When you’re trying to stay fit, the gym is a powerful ally. It’s a great place to find not just gym equipment, but motivation for your fitness and like-minded peers. The downfall? That sometimes it gets incredibly busy!
Whether January when people are trying to get their new years resolutions in check or at the beginning of bikini season in the summer, gyms get really crazy. But, that doesn’t mean you have to give up your routine! Simply follow these tips and trick to get through a crazy day at the gym.
Avoid Peak Hours
Every gym is a little different, but right before work and right after work, along with the standard noon lunch times are especially busy times at the gym. If you have the traditional schedule, try to time your workouts a little bit differently. Take an early or late lunch break or wait until after 8 pm and you will find the gym to have a lot less people than usual.
Devise a plan for your workout and have a plan B.
Decide what your goals and routine for your gym session will be before you even head out that way. You don’t want to be wondering about aimlessly trying to decide what to do next. It’s important, however, to have a plan B in case the equipment you want to use is occupied. If you have both a plan A and a plan B, you will be more prepared when you walk into those doors.
Get a Spot at the Entrance of the Locker Room
Most people like to use the back of a locker room, just like they like to use the back stalls of a restroom. Therefore, if you want to get in and out quickly, get yourself a spot out front. You will find a place you’re your belongings faster and you won’t have to deal with a bunch of other people. It will definitely save you time!
Claim an Area for Yourself
Stake a spot for yourself where you can get all or most of your workout down. A spot to do your bodyweight and free weight training along with you stretching is crucial. In this way you will limit the amount of work you have to do around others. But please remember to be courteous and only pick one set of equipment to use at once. You can simply leave your towel to claim your spot as you switch out your equipment.
Remember: the Treadmill isn’t the only cardio equipment out there
Have you noticed that on busy days the treadmills are the first cardio equipment to go? They’re just so easy to use and they require zero imagination. Avoid the crowds and don’t bother waiting for equipment. Pick the Stairmaster or Row machine instead. You can get your cardio on and sculpt those butt or back muscles at the same time!
Remembet that HIIT is your friend
In and out of the gym, High Intensity Interval Training is always a great go to. It requires only one machine, one set of free weights or even your own body weight. Additionally, it’s a way to burn a ton of calories in the least amount of time and get you in and out of the gym in record time.
Try Something New
Some equipment is more popular than others. It’s because they are more well-known. But don’t be afraid to try something new! Gyms have many different machines that can work out the same body parts. It’s good to learn your way around different equipment that way when you’re in a pinch and don’t feel like waiting for something, you can go straight to a less popular piece of equipment. Knowledge is power!
Sign Up for a Class
Group fitness classes are a great way to avoid the crowds on the gym floor. They have a limit on the amount of people in them and you will be sure to have all the equipment necessary to get your workout in. Additionally, it’s a great way to make friends and be accountable for your work out.
Get the assistance of a trainer
Getting a trainer is a great way to learn your way around the gym and figure out how to navigate the busy season. You may find that working with a trainer is more effective and motivating and want to keep it as a permanent part of your fitness routine. Or, you may find that you want to just work with one seasonally. No matter your choice, a few sessions with a trainer will get you working out more effectively and save you a lot of time!
It’s ok to ask someone to share Equipment
It’s not rude or pushy to ask someone to work in while they rest between sets. Most people don’t mind and it’s a great way to work hard and not dilly dally. Just remember, be nice enough to wipe down after you use the equipment!
Now you know how to save yourself some time in the gym. No matter how crowded or how busy the season is, there’s no excuse to give up your fitness journey.