Top tips for training at peak times
We all hate walking into the gym and it being packed – Not being able to squat without feeling like you’re about to sit on the lap of the person on the bench behind you.
I’ve had occasions where I’ve walked into the gym and after 5 minutes walked out again! Well we’re here to help! With the below tips learn how you can go from sacrificed session due to busyness to “Busy gym? Bring it on”.
Be willing to mix your session around.
OK OK I know “Compounds first bro”, however mixing up your training from time to time never hurt nobody. Plus a bit of variation thrown in here and there can be fun!
Don’t jeopardise the rest of your session as you’re waiting around for equipment, just move things around and come back to it when it’s free. So you may be pre-fatigued but at the end of the day the volume of the session will still be the same.
What do we mean by this? – Let’s say your first movement is Olympic bench however it is being used, adapt and utilise flat dumbbell press. You’re still working the same muscle group, in the same movement pattern, and at least by doing so you’re not missing out on an entire exercise!
It’s key to have an alternative to everything, always be prepared.
No one wants to be ‘that guy’. You know, the one that doesn’t share anything and always seems to be doing 5 or more sets! Don’t be afraid to jump in with someone, especially if you yourself are a personal trainer / coach. It looks good, everyone loves a nice guy!
Keep it simple.
If you or your clients schedule is tight try stick to straight sets. Especially when the gym is busy. There is nothing worse than doing a superset, going to do the second half of the movement and someone has jumped in and started using your equipment you had ready.
Think logically. If you are going to incorporate supersets / giant sets then programme them so the same equipment is used.
There we have it, no matter how you program your training you should always be able to complete a session regardless of the state of the gym.