5 ways to maximise your time in the gym

5 ways to maximise your time in the gym

Productivity first

Text: Janice Sim

Make every minute count

The time we have in the gym is often fleeting. It's struggle town already juggling our demanding work and social lives (and family for those with kids), so it comes as no surprise that our gym sessions are a rushed affair. 30 minutes to an hour — tops. 

So how do we go about making the most out of the limited hour we have in the gym? Wendy Cho, fitness development manager and personal trainer at True Fitness, shares five simple ways to make every gym visit a productive one.

1. Decide on your goal before anything else

Set a realistic goal, and then look into the classes and facilities available. If you want to lose weight, be exact about the amount of weight you want to lose. The most important thing is to be consistent — set the programmes, set the time and date, and stick to it. If you're doing things very sporadically, things are not going to happen. The best way to lose weight is through cardio and resistance training — the former is important because you need to keep the heart muscles going, and the latter helps to build muscles and burn fat. You can also do a mix — we call it circuit training — that encompasses both cardio and resistance.

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2. Be prepared for it

The right state of mind matters. If you're doing it begrudgingly or in an impromptu fashion, the workout can be unproductive. That means getting the right clothes and shoes on before heading into the gym. Put your whole mind and body into it. 

3. Watch what you eat when you're not working out

A lot of people tend to forget that your nutrition actually counts for up to 80% of your overall fitness result. We have a lot of members that will do all the right workouts in the gym but eat whatever they can get their hands on after. That pretty much ruins everything that they have worked for.

4. Allocate adequate downtime for rest and recovery

Working out seven days a week might do more harm than good at the end of the day. It's going to get to a point where your motivation and enthusiasm levels take a dip. Chances are, this can also lead to frequent muscle aches and even injuries. Downtime is crucial and severely underrated.

5. Get yourself a personal trainer

It's a no-brainer. You don't have to think about the programme — leave it to the trainer to plan something for you. All you have to do is get yourself there and abide by the recommended workout. 

Get your gym routine on at True Fitness.