Get Fitter Faster (Without Having To Train More)

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Get Fitter Faster (Without Having To Train More)

Many guests who join my weight loss retreats really REALLY want to get fitter in the fastest time possible.

And they truly WANT to do everything right, but sometimes (okay, most of the time) it can feel like massive overwhelm. Then nothing gets done. At all. And the downward spiral begins.

In this post I’m going to share a couple of ways to break through the excuses and get your priorities in check. Follow these 4 easy hacks and before you know it, you’ve planned the perfect workout.  

Hint: it’s about knowing where the time thieves are! You’ll get fitter faster while burning max calories in less time.

Find Your Focus In The Gym

Unplanned socializing and notifications on your phone are two of the top distractions that I see with fellow gym goers.  Get fitter faster by ditching excessive chat if you’re on a time crunch or even better, hire a trainer (or join a fitness class). When there’s stop-start patterns of small talk, or instagram intoxication, you could be in the gym for hours without much benefit.

Need a pep talk? I punch out daily coaching talks via both podcast and youtube. Here’s a quickie on IG. 

ACTION STEP: Try listening to your favorite music; it’ll keep your focus and deter people from chit chatting you. 

Shorter Warm-Ups  

Stretching and warming up the muscles is an essential part of staying safe in your workouts, and performing the exercises better. But if you’re pressed on time, there are several ways to get warm-ups out of the way before you even hit the gym.

ACTION STEP: If possible, ride your bike or walk instead of spending the time on finding a good parking spot. This is much appreciated especially during winter as the cardio machines are often the busiest.

Super-Setting (Instead Of Resting)  

One of the most popular classes at our weight loss camp is the strength training sessions that teach guests how to lift safely. I’m a big promoter of super setting, it’s seriously the most time effective way to train as it keeps your heart rate up throughout your workout.

A super-set is a combination of two or more exercises alternating with no rest. Alternating between sets will cause the onset of fatigue sooner and allow you to hit greater intensity.” – Cat Smiley

ACTION STEP: Switch up your machine exercises with free weights to push other muscle groups. This no rest system is fast paced and allows other gym goers to work in with your sets on the machines.

The idea behind super-setting is to increase fatigue while working either the same muscle group or hitting an opposite muscle group in order to save on time. This way, you also become courteous to other gym users who may want to use the machine you claimed for a set.

Invest In Personal Training (or join our weight loss retreat!)  

If you’re going to invest time and energy into your workouts, spend a few extra dollars to learn how to do it the right way. Hiring a trainer, even for a few workouts, is a valuable investment in your fitness education you’ll learn to challenge yourself safely while gaining the confidence to push further and get better results.

And of course, we’d love you to join us at Whistler Fitness Vacations. Click here to learn more about our programs.

ACTION STEP: Have a set of free weights handy so that you can quickly move to another exercise. Other benefits of super setting include increased overall foundational strength and better range of movement.  

There’s nothing more satisfying than to know our efforts are being paid off every time. And a productive workout makes socializing with gym buddies after your session even more enjoyable!

Hey, I’m Cat Smiley. I’m a fitness, nutrition, weight loss and life coach. Hire me if you want results! Click here to learn more about my 1-to-1 phone coaching services, upcoming weight loss retreats, and personal workshops.

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