No phone during workouts & why


After a one-hour hard weight-training session at the gym, I got on the recumbent bike, set it to random and intensity at 11. A trainer walked by me and asked, “What are you doing?” “Cardio;” I replied. He said, “If you want cardio, do the stair-stepper and use your phone so it’s less miserable.” I don’t want to do the same type of cardio every time I go to the gym, that’s boring.

I explained to the trainer, “Riding the bike on this level adds muscle to my quads, which is what I want. I don’t carry my phone with me during my work out because I want to focus on the task at hand.” He laughed at me, but it turns out, I was right.

The very next day, I received an email with an article that stated, “In a recent study, individuals who used their cell phones to text during a treadmill workout actually exercised at a lower intensity and enjoyed their workouts less than those who didn’t” (1).

The only times I have my cell phone with me during exercise is when I plan to take a selfie (that’s me in the photo above) or film an exercise video.

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  1. Source: Bumpus, Kirby. Blog title: Are You an Athlete? 19, Dec 2016. My Fitness Pal.


2 Comments on “No phone during workouts & why

    • you can try it with and without a phone and you’ll see that the phone distracts you from the task at hand so you won’t be pedaling as fast or as hard

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