Taking it to the BEEP!
Updated: Jun 5, 2020
Everyone has the same amount of minutes to use every day. When you come to the gym or complete a workout those minutes are precious. For many people it means time away from their family, lunch breaks, rushing to get it in before work.
When you use your time to participate in a workout you are making a choice to either maintain your healthy lifestyle or improve it. Those minutes mean something, every single one counts as seconds of work that you’re adding to your health bank.
If you’ve ever taken a structured class or participated in a training session you know that not only is your time now ticking down on that annoying clock but so is everyone else’s that is training you or participating with you. So why not make the most of those seconds? When the clock gets close to zero are you stopping or do you push it all the way to the beep?
If you’re stopping before the timer goes off, you’re cheating yourself of seconds. Seconds that are part of a class that is designed to give you the best results in the shortest amount of time. It may seem inconsequential to stop when there are only 2 seconds on the clock but do the math….
Let’s say you workout for 30 minutes (1800 seconds) per day. The timer is set to one minute increments for the entire workout and you stop at 58 seconds every single time instead of taking it to the beep. To keep it simple we will assume you workout 52 weeks (an entire year) at the rate of 5 times per week. At the end of a full year you will have exercised for 452,400 seconds (~125 hours) as opposed to working out for 468,000 seconds (130 hours) if you took it to the beep (did the entire 60 seconds). That’s FIVE HOURS of wasted time at the end of your year. Five hours when you were in the gym but instead of giving it your all, you stopped before the timer went off.
Seems like a waste of time to go to the gym for 5 days only to waste those valuable seconds. Seconds you could have been burning calories have now turned into 5 hours of wasted time at the end of the year.
The same goes for rushing! Yes, most of the time we have 3,455 other things to do in our day so when we perceive something as grueling or hard we tend to rush to end the pain sooner. Unfortunately when you rush those reps or don’t do them to your full ability you’re not getting the most out of your workout. You aren’t working at your max potential therefore not burning the max amount of calories to make that workout worth it.
Everyone cheats at some point and thinks it’s no big deal but if you’re serious about making the most of your minutes AND your workout I would suggest taking it to the beep!