Just punch in and punch out…
This ones for the Last Man On Earth watchers out there. When it comes to hitting the gym and training, it should be business time. Do what you need to do and then get out of there. Just punch in and then punch out.
Don’t be procrastinating between sets on your phone or chatting or whatever. If you need something to do between sets, stretch antagonistic muscle groups while you recover.
Life’s too short to be spending hours in the gym unnecessarily. If you’re reading this blog then you’re probably short on time anyway. Have a plan on what you are going to train, use a training log and just lift what you need to lift and get out of there. Say today was leg day. You’ve done every exercise you did last week and surpassed every lift by a rep or two. Even if you’re feeling like you’ve got more in the tank, just get out of there. Next workout, beat it again.
Your workouts should be less than an hour. That’s plenty. If you want to do longer, chances are you aren’t training at high enough intensity.
You don’t need to do a million different exercises each workout. I find it fun sometimes to just choose one big compound lift to demolish myself on and then get the hell out of there. On leg day you could do this for squats. The next week you could do it for barbell hack squats. The cool thing about using a training log is you can effectively mix up exercises like this. You can look up what you lifted several weeks ago in order to progress. What’s more this one lift workout might only be 30 minutes max.
Finally, I’ll say it’s an amusing feeling when you notice another person training when you walked into the gym and is still there when you walk out the door.