Why must the gym be so damn terrible? It’s literally so bad for people that within the first 5 minutes they actually try to fool themselves by saying ‘OK, that was a decent session, time to head out’. Many would consider it weak or lazy but the truth is, even if you’re in great shape, and can handle the work impressively, there’s just something about “The Gym” that is such a turn-off . The enclosed environment of rubber mats, metal machines, iron-pumping ogres and Zumba-shaking mamas is not the most appealing place to visit “at least 3 times a week, for no less than an hour each time”. Yikes, somehow only 10 minutes on the treadmill manages to feel like days. BUT, it needs to be done. Although some people can skip the gym and opt for a sunny-forest bike ride, or decide to walk to work instead of driving, most are not as fortunate to have these options.
Luckily, throughout our experience at the gym, we’ve gathered a few easy-to-stick-to tips to make it a bit more interesting, allowing a one-hour session to fly by super quick and actually become fun. Yes, fun.
Pump Up Your Music
Studies have shown that listening to fast-tempo music increases your gym productivity by 15%
Just think about when any hype song comes on. When it plays, you have to move, dance, shake, whatever. The quicker-paced BPM (beats per minute) will subconsciously force your body to pump with the beat simultaneously, so technically you will be getting more done in the same amount of time because of the speed and intensity. Make yourself a gym playlist with only up-beat songs that force you to keep motion. If you’re lacking that type of music, do some research online (Youtube/Soundcloud) and find new artists that offer some serious heart pounding songs that will keep you entertained.
Count Lower Reps
We love this one. Instead of actually counting exactly how many reps you’re doing, 23..24..etc, try to break it up into smaller increments like 1-8. This number seems to work best since it replicates bars of music and harmonizes with the body better. Next thing you know you counted to 8 ten times meaning you did 80 reps! It’s much more bearable for the mind if you trick it into thinking you started from scratch every time you say ‘1’. Seriously try this tactic with every workout, and watch your results quadruple.
Keep It Moving
Most gyms offer so many different choices of machinery and weights. Don’t stay at the same spot for more than 5 minutes. Just keep rotating, 5 minutes at the treadmill, 5 minutes at the squat rack. Just imagine the gym as a playground and you want to try everything. Time flies like this and it actually gives you a better workout since you’re shocking your body by stimulating so many different muscles in short periods of time.
Try A Class
Some people just don’t know what to do with themselves when they enter the gym, which ends up with you leaving early and barely getting anything done. For an accomplished workout, join any class you deem worthy and stick it out for the whole class. You’re definitely not going to be the only wuss that walks out within the first 15 minutes. Next thing you know, an hour is up and you might have made a few new friends in the process.
Bring A Buddy
Having someone you can chat with during your time at the gym might be the strategy you need to keep you there for more than 30 minutes. Good conversation can help the time pass with ease, you can also go out for a post-workout snack together afterwards!