You’re just concentrating on the current set of the current exercise, rather than the entire block of sets you have planned for this workout.Because we’re so busy being productive at work, stuff at home can sometimes build up.
A circuit is a series of exercises that work complementary muscles.
You do them in rapid succession, with little or no pause in between.
We think we can’t spend an entire hour focused on a marketing report, or our client calls will fall behind.
In the end, we flail, we procrastinate or we search the web for cat pictures.
And since it’s portable, you’ll discover you can use it in a number of surprising ways. You have a full to-do list: write a travel expense report, prepare a presentation, scan a bunch of documents, and prepare the department’s weekly numbers, too.
Use speed dating to get everything done: Spend 10 minutes writing out your expense report, then when your stopwatch says time’s up, move on to the presentation, the scanning, the numbers. When you have several important projects to do at once, your brain wants to think about all of them at once (thus the attractiveness of multitasking).
That’s 45 reps, plus rest periods—that’s going to take Wouldn’t it be much, much easier to skip the bench press and instead just stand around listening to music on my i Pod, thinking really hard about doing the bench press?
(Steve says no, but if I turn the volume up really loud, I can pretend I didn’t hear him.) Your brain resists large tasks, but if it thinks a task will be quick and easy, it’s willing to jump right in. Grab a trainer at the gym and ask them to design a circuit for you.
There’s laundry to fold, ceiling molding to install and an ever-growing stack of books to read “someday.” Set your timer, grab your clothes and start folding.