Are you wasting precious time in the gym?
Time is our most precious resource.
Time is inflexible; you only get a certain amount, and no more. In addition, no one can be certain when they will be ultimately out of time.
Time is indispensable; all achievement requires time. Time is irreplaceable; nothing can take the place of time. And time is perishable; it cannot be saved, preserved or stored.
Once it is gone, it is gone forever. Your time is your life-and every second counts.
As with any valuable, limited resource, it makes sense to use time in the most efficient manner possible. And the time you spend working out is no different.
Asking the right question
Many times, to get the right answers in life, you have to first make sure you are asking yourself the right question. And it seems like many of us have been asking ourselves the wrong question when setting up a workout plan.
If you observe many people’s workout habits, you might conclude that they’ve been asking themselves “I wonder how much exercise I can tolerate?”
They start out coming in 2 or 3 times a week, and see some encouraging results. So they start coming in more often, and increasing the duration of each workout, under the mistaken notion that the sheer amount of time spent in the gym is what determines the quality of their results.
But what if that wasn’t true? What if, on a properly structured program, where every minute spent in the gym had a specific, productive purpose, they could get fantastic results and only be in the gym for 30 minutes twice a week?
In other words, instead of asking “how much exercise can I tolerate?”, maybe we should all be asking ourselves “how little exercise do I require?”
Or as the late Arthur Jones, the inventor of Nautilus exercise equipment, wrote many years ago:
“Properly applied, any and all time devoted to exercise should be productive…and it can be, but seldom is. In very simple terms, that means that every minute devoted to exercise should produce a certain result, a measurable result; if not, then the time is wasted…or worse, may actually produce a loss in functional ability rather than an increase.
And it should be clearly understood…if the stimulation is proper, then very little stimulation is required. Whereas, if the stimulation is incorrect, then no amount of improper stimulation will produce a worth-while result.”
How much exercise is enough?
And after decades of research and experience, at Rock Solid Fitness we know the required amount of proper stimulation is two brief (but intense) workouts per week.
The workouts are brief (30 minute workout) because we’ve designed them to be as intense as possible while still being safe. These 30 minute workouts are the strength training equivalent to laying in a tanning bed to get a suntan, while working out for an hour or two is like trying to get a suntan on a partly cloudy day in the Fall – you might be able to do it, but it’s not the most efficient way.
And the 30 minute workout is performed only twice a week to allow for sufficient recovery. The workout itself doesn’t make you stronger; it stimulates an increase in strength and muscle mass, and then your body produces those increases during the recovery period. If you work out again before you’re fully recovered, you won’t get any benefit from your last workout, because you didn’t give yourself the time your body needs to make changes happen.
And the less time we spend in the gym, the more time we have to enjoy the finer things in life!
So make sure you don’t waste any of your precious time, including time spent in the gym – because once that time is gone, it’s gone forever.
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