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Posted: September 04, 2012

16 ways to get more out of the gym (photos)


By Laura Newcomer

Aug. 28, 2012 —

Used with permission from

No matter how long a person’s been going to the gym, there’s always more to be learned. From new equipment to gym etiquette to tips for properly moving and caring for your body, Greatist's got you covered. We’ve found 16 more ways to get more out of the gym for newbies and veterans alike.

1. Work with a personal trainer.

training partner

Photo by: San Diego Shooter

Find someone who will bend over backwards to help you leap to new heights. Studies suggest people who work with trainers are more likely to stick to an exercise routine than people who work out on their own.

2. Work out with a partner.

partner workout

Photo by: theseanster93

Hitting the gym with a buddy can increase accountability and keep spirits high.

3. Stay hydrated during workouts.


Photo by: DaveC71

It’s worth the effort to stave off a sticky mouth, headache, and fatigue.

4. Avoid the crowds.

crowds image

Photo by: Indigo_Veil

Go during the off hours to prevent pile-ups at the weights or cardio machines.

5. Take a class.

vintage class

Photo by: Elgin County Archives

Don’t be a wallflower. Join a class to have fun, meet people, and shake up your normal gym routine.

6. Avoid distractions.

cat distraction

Photo by: Crimsonically Yours

Stay focused to get the most out of a workout.

7. Try new activities.

water polo

Photo by: Altus

Even if your body isn’t built for a particular sport, your muscles can still benefit from adding new activities to your routine.

 8. Don’t be scared of free weights.

free weights

Photo by: Simon Davison

Dumbbells and barbells can offer a great full-body workout, even in a small space.

9. Share the equipment.

baby kettle bell

Photo by: bionicteaching

There’s no need to squabble. Let someone else work in and crank out some supersets while waiting your turn.

10. Up the resistance.

resistance band

Photo by: cobalt123

Regularly increase load in order to maintain strong muscles and lower the risk of osteoporosis[1].

Visit to see the complete list of 16 tips.

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