‘Tis the season to workout for a reason.
Easier said than done! Like everyone else I make up excuses such as the weather being gloomy, I woke up too late or I’m too tired. Bottom line is: my only excuse should be when the gym is closed due to the holiday season.
Did I overcome my excuses? Not really, in fact my gym partner and I finally went today after 4 days of non-gym days. With more days being missed, the more creative the excuses. For instance, my gym partner worked late so we missed on going, I was not feeling well enough (maybe due to all the junk food I ate) so we missed out again, on and on the excuses went.
Sure, I could always work out on my own or why rely on the gym work hours when I can workout at home! I have a set of exercise bands and a workout CD from when I did the 21 Day Fix Challenge, in which I gained a pound! (I was told I gained muscle weight and not fat…..uhhhh, sure why not!)
Of course, I could just watch what I eat. Meaning, I would watch my food as I place it inside my mouth. (That’s my take of “watching what I eat.”)
So tell me, what excuses do you use?
5 days a week, my gym partner and I hit the gym every morning for a 45 minute weight lifting routine. After some time you notice who are the “regulars” and their gym mannerisms. Unfortunately, a pair of regulars have no regard to other patrons since both like to literally drop the weights after each set causing unnecessary annoying clankling sounds. It doesn’t matter if its from free weights or stand alone machines. I don’t know what their deal is but if its their way of getting attention, they definitely got mine…. in a very bad way.
I only made mention of it because I want to share tips on what to do and NOT to do in the weight room of a gym.
1. DO NOT drop any weights because over time it will damage the weight/equipment. Plus its a safety hazard not only for the user but neighboring weight lifters. Not to mention, it brings undue attention from users such as myself.
2. Listen to your body. If you attempted to lift a particular weight but you clearly can’t finish a set, try to safety re-rack so you can adjust the weight. Pushing yourself often lead to injury but if you must push yourself, then ask someone to spot you.
3. Bring your own towel. I don’t know how bougie the gym you attend because the ones I’m a member of do not have available towels. This is a must for me since I sweat like a pig.
4. Wear gym outfits that work for you. For instance restricting clothes are uncomfortable and it shows because the wearer constantly fidgets/adjusts every so often. Its time wasted from every routine, clearly not suitable when you’re short in time.
5. Have fun with your routine by changing the exercise or adding a different routine. If you don’t, you would get bored leading to you quitting and end up wasting your gym membership. Don’t become a statistic!
6. If you’re gym rat, please try not to hog the machines, bench and weights. Other patrons are trying to work out too. As a regular, clearly you have an idea when the gym is packed so either try to limit your weight usage to 30 minutes or come at a different time.
Did I miss any? Let me know what are your pet peeves when working out in the gym.
“I look swole,” this came from a co-worker who is used to working out with clients who he himself participated in body sculpting competitions. A part of me was flattered, yet a part of me got worried because do I really look different?!? I mean ever since I’ve been diligently lifting weights for over a month now, I do look forward to the burn and avoid cardio exercises in preference of lifting instead. Mind you, I do see results when I flex during workout sessions but actually getting recognized for my results only amp’d me to lift even harder. Now I have to admit that its easier for me to lift and carry boxes or move huge items by myself, but what surprised me was it was easier for me to power through some cardio in short distances; thanks to various leg workouts. After all this time, I thought lifting will slow you down but I experienced the opposite.
Sadly, I still need to curb my eating habits and this includes my alcohol intake since my midsection needs a lot of trimming, which I know can be quickly trimmed with cardio. Therefore, balancing my weight lifting to incorporate some cardio for 30 minutes at least 3 times a week is a must. In that way not only would “I look swole” but I would be all the way trimmed out and fast too!