Monday, December 14, 2015

Monday Morning in My Old Gym


I visited my old gym today for the first time in quite a while on a weekday. I work out there a couple of times a month but usually on a Saturday when I’ve missed a workout in my primary gym for some reason. The Saturday crowd is different from the weekday crowd.

The people I see on Saturdays, it seems, are a little more dedicated than the one’s I saw there on Monday. Maybe that’s why they are there on Saturday.

What struck me on my Monday morning visit was how many of the people there had not only not improved in months but were actually in worse shape! Several people I recognized as being there to lose weight had actually gained. And some had gained a considerable amount.

When I had finished my workout I had a little time to kill before breakfast so I sat and people watched for a few minutes. As I watched, I found myself predicting what some of them would do as their next exercise. And my predictions were right about 80% of the time! They were doing the same routine in the same order they were doing two years ago!

 I usually don’t pay much attention to other peoples routines. But apparently I had subconsciously memorized the routines of some people if only to be able to avoid them. (Mainly the “sitters”, the “gazers”, the “texters” and the “talkers”.)

The “hard workers” were still the “hard workers” and it showed. The “cardio queens” are still churning away on the same machines trying to lose the same pounds they were trying to lose this time two years ago. The skinny dudes in bad fitting tank tops are still skinny dudes and still taking up space on a bench with their phone in their hand.

Don't misunderstand, I'm not picking on my old gym or the people there. Many of them are great. I'm sure you see the same things I mentioned in my new gym.  Or almost any gym in the world.

Try it for yourself in your gym tomorrow.

The effectiveness of any training program is directly related to the effort you put into it. If a program "doesn't work" it's probably because you're half-assing it. Effort trumps everything.  Dani Shugart, Chris Shugart 01/15

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