Our fitness industry has bred an unfortunate obsession with “doing more” in the gym. I’m sure you’ve witnessed this pattern of thinking. Whether it’s someone proudly posting about their two-a-day workout routine, talking about how many group exercise classes they took during the week (or even day), or bragging about how much time they spend in the gym during a typical session…it’s a widespread belief that you have to spend a lot of time working out to see results. Here's why it's not a bad thing to optimize gym time and get on with the rest of your day.
How to Optimize Gym Time for Maximum Results
There are so many unfortunate consequences of this way of thinking. First, people are wasting their time. You don’t have to do this much exercise to see results. Second, spending a lot of time on your workout could lead to injury, overtraining or complete burnout. It’s very difficult to maintain a balanced lifestyleat this pace. Third, many people who are contemplating returning to an exercise routine get intimidated, believing that they have to work out a lot each week to see any results.
But you can get better results with less time in the gym. Often workouts can be dramatically streamlined to save you time, energy and sanity. Let’s go over a few tips to help shave off minutes without decreasing your overall benefits.
Nutrition is the game changer:
While working out is really important to transforming your physique, your diet choices will most influence the outcome. You can’t outwork, spin away, run off or lift away the calories you’re consuming each day. The cleaner and more balanced you eat throughout the week, the less time you truly have to spend busting it out in the gym!
Put your phone away and get to work:
Working out can be a social experience and a lot of fun. It doesn’t have to be so serious each time. But you can get a lot more work done if you go into the gym with a plan and stay focused. Put your headphones on and use every minute you have working out.
Choose compound, athletic movements and do super-sets:
You can create serious changes to your body in just 30-45 minutes a session by choosing movements that involve multiple muscles at once. Exercises such as sprints, box jumps, sled pulls/pushes, kettlebell swings, cleans and presses, ball slams, battle ropes, walking lunges and burpees boost your heart rate and musculature all at once. You don’t have to spend as much time as you would with exercises that isolate muscle groups. You’ll burn more calories post-workout, too. Don’t walk or stand still between exercises either; opt for circuit-style workouts or super-sets to help you spend less time in the gym.
You can get better results with less time in the gym. You don’t have to spend an hour or two each day working out to get the body you’ve always wanted. Working more efficiently can help you stick to your plan and experience greater change. You won’t be as burned out, and you’ll find that having a regular fitness routine is manageable despite how crazy life can get. Let’s stop the obsession with “more is better!”