I’ve been proving a lot of people wrong recently by making a solid effort to go to the gym and in doing so, I feel like I’m really getting to grips with the gym way of life. Yanno, I’ve got my own little parking space which I always drive into and I know that it’s courtesy to wipe down the machines after you’ve used them. So yeah, I’m basically a pro.
Jokes aside, since I’ve been ‘gymming‘ (say that like a teenage boy and it’ll sound better), I’ve learnt a thing or two which has made my life SO much easier! I get quite flustered when I go, especially when it’s jam-packed with gym bunnies and bodybuilders because I’m just a mere potato trying to lose some weight, so I like to know that I’ve got the following things under wraps to make my session slightly less stressful.
So if you’ve recently joined a gym or you’re just looking for gym hacks to make your workout a whole lot easier, these might help.
Untangle your earphones before you get on the machine
Maybe I’m just impatient when it comes to hopping on the cross-trainer but when I first started going to the gym, I’d jump straight on without even plugging my earphones in or untangling the bastard things. It might seem like a really insignificant hack but it’s just so much easier to plug them and untangle them before you even step foot into the gym.
Keep spare water bottles in your gym bag
It’s the actual worst when you turn up for your gym session, pumped and ready to sweat but you’ve left your water bottle at home. Not having water really disrupts my workout and means I can’t fully go for it on the rowing machine for 30 minutes solid because I have to keep getting up and walking over to the fountain to quench my thirst. This can so easily be avoided by making sure you keep a couple of backup bottles in your car or gym bag so you’ll never forget again!
Don’t wear baggy tops on the rowing machine
I’m a bit of a tit so I found this out the hard way by running over my own t-shirt mid rowing sesh. Basically, if you’re going to wear a long, baggy top then tuck it in otherwise you might find yourself with a rip or very misshaped gym top!
Foam rollers are life savers
I mainly incorporate the old foam rollers into the beginning and end of my routine to combat post-workout aches and pains. You’d be surprised at how much they help tackle soreness and muscle fatigue… They’re definitely the miracle workers of the gym world! I use one with nodules because it feels like it’s really working into your muscles but the normal ones will do pretty much the same job.
Don’t down a load of water at the end of your workout
Maybe this is just me but if I neck a gallon of water at the end of my workout, I end up feeling really sick. Obviously it’s really important to stay hydrated at the gym but for me, it’s best to just sip water occasionally rather than full on down a bottle.
Put your phone on ‘do not disturb’
I get distracted so easily so when I’m at the gym, the best thing for me to do is put my phone on do not disturb. If I don’t, I’ll be replying to texts and Snapchats every two minutes which isn’t really ideal when you’re trying to work out! Also there’s nothing worse than waiting to use a machine which someone’s on but not actually using it because they’re too busy on their phone!
Do you have any gym hacks to make your life easier?