Physical Activity

5 Ways You May Be Wasting Time In The Gym

Are you wasting time in the gym? If any of these things are habits of yours, it’s likely that you are.

5 Ways You May Be Wasting Time In The Gym

1. Checking Your Phone Between Sets or Parts of Your Workout

Do you find yourself posting while training and getting back to non-urgent messages while you’re at the gym? You may use your phone for a timer or to record a video but when you do, be careful not to respond to messages or check your social media. It’s best to turn it off or put it away while you’re working out.

2. Talking to Everyone Else About Their Workouts

Do you find yourself talking to everyone about their score, their programming for the day and their thoughts about everything else going on at the gym? It may be helpful to check in with your training partners or coaches about the plan and your strategy before you get to work but that’s about all that matters.

3. Dillydallying While Warming Up

Do you find yourself doing random movements (without a clear purpose) and taking a long time to warm up? Try writing out your warm up plan and setting a timer for how long you want to prep. Then get going and hold yourself accountable to your plan.

4. Gossiping

Do you find yourself bringing up the “latest” news to others at the gym? How often are you in convos about what someone else said, did or might do? Don’t engage in any conversations that are about the lives and actions of someone who isn’t present. Talking down about others is incredibly toxic and a waste of time. Commenting on the actions, lives or habits of others (especially those that you don’t agree with) can take time away from more productive, enjoyable conversation and action.

5. Not Having a Plan

Are you someone who bounces between programs? Do you randomly pick and choose WODs, movements or exercises based off what others are doing or what looks fun? Do you go to the gym and just “wing it?” It’s best to be on a specific program and know what plan you’re going to try to follow before you even get to the gym. This will help you stay on track, be more efficient and get the results that you’re looking for.

Maybe there is another way that you’re wasting time at the gym that I haven’t listed here. Take an honest look at what you’re doing from the moment you walk in the doors until the moment you leave. Decide how long you want to be there each day and keep yourself on track.

If you’re spending unnecessary time at the gym, you’re likely not getting the results you want. You’re missing out on more focused, intentional training. There are probably some other areas of your life that are being neglected because you’re not giving them enough attention.

You may want to consider what other areas of your life you’re slacking in and consider how they would benefit from just a little more time or energy. If you can be super efficient when you’re at the gym, you may give yourself an extra 30 minutes or more each day. Use your time wisely so that you can improve in the gym and outside of it. If you don’t have anything else to do then you may even benefit from some more downtime where you recharge to take on the next day.

So, how do you stop wasting time?

You start by building awareness of your habits and considering what changes you’re going to make. Then, start implementing those improvements today and reach out to a coach or training partner for some accountability.