Posts Tagged ‘Gym’

Get A Clue

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

When I go to the gym I have a chance to observe what’s going on around me while resting between lifts. I won’t comment on some of the stupid stuff I see people do that makes me scratch my head (I’m talking to you with the 5 pound dumbbells flapping your arms like chicken wings), but rather the clueless people I see wandering around the gym. First, if you are getting to the gym that is a good start.  Once you are there you should have an idea of what are going to be doing there. For many people its simple, 30-60 minutes on some type of cardio equipment such as a treadmill, pat yourself on the back and go home. Others I see using some type of strength training equipment, be it a circuit machine, dumbbells, or a barbell. This is where you see two types of clueless people.

The first type is the new person to the gym. They are unsure on how to use the equipment or do a lift, kind of look at it, maybe fiddle around with it a little bit, and some reason never seem to want to ask for help but rather “figure it out on their own.” My advice is if you don’t know how to use or do something, ask someone. Hopefully the staff may know how, but not always, or ask someone that you jusy saw using it, they may not always know either. But you can save yourself a lot of grief by just asking.

The second type is usually male teenagers. They will travel in a small pack, 2-3 of them, stop and stare at something, debate about if they should do it, then either do the exercise or move on to the next spot in the gym and repeat the debate procedure. For some strange reason the debate appears to be centered around how many different variations of a bench press can they perform that day. This group doesn’t really know why they are in the gym, besides wanting to work their chest and biceps. My advice to this group is when you go to the gym, before even stepping into the gym, you should know what you are doing for a workout. This includes reps, sets, amount of weight to be used, etc. Going to the gym and making it up as you go along is not a productive way to spend your time.

So have a clue when going to the gym, know what you are going to do and how to do it.

Thoughts from the Gym

Monday, June 7th, 2010

The following are some of my thoughts and observations from hanging around the gym. Nothing I write here should be considered professional advice but rather just my rambling opinion.

  1. After many hours of watching people attempt it, you can’t do a proper squat in a Smith Machine.
  2. Have a plan when going to the gym.
  3. It’s a squat rack, not a rack for holding the barbell so you can do arm curls.
  4. Ask yourself from time to time, “what is the exact purpose of the exercise I am doing”? If you don’t know the answer to the question, stop doing the exercise.
  5. Spending 30 minutes on the treadmill, then 30 on a bike, then 20 on the elliptical machine, what the hell do you think you are doing? Working different muscles isn’t the answer.
  6. If you aren’t getting your thighs to at least parallel when squatting, don’t fool yourself on how much you can squat .
  7. Along those same lines, unless you have a specific for not doing so, full range of motion when doing resistance exercises. Doesn’t matter if it is a push-up or a dead lift, full range of motion.
  8. If using a barbell, put the weights back where they belong after you are finished lifting. Your mom isn’t here to clean up after you and if you are trying to impress people with how much you are doing quarter-squats with, we aren’t impressed.
  9. Don’t mock other people in the gym. If someone is doing an exercise that you know 100% is wrong, then offer advice. If they refuse then shrug your shoulders and go away.