Ask the Trainer: Leg Press Machine vs. Squats
Question: Does the leg press machine work your muscles just as well as standing squats? I can never tell.
Answer: The leg press machine isolates your quadriceps, giving you a more targeted workout for those muscles. Squats will hit your quads and the auxiliary muscles - giving you a more efficient workout if you're trying to hit multiple muscles!
GUEST BLOGGER | Chad Ruf, Director of Personal Training
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Summer is winding down, and that means it’s time for back to school! With the change of season also comes change in routine; you might find yourself with less free time due to busy schedules. Cooling temperatures can also make it hard to convince yourself to get out of the house to work out. Don’t worry! Sticking to your fitness goals in the fall is easier than you think. We’ve compiled a list of helpful tricks to stay on track during this back to school season!
Snack around the clock – While it might sound counterintuitive, eating small snacks throughout the day is actually better for your body. It keeps your metabolism running and it helps you avoid overeating. Mini-meals are also much more convenient on those days when you can’t even find time to sit down and breathe, let alone eat a full meal!
Work out efficiently – Less free time in your day unfortunately means less time to work out. However, a lack of time doesn’t equal a lack of effectiveness when it comes to your workout! Choose activities like Tabata training or HIIT that allow you to get your heart rate up in a short amount of time.
Menu planning – Plan out your menu for the entire week, and decide on which days you want to cook meals. Choosing 2-3 meals for the week and spacing them out every few days will make it easy for you to serve healthy meals every night!
Become a morning person – Learn to love the mornings (if you don’t already)! Getting up even 30 minutes earlier allows you to get a quick workout in before the craziness of your day sets in.
Turn TV time into exercise time – If you find that your need for relaxation at the end of a long day is fighting with your desire to work out, combine them! Create a TV show workout that consists of doing exercises every time a certain event happens in the show. Not hooked on one show at the moment? Use commercial breaks to fit in small intervals of strength training!
Whatever your schedule is this fall just remember: you can do it!!
A new playlist can motivate you to bring your workout to the next level. Try out these songs to keep your workout fresh and increase your momentum!
- “Cheap Thrills” -Sia
- “Don’t” -Ed Shearan
- “Blame” -Calvin Harris feat. John Newman
- “Do it Again” -Royksopp & Robyn
- “Pompeii” -Chandelier
- “Baby Don’t Lie” -Gwen Stefani
- “Breathe, Stretch, Shake” -Mase feat. P. Diddy
- “Ayo” -Lolawolf
- “Lose Yourself” -Eminem
- “Never” -Moving Pictures
- “Can’t Stop the Feeling” -Justin Timberlake
- “Break Free” -Arianna Grande feat. Zedd
- “On My Mind” -Ellie Goulding
- “One Dance” -Drake
- “Runaway (U & I)” -Galantis
- “This is What You Came For” -Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna
- “Me Too” -Meghan Trainor
- “Like I Would” -Zayn
- “Don’t Let Me Down” -The Chainsmokers
- “Downtown” -Macklemore