“You can get through life with bad manners, but it’s easier with good manners”. ~ Lillian Gish
1: Talking to much
Have you ever seen those people who do a set then walk around for 45 minutes talking to everyone about random things? These are the same people that you see in day in and days out, but never really get anywhere.
If you’re not putting in the work, and using the gym as a social hour, then it’s time to reevaluate why you’re at the gym in the first place.
2: Taking too long of a break
The first problem with this is that your muscle will lose the anabolic state that they are in if you rest to long. Second thing is that no one wants to wait an hour for you to get off the bench; some people want to get a great workout in the shortest amount of time possible.
Some people have other things to do then to spend 4 hours at the gym, because someone wanted to take a nap between sets. Too much rest can hinder growth, and can also demotivate you in the process. So rest times should be no longer than a minute or 2 the most.
3: No goals in mind
Sometimes we see those people who do chest and biceps every time they go into the gym. These people neglect to work any other part of their body, and ultimately end up looking like a hot mess. They have no focus, and just randomly work things as they go.
If your one of these people, you need to sit down and reevaluate why you’re working out in the first place. Sit down and either write, or think of some goals. Goals are the staple point in your journey to a new you, if you don’t have any goals in mind or written down, then you’re not going to get anywhere.
Goals create enthusiasm and excitement; goals constantly remind you of why you are there in the first place.
4: Doing too much cardio and not enough weights
If your goal is to gain size, get off the damn cardio machines. If you’re going to do cardio and gain mass, do it in moderation. Only run for a little bit, test different time limits out, test and track and repeat. Figure out what works best for you; don’t follow some magazine articles advice on how long to run. Everyone’s different and each person has to find out what works for them by testing out different things.
5: Not going hard enough
This is probably one of the most problematic situations for not getting any results. Too many people are stuck on fixed workout schedules. The problem with these cookie cutter workouts is this: If you’re not putting in the effort outside of the gym, then you’re not going to get anywhere. You need adequate sleep and food, or your efforts will be in vain.
By going hard as hell, you not only increase your chances to get some serious results, but you increase the chance to continually improve, so you won’t get on a plateau, and you have less chance of becoming bored with your workout.
“Every one of us is an artist, and as an artist, you really can stroll into any venue that you want, as long as you take your time to learn the etiquette of that venue”. ~ Terrence Howard
A quote from notorious badass Terrence Howard. Learn the #WorkoutEtiquette of the gym before you enter!
There are three types of noises I want to write about in regards to working out at the gym.
The LOUD phone call: This person is so obnoxious that they believe everyone else in the gym wants to hear about what they ate for dinner last night, who they went on a date with, how much they hate someone else, and the circumference of their ankles. I would love to hear a comment from anyone that actually enjoys this banter. Sometimes I do get a laugh myself – but most of the times it is mundane, and just loud noise. I know separation anxiety from phones is a thing – “the extension of the nervous system” they call it. However, please leave it in your gym locker, in the compartments on the equipment, or on the floor. There is no room at the gym for loud jibber-jabber from a phone call.
The LOUD grunting weightlifter/yoga head: So I did yoga once, and you know what? It was pretty relaxing. I definitely get why people do it. However. What the heck was with the weirdly sweaty guy who was groaning as if he was busting a nut? On top of that, this girl was moaning so loud I forget what the instructor asked. So I have I have a groaning man in one ear, and a moaning girl in the other. I felt like a third wheel. The rest of the class and I managed to do it moan/groan free. What’s the deal? Yoga isn’t a class for mating calls, so please calm down or banish yourself from public classes.
The LOUD noise of the inconsiderate bastard who drops the weights on the floor: If you are dropping the weight, it is too damn heavy for you. Need I say more – but I will. I have mentioned before that it scares the shit out of me (bold italics necessary). Just lift a challenging weight that you can use without having to slam it on the ground! I really don’t understand how these people can’t feel the beady eyes (wish I had laser beams) of everyone in the gym hating them. Just stop doing it!
Etiquette is all about showing mutual respect and manners to those in your surroundings.
One of the most repulsive betrayals of etiquette is HYGIENE. #WorkoutEtiquette
Sneezing & coughing:
Soiled, or missing clothing:
Stop committing gym terrorism and change your hygiene practices! Work out your damn etiquette!
I couldn’t have said it better in 300 words.