BE YOUR OWN PT
1. TAKE IT SLOW
If you love a HIIT class, you’ll get best results – and avoid injury – if you let your muscles fully recover between workouts with a stretch session. ‘Yoga tones without putting the body under too much stress,’ says Emily Cole, PT at Virgin Active.
2. INJURY-PROOF YOUR BODY
If you’re going it alone without a PT, don’t shy away from asking the class instructor to check your form. ‘Stop a motion if it doesn’t feel right, and watch out as you start to tire – this is when bad form is likely to creep in,’ says Cole.
3. KNOW HOW TO SELF-MOTIVATE
With no one there to crack the whip, you’ll need super willpower. Thinking about your workouts in advance makes you exercise more than if you hit the gym on the spur of the moment*. And vary your classes to keep things fresh. So mix it up.