GQ: 6 Five-Minute Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Time at the Gym

GQ: 6 Five-Minute Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Time at the Gym
February 8, 2018 EverybodyFights

6 Five-Minute Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Time at the Gym

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When your routine gets too routine, try these simple fixes.

This article was originally published on GQ.com by Emily Abbate

At last, you’ve made it to the gym for the day. Congratulations! And since that task by itself sometimes qualifies as a monumental accomplishment, it’s important to make the very most of the time and energy you have elected to spend there. To that end, we asked a few top wellness experts for their advice on the simplest ways to make your workout regimen more efficient and efficacious—bigger, faster, and a bit more enjoyable, too. Each tip takes less than five minutes to implement, which means your favorite lame excuse can shove it.

GQ – Take a deep breath

Former pro boxer George Foreman III always makes time to breathe before hitting the ring (or the bag). “The single most important thing I learned from my father during my boxing career was how much more I could get out of each workout by simply being focused and free of distractions,” he says. “With practice, you can achieve a oneness of purpose during every workout, getting your mind right and removing stressors from the outside world.” Foreman, who now owns a chain of boxing gyms called EverybodyFights, suggests spending three to five minutes performing breathing exercises before the main event. A good way to ease into it for beginners is the 4-2-6 method: Inhale for four seconds, hold the breath for two seconds, and spend six seconds releasing each one.

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