Doin’ It Right…

It has been 36 days since I began this healthy lifestyle change and I am seeing results already. I am down 10 pounds, my clothes feel looser and I feel so much better. I had my gall bladder removed in 1996 and since I have gained all that weight in the past few years, I have been having a sharp pain in the area of the surgery if I sit for an extended period of time. It would really be uncomfortable driving any long distance but, since I have lost a little weight, it does not bother me as much. Still sore mind you but, I am no longer as uncomfortable as I was. I have been weight training and incorporating a nutrition plan that has produced the result I am looking for. I am a long way away from my goal of 220 pounds by the end of April but, I am definitely heading in the right direction.

When you incorporate weight training into your lifestyle, you want to be sure you know what you are doing before you jump in head first. I see a lot of people in the gym that have no idea how to use the machine they are on much less what muscle group it is made to help. If you aren’t sure exactly how to properly use a particular machine, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There should be somebody working at your gym that can explain to you the proper technique of every single piece of equipment there. Misusing equipment can cause more harm than good by putting pressure on areas you don’t need. Using the proper technique, with a weight that allows you to use proper form and still challenge you is key. If you start losing good form during your exercise, stop, reduce your weight then continue. Proper form is key, don’t let your ego get in the way of doing the exercise the right way.

Believe it or not, there is a such a thing called “Gym Etiquette” and every one should abide by it. After use of a machine, whether it be a treadmill, elliptical, weight bench or weight machine, wipe it down with your own towel or what ever your gym has available for you to use. It is in very poor taste to leave a machine all sweaty after use. When using free weight, always put your weight back where you got them from, unrack any barbells you have used and put the plates back where they belong. Nothing will get you uglier looks and comments than not observing these rules. If everyone works together in the gym, the experience will be pleasant and you will get your workout in and over without unnecessary delays. Also, don’t loiter around machines if you aren’t using them. Everyone there has their own agenda and time they want to spend at the gym. Don’t hold someone up because you want to find out the latest gossip or how “This is Us” made you and your friends cry like babies. Get to doing what you are there for, exercising. If you feel the need to talk, get side by side on a treadmill and talk till you can’t talk anymore!!

One thing that really gets under my skin is those weight lifter that just love looking at themselves. They will literally spend more time admiring themselves than they do actually working out. I was in the gym one night where I watched this guy put on this show of getting ready to bench press some heavy weight. He was snorting, posing, wrapping his wrist, posing some more, flexing for all to see and talking loud enough so everyone could watch. He laid on the bench, then immediately popped back up, flexed some more as he admired himself in the mirror, got his buddies to gather round and this great feat of strength we were all about to witness. This went on for a good 5 minutes. Then, he got on the bench, his admirers in abundance, had not one but, two friends to spot him, just in case this attempt went south. He lets out his primal scream and he lifts the weight off the bar, steadies himself, snorts two or three times, then lets the weight down. In what I am sure caused him to have a massive hernia, by the sound of his grunting/screaming, he pushes with all his might and lift the weight up off his chest, right back onto the rack, jumps up, does his impression of The Hulk and that was it. All that production for ONE FREAKIN REP!!! When you are at the gym, do look at yourself in a mirror to make sure you are using proper form and it is fine to admire your hard work but, admire quickly and in silence. I promise you, no one cares but you.

Doing things right at the gym will make your experience more enjoyable, more beneficial and you will find you will spend less time at the gym. One of the biggest excuses for not going to the gym is time. If you get in, do the right things and stay focused on the task at hand, there is no reason for you to be in the gym for over an hour, 90 minutes tops. You will also get better results and isn’t that what we all want? Great results in a short period of time? Get in, get your workout done then get home!

Go be the best you that you can be today!

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