Oh man, what an awesome KB Workshop yesterday at the FVT Studio. Great group, amazing energy, tons of learning going on, and just a lot of fun all-around!
One of the big reasons why workshops are so awesome is you get a half day (or full day or whatever) to set aside other things that are going on in your life, and FOCUS on a single topic.
Most folks, unless attending an event like this, would NEVER take two and a half hours out of their busy schedule, turn off their cell phones, set aside other distractions, and practice their kettlebell training. It just wouldn’t happen.
Same goes for when I personally attend a business workshop or seminar or mastermind etc. It gives me a couple of days, away from my normal routine, to LASER FOCUS and reflect on where my business is at, what I can do to improve it, that kind of thing. Not to mention the side benefit of meeting other like-minded folks and building great relationships and friendships in the process. That’s why I make a point to attend events like this on a frequent basis.
Anyway. Next time we have a KB Workshop at FVT, if you missed this one, you should attend 🙂 BUT … in the meantime … I wanted to give you a few tips to increase your workout effectiveness and kick your workouts to the next level – whether you’re at a workshop for the weekend, or you’re just at home doing your normal training routine.
This is completely non-scientific of course … but I truly believe that if you were to implement ALL of the tips in today’s article, you could at LEAST triple the effectiveness of your workouts. Even just implementing one could make a HUGE difference for you. Check it out –
5 Tips to TRIPLE Your Workout Effectiveness
1 – NO distractions
Turn your cell phone off, or put it in the other room. Pick a workout spot where you won’t be interupted in any way.
This is probably the #1 thing that will decrease the quality of your workouts, especially when you’re doing them at home, on your own, etc. So make this one a priority if you’re really trying to get the most out of your training.
2 – Keep your workouts short
You should be able to get all you need to done in 30 to 40 minutes, TOPS. You can actually get a lot done in as little as 10 minutes (for example with a plan like THIS one) if you go in with a purpose, laser focus, have a plan and get after it.
Plus, if you know you’re only going to be working out for a short time, it makes it easier to set everything else that’s going on in your life aside and get after it.
3 – Crank the music
Music has a HUGE impact on the quality of your workout. Get your favorite, high-energy tunes going five or ten minutes BEFORE you start your training session – and during it also obviously – and you’ll be amazed at the impact it has.
4 – Workout at YOUR best time of day
There is a time of day that’s the best for you in terms of mental clarity, focus, etc. For me, it’s early morning – I get a MUCH better workout when I can do it in the AM, vs. later in the day.
When you are planning out your weekly / daily schedule, see if you can plan your workouts at your most productive time of day so you can get the most out of them.
5 – Pre-workout caffeine
A cup of coffee or two can make a HUGE difference in your focus and workout quality. Caffeine has been shown again and again in research studies to improve performance … if you can tolerate it, why not use it to your advantage to improve your workouts?
To sum up, FOCUS is what it’s all about when it comes to increasing your workout effectiveness. Keep your workouts short, eliminate distractions, crank the music, and use the rest of the tips in today’s article to take things to the next level.
Keep training hard, and talk soon –
Forest Vance, MS, RKC II
PS – If you’re looking for ideas for actual workouts that fit into the framework we covered in today’s article, I got a deal for you to check out (don’t share this link though, okay? I got the “early bird” word on it – and permission to share with YOU, an FVT newsletter reader, of course – but the sale doesn’t “officially” start ’till tomorrow) … my buddy Derek W has got a sale going on his 10 Minute Workouts program ’till tomorrow night … and he’s got 108 (and actually a bunch more w the current bonuses) short workouts you can do anywhere, with minimal and even zero equipment in this package … check it out here: