How to Make the Most of Your Gym Time

Dynamic Pilates manly includes fusion of Reformer, Wunda Chair, Small Apparatus, Circuit, TRX and Barre. Ok, so you’ve had a long day at work and you are contemplating hitting the gym, but are feeling a little pinched for time. You’ve got dinner plans and are pretty close to talking yourself into just skipping the after work workout. You simply don’t have the time to go for your usual hour long training session.

If you’ve found yourself making this exact excuse, then you might want to keep reading. Talking yourself out of the gym because of a time crunch is a classic excuse; one that can, when used often enough, make a significant difference in your ability to meet your fitness goals.

A lot of people are full of good intentions but when it comes time to keeping their fitness resolutions they can engage in self defeating thinking. Making excuses for not being able to fit in a workout is obviously one of the most common among them. But going to the gym doesn’t have to be a long and drawn out chore. It can, when done correctly, be simple and efficient. You can burn calories, boost your metabolism and gain bulk without spending hours on end at the gym.

As most experts will tell you, you simply do not need to spend hours at the gym to see results. What you need instead is commitment, motivation and a good and challenging routine. Keep reading to find out some tips on how to make the most of even a quick gym trip.

According to fitness experts, even a thirty minute trip to the gym can do wonders for you metabolism and your fitness. When pressed for time begin with a quick five minute warm up on the treadmill or any of the cardio machines you prefer.

Once you’ve gotten warmed up, you should then move on to circuit training. Use either free weights, machines or body stabilizing exercises such as Pilates, yoga or on the ball moves. In order to get the most out of this time, you need to ensure thought that your heart rates stays elevated throughout the workout.

If you plan on working your upper body, begin by doing sets of bicep curls, tricep presses and shoulder and back exercises. Do about three sets of each with 12 reps in each. Make sure to go slow and steady even when you’re making it a quick workout though. If you move to fast you will not only get less of a workout, but you also have the potential to injure yourself.

If you decide to do your lower body, chose squats, lunges and one or two machines for the calves and thighs. Add free weights to up the intensity of your squats and lunges. Alternate between about four different exercises, being sure to keep your heart rate up throughout the entire workout without taking too much time in between.

If you find that you are easing through the weight machines and exercises then up the intensity or take some time to do some interval training. Try doing two to three minutes of cardio on the bike, elliptical, treadmill or StairMaster and then head back to the weights and machines. Interval training is one of the most effective ways to challenge your body and lose pounds quickly.

Doing this style of circuit training can be very rewarding and can offer optimum results. Weights help to boost metabolic rate and keep your body burning fat long after your workout. So although you may only have thirty minutes to spend at the gym, you are still burning calories for hours after you’ve finished.

After 20 minutes of interval training or just weights and strength training exercises take the last five minutes to slow down the pace. Walk gently on the treadmill until your heart rate comes back down to normal. Now take another five minutes to stretch and relax. Make sure to stretch out all the muscles that you used during your routine. You should still feel pumped and by no means exhausted.

Even with this simple routine you can see a dramatic difference in your fitness level and weight so long as you are committed to doing these thirty minute quickies at least four times a week. Of course, if you have more time to spare, say on the weekends then you will want to kick it up a notch and challenge yourself with thirty minutes of cardio or something along these lines.

Whatever the case, remember that even thirty minutes of exercise can make for a great and challenging workout. Time should not be an excuse to avoid keeping yourself healthy and well. There are plenty of very busy people who still manage to find the time to sneak in a quick thirty minute cardio or weight regime. Alternate between these two and look forward to seeing impressive results without sacrificing a huge amount of your time and energy.

Dale Miller is a health, sports, fitness and nutrition enthusiast. He operates and writes a blog at

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