We understand that taking time out from your busy schedules for the gym is daunting altogether. It is for this reason that its essential to maximize on your time spent in the gym, so you get the most out of your workout at your convenience. Here are 7 Gym Hacks and DYI tips you have to try!
1. Freeze Your Wraps:
The stinky stench of knee sleeves or wrist wraps can really make your workout routine uncomfortable, but you don’t need to let it get in the way. All you have to do is throw them in the freezer until they get frosty for a quick fix, especially if you’re short on time and a wash isn’t in the cards.
2. Use More Than One Blender Bottle
If you want to save time and energy, having multiple blender bottles prepped for the day will do the trick. You can have one ready to go for your pre-workout drink, another for carbs and protein during your routine and one for your post-workout shake.
3. Say Goodbye to the Moisture Wicking Gear
They’re not ideal for front squatting, so instead, opt for a cotton T-shirt, which will aid in you being able to keep the bar in place once the sweating situation gets serious. While this may be uncomfortable in terms of feeling drenched shortly into your workout, it means not having to deal with the smell of some moisture resistant gear.
4. Leave Your Gym Bag in the Car
Sometimes the hardest part of going to the gym is just the process of getting there. However, avoid that excuse by making your life easier. Keeping your bag in your car will ensure that no matter where you are, you can stop drop and lift without the hassle of going home first.
5. Use “Fillers”
The big stuff, like finishing a set of benchpress, is what you tend to focus on at the gym, forgetting about all the little stuff that’s just as important yet easily ignored. Use the time right after a big exercise by doing forearm wall slides or some face pulls. That way, you stretch and activate your shoulders, avoiding injury.
6. Don’t Have a Foam Roller? Get Creative
Just because you don’t have the equipment doesn’t mean the thought should go unnoticed. If you need a foam roller, for instance, but don’t have one, see if there is anything laying around that could double for a bit, like a water bottle or some dog toys. Even rolling pins work!
7. Use a Playlist to Make Timing Your Workouts Fun
Find yourself constantly seeing how much time has gone by? Staring at the clock is no fun, but playlists sure are. Just make a playlist that is the length of the workout you plan on accomplishing, and you’ll never have to check the time. You’ll find yourself loving each new song that comes on even more, as it means one more fun exercise to do, and one closer to the finish line.