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How To Get Fitter Faster (Without Having To Train More)

Skip These Top Time Wasters

Everyone has juggled their schedule to get an hour in the gym. It could be specifically laying out our tasks in a journal to fit everything in the week or catching up on our favorite TV series later on Sundays.

But once we get there, it seems there are so many ways to do but workout! In the end, we only get a few rounds in by wrapping as scheduled, still meaning to get those intended sets.

Make the most of your good intentions by knowing in advance what the time thieves are. You’ll be one step closer to your goals and get fitter faster while burning optimal calories every time – without extra workouts!

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Find Your Focus In The Gym

Unplanned socializing can be the biggest distraction from keeping your heart rate in the fat-burning zone. Get fitter faster by ditching excessive chat. Saying hello is nice, but the stop-start pattern of bumping into people at the gym that you need to small talk with can drag out your workout time. Try listening to your favorite music; not only will it pump you up, it will also send the impression that you do not want to be disturbed.

If you’re going to invest time and energy into your workouts, you might as well spend a few extra dollars to learn how to do it the right way. Hiring a trainer, even for a few workouts, is a valuable investment in your fitness education – you will learn how to challenge yourself safely while gaining the confidence needed to push further and get better results – in less time.get fitter faster

Shorter Warm-Ups

Now, I’m in no way saying that warm-ups have become irrelevant in the fitness scene. We all know how important it is to stretch and warm up the muscles to perform exercises better.

But if you’re pressed on time, there are several ways to get warm-ups out of the way before you even hit the gym. If it’s near your place, ride your bike or walk instead of spending the time on finding a good parking spot. It’s an invigorating start and you can spice it up by timing yourself, using a step counter, recording your distance or heart rate, and coordinating with a friend. This is much appreciated especially during winter as the cardio machines are often the busiest.get fitter faster

Super-Setting (Instead Of Resting)

A super-set is a combination of two or more exercises alternating – with no rest. It’s simply the most effective and time efficient method of maximizing a training session!

Alternating between sets will cause the onset of fatigue sooner and allow you to hit greater intensity. Switch up your machine exercises with free weights to further push the original or target other muscle groups. Do some side steps to keep your heart rate from going to the normal state. And This ‘no rest’ system is fast paced and allows other gym goers to work in with your sets on the machines.

 

The idea behind super setting is to increase fatigue while working either the same muscle group or hitting an opposite muscle group in order to save on time. This way, you also become courteous to other gym users who may want to use the machine you claimed for a set. Have a set of free weights handy so that you can quickly move to another exercise that will involve more muscle fibers, stabilizers etc.

Other benefits of super-setting include increased overall foundational strength and better range of movement. As free weights usually require a different technique, the movement is not limited and you can pump out a few more valuable reps.get fitter faster

Get Fitter Faster

There’s nothing more satisfying than to know our efforts are being paid off every time. So catch up with your gym buddies only after you’ve finished exercising or move about during rest to get the most out of your workouts.

Do you have other tricks to be a time master? Share in the comments below!

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Cat Smiley

Cat Smiley

Fitness Director at Whistler Fitness Vacations
Cat Smiley is a certified Life Coach, Master Trainer, Wilderness Guide and Sports Nutritionist (author of The Planet Friendly Diet). She has been named 3-time Canadian Trainer of the Year by the International Sports Science Association and is a former professional athlete. Follow her on Linkedin or Facebook - and of course, sign up for a fitness program with us to work with her in Whistler!
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