No I don’t think I’m guilty of this one. Or, at least, I’m no more guilty of it than all the other girls who wear leggings or yoga pants to the gym. Although feel free to disillusion me in the comments.
So many sins, so little time, really… No, really. It’s 11:30 at night and one of my new (as in: old) goals is to be in bed by 10:30. Anyhow, I’m sure the people at my gym could come up with a laundry list of annoying things I do: leave little scraps of paper with cryptic workouts scribbled on them all over, gossip, talk too loud, hang out too long on the stretching mats without actually stretching (of course they don’t have actual mats anymore either so there’s that), smell overwhelmingly like bacon and burst into tears at inconvenient times are just a few that come immediately to mind. But the one I’m guilty of – and I know it – quite often is the Cardinal Sin of Circuit Training.
Commandment #15 of the Weight Floor: Thou shalt not monopolize all the equipment in the area just because you are “circuit training”. Unless you bought it, it is not yours. Also, thou shalt not leave said equipment scattered everywhere when you are done with it.
Just yesterday I stood huffily behind a man on the cable machine – because our gym has the bad luck of having the only chin-up bar on the cable machine – breathing loudly because he interrupted my P90X 2 circuit I’d set up. The louder I huffed, the slower he moved. At last I realized that I was That Girl. The super annoying one. Chagrined, I put the bar on the Smith machine on the highest rung and used that to do my “crunchy lever pull-up”. (Gonna be honest here: While I’m not loving all the “creative” moves in P90X 2, this one is pretty fun. I dig it.)
It’s easy to commit this particular sin, particularly if you’re not big into rests between sets like me. You’ve got your thing going, your sweat pouring and your list taped to the mirror (just me?) and then somebody has to take the only set of 20-lb dumbbells to do 50 superslooooow reps? And yet, it’s true: everyone pays the same gym dues. Even slow people. So it’s everyone’s equipment.
This was on my mind when Shape assigned me to write about circuit training. I wrote the article 7 Benefits of Circuit Training. But it felt a little dishonest. And so I fixed it to 7 Benefits of Circuit Training (and One Downside!). Ahh. Jiminy Cricket can go back to hominy cricket now, thanks.
And then of course I had to share my fool-proof method for How to Build The Perfect Circuit Workout (No Mr. T necessary although if he’s available it makes it 10 times awesomer.)
Don’t want to mess with equipment? (Or did some rude person take it all for their circuit??) Here’s my slideshow on 7 Reasons You Don’t Need Equipment To Get in Shape. Yes you can get the workout of a lifetime just with your own body weight!
Last up was my interview with Freddy Light, one of the founders of Bodyrock.tv. It was surreal. Check it out: Why You Should Try Bodyrock.TV
Occasionally I cover nutrition for them too (I’ll wait until you stop laughing…) so this week it was 5 Simple Tricks to Eat Less. But let me reaffirm that these are really not about “tricking” your body into doing something it doesn’t want to do but rather helping you be more aware of your satiety signals… by using tricky dinnerware. I still think you should eat when you’re hungry and eat until you are full.
I also wrote a crap ton of parenting stuff this week too but it’s reaallly late now and I’m too tired to look it all up and link it (because of the way Redbook’s site is, I have to look up the title in their system and then use a Bing site search to find it from the outside. It takes forever.)
So now I need to know: what is the gym sin you commit most often? Anyone else an equipment diva?? Anyone have the secret to going to bed on time?!