How to get more out of your workout
Coach David Delon
Even on the days you leave the gym feeling dead tired, there may be a little voice inside your head that says, “You could have done more”. We constantly underestimate our bodies ability to push beyond our mental limits. That’s right, even when our muscles feel fatigued, we usually give up mentally before physically.
So here are 3 ways to get more out of your workout the next time you’re in the gym
1. Show up early and do work: I see many people show up 12-15 minutes early to the gym and just sit around. You made the conscious decision to get better, yet you are not using all of the time possible to do so? Next time you get to the gym early, get some pre-workout work in. This may be time on the bike, a rower, doing push ups, practicing pull ups, etc. There are so many other things to do other than sit around. Give it a shot!
2. It’s time to grab heavier weights: Your body will adapt to a weight being used and no longer responds to the stimulus. Challenge yourself and grab heavier dumbbells or kettlebells than you normally would. And to the ladies, no this doesn’t mean you’re, “going to get bulky” so please get that out of your head.
3. Positive self talk: When things get hard, we automatically tell ourselves, “wow this is hard, I need to stop”. The mind even sends signals to the body because it isn’t used to doing work at that intensity. It’s time to talk yourself into things and not out. Override the mind and say, “Not today, mind. I’m staying in and going all out!” Even if it’s a few more seconds than normal, you are now teaching your body and mind that there IS MORE left in the tank. Get negative thoughts out of your mind. Don’t use words like “can’t” or “it’s too hard”. Tell yourself that you can, you will. Just as the mind is powerful to shut things down, it can be just as powerful to turn things on and GO!
Give these techniques a go the next time you’re in the gym and I know you will be getting more out of your workout.