rancho La Puerta Fitness Spa and is featured in over 10 fitness DVDs and over 40 fitness television programs. He developed his own Coregolf Fitness Program and founded the NiceDogYoga Company. His mission statement is: “My passion is inspiring people to enhance their lives through wellness, creating healthier, happier, higher qualities of life.”

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