WORKOUT WORK ETHIC
We all go to the gym with one mutual goal in mind - to get results! Whether you may be looking to add some quality muscle to your frame or drop a few kilos of bodyfat the number one goal in mind is -RESULTS! When we don’t get results from the time we spend it becomes frustrating. When fellow gym goers see others around them getting leaner or gaining more lean muscle mass they often scratch their head and wonder why is this person getting results when they are not. On of the biggest problems I see with most gym goers these days is the total lack of work ethic. They mistake just “going” to the gym and “going” through the motions as work! Or their total lack of exercise technique combined with sloppy form is mistaken for a productive workout. Most folk mistake time spent in the gym for applied effort. Let me provide a simple example. These days I spend a good part of my day sat behind my desk working on my computer. Now, I could just sit there moving my mouse around the screen in a random nonsensicle fashion for 8 hours. Obviously this would not be productive other than to create something visually appealing to my cat! Alternatively I could spend 60 minutes using that mouse like a precision instrument to control advanced software to create graphics, videos or websites. This is just a quick anology of work ethic and how time spent has little to do with real-world results. Let’s get back to the gym talk. The golden rule is when you enter the gym you go there to “WORK” hence why its called a [work]out! There is no time for resting, sitting, starring at the TV’s in the gym, updating facebook, texting friends or generally twiddling with your iphone. All of this eats up your work ethic and will keep you on a path of ZERO results for the rest of your life. The quick solution to upping your work ethic. Keep you phone in your gym bag. Cut your rest periods between sets, if anything implement super sets or even a circuit. Stop chatting between sets. Stop gazing at the Cricket or Football on the gym TV monitors (You can do that at home). Check your technique, are you really feeling the exercise or just swinging weights and machines in a crazy fashion? One more for the road. Stop the 5 minutes turtle walks to the drink fountain at the other end of the gym. Get yourself a drink bottle to carry around with you. No, you can’t count walking to the fountain as cardio! Finally you should be able to fit more applied effort into 3045 minutes if you really get stuck in and push yourself hard. Remember results will not magically appear just because you spend more time in the gym. You have to have a clear understanding of “Work Ethic”. Then and only then will you get the results you truly deserve.