Gym Etiquette 101

Gym Etiquette 101

I’ve been to a lot of gyms in my day, so I’ve had to tour the gym many times. This is when the person who works behind the counter takes you around to impress you with how many classes they offer, and how great the showers are. They usually don’t know anything about working out, and are on commission. Clearly. One thing they don’t tell you about is what the gym culture typically entails or even the basic fundamentals of gym etiquette 101. To help them out, I will give you 6 basic rules for behaving at the gym.

Gym Etiquette 101

1)     Don’t talk to someone while they are working out. A set takes about a minute and a half, you can wait. Never talk to someone while they are doing cardio. If I can talk while I’m doing cardio, then I am not working hard enough, so bug off.

2)     Please wear a shirt. Even if you have a killer body, you don’t want to promote that behavior in people who don’t. And guess what, you probably don’t have a killer body, so shirt up anyway.

3)     Don’t spit in the water fountain. That’s just gross.

4)     Don’t ask to work in. Signs in gyms might tell you otherwise, but there are specific rest periods during each break that are crucial to a body’s development.

5)     If you are new to the gym, please get a personal trainer. I always want to tell people what they are doing wrong in their exercise, so that I can look smart (and maybe help them from hurting themselves), but today someone just about threw a weight in MY face. That’s not acceptable.

6)   Don’t talk on your cell phone. That’s tacky.

If you’re working out at a gym should be respectful of others and follow Gym Etiquette 101.

Different Cardio Machines

Different Cardio Machines

There are five different cardio machines at most gyms– the treadmill, the stationary bike, the elliptical, the rowing machine and the stair master. You should choose a machine that you are most comfortable with and that will give you the most benefit. If the reason you do cardio is for general fitness/health, then your goal should be to get your heart-rate to about 65% of your max. (220-age x 65%).

5 Different Cardio Machines

1) Rowing Machine– best overall workout. It uses the strength of your upper body as well as your lower body. Two big problems with this machine- the first is that no one ever uses it right. It requires coordination of all your body parts at the same time (men especially have problems with this). I had been an avid gym goer and competed in one competition and was halfway through my certification to be a online personal trainer before I learned how to do it properly. The second problem with this machine is that it’s hard to find a machine that’s calibrated properly. Even the best/brand new gym equipment never seems to get it right. If you can do it, great…I only try a week before I go canoeing and call it training.

2) Treadmill– second best overall cardio workout. Again, running engages the entire body (though you feel it much less in your back than with the rowing machine). There is something insanely satisfying about finishing a run (runner’s high). I personally hate running, so I only use this maybe twice a month or so. Something to be careful about- running on a treadmill is not the same as running outside, so before you attempt a marathon, test your body on the pavement. Running in general is hard on the knees and other joints, so make sure you include strength training with your running to keep the joints strong.

“Elliptical is my favorite of the 5 different cardio machines!”

3) Elliptical–   There are several types of elliptical out there. I don’t “get” most of them, but the ones that you can adjust the incline on are awesome for defining the lower body. The ones with moving arms are useless…use weights to define your arms…when you use the elliptical, you are just taking away from the proper cardio workout. What elliptical have over treadmills is that the user controls the speed, so if you need to make a sudden stop, all you have to do it stop…no looking for the massive red button you can never seem to find in a hurry. Also, it’s much easier on your joints.  A lot of people say they don’t get as good a workout on the elliptical as on the treadmill, it probably has to do with the intensity they are working at, as well as the incline. Adjust both so that you can feel it. Check your heart-rate. That’s what matters most anyway.

4) Stationary Bike – Bikes are awesome. They provide a super lower body workout, and if you position yourself properly on the bike, they also provide a great upper body workout. Any bike with a backrest is useless in my mind. You are only working your legs on this bike, and therefore have to work twice as hard to get the same results. How hard is it to ride a bike?

“5th different cardio machine”

Different Cardio Machines Stairmaster

5) Stairmaster – This is another one of those machines that you need to use properly to get the full benefit (and no one ever does). I don’t know why gyms still get these…they were a fad of the 80’s and 90’s, but I think they suck. They don’t mimic any real-life movement and aren’t like climbing the stairs. You can get a pretty good leg workout if you use it right, but using it right means not touching the arm rests…watch these machines next time you are at the gym…everyone who uses them rests on the arm rests…when you do this, you are just moving your legs, and are not getting of the precious resistance in there. I haven’t been on one of these in about 6 years. The step-mill on the other hand is awesome. Not all gyms have one of these, they are the ones that look like actual stairs coming out. They mimic real-life stairs more closely, and give a great cardio burn. Again, I see too many people resting on the armrests on these…why are you resting on a piece of cardio??

The whole purpose of cardio is to improve your cardiac and respiratory systems (and probably reduce fat or something)- so no matter machine you choose to do this with, make it your main focus…after getting proper instruction on how to use the machines.  Finding online nutrition service providers can also assist in weight loss.

My Thoughts On Online Fitness Trainers

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It is just amazing for you to provide high premium to your health. Therefore, you do not want to appear obese this time. What you only need to do is to look for some fitness trainers that could help you come up with a very good plan for your diet and fitness. But, you do not have the luxury of time to come to the gym and workout. If you think that you have the right amount of money and you have self-discipline, it will be imperative if you choose to have online fitness trainers to facilitate your workout activities.

If you go to the gym, there is no guarantee that you will benefit from fitness. The last choice is in you. If you take advantage the regimen which is made to you by the fitness instructor, yet you do not have the drive to work things out, you will still remain obese. In this light, it is possible for you to lose significant amount of weight and become slim and fit when you generate the help of an online fitness trainer. However, you need to consider some important things before you decide to take advantage of his services. To learn more about online fitness, visit this video.

Nutrition

The first thing that you should do is to simply check some online fitness and basic nutrition plan websites. Those websites need to be reliable because you do not want to be scammed. If you have those websites in the list already, you need to also read reviews to come up with good ideas about how they function. The website should also work 24 hours. If you think that you have to take advantage of their services after work in the office, they could provide you time. Hence, you can still benefited from their services.

The nutrition planner that you choose should matchup with a diet expert online. The diet expert has to provide sets of meals that you need to eat in a daily patter so that you can have complete nutrients and boost your energy when conducting the regimen that is definitely difficult. You will never go wrong if you only choose to get the right service online. You will be happy if you have known that the online service provider is definitely genuine.

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