Three Ways To Save Time At The Gym (And Still Get A Killer Workout!)
Let’s be honest here, most of us rarely have enough time to juggle everything on our plate, let alone spend 90 minutes sweating it out at the gym. Not to forget the time it takes actually to get there and head back home.
As life gets busier each day, you may realize that it’s not easy to give in the time you’d actually like at the gym. However, it’s not impossible to get an effective workout in just half an hour.
Read on to find out how you can save time while working out and still get the most out of it.
#1 Use Supersets
Supersets are an effective way to work out efficiently in less time. Unlike the standard training methods where you take rest after completing each exercise, it involves performing two or more exercises consecutively with minimal to no rest time.
It follows a similar principle of a split body workout; while you’re training one muscle group, you’re allowing the other one to rest. Generally, you perform two exercises that target different muscle groups to avoid one from interfering with the other.
You can perform a superset by pairing compound training with isolation training and vice versa. For example, perform a bench press followed by bicep curls.
Also, make sure you pair exercises that work well with the other to avoid compromising in getting a quality workout.
Rest after you complete each superset and repeat the process. Supersets will not only save you time but also level up the intensity of your workout.
#2 Perform Fewer Exercises, Keep Track, and Avoid Distractions
Here’s a common mistake most people make; when they want to strengthen their chest, they perform multiple exercises. Performing multiple exercises that target one muscle group is a waste of time.
The truth is, you only need 1-2 exercises for each body part a day. So next time, you’re training your chest, instead of performing a dozen exercises, pick just 1 or 2 essential exercises like push-ups or bench press.
The best way to save time at the gym is to set a time limit for each exercise. If you take too long to complete your workouts, set a timer, and try to finish it before the timer sets off.
That might seem too hasty at first, but you’ll get used to it eventually and find yourself working out more efficiently.
Another common mistake most make at the gym is getting distracted with their phones. Most people end up spending more than 5 minutes of their rest time between sets scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, which isn’t productive at all.
So next time you train, set your phone aside, do your workout, take the required rest between sets, and focus on completing your exercises within a fixed time.
#3 Full-Body Workouts
Body part splits are a hot workout routine these days. In such training, you focus on different muscle groups on different days to allow one body part to recover while you’re training the other.
Generally one follows a week-long body split training, where you target a single muscle group each week. Although performing such exercises has its benefits, for someone with very little time to spare, such workouts can be a waste of time.
Fortunately, you can opt for full-body workouts where you target multiple muscle groups per day. It is not only practical but also time-efficient.
To get the best of both body part splits and full-body workouts, you can also perform a basic upper/lower exercise- train your upper body one day and the lower part the other day.
Full-body workouts allow you to get the most of your exercise per day, thereby saving time and eliminating the need to visit the gym frequently.
We all know how valuable time is, and with very little time we have for ourselves, you don’t want to spend most of it at the gym.
Hopefully, these tips help you save time and achieve your desired results from your workouts.