You don’t have to be market researcher to notice the gym seems to be a little busier over the last few weeks. Come to think of it, you’ve probably noticed an influx pattern in January over the years. It’s called New Years Resolutions. U.S. NEWS reports that over 12% of all new gym memberships are started in January. So, after a brief moment of frustration over the unavailability of your routine exercise equipment, channel the frustration into energy. Use the opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and try new things. Although old habits die hard, the benefit of mixing up the routine will initiate the change you want to see! There are numerous benefits to mixing up your workout routine,” says Arnold Lee, MD, a physician at One Medical Group in San Francisco. “It’s the key to stimulating different muscle groups and preventing boredom.” Whether you’re a regular at the gym fighting frustration of overcrowded quarters or a new member feeling lost in the masses, try these tips below to best utilize the facility during the busiest time of the year!
Mix it Up
Download a free app that breaks down muscle groups and gives a variety of different techniques. Fitness Buddy is a great one to spark ideas.
Speed it Up
Use the motivation of someone waiting in line to use the equipment to power through your sets more efficiently. This will probably mean less texting and Facebook time in-between sets.
Make a Friend
Ask someone how many sets they have left on the equipment you are waiting for and ask if they mind if you work in. You can make unexpected friends this way as an added bonus!
Find out what the busiest times are at the gym and simply avoid them. If it is classes you are after, arrive early to secure your spot.
It is inevitable that the gym will fill to capacity for the first couple months of the year, however, ultimately it can work for the best if you set your mind on the benefits of breaking the “routine”.
Find Your New Routine At Franklin Athletic Club
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