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Why is it?
Why is it?
There are many people that happen to know a lot about the human body. You have doctors, nurses, personal trainers, aerobics instructors, etc...
When I first started lifting weights, I was 15 years old. I had just joined the wrestling team my sophmore year of school. I remember getting thrown around the matts like I was a rag doll. I was wrestling in a 103 lb. class, but only weighed 98 pounds at the time. I remember eating as much as I could everyday trying to gain more weight. That summer, after school ended, I told myself that I was going to go to the gym to see if I could gain any weight.
The first day that I stepped foot into the gym, I saw a bunch of really huge guys. I can remember looking at the squat racks and the guys w/ wrapped knees throwing 45 plates up on it like it was nothing. I was intimidated. The trainer who lead me around knew that I was a bit over my head, but he told me not to worry and that he would give me a routine that I could follow.
I took his cookie-cutter routine and off I went. It was a circuit training routine. I remember thinking to myself that this routine looked to be that of what all of the women were doing and not any of the men. This frustrated me even further, b/c my "trainer" (sales guy) didn't seem interested in really answering my questions. So, I went and did what every other beginner does... I went and bought Muscle and Fitness magazine.
When I flipped through the pages, I was lost. It was page after page of product that would make me as big as the guys in the magazine. I quickly realized it wouldn't work for me, as I had no money. So, I skipped over to the training area of the magazine and started reading tips for better lifts. I found a routine for everything that I was looking for - legs, chest, arms, everything.
After two months of going to the gym every other day, it was time to go back to school. I remember the first night back on the matts. The guy, Blaine, couldn't contain me anymore. I remember, to this day, when he said, "I don't know what you did over the summer, but you are twice as strong as you were when you left." That was one of the best days of my life.
This is what I think back to when I struggle with lifting weights after a long day of work, emotional roller-coasters, etc. I remember the pay off is only around the corner. What I have forgotten, however, is that there are people who are like I was back then.
I realize that there are many people that no completely nothing about lifting weights or getting in better shape. I'm aware that they probably go to their local gym, sign up, and then know not the next thing to do. They usually go in some random order throughout the machine section of the gym. I see them doing everything from leg extensions, to bicep curls, to stomach crunches... everything. Why is it nobody helps these people?? Is everything about making money? Is it too hard to tell them to break their workouts into different days?? Is it too much to ask for to lend somebody a little advise?? It must be. These are probably people that could and would get into better shape if they just had a little guidance.
The other thing that really pisses me off is that the trainers these days, are usually worse off looking than the people they train. Have you noticed that? I was working out two days ago, when I walked by the aerobics room. Grant it, the lady conducting the class seemed to be good at aerobics, she certainly looked like shit! She was heavier than ALL of her students. Why don't the students notice this? Would you want to take advice from somebody who is worse off than you?? No way! FFS!!
I'm done w/ my rant, but damn, some people just need to wake up! Some people just need to lend a helping hand!
5/18/2006 3:54 pm
Private, Accredited Personal Trainers are the only way to get what you pay for....they work for you not the gym....|
Never eat food from a skinny chef either.....
5/18/2006 5:25 pm
Are those your personal trainers in the post pic?|
I've tried to give advice in a gym setting and gave up.
Too much testosterone flowing to allow advice to enter stream.
Thought I told you not to go back to the gym until I can!
5/18/2006 6:26 pm
I was very fortunate to get an excellent trainer.|
He pushed me sooo far beyond what I thought my limits
were. He not only taught me what to do but how to
do it properly which is basically the best thing
I got out of it. I now know how to resist for more
efficient reps and I'm not afraid to go on the "big boys"
side of the gym to do squats. LOL
He made me work every machine in the gym. I spent
6 months with this guy and I miss him terribly.
But wow. The experience was wonderful...
And very expensive.
5/19/2006 4:14 am
I recently learned unless you are paying the personal trainer, they will stand there and watch you do things incorrectly. What shit!|
And you are right, half of them are out of shape! Practice what your preach.
5/21/2006 1:24 pm
I don't have time or money to join a gym right now and even if I did, the people there are worthless or the personal trainers cost way too much money for me.|
I know there is a right way and a wrong way to do exercises in the gym. I'm an avid reader and learned that way too. Now, if I just had some money, time and a buddy.....well....I know excuses, excuses.
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5/22/2006 6:45 pm
Well, I'm an absolute gym fanatic. Not too long ago I would have been considered obese but one day I decided that I'd had enough of the person that corporate life had turned me into and decided to make some changes. As a guy who works out a minimum of two times a day, I couldn't agree with you more.|
It seems to me that the entire "fitness" industry lacks any form of true business sense or acumen. It's not a surprise to me that The United States and Canada are the two fattest nations on the planet. For those of us facing challenges as far as fat goes, getting on to any sort of fitness regimen in a structured fashion is about the most miserable experience one can have.
The moment you walk into any gym, that I've had exposure to, you're greeted by a slimy sales guy or girl. They throw a ton of numbers at you and tell you what a great deal you're getting and then ask you to sign on the dotted line. As a guy who likes to think of himself as reasonably cleaver, I can tell you that even my head was spinning trying to figure out how much I was paying and what I was paying for. You walk out of the office feeling like you need a shower to get the grease off of you.
There's a reason people hate buying cars, buying houses and joining gyms. They hate these things because, no matter how good a deal they get, they feel like they're getting ripped off.
After people are subjected to grease ball sales person, they're then sent for their "fitness evaluation". For the uneducated, "Fitness Evaluation" = "Upsell"...This is where they tell you how you should hire one of their trainers.
Now, in fairness, I lucked out with my trainer and she was paid for through my benefit plan so it was immaterial to me how much it cost but if I had to do it over I'd hire her out of my own pocked if I had to. I've seen some good ones and some bad ones. Fortunately my gym has a reputation of having the best trainers in the Greater Toronto Area and they're very focused on keeping that reputation and by and large the training staff are quite good but I have seen the odd train wreck.
You're right on the ignorance factor as well. One of the most frustrating things for people who want to get into better shape is that they don't progress because they aren't doing things properly. Simple fundamentals about breaking your workout up into days dedicated to certain body parts or even things as simple as making sure you do weights first and your cardio second.
(special note:for those not aware the reason you do this is because you need carbs in your system for the quick energy needed for a good weight workout and once you burn all of those off you'll burn fat more efficiently afterwards. If you do cardio first you spend your entire cardio workout burning off the carbs that are in your system instead of burning fat. Then your weight workout will suck because you have no carbs for the quick energy needed to lift.)
Finally, there's what I believe to be the greatest hurdle to those seeking to lose fat. There's the intimidation factor. I can tell you that, as a professional guy who is usually very good at things that I choose to do, it's a very humbling experience to go to the gym with the full realization that, at the start, you're going to suck. You're going to be surrounded by a large number of very fit and often "beautiful" people and getting past that can be tough.
The gym industry is a volume industry. Their favorite customers are the people who sign up for a perpetual membership, don't go, but keep the membership because they're "planning on going". These people put no wear and tear on the equipment and represent pure profit.
We, as a society, also have some very faulty ideas regarding weight. Weight is about the worst metric you can track as a measure of fitness. When I started on my fitness journey, I was 5'11" and 205lbs. I had a 42" waist and had about 36% bodyfat. I'm still 5'11" but I'm now 225lbs with a 32" waist and about 17% body fat at my worst.
My advice to anyone...don't be afraid to ask. Most people at the gym are very helpful and, if you're feeling inadequate or out of shape, I'd suggest that you don't worry about it. Most people at the gym have been where you are and are more than willing to help. Who knows, you just might ask a person who you get to know and who ends up becoming a friend.
Every journey begins with a first step. Sometimes people will take a step or two backward but that's never a reason to give up. It is however, a reason to pick yourself up and trod on.