Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Gym thoughts

  • Gym paradox: the majority of people I see at the gym are already in a good state of health. i.e. the people who would benefit most from being at the gym are somewhere else. If I was desperately overweight and moderately self conscious, getting my foot through the door of a modern gym would be a difficult mental step.
  • Modern gyms have all kinds of machines and contraptions but they tend to lack in the important basics i.e. a decent barbell training areas with squat racks etc. My local gym is pretty large and it has a single squat rack and just a single long bar. When members are given a guide, they should be shown how to perform basic free weight exercises (squat, bench, deadlift, press). The free weights areas never have poster guidance on good form.
  • The strength training lifestyle can create an exterior impression of somebody who is in a state of great health or at least on the path of good, healthy living. Gee, look at all that brown rice, steamed veg and dry chicken this guy's eating! However, for so many people in this weird realm of existence, injury is also part of the lifestyle. Shoulder and back injuries seem to top the billing. The situation gets worse if object and action are then out of line i.e. the person thinks they are working to one goal but they are working to another (e.g. quicker changes in physical appearance at the expense of long run health). It's no mystery why do you don't see that many middle aged men performing performing the bench press - by the time a gym dude is in their grey years, their shoulder joints are often wrecked. Being acutely aware of the non-linear relationship between work out effort and health benefits is crucial.

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