Quick Tip: Stop Wasting Precious Gym Time!

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Quick Tip: Stop Wasting Precious Gym Time!

We’ve all heard the old adage, “Time. It’s the one thing you never get back.” But, when you walk in to any gym across America and the world, you would think the people there had never heard that before.

I’m not speaking to those (as Arnold puts it), “Mickey Mouse people” who simply occupy space on the machines while they text and tweet. No. I’m talking specifically to the well meaning gym goer here. The person with aspirations of becoming ripped and shredded but simply have no clue how to go about it.

You walk into the gym with absolutely no idea where to begin. So you begin training…but are most certainly wasting your precious time thinking doing a set of bicep curls and then 60 minutes of jogging on the treadmill will get you that Six Pack you desire!

Most gyms have resistance machines, Cable towers, etc. And, of course, those things have their place. But do you really think that doing a set of leg extensions compared to a Squat variation is better for muscle building and fat loss….NO WAY, EVER!!

Of course resistance machines will be slightly beneficial for a complete beginner because of the new stimulus. At that point anything would garner results. But very soon after that initial adaptation, the results will come to a halt.

SUCCESS LEAVES CLUES
If you spend any amount of time researching the training styles of the legendary body builders of the past and present, free weights are the core of training routines for all of them. 100% of the time.

Nobody ever built a great v-shaped back by doing only single arm Cable rows, or “Boulder” shoulders with the side lateral raise machine, OR a great chest by doing cable flys. It took years of working towards getting stronger on the conventional free weight movements.

FINAL THOUGHTS
That being said, not all free weights carry the most bang for your buck. If you have limited time for fitness each day, you want to spend it doing the compound, multi-joint movements. Think of the Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift, and Pull-Ups. These all use many different muscle groups to execute.

When it comes to building your muscle and increasing your strength, these Compound exercises are much more time functional than any isolation movement could ever be.

Now, that’s not to say that isolation exercises do not have a place in a training regimen. They do. But PLEASE just stop and think before you hit the gym. That way you’re not wasting your precious time in the gym. Because time is something you never get back.

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