The days of having to spend hours at the gym are over. You can accomplish the same workout in a much shorter amount of time by considering these tips on how to be more efficient.
It’s important to pencil in time to work on your physique and health, whether it be at the gym, studio, or outdoor bike path. So to make sure you’re getting the most out of your time, ask yourself the following questions: What are your current habits? How do you organize your workout? What intensity level do you get to? Do you spend time on cardio, strength training, or a combination of both? Do you superset your exercises or do one at a time? Do you choose exercises that are in the same general area at the gym or do you walk to different areas? Where is the water fountain located? How long do you rest for? Do you have your phone near you? Do you feel the need to have to spend a certain amount of time in the gym to be effective regardless of your effort?
To take a look at how you can be more efficient in the gym, you must first pay attention to your current routine and habits. Keep a journal for a few days exactly and jot down what your pattern is before, after, and during your workout. Note how long it takes you to accomplish each activity, including racking and un-racking of weights. The list will help you figure out where you might be spending too much time, wether it be setting up or walking between different areas in the gym. You may notice that several minutes throughout your workout could be minimized with a few modifications in your plan of attack. Making these adjustments would result in condensed-gym time, leaving you with more time in your day to do other things!
Here are a few tips to consider:
-Have a plan of your workout before getting to the gym. Think about it on your way to the gym so you know exactly what you will be doing once you get started.
-Take a water bottle with you to save trips to the water fountain.
-Set challenges with yourself to get certain tasks done by a specific time.
-Structure strength training with supersets to move directly from exercise to exercise and only rest at the end of the set.
-Break until you catch your breath and then get back at it.
-Organize your workout by choosing an area and working as close to the spot as possible to minimize the walk time between station to station.
-Strength train your full body 2 to 3 times per week and throw in an extra exercise or set for a muscle group you really want to see grow. This is more efficient in growing lean-body mass over splitting up body regions such as lower/body, bis/back, tris/chest, quads/core, etc.
You will be amazed how much you can fit into a 30 to 45 minute window when you increase intensity by lowering the times of rest between exercises and sets! Get things done faster in the gym so you have more time outside of the gym to live life!
By Sara Sutherland, Personal Trainer and Fit Model
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