You may feel satisfied with the quality of your workouts, but even if you’re making progress, there are some very common missteps that might be hindering your results. We have your back by bringing light to these easy-to-make errors.
One question that people should routinely ask themselves is “am I making my time in the gym as effective and efficient as possible?” Indeed, many folks look toward an extraordinary trick or simple secret to get us closer to our fitness goals, but no miracle pill or vibrating belt will bring us there. It may not sound sexy, but the most powerful tools are quite simple and basic. Here are a few things that everyone, including you, should do in the gym to maximize results.
Focus on quality over quantity
It doesn’t matter how long you’re in the gym, be it thirty minutes or two hours: what matters is what you’re doing there. Don’t get too caught up in weight, reps and time intervals; at first, focus on the quality of the movement. Are you controlling the weight? Are the right muscles involved? Is your technique correct? These are the questions you should be asking yourself when examining the quality of your workout, and if you can answer yes, your time in the gym has been very well spent.
For most things we do in life we measure and keep track, be it school grades, salaries, or how many days until our next vacation, but for some reason we usually leave metrics at the door when we check into the gym. Commonly, we are afraid that we are going to step on the scale and see no progress—or worse, stagnation or regression. Metrics can be our best friend in the gym if we develop a healthy relationship with them. Regardless of whether it’s weight, strength, size or mobility, they guide us to our goals. If you are intimidated or don’t see the importance, challenge yourself to change your perspective. When we are making progress, metrics give us a reason to celebrate; when we don’t, they give us feedback so that we can adjust. Both should be an important source of motivation in order for you to get the best return on your time investment.
Be sure to tune in next week for more tips on maximizing your time in the gym!