The Scariest Person in the Gym

Posted: September 23, 2012 in Articles, Golf, Tip of the Week

Who is the scariest person in your gym?  Is it the sweaty muscle bound man sticking out his chest who grunts when he lifts heavy weights?  Is the person running 100 mph on the treadmill gasping for breath spewing sweat onto the people beside them?  Are you are intimidated by the lean individual who does pushups and pull-ups till the cows come home?  Maybe, you are scared of that woman who doesn’t sweat at all and has the perfect shape?

As a personal trainer, the scariest person in the gym to me is the person who comes into the gym thinking they know everything about fitness!  This person may ask a fitness expert a question, but not let them answer before running off to the bench press.  This person may defy or pretend to listen to the advice of an expert.  This person walks into the gym thinking they are a personal trainer because they read an article in a magazine that had a workout in it that helped them “get ripped.”

I am also very scared of the former second string running back from “all star high school” that still does the exercises his coach showed him twenty years ago.  This individual, who often has some kind of nagging injury, continues to do sport specific exercises that are outdated and were intended to make them a better athlete in a sport they have not played in two decades.

Another frightening gym member is the one who comes into the gym with unrealistic goals.  Often times you see this person looking in the mirror or mimicking exercises that are being done by the fittest person in the gym.  They want to get fit quickly and they want to look like an athlete or supermodel.  This person has no clue that their genetic make up, body type, injury history, dedication or time constraints limits their abilities to look like a certain celebrity or athlete.

I am afraid of these individuals because these are the people who will get hurt, get sick and not be fit five years from now.  I am afraid because these people are not careful in the gym, do not ask for and listen to expert advice and do not thoroughly research safe workouts that meet their individual and realistic goals. If you are working on a new year’s (yes I know it is September….) resolution and you are new to the gym, do not be intimidated by those people described in the opening paragraph.  You should be afraid of becoming one of the people I am afraid of.  None of us should be scared of other gym members.  Everyone has the right to be fit and should feel comfortable working on their own PERSONAL health goals.  It is perfectly OK if you are beginning a workout and you don’t know everything or anything about fitness.  However if you are unsure of something or everything take a vested interest in your health; do some research, set some goals and ask for some expert advice!

  1. Carlos Shannon says:

    Hi Mr. Garrett,

    I’ve been reading your site, and just wondering if you’d help me ponder some thoughts on my new diet. (I say “diet” not as in I’m going on a ‘diet’ or ‘dieting’, but just in general for the food and nutrition that I consume) Even though the “Atkins diet” has since been refuted, recent studies/times have all pretty much noted that we should avoid (or at least cut back) on the unhealthy carbs and sugars. We all know about the ‘South Beach diet’ (I just read a book in which the author details the diet as the character’s parents were on it!) and a co-worker recently informed me of the Primal Blueprint 101 (Mark’s Daily Apple). Granted, I did not by the Primal Blueprint book, but I think I get the gist: raw, unprocessed and no carbs, not even beans! It doesn’t sounds that hard – unless you love a big bowl of pasta or rice every now and again, or even break on a sandwich – and I know people how have followed these diets and adapted them into their life styles (so it’s not just a temporary diet), but it does not mention the carbs that are needed for energy for active people. Are these just meant as a way for people to lose weight without working out or only moderately active?

    I work out – these days mostly cardio 3-4 days a week for 20min-1hr depending on what I’m doing and a day or two of body weight training, so I know I need carbs for energy. Sure maybe bowls of rice and noodles 3-4+ days a week is a bit much, but I’m in Asia right now and it’s certainly working ok for them. They aren’t the most muscular group, but certainly not even close to the obesity issue that’s everywhere in the states. There could be plenty of other variables that allow a carbs based diet to work in Asia, so forget I mentioned that. But what I am pondering is how much carbs does my body NEED. I don’t want to take in too many as I certainly agree that carbs and sugars are not good and can be dangerous, but how do you balance so that you cut out as much as possible but still have some for the energy that you need to be physically active a 3-4 days a week?


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