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5 Tips For Staying Focused At The Gym

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Staying focused at the gym is key in hitting your goals and achieving your desired gains. To get the absolute maximum out of your time at the gym, it is important to stay focused, so you can always be in the zone. For example, in the world of smartphones, it can be difficult to not check social media and emails, or reply to a few texts. But, each time you take an unscheduled break, it slows not only your rhythm but also allows your heart rate to slow and your muscles to cool down, which will certainly take something away from your workout.  

There is also a safety issue to consider. At the gym, there are heavy weights, treadmills, and other cardiac machines, and of course, other gym goers that require focus to avoid accident or injury. Lose concentration when spotting for another lifter, when in the middle of your own set of heavy weights, or whilst running at top speed on the treadmill, and there could be some painful consequences.

5 Tips for Staying Focused at the Gym

We live in a fast-paced world, which means that there are often distractions all around us, that prevent us from getting the most out of our workouts. But, there are many simple ways in which you can boost your focus in the gym and achieve those maximum gains.

1. Start a New Programme

Whether you go to the gym for cardio or for weightlifting, if you stick with the same workout programme, things can become very stale after a few months. This can lead to a lack of focus and motivation, meaning that effort is probably not going to be at 100%. Prevent 'going through the motions' with your workouts and introduce new programmes regularly – around every 4-6 weeks.

2. Block Out the Distractions

A gym is a busy place, with lots of noise and action going on around you, which can really affect your focus. Stay in the zone and block out distractions by popping in your earbuds and listening to a music playlist that matches the intensity and tempo of your workout.  Music can help to increase your energy, whilst also keeping you on pace, motivated, and enjoying your exercise.

3. Track Your Progress

Knowing how far you have come in your workout process is a great motivator for continuing your journey, keeping you focused on the end goal. If you fail to track your progress – such as how much you can squat, or how fast you can run a mile – you are missing an opportunity to witness your gains. This can make you feel like you are getting nowhere or that progress is slow, which can really affect your confidence and will to proceed. Each time you hit the gym, take a small pad of paper and pen with you – it just takes a few moments to jot down your reps or times and looking back on earlier results can really show you how far you have come.

4. Find A Training Partner

Training with a partner or in a group is a great way to stay motivated and focused. There will be both a feeling of camaraderie and a sense of competition, giving you support to try harder and the drive to keep in touch with your training partner. Training with others has a great impact on effort and motivation, pushing you on to achieve those goals and make those gains.

5. Experiment With New Equipment

Yes, you may love the squat rack, but a certain complacency can slip in when you stick with the same equipment in every training session. Every so often, try something new – be it interval training, using your own body weight instead of the free weights, or even try a new exercise on a favorite machine. You may feel a few aches in places you're not used to the following morning, but this will just be a sign that you are making some additional gains, keeping you motivated to keep working hard at the gym.

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