I was training at the gym last night. When I train on my own I get ‘in the zone’ and block out the world by listening to high energy music. I avoid eye contact and fully focus on the workout – usually lasting just 15-20 minutes.
It’s now January. The gym is suddenly full of people with great weight loss and fitness goals. I have nothing but huge appreciation and respect particularly for the highly overweight people who have decided to do something about getting towards a healthier weight by improving their fitness. It is sometimes hard to be in an environment where it’s very easy to feel self-conscious.
There are, however, two problems here.
1) I was distracted numerous times last night by seeing people do exercises with VERY poor form. This makes me sad as it can result in serious problems — e.g. imbalances, injuries, back pain and problems with your joints. The adverse effects can be long term and you really don’t want to go there.
2) Just being at the gym doesn’t mean you’re getting a good workout. So many people waste tremendous amounts of time hopping from one cardio machine to another, when they could get far better results 10 times faster (long term cardio actually encourages your body to store fat around your middle section).
If I’m not occupied I’ll always do my best to interfere – correct people’s technique and give them tips for better (more effective) workouts. You may understand though that it’s not always easy – you can’t just go to someone and say “you don’t seem to have a clue about what you’re doing and your form is shit.”
Do yourself a favour and hire a reputable personal trainer who can teach you to work out safely and effectively (and help you with better lifestyle + nutrition). It’s an investment in yourself – your health is invaluable and you might as well get results while you’re at the gym. Nothing tastes as good as feeling fit feels. Clients actually often SAVE more money in the supermarket after hiring a PT than what it costs to hire one – a win-win situation!
Well done to those who’ve made the decision to get fitter this year – stick with it! This is also easier with a PT who’s keeping you accountable :-).
Take care of yourselves.