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27 Jul 2005

Stand-by time at gym
Hi Fitness Doc.

Thanks for your continuous valid input.

What I have noticed whilst going to gym for just over a year now is that the gym's are quiet on the weekend but boy, come Monday or Tuesday after work they are jam packed. By Thursday things tend to die down a bit.
My question is - everytime I get to gym on Monday or Tuesday after work (approx. 5h30pm) I get to use the treadmill once for 20 min, than I have to wait to use a stationery bike, than after 20 min cycling I have to wait for the next machine/equipment.
The waiting time is always anywhere around 5 min.
Is this not supposed to be a 'bad' workout as your body starts to cool down again and then you only get your heart rate up again for 20min at a time??
There is no option for me to go to gym after 7pm at night as I look forward to relaxing and putting my feet up or in the morning and during the day as I work fulltime.
Look forward to your comments.
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01 Jan 0001

HI Mickey

Unfortunately, that is what you have to make do with at the gym, and I don't believe that it is all that bad. Five minutes in the big scheme of things makes no difference at all. You can use that time to help with your training though, by just doing some type of circuit work in between, if the layout of the gym allows. For example, five minutes gives you just enough time to do 3 sets of 15 reps of push-ups, situps, dips, any resistance exercise, with a minute rest between sets. Then you can begin your next cardio session having done some exercise in between. The other thing you can do is use that rest for recovery, and then end your prior 20 minutes session by doing a higher intensity period of training. For example, if you are running on the treadmill, rather than just ending your 20 minutes as you began, you can end at a much higher intensity and then take the 5 minutes to recovery before cycling.

Good luck
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