Training Effectively - It's In The Execution
I could give a training plan to 100 different people and it will be executed in 100 different ways. Some will get great results from the program whilst some may not. The key to success often lies in how you go about what you do, rather than the actual specifics of a program.
Just take a look around any gym or health club in the country and you will see lots of people of all shapes and sizes training with varying levels of intensity. What you will notice is that the hardest workers in the room will always get the best results from their training.
If you use the gym as a social club it is your prerogative, but don’t expect to change your body if you would rather chat away your life’s troubles than train.
I have a few methods to ensure I get a great workout every time I go to the gym, and that my training time is efficient, which in turn ensures I get the results I want.
Plan Your Training Session
Have a plan of what you are going to do written down before you start training. If you do not have a training program written down or planned out before you go to the gym, you will seriously minimise the results you will achieve. You will end up picking exercises that you like, rather than the ones you need to be doing to get the best results.
Get in the zone pre workout
Have a coffee if needs be, look at your training plan, disengage the brain from work and take 5 minutes to prepare yourself mentally. Use your warm up to focus on what you’re about to do. I’ve lost count of the amount of times a client comes in to train and is stressed about something at work. I know they won’t train effectively until they’ve had a little rant about how annoying Dave from Accounts is. If you have do not have a charming Personal Trainer to listen to your woes, then jump on a stationary bike or treadmill and take 5-10 minutes to disengage your brain from work politics. It will make the world of difference when you begin to train.
Take headphones to the gym
Noise cancelling headphones are the single best thing I’ve bought since I’ve lived in London. No longer do I have to listen to the orchestra of people sniffing away with colds or hay fever on the tube. No longer do I have to listen to the baby crying or the crazy guy rambling on the bus. More importantly, I no longer have to listen to other people in the gym. This is selfish I know, but I’m not sorry for that. I use my daily 45 minutes of training time as a stress relief, so I don’t want to be interrupted.
My advice is to put your phone on flight mode so you don’t get any unwanted interruptions like calls or emails, put some music on that gets you “in the zone”, past and current favourites for me include albums by Royal Blood and Disclosure.
Enlist a good training partner
If necessary, enlist the help of a friend or colleague, someone who can motivate you and drive you on. A training partner should inspire and motivate you. They should be there to spot you and ensure you lift safely of course, but much more than this they need to be able to drive you when you feel like you can’t go on any further. You should of course be able to reciprocate this.
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