We allknow exercise is important for us — but how exactly do you find the time to workout? With our kids, jobs, families, and friends, it seems like we’re always crunched. Thus, once we do make it to the gym, we need to use tactics to save time and maximize our results.
Follow these tips and you’ll be in-and-out of the gym faster than before while still doing all the things that will help you build more strength, bulletproof your body, and play better golf.
Save Time in the Gym: Superset Your Exercises
A superset means to group exercises together in a way that saves time and still gives your body good rest. You put three or even four exercises together in a superset with each exercise targeting a completely different area.
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Between each exercise, you can take a 30-60 second break.
Now you can bounce between these four exercises, keep your heart rate up, and give each body part enough rest before hitting it again. For example, between sets of squats, you could rest your legs over 4 minutes while targeting other major muscle groups (which will also help you shed more fat).
That’s the beauty of a superset.
Save Time in the Gym: Plan Your Workout Ahead of Time
Don’t step foot into the gym without a clear idea of exactly what you’re going to do.
If you don’t have a plan for your workout, you’ll waste your time in the gym looking for things to do. You’ll walk aimlessly between machines and weights until you get some idea of what to do. But if you’re really trying to save time, you cannot afford this mistake.
Instead, plan out exactly what you’re going to do. What exercises, what weights, how many sets, how many reps, and in what order. Know what type of warm up you’ll do. Etc. Having this level of detail will streamline your workout and ruthlessly eliminate all the wasted time.
Save Time in the Gym: Use Active Rest
Once you finish an exercise or set of reps, don’t grab your cellphone, start chatting with your partner, or sit down and look into space — do something easy, but productive.
For example, do some band exercises that activate your small muscles and help improve your posture. Or do a dynamic stretch to open your hips and keep your joints feeling loose. Or even hold a plank.
As long as it’s productive and helps build a better body, throw it in while you’re resting to maximize every second of your workout.
Save Time in the Gym: Use a Timer
Ready, set, exercise.
Set a goal of how long you want to spend in the gym. If you only want to spend 60 minutes, set a timer for 60 minutes. If you only want to spend 45 minutes, set a timer for 45 minutes. But here’s the key:
Once that timer goes off, stop whatever you’re doing (or finish that set), pack up, and leave. Simple as that. It seems simple — because it is — but it really trains you to work hard in your allotted time and (hopefully) reveals if you’re being efficient or wasteful of your time.
Once you get used to the pace, you’ll find yourself completing each workout faster and faster.
Save Time in the Gym: Focus on What’s Important
A lot of golfers suffer from what I call, “do-everything-itis.”
They want to do everything. They want to work their arms, they want to work their chest, they want to work their shoulders, they want to work their legs. (I lied; no one wants to work their legs.) Not only do they want to target every muscle in their body, but they use several exercise for each body part. For example, for their chest, they’ll do dips, flat bench press, incline bench, decline bench, flyes, pushups, etc.
How much time will that take?
Instead, for the chest, use exercises that target a lot of muscles at once like a pushup or bench press. (Same for the rest of your body.) That way, you’ll save a ton of time because you’ve eliminated a lot of redundant exercises.