keep workouts interesting

Workouts can be torture, on your body but also on your brain. 6 hours or so of lifting weights in the same environment can drive you insane.

It’s hard to stay motivated within these circumstances, hence why so many people either lose interest and train less, or give up completely.

One way to stay motivated is to break-up your workouts into 2 halves.

30 minutes doing one thing, and 30 minutes doing another is far easier than an hour doing the exact same thing.

My personal favorite is to perform a light jog and hill sprints for 30 minutes, combined with heavy weights in the second half.

 

The Benefits Of Dual Workouts

 

  • Increased motivation

As we mentioned in the beginning, your motivation can be an issue with traditional workouts, but with dual workouts having two things to focus on can keep spirits high.

Think about any sports training. You don’t just do the same thing for an hour or more, but when it comes to weight training most people do just that.

By separating your workouts into two enjoyable sections, everything becomes a whole lot easier to stick to.

 

  • Higher intensity

High intensity comes from freshness and motivation. Due to the workouts being brief through two 30 minute sections, you’re going to firstly be fresh for whatever it is you choose to do because the muscles being used will probably be different. Secondly there’s the pressure of time.

Most people say that they go to the gym for an hour each day, but in terms of actual work 15-20 minutes is probably more likely. With only 30 minutes to get things done, you’re more likely to cram in sets, do more or even try supersets. This certainly will increase the intensity of whatever you’re doing and improve overall results.

 

  • The workouts feel shorter

Of course an hour is still an hour, but psychologically when it’s split into two different exercises it will of course feel shorter. Humans work off checkpoints, we love them.

The weekend, the holidays, 5pm and so on. Having a 30 minute checkpoint enables you to aim for something which is a lot closer than 60 minutes away and bad for morale.

 

  • They can be reversed

On one day you can run then lift weights, the following week you can perform the exact same workout in reverse, with lifting weights coming first and a run at the halfway point.

This keeps things fresh and offers new challenges, rather than going through the same workout again and again.

 

  • It’s never enough

30 minutes simply never feels long enough, this leaves you wanting more the next day. A grueling workout can leave a doubt in your mind for the following day, even for the mentally tough.

But 30 intense minutes wets your appetite for more of the same the next day on both sections.

 

  • Change in environments

Gym walls aren’t the most attractive scenery. Imagine running along a coastline combined with 30 minutes inside a gym. It sounds a lot better than an hour stuck in one place. Or perhaps swimming for 30 minutes and then performing bodyweight training inside a gym.

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Workouts can be torture, on your body but also on your brain. 6 hours or so of lifting weights in the same environment can drive you insane.

It’s hard to stay motivated within these circumstances, hence why so many people either lose interest and train less, or give up completely.

One way to stay motivated is to break-up your workouts into 2 halves.

30 minutes doing one thing, and 30 minutes doing another is far easier than an hour doing the exact same thing.

My personal favorite is to perform a light jog and hill sprints for 30 minutes, combined with heavy weights in the second half.

 

The Benefits Of Dual Workouts

 

  • Increased motivation

As we mentioned in the beginning, your motivation can be an issue with traditional workouts, but with dual workouts having two things to focus on can keep spirits high.

Think about any sports training. You don’t just do the same thing for an hour or more, but when it comes to weight training most people do just that.

By separating your workouts into two enjoyable sections, everything becomes a whole lot easier to stick to.

 

  • Higher intensity

High intensity comes from freshness and motivation. Due to the workouts being brief through two 30 minute sections, you’re going to firstly be fresh for whatever it is you choose to do because the muscles being used will probably be different. Secondly there’s the pressure of time.

Most people say that they go to the gym for an hour each day, but in terms of actual work 15-20 minutes is probably more likely. With only 30 minutes to get things done, you’re more likely to cram in sets, do more or even try supersets. This certainly will increase the intensity of whatever you’re doing and improve overall results.

 

  • The workouts feel shorter

Of course an hour is still an hour, but psychologically when it’s split into two different exercises it will of course feel shorter. Humans work off checkpoints, we love them.

The weekend, the holidays, 5pm and so on. Having a 30 minute checkpoint enables you to aim for something which is a lot closer than 60 minutes away and bad for morale.

 

  • They can be reversed

On one day you can run then lift weights, the following week you can perform the exact same workout in reverse, with lifting weights coming first and a run at the halfway point.

This keeps things fresh and offers new challenges, rather than going through the same workout again and again.

 

  • It’s never enough

30 minutes simply never feels long enough, this leaves you wanting more the next day. A grueling workout can leave a doubt in your mind for the following day, even for the mentally tough.

But 30 intense minutes wets your appetite for more of the same the next day on both sections.

 

  • Change in environments

Gym walls aren’t the most attractive scenery. Imagine running along a coastline combined with 30 minutes inside a gym. It sounds a lot better than an hour stuck in one place. Or perhaps swimming for 30 minutes and then performing bodyweight training inside a gym.