5 Ways You Can Utilize Open Gym Time

If you’re a member of a group fitness facility odds are your gym offers some type of open gym during the week. They might have it everyday or at least a couple of hours on the weekend. You probably don’t attend for a multitude of reasons. Weekend days might be the only days you don’t go to the gym, you wouldn’t know what to do if you went anyway, you have better things to do with your weekend than workout.

The truth is, if you aren’t taking advantage of open gym time you’re missing out on the opportunity to reach your goals faster. A little bit of extra work goes a long way when it comes to fitness; whether you only have 10 extra pounds to lose or only need to add 10 extra pounds to the barbell in order to hit your back squat PR goal.

If you want to start attending open gym here are 5 simple ways you can utilize that time to reach your goals quicker.

1. Get More Reps In

It’s often said that the more you do something, the better you get at it. The 10,000 hour rule is a good example of this. It basically states that it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill. 10,000 hours of performing or attempting to perform that skill. If you’re trying to become better, you need to put in the repetitions. In gymnastics, athletes spend a lot of time doing the same skill over and over and over again, often failing until finally they are successful. The same happens in cheerleading, figure skating, and most other sports. If you want to be REALLY good at something you should be practicing that thing everyday. Sometimes this is not possible due to life and schedules, but open gym is the next best time to get as many repetitions as you can.