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20 Ways to Be More Productive at the Gym

By July 5, 2017 April 11th, 2019 No Comments


  • Many people waste precious time in the gym in many different ways.
  • There are simple ways to become more productive with the hour you schedule for gym time.
  • Stay away from distractions and keep focused for the best results in the gym.

Trust us, we understand a busy schedule, and how important your time at the gym is. There are only so many hours in a day, so you’ve got to make that time count. So to cut out all the time wasters, we’ve created our list of the best tips to be more productive at the gym. Follow along and unleash your true muscle-building potential.

  1. Keep the Noise Down Nothing annoys gym-goers more than the guy in the free weights area that sounds like he is going into labor. For your own sake and that of everyone around you, keep it down.
  2. Tune Up Wearing headphones sends a signal to everyone (including yourself) that you are busy. While you are at it, listen to some good music to help you get motivated. You’ll find that most people will not approach you to talk unless it is very important when you are wearing headphones.
  3. Avoid Rush Hour Every gym will have its own busy time, and you may need to try a few different sessions to see when things are more quiet. A quiet gym will allow you to complete your sets faster on multiple pieces of equipment.
  4. Train With a Partner There will be times where you feel that you simply can’t push your body any further than you are already doing. Training with a partner can offer you that additional boost that you need. They can also give you a little friendly competition that may push you harder than you could push yourself if you were alone.
  5. Know the Alternatives The last thing you want is to show up after work on Monday and wait an hour to get a bench. By understanding how your muscles work and which exercises work them, you will be able to make do with what is available at your gym. For more on this tip, follow the link above.
  6. Perform Moves that Target Multiple Muscle Groups There’s nothing better to do to save time than to perform multiple-step moves that target multiple muscle groups! They’re an efficient way to hit all of your major muscle groups all at once. HIIT training is a perfect example of this. With this type of workout you will be in and out of the gym in 30 minutes!
  7. Stretch The feeling of accomplishment and well-being that stretching delivers is quite tangible and a workout just isn’t complete without it. Stretching is also very important, because it decreases your risk of injuries by helping your joints move through their full range of motion.
  8. Cut Rest Time Between Sets If getting stronger is your primary goal, then long rest periods will serve you well. If, as the case is for most of us, an impressive physique with huge muscles is your goal, then you should be doing more reps with less weight and resting less. It should take no more than 90 seconds for your breathing to return to normal and the lactic acid to clear from the muscle group after an intense set of 8-to-12 reps.
  9. Don’t Eat too Close to Workout Time So many people feel sick with they go to workout. One reason for this is that they had a huge meal before they came. If you need to eat before going to the gym make it small and light like some fruit. Leave your big meal until after the workout. In the same respect, make sure you don’t exercise on an empty stomach because you won’t have the energy you need to make it through the workout.
  10. Put Your Cell Phone Away There’s nothing more distracting than someone messing around on their cell phone when you’re in the middle of a set. Most people stay connected 24/7 these days, but if you expect to get results in the gym, you’re not going to get them if you’re checking your phone every 10 seconds. The only exception is if you’re using an app to track or record your workout.
  11. Alter Your Standard Workout Routines This can be a subtle change, like running a mile a bit faster on the treadmill before you’re entirely sure you’re ready. Or adding a boot camp class to your week when you’re used to spinning. New activities mean that your brain has to pay more attention, which spills over into your regular workout, and encourages you to work harder in the gym environment.
  12. Have a Plan Go to the gym with a plan of what you are going to do, so that you don’t waste precious time figuring it out on the spot. Also, be flexible with your exercise list, as the machine or bench you need may be taken.
  13. Confuse Your Muscles In order to avoid the plateau phase, a person needs to adopt specialized training procedures. The key is to strength training and endurance training, by using different exercises so that your body doesn’t get acclimatized to your fitness routines.
  14. Don’t Overdo Your Warmup It’s very important to warm-up but procrastinating in the gym is the worst way to start your workout. Restricting your warm-up leaves time available for you to get the best workout possible.
  15. Join a Class Some people just don’t know what to do with themselves when they enter the gym, which ends up with you leaving early and barely getting anything done. For an accomplished workout, join any class you deem worthy and stick it out for the duration. Your gym productivity will go through the roof!
  16. Bring Your Own Water Not only does it save time rather than going and filling up every couple minutes, but it also promotes weight loss. It’s a win/ win. For more on this tip, follow the link above.
  17. Don’t Gossip Don’t engage in too much gym chat with all the gym rats and fitness fanatics. Keep it to a friendly “hello” and move on. By cutting this out you will dramatically improve your productivity at the gym.
  18. Follow Gym Etiquette If you are someone who leaves their weights scattered across the floor, the chances are that others will follow suit. Set a good example and it should be better for everyone.
  19. Hire a Personal Trainer Hiring a personal trainer will give you a different style of workout, giving you a new routine that your brain and body will have to quickly adapt to. Be careful. Personal trainers can range in experience and ability so be sure to check out their credentials before hiring anyone.
  20. Leave the Buttons Alone If your half-hour on the exercise bike includes five minutes of adjusting the speed and gradient, you may need to ask an instructor for advice. Choose a set program and stick to it for the sake of your own workout and sanity!