Take your workout to the next level
We already know that our smartphones work as the perfect music player to pump you up during a workout, but there are plenty of other ways gym goers at any level, from professional trainers to Average Joes, can use their phones to take any workout to the next level. Discover a few new ways to use your phone at the gym (no, texting while on a machine isn’t one of them!).
1. Improve your form
Making sure you’re using the correct form is important if you want to complete any exercise safely and effectively. While the wall mirrors that cover the gym walls are extremely helpful, you should consider recording your workouts. With a super strong (and completely safe) magnet built into each case, it’s easy to mount your phone onto most machine surfaces, switch the camera to selfie mode, and record your workout. Now you can playback your workout and correct your form.
Rokform ambassador Breena Martinez, owner of FeNIX Fit and a 6x IFBB Pro Champion, shared how she uses her Rokform case to improve her form:
It is imperative that I have solid form in everything I do to prevent injury and to ensure proper symmetry. I use my magnetic phone case from @rokform to critique myself. I record myself when I train and when I am working on my posing routine. It is extremely helpful because many times we don’t realize we are doing things incorrectly until you record and play it back. If you are looking for a durable, magnetic phone case that won’t damage your phone, look no further!
Are you using proper form?
There are several aspects to think about when it comes to proper form at the gym, including spinal alignment, joint alignment, range of motion, and tension. Jeremy Likness, Certified Fitness Trainer and Specialist in Performance Nutrition, wrote a great article highlighting some of the important aspects of form and why it’s important.
Proper form is essential for success when training for anything from general fitness to sports events and/or competitions. It is the quality of training that influences your progress, more than the quantity. Time under tension, angle of movement, range of motion, and many other factors all contribute to a particular resistance training session. It is important to understand the proper mechanics of training to get the most benefit from your time.
2. Focus on getting your timing right
Timing is everythign when it comes to getting the most out of your workout. Whether you are resting between sets, doing a HIIT workout, or timing your circuit, your workout will be more effective if you get your timing right.
How long should you rest between exercises?
This is a great question. The answer--it depends. Everyone has their own strength and body goals, and knowing those goals is critical to setting an appropriate rest period. According to a great bodybuilding.com article written by ISSA, the International Sports Sciences Association, it takes between two and three minutes for the phosphagen stores to fully recover from a set of intense exercise. For athletes whose goals are related to absolute strength, the optimal rest period between sets is 3 to 5 minutes. For endurance athletes, the optimal rest period between sets is 30 to 60 seconds.
With any of Rokform’s magnetic cases, you’ll always have your handy smartphone protected, mounted, and visible during workouts. Using your smartphone as a timer/stopwatch will help you time your intervals and rest periods perfectly to achieve your fitness goals.
Vernon Brown, personal trainer and owner of VFitness in Newport Beach, California, mounts his Rokform case onto various machines at the gym to keep the timing of his sets and his rest periods.
“I don’t know what I did without the Rokform case. I use it everyday with every client and with my own workouts. It’s perfect for timing or taking video to view and improve form.”
3. Get motivated
If you’re getting tired of your current workout routine, don’t worry. Get some much needed workout inspination by using your phone as a visual aid to guide you through new workouts. With a Rokform-mounted smartphone, it’s easy to try some new exercises out at the gym. Simply pull up your favorite fitness app or video, stick your phone on a magnetic piece of equipment, and get to it.
4. Use fitness apps for ideas, tracking and more
There are plenty of fitness apps available for download. Some focus on providing comprehensive exercises routines depending on your fitness goals, while others give you just the nudge you need to get off the couch. It could be the competitive aspect of getting more daily steps in than your buddies, the feeling of joining a new community through app discussion boards, or maybe just the visualization of your fitness progress that keeps you going back to the app (and the gym). Regardless of what it is, it’s working! In fact, a recent study on fitness apps found that people with fitness apps were more active than non-users. So what are you waiting for?
We weren’t able to try them all, but we did find some of the most highly recommended apps. Our favorites: Couch to 5K, Nike+ Training Club, Sworkit, Lift Log, and CycleCast. If you’re old school and prefer browsing some high quality workout articles, check out the comprehensive workouts provided on bodybuilding.com.
Keep your phone hands-free so you can focus on your workout
After all the great tips we just mentioned, there’s one thing you definitely don’t want your phone to do while working out--get in the way. Save yourself the hassle of deciding where to put your phone during workouts with a Rokform case. And with your phone safely protected from the machines and heavy weights at the gym, you'll be able to focus on getting the best workout in.
CrossFit Forest saw a client using his Rokform case at the gym and loved it so much they bought Rokform cases to protect all of the tablets at the gym. Pete Jones, Owner and Trainer at the CrossFit gym in Lake Forest, California, found the Rokform cases immediately solve a gym-wide issue: “We needed a way to protect [the iPads] and be able to station them throughout the gym without them being on the ground or susceptible to having a weight dropped on them. We attach [iPads] all over the place and feel like we’re able to keep them safe and protected from the ground, from having weight dropped on them.”
Start your next level workout now
Use your phone to improve your timing, check your fitness form, get motivated, and focus on your workout. Rokform cases are built to protect your phone, with most featuring the magnetic mounting capability we’ve mentioned throughout this article. The Rugged Series and Fuzion Pro Series are constructed with dual-layer protection and drop tested to exceed military standards, so you can rest assured your phone can handle any workout at the gym.
Mounting cases are available for the most popular smartphone models, including the iPhone X, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Note 9, with Galaxy S10 and S10+ coming soon! So what are you waiting for?—shop the Rokform collection online and take your workout to the next level!
Originally written on 7/27/2017. Updated 3/15/2017.
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