Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Dumbbells vs. Dumbbells

Being more active for the past 5 weeks has been amazing.  If I can keep overcoming my biggest obstacle, which is my own mind (aren't we all our own worst enemies when it comes to health and fitness?) then I can keep improving.  I'm getting stronger and my endurance is returning (because, let me tell you, when you don't use it, you lose it!)

I'm loving being back at the gym lifting weights, it really makes a difference to my body shape.  I had been looking for a pair of black jeans for over 2 years now.   I found a really sharp pair of black boot-cut Levi's at TJ Maxx on Friday but didn't have time to try them on.  I took them home GAH they are too tight, can't even button them so I tossed them aside to the return pile. I was gathering up returns and things this morning for my errands later this week and figured I'd give the black Levi's one more try.  They fit!  I just washed them and put them into rotation.  I have to admit, a moment like that is far more satisfying than getting on the scale.

Being back to the gym, I found that there are new trainers.  Two of them are females and I overheard one of them with her trainee the other morning.  "I'm not going to give you weights for your lower body, the muscles will get bulky and push the fat out making your legs look bigger."  *Insert my open-mouthed shocked face here*  Lori from Finding Radiance reckons I should have knocked some sense into her with a dumbbell.  This poor girl is paying about $30/half hour for a trainer and she's getting this bad advice.  Unless she's going to spend 5 hours a day lifting weights and starts adding some anabolic steroids to her Cheerios, she's not going to get bulky!

If you are interested in getting more physically fit, do some research first and if you are going to hire a personal trainer, really give them a good interview.  You want to make sure they are knowledgeable with the correct information in order to help you reach your fitness goals.

What's the most appalling thing you have seen or heard at the gym?

7 comments:

  1. I think the most appalling things I've seen or heard at the gym is people making fun of me, or others. It happens too often, and those people don't understand the gravity of the situation - the damage they are doing. It's sad.

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  2. Oh, Maren, that is just hideous. :(

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  3. The worst thing I ever heard at the gym was said to me. A guy who was new at the gym proceeded to tell me that I looked good "from here up" while gesturing from his waist up, and that I needed to do air squats to get in shape.

    This was after me doing barbell squats already that day. Dumbass.

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  4. Lori, I remember when you blogged about that dumbass. I would have had a hard time holding my tongue had it been me.

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  5. When I first joined a gym, the trainer took my body fat measurement, then my height, (5 feet 4.5 inches), and told me I should weigh 110. I did the math, and asked him how I should weigh 110 when I'm currently at 120 lb lean mass? I was pissed off, as screwed up about weight I was tired of being. I won't let any trainers take my weight, tell me how to eat or live, or use them anymore really at all.

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  6. Who is training these trainers? The antiquated charts and graphs need to get thrown out and they need to focus on helping people with FITNESS only and not food and weight because they don't seem to be qualified in that area at all.

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  7. There are several myths in fitness. This is one of them: lifting weights will make you look bulky. Testosterone plays an important role in building muscles. Men tend to build more muscles noticeably than women. Building muscles especially for women is quite impossible instead weight lifting helps them in toning and losing more weight.

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