Have you ever left the gym and realized that you had just been there for 2 hours and only accomplished half of what you intended? You could be guilty of a few of these things that are causing most people to waste their time at the gym.
In this fast paced world we live in, it’s tough enough to set aside time to get to the gym, so when you actually do get there you, need to spend it wisely. Don’t think you’re guilty of abusing the clock? You’d be surprised at how much time you spend talking, checking social media, and just straight daydreaming. Some short chit-chat with friends is permissible, but if an hour goes by and you haven’t accomplished much, then you may need an intervention.
Most gym-goers aren’t satisfied with our progress, we always strive to be better. We’re always looking to go further, be stronger, get bigger and leaner. We tend to blame our training program or diet plan. So, we change things up by trying new training techniques or going on a new diet when maybe all we really need is to pick up our pace, focus on our training, and just simply get to work.
Below are a few common ways that time is ineffectively spent and muscles are wasting, all of which you could be guilty of!
1. Your cellphone
Of course this is number one. Why wouldn’t it be number one! This is the biggest offender of all. We live in an age where people cannot live without that little compact computer in their hand. Yes, it can do some amazing things, but do we seriously need it wherever we go? Do we constantly need to check, recheck, and then check again for notifications? A better question is are you that bored in the gym that we need constant entertaining?
What to do: If you are the type who can’t be without it, then it may be time to take away your “pacifier” while training. Texting, talking, and tweeting is causing others to hate you. You are taking up stations in the gym and space that can be used by others who are actually working out. You are also doing yourself a disservice by wasting time and avoiding effort. Leave the phone in your car. in the locker room, or at home. You will survive 45-60min without that device, I promise you! Time saved, workout done, gains gotten.
2. Not having a plan
This is another top problem. You don’t go out the door to work and say you’re just going to “wing it.” Why would you go to the gym without any plan of action? Would you build a house without blueprints?
What to do: We’re not saying that you have to have every step of your workout written verbatim, but an overall plan is important. Are you going to do upper body? Lower body? Cardio? HIIT? Yoga? Am I building muscle mass? Strength? Leaning out? Your workouts, sets, reps, volume, frequency, rest periods, pace, and exercises should all reflect your goals. Keeping your focus on all the aspects of your training when you enter the gym doors will be more powerful than any crazy workout you throw together on a whim. Take some time at home to write what you want out of your training and then create a specific plan of action regarding how to get there.
3. You came to get away from home life
Don’t be one of these people. You had a long day at work, you know the kids are destroying the house and you are avoiding going home to a mess so you spend an hour lounging at the gym. Those specific individuals who are at the gym to just chill, are getting nowhere! They sit on benches, and either stare into space or watch one of the numerous TVs mounted all over the gym. They are there to relax and unwind. 10-minute rest periods between sets are not uncommon.
What to do: Snap out of it. Focus. Remember – you are there to train. Yes, the gym can be viewed as a place to unwind, but not in the relaxing way. It should be a place to get away from your hectic work life and let off some steam. Get pumped up. Wake up, stay in the present, and become engaged in your training plan. Think about what it is you are trying to do and get to work!
The gym is a place you go to for one main reason- to stay healthy. Burn your calories, do your sets, and get out of there. No one wants you lurking around for 2 hours when they notice you haven’t been on a single machine. Save your tweets, pictures, and posts about the gym for your post-workout stretching or your car ride home.