It is what I would say, if given the opportunity, to a hand full of people we see at the gym every week.
Let me be totally honest, I’m a people watcher. All in all, I’m motivated and inspired by everyone at the gym because in one way or another they’re there for some of the same reasons that I am. They want to get/stay healthy, they want to look/feel better, they want to live a fuller, longer life -- they know and WANT the benefits of strength training – or something along those lines.
There is a wide range of things you can take (lessons and insights) from the gym besides your own muscles. There are the people that you can watch and learn something from; people you can be motivated by because of their physique and obvious knowledge of what to do in there. Then there are those that are painful to see and not help; people that just straight up do not know what they’re doing; or people that are doing everything right INside the gym, and nothing right OUTside.
Sometimes the moment is right when you can give a quick tweak to someone, but usually people don’t want to be bothered when they’re in their “zone.” And who am I anyway? I’m not a professional and I surely still have a lot to learn myself. But if you’re a gym goer, you know what I’m getting at.
Here is my list of do’s and don’ts to get the ultimate results from your efforts at the gym:
· Learn the proper form of the workouts you’re doing. This will maximize your results.
· There is a difference between lifting weights and swinging weights. Swinging weights is dangerous.
· It’s okay to push yourself. Go for that extra rep or three. Add that extra 5 pounds. You might be surprised by your potential.
· On top of your weight routines, add some cardio sessions.
· On top of your cardio sessions, throw in some strength training.
· Strength + cardio = awesome!
· Try a class.
· Try something different. It keeps things from getting boring.
· Don’t allow yourself to get bored!
· Drink water!
· Don’t forget to breathe!
· Check your daily eating habits.
· Put away the cell phone.
· Eat some power food 1-3 hours before you work out. This will increase your energy and stamina.
· Have a post workout protein shake. Your muscles will be hungry fast!
· Acknowledge your hard work and progress. You earned it!
Anything to add or edit? Comments? Please share! I love hearing from you!