Want a Better Workout? Stay Focused!

I think most people consider me a helpful, friendly, talkative person. Outside the gym, this is true. But while I’m training, I’m a different person.

Like so many other women, I have a limited amount of time to spend at the gym. During the hour and a half that I’m there, it’s “my time””” I don’t have to be available for anyone else. So I choose to focus on my training, rather than socializing.

I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to focus on your training to reach your full potential. For me, the process starts while I’m driving to the gym. I turn off the radio and enjoy the peaceful quietness in the car and think about my workout.

When I get to the gym, I turn on my iPod, with earphones in and baseball hat pulled down low. (I can’t tell you how many times my iPod battery has died but I keep in those earphones!).   I head straight to my first exercise and get focused.

With every rep and every set, I focus. This is called the mind-to-muscle connection. No matter which body part you’re training, try  concentrating on that muscle and how it feels.

If you’re not feeling it, the weight may be too heavy. It’s more important to use less weight and feel the exercise than to use too much weight and risk improper form and making other mistakes. If you’re just starting out, it may take time to master the mind-to-muscle connection, but once you really achieve focus, you will get “the feeling.”

And yes, I also get distracted by things in the gym””thinking, “Why is that person doing an exercise like that?” or “Why did that man leave all that weight on the machine?” or  Look at that crazy outfit that person is wearing.” When this happens, I have to catch myself and say, “OK, refocus. Remember why you’re here!”

So don’t feel bad if you’re not the social butterfly at the gym; you’re not alone.

Southern States Championships top contender Melissa Transou, a figure competitor, wife and mother, blogs about the unique sports nutrition needs of female athletes exclusively for Vitacost.com.


About Mrs. Fitness

IFBB figure professional Melissa Transou, a fitness expert, wife and mother, blogs about the unique sports and nutrition needs of women and female athletes exclusively for Vitacost.com. Email her at melissatransou@yahoo.com.

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2 comments on «Want a Better Workout? Stay Focused!»

  1. cody Warlock says:

    I have to laugh at this article. “A baseball cap pulled down as low as possible” “earphones with a dead iPod??? Really? Just because youre not at the gym to socialize doesnt mean you have to carry yourself like a some aloof diva. Chances are nobody wants to talk to you anyway. We’re ALL there to work out. And personally I think theres nothing more unattractive than a woman in a baseball cap. Woman think they look cute in them…they dont. They are too masculine looking. Just lighten up and work out. You dont have to act like youre evading paparazzi to get a great workout.

  2. Steve S says:

    “Chances are nobody wants to talk to you anyway.”

    Have you ever been in a gym? I feel so bad [well, one can only feel so bad, but still] for the attractive women that have to spend half of their workout responding to pointless queries and lame pick-up lines from men who mistake all the spandex, sweating, and grunting for actual sexual signals. Sometimes putting on a stern face – just short of off-putting or rude – is the only defense against wasting precious time.

    Working out is intensely personal for some people, it’s not social hour.

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