Running Made Simple: Gym

A fifth short cluster of tips on how to keep your running a refuge from life's complexity... and maybe even run better in the process


Posted: 18 May 2005
by Mark Remy

For an athlete accustomed to exercising outdoors, health clubs and gyms can be mystifying. Follow these three basic tips from exercise scientist Len Kravitz and you'll find that the gym becomes a home from home.

Go in with a plan
"A lot of people waste time wandering around the gym, wondering what to do next," says Kravitz. "Know what you want to accomplish before you even walk through the door.

Ease into it
Beginners often try to do too much, too soon and too hard. This can lead to muscle soreness, fatigue, overtraining and burnout. "Beginners - and even intermediate exercisers - should leave the gym thinking that they could have done more," says Kravitz.

Once is enough
The research is clear: for the average person, one set of an exercise is just as good as multiple sets. "With this in mind," says Kravitz, "most people can save time and get pretty much the same strengthening benefits."

Pack in fives
Rather than scrambling to pack your gym bag every morning, fill it with a week's worth of clothing every Sunday night. "When you won't have to think about it again until the following Sunday. (Yes, you'll need a big bag - and make sure it has pockets).

The full series: Training, Nutrition, Racing and Speedwork, Gear, Gym
Plus: Ten Things You Don't Have To Worry About


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