5 WAYS TO MAXIMISE YOUR GYM TRAINING
By Ryan Hook
Training intensity is key when it comes to progression. Time and again I see people just going through the motions, performing exercises with no real intent and simply ‘completing reps’. If you want to maximise your time in the gym, follow the 5 tips below.
Record your training
Use a log book and track every session. Write down what weight you used and how many reps you performed for each exercise. Next time you perform that session, complete one more rep than last time or add more weight. This will give you something to work towards and ensure you are progressing, instead of mindlessly doing the same old thing – “3 sets of 10 to 12 reps… 3 sets of 10 to 12 reps…”
Find yourself a training partner (preferably someone that matches the intensity you SHOULD be training at). Having someone there to put you through each set is an invaluable tool.
Put yourself in a winning environment
The gym you train at and the people you are surrounded by can have a massive impact on training intensity. If you are surrounded by likeminded people that are pushing themselves, you will find it easier to up your game too.
Use visualisation/mental imagery
Don’t sit there on your phone scrolling through Instagram between sets – visualise your next set and get mentally ready for it!
Use music to motivate
Pop your headphones on and listen to music that motivates you. This is something that helps me a lot with staying focused and bringing intensity to a session. It’s hard to hype yourself up for a heavy set when the gyms playing Adele!
About the author
Ryan is an experienced PT at Halo Gym, holding qualifications including Level 3 Personal Training Certificate, Level 2 Gym Instructor, KBT Level 1 Nutrition, and KBT Level 2 Strength and Conditioning.
He has a particular interest in body composition and using his training skills to help clients transform the way they look.