I must admit, in my early days I saw working out as very much a relaxed occasion, in which once I had made the trip to the gym and they had my membership scanned, that it was enough to get toned and in-shape. How wrong was I?
As my life started getting busier I realised that the time I spent at the gym was precious and it was crucial that I made the most of every moment being there. After all, time is such an important commodity, it’s something nobody can buy extra of and therefore what we do with it, we should be making the most of.
I learnt that in order to build muscle and burn the fat, I needed to take a faster approach to my workouts. This is because testosterone (the hormone that builds muscle) reaches it’s peak between 45 to 60 minutes into a workout, therefore I could no longer be wondering aimlessly between machines and benches, checking my phone and eventually completing a mediocre set.
There are still people at the gym who do this, but it really is a waste of their time. It’s important to workout hard and fast with minimal rest time. Personally, I wear a very basic stopwatch when working out and between every set I start a 30 second timer, then it’s onto the next set. Without this, I know I’d be checking my phone, changing the song I’m listening to and before I know it, it’s been over a minute.
These minutes add up big time and before you realise it, you’ve been there an hour and only completed 4 exercises and now have to go!
So manage your time effectively and realise the importance of fast-paced workouts. Some people who go to the gym on their lunch hours or with 30 minutes before the gym closes, have the best workouts because they know they’re up against the clock. Do the same and see the difference.