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Fitness Tip from Our Durham Personal Trainers: Be Mindful

While just walking into the gym is always a good thing, it’s important to be mindful when exercising. Today, the tip from our personal trainers in Durham is all about avoiding mindless exercise. Sure, it’s easy to sit on the bike and flip through a magazine  or text on the elliptical…. But how effective is that really at building muscle and losing weight?

Our Durham personal trainers say, not that effective. There is a big difference between going through the motions of an exercise and really thinking, feeling, and engaging your muscles during your workout. They say the key is focusing on the muscles you’re working and ENGAGING them. Form is also key here. Be very aware and conscious of your body and listen to your muscles. Enjoy the feeling of getting stronger with each step and each rep! You know what they say… “Pain is weakness leaving the body” (within reason, of course!)

…So next time you want to workout, focus on your breathe, your muscles being engaged, the stretch, and the strength that you are acquiring.

Keep working hard Durham! Come visit us at our clean and private gym near Duke!


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Fitness Tip From Our Personal Trainers in Durham: Quality over Quantity

Today our tip from our Method personal trainers in Durham is to focus on quality over quantity. What we mean by that is to focus on your form when strength training and lifting weights. If you don’t use proper form then it really doesn’t matter how many dead lifts or pushups you can do in a minute if you’re not doing any of them correctly. Of course none of us walk into the gym and actually try and have bad form, so when does this rule come into play?

In our experience, we see two common causes for bad form and workouts that have more quantity than quality:

  1. Uneducated about proper form
  2. Bouncing or slinging while lifting weights for either speed or quantity

For many people who make the above mistakes, they wonder why they are not seeing better results despite the fact they are working out and lifting regularly. If this sounds like you, our best advice is to meet with a personal trainer who can be by your side your entire workout to give you guidance and direction about how to maximize your workouts and to ensure proper form. At The Method, not only does your Durham personal trainer serve as your accountability partner, he or she will also be there to help ensure you are working your muscles and performing workouts properly.

Our trainers recommend that all those who workout to:

FIRST: Perfect your technique

THEN: Add weight and/or speed.

At The Method Gym in Durham, we always choose quality over quantity so that you always stay strong and injury-free.


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The Method Gym in Durham: How to Lose Fat and Gain Muscle

Last week on The Method Personal Training blog, we discussed how our Method uses resistance training and insulin sensitivity to achieve weight loss. Today, we are continuing with part two of this series and will discuss how resistance training paired with proper energy utilization can achieve great weight loss results without losing muscle. Keep reading to learn more about you can get visible results at our private Durham gym!

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