Fitmark Ambassador Jelani Kelly wants to know how you spend your time in the gym and why its important to pay attention to it
I hope you’re having a wonderful day, week, month, and year thus far in 2013. I want to thank you for taking the time out of your day to check out what I am writing. I know you have a ton of options to read from and I appreciate every second you take to see what I have to say. Today I want to talk about seconds, minutes, hours, and so forth. Our most valuable asset that any of us can possess is TIME and it is precious because when we lose it or waste it we don’t get it back.
So lets talk about ways to maximize that precious asset of time in our workouts. Time has been taken for granted by many of gym goers. Currently, the CrossFit trend has started to reinforce the concept of time in working out but not everyone is doing CrossFit. Lets break down what to do in the gym to help place value to your personal time. Below are some tips that I use and I know they can help
Tip 1- Wear a watch that has a stopwatch!
If you don’t like wearing a watch then just get the classic stopwatch. The point is to control your rest periods. Now depending on your workout intensity or physical goals you may have a different rest period, but in each workout you need to have a time set out that is fitting for your goal. A common approach is if you are doing High Intensity and trying to burn fat, keep your rest periods shorter than 60 seconds. Another idea is if your goal is for building strength, you can rest 2-3 minutes between sets to lets the muscles recover from the workload. Whatever you’re doing, don’t let your brain just assume how long you have been resting. CLOCK IT.
Tip 2- Save the cooler talk for when you’re finished training
I know you’ve seen the group of people who are mingling at the gym as if this is a bar and they’re just shooting the breeze, discussing the worldly events, and the latest sports news. If you have never seen this at your gym it is because YOU are one of them! So let me give you a tip; go do your work before you talk. I didn’t say not to talk, but make your training the priority and I ensure you that the talking will be minimized. Now I know some of you reading this are thinking, “I don’t want to be rude to my gym buddies.” I have the perfect solution; baseball cap low, headphones on high. Make brief eye contact from a distance. A simple head nod will do, then glance and point at your new sports watch and give the universal “I’m in a hurry” sign. Everyone knows that means you’re busy but not rude about it.
I hope my tips will help you enjoy and maximize your time in the gym. Go get yourself a cool watch that you will love to take with you to the gym. If you spend only 1 hour a day working out, it is only 4% of your day so get there and do work!
Rise and Attack the Day.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013