I applaud any person that steps foot in the gym. Anyone making an attempt to better their body has my vote. You wondering where this is going yet? The big “but.” I think we all have someone at our gym or someone we see workout that looks certifiable, a hot mess. You may have seen them all – the sideways treadmill runner, the book reading slowest biker ever, the heavy breathers, the dirty pervs that stare, etc. You get my point. Listen, glad you made it out but let’s talk about form.
If you are already at the gym focus on WHY you are there and maximize your effort and time. After seeing a girl on the treadmill next to me literally throw her arms and upper body over the top of the treadmill as if to hug it out or hold on for dear life, I have to address this issue.
– Target treadmill: Crank that incline, work that speed, but stay tall and lean. The second your back bends or your arms cling to the machine, you are taking away the work the right muscles should be doing.
– Elliptical, not part of the Twilight series: Ever watch Olympic cross country skiing? OK, that’s the machine’s purpose. If you are creating a category 4 breeze as you whiff those arm bars by, it’s time to crank your intensity up. You want to be able to hold on firm and use your arms to move your whole body and legs. The workload for your arms and glutes should be somewhat balanced. Otherwise the machine ends up getting the workout and moving you.
– Weight for it: I see you stud-muffin, lifting that big old heavy weight. I also see you looking like a cotton-headed ninny-muggins because clearly your back is going to go out before you put that barbell down. On your last hard lift you should be close to breaking form, but if your last lift has you wobbling like those crazy arm waivers you see at a Fourth of July auto sale, pump the breaks. Not only could you seriously pull something, but you are also missing out on the full gain you can get from a controlled lift.
Focus on your form and you’ll look even more like the pro you are!
Please, I have to hear the craziest workout you’ve seen going on, indoors or out! Any tips to share to make each workout count?