Is it time to unclutter? There are times in our lives that we tend to accumulate things that aren’t necessary. We do so to the extent that it becomes a mess and ends up just sitting around resulting in clutter and a lack of productivity. Now, I don’t know about you but clutter and being unproductive irritates me. Clutter is unorganized, mind-boggling, not efficient when looking for things, and looks a mess. How could someone ever get anything done efficiently or be productive with all that chaos? Most times, these types of individuals don’t get anything done on their own or it takes way longer than it needs to accomplish their goal.
As a fitness professional, I see people with cluttered workouts where they do a thousand different exercises and use tons of fitness gadgets but get nowhere. There are even trainers that fall into this trap personally and with their clients. They remind me of a hoarder to an extent, they just hoard exercises and fitness gadgets instead. Well, now I’m here as the interventionist to help you and others to resolve this dilemma. This article will be a spring cleaning guide for your workout, helping you to simplify and organize your workouts so that they can be useful and produce results. It’s time to unclutter.
Here are some simple concepts to grasp to unclutter your workout:
HAVE A GOAL.
This is the very first thing you need to have before beginning the workout. What are you trying to accomplish? Is it strength, power, endurance, agility, speed, or maybe two of those in one workout at the most? Whatever it may be, this is what we need to know in order to make sure we stay focused and on track. Once you figure out those goals, you need to prioritize them in the order of importance to you or what needs to be done to reach your goal. For example, if you play a sport that relies heavily on strength and a little endurance, you need to align your goals with that. Don’t focus primarily on endurance training when strength is what is needed most. Let your endurance goals supplement your strength goals.
We must know how time we have available to accomplish our goal for that workout session. This may vary depending on numerous factors but that’s ok. The main point here is to structure your time based on priority, therefore you can allot time based on the various components or phases of that session to be sure that you get done what you intended to get done. You want to be sure to have ample time to warm-up, workout, and cool-down. People tend to bypass the first and last component often which therein leads to other problems. Managing your time properly plays a key role here. Consider planning out your weekly workouts and allowing some wiggle room for when life happens. Keep a log of some sort to help do this.
Know what type of equipment you have available to use at the location of the workout but only use a few pieces of equipment. You don’t need to use an abdominal crunch machine, ab rocker, twist board, ab roller, and vibrating machine to work your abs. If you have all this available, rotate the equipment that you found to be effective to use and rid yourself of the rest. If you have all this unnecessary equipment in your home, there is always Craiglist, eBay, and other platforms where you could sell the excess equipment and invest in another area of your life. I strongly suggest you get a multi-functional piece of exercise equipment that can serve the purpose of multiple pieces of equipment such as a Bowflex or Total Gym, you can do tons of things on them and save space.
Pick exercises that will give you the most bang for your buck which are compound exercises. These types of exercises involve utilizing two or more joints and muscles at the same time. It’s like when you’re out shopping and you see two products in which each does a specific task of your liking but then you see one product that does what both of those two products do but for the cost of one. Therefore, don’t do two isolation exercises, do one compound exercise that can do it all. In the end, it’ll be fewer exercises that need to be done and you can focus that energy on exercises that serve a greater purpose. Once you select those exercises, be sure to do them correctly to get results. For example, if you’re truly doing a bent-over back row, your arms shouldn’t be doing most of the work, your back should be. Stress form and quality reps, not stockpiling a bunch of exercises. Consider getting this Strenght Training Anatomy book for some tips on how to do exercises correctly. It’s full of illustrations, bone and muscle names, and all.
Those are the concepts you must grasp in order to unclutter your workout. Stay away from exercises and exercise equipment that aren’t needed for your current workout regimen to reach your goals. It serves no purpose other than being an extra step, a waste of time and energy. Once you become more efficient and reach goals, then add other things back in. Unclutter your workout today, save time and energy to get results.
Be Healthy, Be Balanced, Be You