As many are excited to rush off to the gym, eager to beat their resolutions, the ones who always showed up have to suffer. I try my best to be accommodating to those new lifters but sometimes, it gets annoying. To make matters worse, with every crowded gym will be a handful of people who have no idea what they are doing. Not only a liability, these people can be downright reckless with how they exercise. I wanted to help you out, the next time that you come in contact with an overcrowded gym with some helpful tips.
Tip Number One: Have a Plan that Can Be Adjusted
As a gym starts to become increasingly crowded, you’ll likely feel like you trapped. You should always have a plan with every workout, no matter what. Following a strict plan can have you wanting to pull your hair out when a crowd throws a wrench into it. Fear not, by having backup lifts and machines to use, you will never run into a situation where you feel trapped. Chances are, any lift that you were going to do originally has a variation that you can now try. If you’re focusing on hitting your chest and the benches are taken, grab dumbbells and start doing flyes. The point is that our muscles don’t have to use one specific machine to get a full workout in.
Tip Number Two: Supersets Save Time
If the gym floor is becoming increasingly, it might be time to get out as fast as you can.
Don’t start heading for the door just yet, you can still complete your workout. Using supersets is a great way to beat the clock, without having to cut out parts of your workout regimen. A superset is the process of combining two or more lifts together that target different body parts. If you were to do two back-to-back sets of barbell curls in a row, the second one would be much harder. The idea behind a superset would have doing a set of barbell curls, followed immediately by another lift that targets different muscles.
Tip Number Three: Try Out Machines You Don’t Normally Use
Many people view a crowded gym as a hassle that they don’t want to deal with. Instead of a negative way of thinking, use this as an opportunity. It’s common to fall into a routine where you continue to do the same workout. Not only is a stale workout regimen boring, it’s bad for your muscle growth. Muscles that aren’t properly shocked into learning new weightlifting methods will not grow as much as they should. Take the opportunity for a crowded workout center to inspire a new routine. Make use of machines that have no crowding around them. Chances are, you’ll end up having a great workout and there won’t be people all around you.
The next time you pull in to the parking lot of a gym and see that it is crowded, resist the urge to go back home. Instead, make your way inside, don’t let other people stop you from achieving your fitness goals. The feeling of accomplishment that comes with finishing a workout feels great. However, knowing that you didn’t let a packed house stop you from lifting feels even better! Most likely, a large majority of those people will never have the dedication that you do.