New Year, New You: Henrico trainer gives tips for 2018 fitness goals

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Happy New Year, everyone!

A lot of you have made the resolution to focus on fitness in 2018. That's why NBC12 headed to 11:11 Gym in Henrico to get tips from gym owner and fitness trainer Dorrie Smith.

For the next several weeks, she will demonstrate various exercises to help on your fitness road to success.

"I think the most important thing to remember is just to trust the process when you're trying to achieve your fitness goals. It's not going to be one of those things that happen overnight. And nutrition is important as well. So, you can't just train without proper nutrition," said Smith.

First up? Squats. You can add weight by using barbells, or simply use body weight.

"You'll see a lot of people squatting. There are many different variations of the squat. One of the most important things when doing a squat: you just want to remember to keep your chest up, your back straight, and you want to always squat parallel and then keep the weight in the heel. Press through the heels and drive up."

Part 1: Henrico trainer gives tips for 2018 fitness goals

Part 2: Plank exercises to tighten your core

Part 6: Working the glutes on leg day

Part 8: Working the back muscles

Smith says if you are a new mom or dad, you can always use the weight of your new bundle of joy.

"For those of you who are new moms, who might have been cleared to be able to start working out for the new year, you can do body weight squats, or you can do some mommy/baby bonding time. Keep the weight in your heels as you drive up, holding the baby centered so you can balance that weight," said Smith.

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