Monday, August 25, 2014
I like to wear headphones when I work out. I've a selection of music on my MP3 player that helps me keep up a pace and gives me energy. Plus, it just makes a session more enjoyable. When I am playing music through my little earbuds....I'm focused. I don't care about anything or anybody around me. I'm centered on the task at hand which is either shooting for that extra mile on the elliptical or another two reps of weight over what I did the last time. The one thing I do not want to do is have a conversation with some other person in the gym!
It invariably happens that, right when I get into a real good groove with my workout, right when my selected song hits a good spot where I can really push hard....some dumbass comes up to me and starts yammering. I look up and see their lips moving but can't hear a word, so I yank out the earbuds. I mean, it could be an emergency; like the gym is on fire or a rich dude is throwing hundred dollar bills around in the lobby.
It's never important. It's always some type of mundane chit-chat. "How long ya been working out? Do you want a spot? Some weather we're having, eh?" Crap like that. Why some people feel an obligation to have conversations with people that have no interest in talking is something I will probably never understand.
Perhaps the tiny earbuds are too subtle...and I need to upgrade to something larger and more obvious.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
It is the hardest thing about going to a gym.....getting there. Life just doesn't make it easy for most of us. There's job, school, weather, gym open/close hours, and even friggin holidays which throw a monkey wrench into a plan of developing a daily exercise routine at the gym. Then, once at the gym, you have to contend with getting a machine you need or weights that you want to use. You either stand by waiting while some dillweed does reps for half an hour of almost no weight or asks to cut into your routine to pound out two reps at super high weights...leaving the seat or bench dripping with sweat before wandering off. There are the ones who stand around visiting with others or yammering on their cell phones. There are even those who sit at a machine. Not doing anything....just sitting and staring off into space. You ask to cut in and they give you a funny look and say "I'm just resting, be through in a minute".
All which conspire to give yourself a reason to, maybe, skip exercise today. Then the next. And the next. And since you missed exercising for a few days, may as well fudge on your diet plan a bit. In no time at all you discover that you've taken a big dose of fuckitall along with a shot of regret.
Sticking to an exercise regiment is not easy but I always try to remember something a friend of mine told me about the need of self-discipline for getting and staying in shape. "If it is important to you, you will find a way. It it is not, you will find an excuse"
Excuses are easy to find. Results require effort.