It’s the brutal early morning, or maybe the end of an exhausting day; and the last thing you want to do is head to the gym. How many of us have ever been in this situation? My gut feeling is that we have all walked down that familiar road before. How many of us have given in to the temptation of just calling it a day and heading for home? How many of us have stayed focused and continued to maintain the fitness plan we set out to accomplish for the day? I understand that work, family and other engagements will throw a wrench in the system at times, but how many times has the decision been solely up to you? Sometimes you just have to re-commit to yourself, and understand that you have to make time for yourself. It doesn’t have to be the full amount of time, but it should be something.
Let’s discuss how to simplify or modify your training, so the amount of time spent is less, but the overall quality of the workout is still intense enough to challenge your body for the day:
Many avid gym goers love to have set amounts of time on cardio equipment to reach their desired goals. If you average 20-25 minutes on the treadmill to cover a certain distance or a particular amount of calories burned, try something different. Try sprints or H.I.I.T training to ramp up your workout. Both of these avenues will burn more calories in a shorter amount of time, and will also challenge your body to completing something it is not use to. You will be able to shock your system, and still have an effective workout at the same time. Try to cut your time in half and still cover the same distance. Anything that you intensify should clearly be more productive than your normal slow-state fitness routine.
Many people still have never tried super-setting (performing multiple exercises back-to-back). With super-setting particular exercises, not only do you receive a bigger pump, but you increase your aerobic levels as well. You will have to take a little more time to recover in between sets, but you will also be exerting more energy in a shorter amount of time. You might not be able to lift the normal amounts of weights that you are used to, since everything is being performed at a faster pace, but it will definitely challenge you to complete each rep. If you have to, you can set up or design your own circuit training workouts. Perform a multiple amount of exercises in a given time frame, and design it to fit the allotted amount of time, you are setting aside.
Finding new ways to incorporate new movements, rests periods, and workouts will definitely light that fuse helping to ignite new muscle growth and fat loss. Remember to always try and stick to a game plan when it comes to each and every workout. As life constantly changes, so should your exercise routines. There are days that I may only have time to perform 10 minutes of cardio work, but I attack it and try to reap the most out of the time I put aside. The same goes for all of my weight training. I personally think that dedicating any amount of time to staying active during the day is well worth it. Instead of just skipping routines and chalking the day up as a loss; put a little effort forth and work harder to try and squeeze in some personal development time. Your amount of effort and dedication will be the deciding factor when it comes to achieving your ultimate physical goals and dreams. Don’t let a day go by to where you waste an opportunity that could be life changing! Until next time…
…Stay Strong, and Stay True.
About the Author
Michael Klamut was the 2011 Lean Body Challenge Grand Champion. Mike is a United States Air Force veteran (1997-2001) who works as a Radiologic Technologist (X-Ray Tech) during the day, and is a busy husband and father of two during the night. Mike entered his first bodybuilding competition and took 1st place in his Novice weight class (Middleweight) and Novice Overall. He takes great pride in helping others with their fitness goals and hopes to inspire and motivate everyone he comes into contact with. Mike is looking forward to helping all Labrada Nutrition fans reach their personal goal(s) and hopes to help them conquer any obstacle(s) that stands in their way. You can visit Mike Klamut’s website at: http://michaelklamut.wix.com/klamutfitness