I know we are all guilty of weight room no-no’s, but some of them may be keeping you from the results you are looking for, or you may even be disrupting fellow gym goers. Either way, let’s cut them out ASAP.
Here are some tips that will put you on the fast- track to successville, or maybe just prevent you from getting punched in the kidneys..
Skipping the post workout stretch- I am the first to say I am extremely guilty of this. When I am finished with my workout I just want to go home and relax, or eat. We need to take the time after our workout to stretch because it lengthens out the muscles that were contracted while working out- this is extremely beneficial to recovery. It also decreases the buildup of lactic acid, which will prevent feeling uncomfortably sore the next few days.
The older we get the more our body needs the extra stretching because we tend to get stiff and lose flexibility.
Try to exercise more than you look in the mirror- I literally saw a guy flex both biceps and check his guns out like he was in a bodybuilding mag- I think he might have actually kissed one. And he kept doing it! Who do these guys think they are impressing?
Don’t play music if you are without headphones- Seriously, No one wants to hear an eight year old Eminem song or electronica- unless you brought glow sticks for everyone..
Re-rack your weights– I have worked hard for the strength I have gained over the past few years. Although I am stronger than I look, I’m still a girl and I am not on steroids. Having said that, please don’t leave weights for me to put away that are twice my size.
Texting does not burn calories (even if you are sitting on a weight machine)– I swear some people are playing angry birds while they are working out. If you can play a game, keep up a texting convo, or online shop you most likely aren’t going to see the results you want.
Make sure your goods are not on display– Do yourself (and everyone at the gym) a favor and do a quick booty check before you leave the house! If people can buy $80.00 yoga pants and still moon the entire free weight section, you better believe I am checking my $20.00 T.J Maxx pants before I leave the house.
Aside from learning that I can be totally ridiculous sometimes, I hope you did get something out of our little discussion. Some of these are serious faux pas that, if avoided, could take your workout to the next level, or at least prevent you from a wardrobe malfunction. Although I don’t think anyone would notice- they are all too busy kissing their biceps and complaining about how small their calf muscles are.. while listening to the 8 mile soundtrack. 🙂
Have a great weekend!