Walk into any gym in America, or anywhere else in the
world, for that matter, and you’ll see so many mistakes being
made, not only by the people working out – but by the idiot
personal trainers who taught it to them.
So fitness mistake numero uno is going into a gym in the first
Recently my wife and I were given the run-around at a new facility that
opened in town. The chickedy giving us the so-called tour had no clue
about discovering ‘hot buttons.’ She was so intent on giving us her
presentation that she missed the body language that revealed the ONLY
purpose we would even consider going – the sauna.
Instead she gave us the schtour – taking us past the weight machines –
state-of-the-art, mind you – that now come equipped with, get this, a
place to put your cell phone, your drink and your workout program.
Therein lies mistake numero dos – When it is time to workout – don’t bring
your friggin cell phone. Come on. You can leave it behind for a half-hour or
hour, can’t ya.
After seeing the weight room we followed the girl up the stairs. As I was behind
her – which was the best view of the facility – she ruined the moment by saying,
‘Gawd, I’m soooo sore. The personal trainers here have been putting me through
KILLER workouts lately.’
As she said this I was reminded of the old Wayne Dyer line, ‘Ask me how little I
But her comment did bring to mind fitness mistake #3. And that is, never complain
about being sore. Being hurt is one thing. But being sore is quite different. And the
more you p*ss and moan about being sore, the more you are distracting yourself
from the true value of the program you’re on. Not only that, but no one really wants
to hear you complain. Keep it to yourself.
Once we reached the top floor the girl quickly whisked us by the empty hard wood
floor room that had – well, nothing but hardwood floor. ‘This is where people do yoga,
pilates and other bodyweight stuff,’ she said.
‘Really,’ I replied. ‘You mean stuff like that Combat Conditioning program, where
you increase strength, power, endurance and flexiblity all at the same time.’
‘Supposedly,’ she schmirked. ‘But those exercises are dangerous, you’re better off
pumping iron because it helps reduce injuries.’
‘Have you ever done body weight exercises,’ I inquired.
‘I don’t waste my time trying that sort of thing,’ she answered.
I laughed to myself while my wife did an eyeball roll, then mumbled to me in Chinese,
‘Bai shi.’ That’s code for, ‘Idiot.’
Iignorance’ – represents fitness mistake #4. Because this lady has never tried bodyweight exercises, she doesn’t KNOW that they are superior to weights.
Now, for the finale. We followed Ms. Lilac into the ‘cardio’ room. Before us were dozens
of treadmills, steppers, and other equipment, each of which costs several thousand bucks.
‘This is a stepper,’ she says, as if I have no ability to discern the obvious.
‘And this is a treadmill.’
Nah. You don’t say.
‘And all of these pieces of cardio equipment are state-of-the-art.’
Oh-boy, there’s that mega-powerful catch-phraseology again. Imagine if it was
‘Now, if you’ll look at each of these machines, you’ll see that there’s a place for your
cell phone and your drink and your workout program.’
Oh boy, gooody, goooody, goooody.
‘But there’s more. At the top of each machine is a tee-vee screen. And on this tee-vee
screen you can watch tee-vee.’
‘Are you serious,’ I said.
‘Yes, I’m tooootaleee serious,’ she replied. ‘What’s more, you can also play your
favorite DVD or MP3.’
‘But aren’t you supposed connect your mind with your body when your exercise,’
‘You don’t want to do that,’ she replied. ‘It’s better to be distracted.’
‘I see,’ I said.
‘But hold on, there’s more,’ she said. ‘Look at the sides of each of these machines.
There is a FAN on each side. This way you can train as hard as you want and not sweat
What a concept, I thought to myself. Your skin is your largest eliminative organ.
Your body loves and, in fact, craves a good sweat. It’s a very healthy thing for
you. But it’s ‘unnatural’ in today’s modern gym. Uggh.
As you can see I’ve just given you mistake #5 – as well as a bonus mistake,
for good measure. And there are plenty more.
The purpose of exercise is to ‘strengthen the mind-body connection.’ It is
not supposed to reduce it even further via the latest on tee-vee, DVD or
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My good friend, Kim Wood, once said, ‘Strength is nothing more than how
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