My best 3 ways to stop yourself from being consumed into frustrating conversations that interrupt your workout!
Don't you just hate it when you're really focussed on getting your workout done when someone decided to come over to you and start telling a story as long as a Harry Potter book? I do too, it's disruptive, often a waste of time and not always ideal if you're sticking to a time limit or a specific rest period. These people aren't meaning to do anything wrong and are harmless, however, not everyone comes to the gym to chat! Here are my best 3 ways to stop yourself from being consumed into these frustrating conversations.
1. Wear earphones / headphones
This is the best way to avoid any unnecessary talking when you're trying to train. Most people won't tend to start a conversation if you're wearing earphones or headphones. It's also a great way to stay polite by giving a nod or a wave whilst focussing on your workout, without being disturbed. If you still get pulled into a conversation, you can go to a last resort and pretend your getting a phone call, stick your earphones back on an crack on with your workout, and maybe talk to yourself for a minute or so if you're in the same area....
2. Train with a friend or partner
When you're with someone you can both motivate each other and make your own conversation, and if you're both working hard it's easier to avoid chit chatting and get on with what's important, the workout! You can again stay polite saying hello or waving but don't have to waste time talking. You also may have a friend who really doesn't take nonsense when a workout becomes a mothers meeting and could get you out of it quick.
3. Be super, super blunt
Out of my top 3 tips, this is my most abrupt approach. I'm not a horrible or rude person, however when I'm training, I'm super focussed and indulged into my workout and it's aims, therefore when people keep talking to me, it ruins my flow! Being blunt doesn't have to be very rude, but stopping a conversation with something like "sorry mate, I've really gotta get on with my set, got to pick my mum up from work, speak to you soon!" Is perfect. Now you can use a line with whatever will work with you, and even if you lie, you can get on working out without the need to be stopped in your tracks having an unintended conversation.
If these steps are avoided...
If this has happened to you and you haven't done any of these three tips, it's probably because you're very polite, and don't want to come across rude or hurt someone's feelings. But being polite whilst speaking for 10/15 minutes during a rest period of squats isn't going to make your legs sculpt! Sometimes you need to be honest and stern with chit chatters or you will have so much wasted workout time added up by every time it happens!
Thanks for reading!
Don't be aggressive or rude, but make sure you let people know when to stop and when you need to carry on, use these tips to stay polite but remain focussed and being polite is great, but consistent hard work will get you the body you want, not chatting. If you are someone who likes to talk in the gym thats fine, but be considerate that not everyone wants to have a full on conversation until the work is done!
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All articles are written by Luke Teuma, Founder of Lean With Luke.