Things I Know to Be True
Random Thoughts, Tips and Observations
There are a lot of “unspoken truths” about weight loss and gyms. Things that everyone should know, but many don't. To help you out, here are some random tips, ideas and observations that I've picked up from being in the fitness business for the last 20 years.
Very few people start exercising because they love sore muscles and sweat. They do it because the alternative is far worse. And breakups. A lot of people start exercising because they broke up with someone and they're looking to upgrade.
If you're watching a late-night infomercial advertising a no-fail home exercise machine, look up "coat rack” on Amazon.com. You'll find hundreds of options for under $30. They don't have to be plugged in and they don't take up a lot of floor space. Plus you won't regret buying it when you get the bill.
Exercising outdoors seems like a lot of fun in the pictures. It's less fun when it's raining, really hot or starting to snow. Find something you can do, and someplace you can do it, that's good in any weather.
You don't need $118 pants from lululemon, $50 tank tops from Under Armour and $1,100 Dior Fusion Sneakers. You're going to the gym for a workout, not a fashion shoot.
Don't tell me you have no time to workout, if you've seen every episode of Game of Thrones. How much would you weigh if you had to pedal to keep the TV on? You aren't going to get the butt you want, by sitting on the one you have.
Gyms are generally not places where you go to feel good about yourself. If you're doing things right, when you're finished you'll be sweaty, sore and tired... but you'll have done something good for your body. If you want to feel good about yourself, walk through a Walmart at midnight.
Don't fall for all those rapid weight-loss gimmicks. The only absolutely positively sure way to lose 5 pounds in 24 hours, is explosive diarrhea... or surgery.
Nobody has ever lost weight hanging out in the sauna. You're not going to lose weight walking on the treadmill watching the cooking channel either. Just thinking about exercising isn't enough. You're going to have to work. If you're relaxing and enjoying yourself, you're at a spa, not a gym.
There are two types of people that workout in a gym. Those that wipe the sweat off their machines when they finish using them, and terrible people that should be shunned from polite society. Wipe down your equipment, don't be a terrible person.
There are personal trainers that help people get results, have a sunny disposition and know what they're talking about. There are also trainers that are the opposite of all that. Learn which is which before you make a commitment.
Think twice before signing up for any class that's got “extreme,” “hard-core” or “boot camp” in the title.
If you get on the treadmill beside me, you have to assume we're racing. The same goes if we're swimming beside each other. I don't care who you are, I'm just that competitive.
Quit taking selfies and posting about everything you're doing. The workout still counts even if it's not on Instagram with 100 people that like it.
That display case full of “muscle building bars” isn't there for your benefit. Most of those are candy bars pretending to be something healthy.
The same goes for the energy drinks most gyms sell. They're usually just soda with a fancy label. Red Bull doesn't give you wings, lat exercises do. If fitness came in a bottle, everybody would be in shape.
The sooner you start, the sooner your body will start benefiting. You don't have to wait for a New Year's resolution, the start of the week or next month to begin working out. Nike said it best in their ad campaign, “Tomorrow you will wish you had started today. Just do it.”
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