10 Essentials… Have a Back-up Plan

Put me in coach!

Well that was a long break, haha. So you got yourself to the gym, you’ve completed your warm-up and you head to the one squat rack your gym has. But wait, you’re not the only one who wants to use it; there is a murderĀ of bicepsuals doing curls on your precious! What now? You don’t have time to wait in line!

Here are the facts:

1. You came in to do squats (a high-tension, knee and hip-dominant, bilateral, dynamic lower and static upper body movement)

2. The squat rack is in use

3. It’s not the end of the world, or your workout

Good thing you made a back-up plan of similar exercises for every exercise on your original plan of attack! You don’t even look confused, you shrug it off, mutter something about curling on the squat rack, head over to the dumbbells and whip out a couple sets of goblet squats. You make sure to not block the dumbbell rack because you’re considerate. You re-rack your weights because you’re not a jerk and you know the benefits of that extra eccentric movement. After you finish, you head over to the chest press only to find that taken as well! My question is, what kind of gym are you in that only has one of each piece of equipment?? Oh, but there are 5 sets of fixed-axis circuit machines, you say! Now, you’re already on edge because your music is just amping you up! It’s good for that person on the bench that your back-up plan says to do dips. Otherwise you’d definitely be giving him, or her, the stinky eye. I could go on, but you don’t have time to read any more.

The moral of the story is: having a back-up plan is good for everyone.