With the Foxbank Plantation Fitness Center recently opening, we’ve decided to share some simple tips and easy workouts to help you get the most out of the equipment available.
For an easy, full-body treadmill workout, grab some light dumbbells and set the treadmill speed to a brisk walk. Perform 1-minute each of shoulder passes, bicep curls, triceps extension, side laterals, front laterals and standing triceps kickback one after another for 10 minutes.
On the elliptical you get the best results with an interval workout, or by varying the resistance. Break out your elliptical workout into 5-minute intervals, starting with a steady pace, then increasing the resistance. Alternate between the lower and higher resistance for 20-30 minutes.
If you have knee or joint issues, the stationary bike is one of the best ways to get in a solid workout without causing further problems. If you’re new to the bike, start with this easy workout: warm up for 5 minutes, perform 5 sets of 2-minute intervals of high intensity and 2-minutes of recovery, then cool down for 5 minutes.
The water rower offers a great full-body workout and has been shown to actually decrease stress levels—but it can be intense. That’s why it is recommended that if you are a beginner, to only start out rowing for 5 minutes. If you are an expert, you can increase the time to 30 minutes. Row at a pace of 18-22 strokes per minute, and take twice as long to slide forward as you do to drive back.
For the dumbbells, there are a wide range of workouts you can do, but these have been deemed the best: dumbbell bench press, alternated bicep curls, shoulder press, triceps kickback, kneeling one arm row, lateral raise, lying fly, upright row, stationary lunge and toe raise – all of these target at least one of the major muscle groups.
And finally, the dual function machines. While these are pretty self-explanatory, it is crucial that you learn the proper technique for each one. An improper technique can actually do more harm than good, and you need to make sure you are doing it properly before you try to tackle a full workout. Here is a review of the Foxbank Plantation Fitness Center Rules.
We hope you enjoy the new fitness center and wish you luck in striving to achieve a healthier, stronger you!