We’re all under pressure. And with limited time to tick those boxes every day, we need to be able to maximize everything we do to see results faster and effectively. The same applies to your daily workout. Whether you’re focusing on weight training or setting your sights on a specific fitness goal, work, and family commitments are usually against you. This leads to poor performance, bad form, and a lack of passion for your fitness ambition.
By focusing on the effectiveness of your workouts, you’ll be able to get the most out of your time at the gym. And when your motivation and enthusiasm reach new highs, you’ll see better results, improved technique, and a stronger mindset. Let’s look at how you can get the most out of your workout with these 5 helpful tips.
Use the right equipment
When you want to make progress fast you need to do so with safety in mind. If you’re weight training, for example, the urge to lift heavy to see faster progress is tempting but incredibly risky. By using a squat stand, for example, you can make the most out of your workouts by adding increments of weight, safely without the need for a spotter. By investing in the right equipment at home you can boost your efficiency, retain your form and see faster results.
Create a home gym environment
Travel time, inconsiderate gym-goers, and waiting for machines to open up – these are just some of the reasons why so many of us struggle to make the most of a traditional gym setting. Creating a home gym set up means you’ll have access to fitness 24/7, you can skip the lines, and you won’t be impacted by potential covid-19 gym closures, allowing you to progress and get a little closer to those fitness goals.
30-40 minutes is enough
Regular workouts combined with rest days will help your body to change for the better. But if you think that spending extended time working out will give you a progressive edge, then you’re mistaken. Instead of hours spent working out, focus on 30–40-minute sessions to get the most out of your energy levels and commitment. The longer you work out, the more fatigued you become and the harder it is to maintain form. The shorter the session, the higher the intensity you can manage.
Fitness means taking care of your body and maintaining good levels of hydration means your body will recover quicker from DOMs, muscles will repair faster and your focus levels will remain high. Remember to keep yourself hydrated before, during, and after your workouts.
And finally, consider the mind-to-muscle connection
When you’re short on time, you want to get those reps in, which could mean moving your body through the exercises as quickly as possible and cramming in those repetitions before you hit fatigue.
Sadly, this approach won’t be giving you the workout you need. Instead, focus on a mind-to-muscle connection. Focusing on the tension you’re building in your chosen muscle groups and taking your time through each fluid movement will give you a more effective workout and provide you with better muscle engagement.