Craig Gaskill has worked hard his entire career in retail to improve customer service and sales at his PlayMart store in Los Angeles. PlayMart is a pet supply store providing products for all kinds of pets and their owners. Gaskill is the Operations Manager of a PlayMart store where he is in charge of ensuring excellent customer service and that the store runs smoothly at all times. He still finds time to weight lift and challenge his body physically. Here are three keys to getting maximum effect from lifting weights:
- Vary workouts. Many weight lifters simply increase the weights they lift every session, but this workout strategy can lead to injury, which will set you back months and cause you to lose your hard-earned progress. Instead, work out different muscle groups every time you lift. You can slowly increase weight and resistance, but you won’t risk injury as much if you work out separate muscle groups every session.
- Mix in some core workouts. If improving your overall strength is the goal of your weight lifting workouts, you should also mix in workouts focusing on your core body muscles—your abs ad back muscles, among others—to help stabilize all of your other muscles and help prepare your body for the strain on its ligaments as you lift.
- Get a spotter. Craig Gaskill has found over the years that having a spotter at the gym when he lifts weights and bench presses is useful not only to protect him from injury, but also to hold him accountable for going to the gym and challenging himself on a regular basis.
Craig Gaskill lives and works in Los Angeles.