Interested in an easy way to boost your calorie burn at the gym? What if I told you it's something that you're very likely already doing, and by doing more of it you'll not only easily add to your workout, you'll be performing a much needed service as well?
I'm referring, of course, to re-racking your weights!
If you're anything like me, you wouldn't dream of walking away from a fully loaded barbell when your training is complete. No, you take the time to strip it down and return all the plates to their neat and tidy home. Sadly, you and I are often in the minority. At my gym, it's rare that even one of the employees takes the time to walk around the gym floor taking care of these small housekeeping chores.
Last year, a good friend of mine left her health club job to train privately. As time progressed, she noticed that despite continuing the same training and eating regime, she was putting on a small amount of weight. What had changed that would result in the unexpected weight gain?
She wasn't constantly re-racking weight plates or rearranging dumbbells on the racks (and all the other organizational duties) while working in her former club.
Now, I can't promise that putting someone else's crap away will make give you a six-pack or make that V-taper pop (someone else's, because I'm assuming that none of my readers are the annoying PITA that leave all their sh*t lying around). But I can tell you that you'll get a little extra burn for your gym buck, you'll be more likely to find what you're looking for the next time you train, and the employees working the floor will become your best friends.