I'm writing this to you, live, from an elliptical. Which is what I will blame if you find any spelling errors...
Gyms around the world are packed with people these days, sticking to their goals of making 2017 a year for health and fitness. Weeks will go by, and we'll see less and less people lifting weights or sweating on the treadmill, but nevertheless, the initiative to start the new year with a good sweat, is a great one.
I'm not very good at the whole gym thing (case in point being my ability to multitask while working out). I have a hard time putting all my focus in and maybe only do things halfheartedly. I really only use the gym for the sauna and to cure hangovers. Oh, and for the TV. Dance is my main form of exercise in my lifestyle and since it's a lot of fun, it never gets boring, despite also being my 9-5 job. I find exercise in the gym to be boring, and while I'm sure that's something really personal, I'm going to make it my goal to find a way to give it some oomph.
There's a lot about the gym that I genuinely don't enjoy. The repetition of my routine can get hypnotizing. There are some *unique* personalities at my gym that make really loud grunting noises and feel entitled to correct you if you're doing something wrong (buddy, I know I'm no professional here). Some people take up a lot of time at machines and some of them aren't really aware of personal space. Just yesterday, someone threw a mat into the spot squeezing next to me, nearly knocking me out of my plank. Usually the gym is smelly too, so that doesn't encourage me to stay longer than an hour.
But as always, I'm going to look on the brighter side of it all (hooray). There's that great feeling you get after a workout. I think everyone deserves a round of applause for making it the gym and incorporating that into their day. Sometimes that motivation alone isn't easy. I think there can be a great sensation in the gym when you have a moment to realize it's filled with people with this similar goal of fitness and hard work. There's a unity there that can be really nice. As mentioned earlier, I love the sauna. It really is the best part of the workout and the perfect way to finish. I like to bring my book in the sauna but I don't know, maybe that's weird. And then a nice shower to follow because, hygiene, duh.
But what do you do when you actually work out? I honestly have no idea.
I usually start on the elliptical, then do some arm machine thingies. Then I'll go to the mats and do some plank and pilates exercises. And then I'll stretch. I never dare lift weights because they scare me and I don't trust myself with heavy objects. I don't really know if I trust myself in the gym, in all honesty. I don't know if you should trust anything I tell you about the gym. So maybe, I'll go to other sources...
And below we have a video for first-timers at the gym (or for gym bs-ers like me). Look at his body, hey? He must be doing something right.
I think something valuable to remember when going to the gym, is to have your own personal goal. Don't pay too much attention to the people around you, unless it's for positive encouragement. People may try to tell you how you should do something, but you know your body best. You feel what's happening and you can gage when to push yourself and when to hold back. And don't let others make you feel insecure about yourself. They're just gym bullies with no life and probably have their own ego problems and like to pick on you to help themselves feel better. Just keep your eye on the prize, man. Go in, do your thing, and go out feeling fresh.