Time is precious. If you only have a limited amount of time each day for fitness; you need to learn to workout efficiently. This post will guide you towards making the most out of your time in the gym, and help you reach your goals faster.
1. Have a workout plan – know what you’re going to do.
Getting to the gym, not knowing what you’re doing, fumbling around for an hour, and then leaving is a pretty huge time sink. Have a workout plan that’s tailored to your goals either memorized, or written down in a notebook. You’ll see in my next point why I don’t recommend using your phone for this. On this same note, record your workouts so that you don’t waste any time trying to remember what you did last session.
2. Get off your cell phone!
I see way too many people texting, using social media, and delaying their workout. What happens if you only had one hour to get your exercises in and spent 10 minutes on your phone? Are you just going to leave out that part of your routine? Leave the phone at home, and focus on your workout to get it done.
3. Bring your water, shake, or intra-workout drink in a bottle.
This is an easy fix. How long do you spend walking back and forth between the fountain, or waiting behind someone getting a drink? Have your liquids handy and nearby in a bottle large enough to last your workout.
4. Map out the busy times at your gym and avoid them.
We all know the feeling of horror when you roll into the gym at 5PM and you see how full the parking lot is. If you’re able to hit it up earlier in the morning and fly through your workout – that could save you 10-15 minutes in your day which would otherwise be wasted waiting for the squat rack. Get in there at the time that’s going to make your workout the most efficient.
That’s right, one way to get more time out of the gym is to rest for less time! Superset your big lifts with a complimentary one to keep your workouts intense. Pair your exercises with an antagonist superset, which means you pair two opposite muscle groups like biceps and triceps, chest and back, or quads and hamstrings. Try pairing bench press with barbell or dumbbell rows, curls with tricep pulldowns, or squats and hamstring curls.
6. Make sure your pre-workout meal is on point.
The last thing you want is to start feeling tired part way through your workout. This means that your pre-workout nutrition needs to be on point. You need to be consuming an appropriate amount of calories including high-quality carbohydrates, proteins, and fats 1-2 hours prior to your workout.
Follow these easy tips to make your time in the gym count. Especially if your schedule is tight, you want to prepared to get in there and finish your workout in your allotted time to reap the full benefits.
Calvin Moye is a health and fitness writer that blogs at http://www.naturalseeker.
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