You Need To Go To The Gym Without Being A Douchebag

Pardon my french, but please refer to the title.


We all know them, right?  The guys who go into the gym and grunt loud enough for everyone to hear while benching 225 for the first time.

(…and by that, I mean the first time today.   They do this every day.  They also don’t do this with any other work out.  They don’t do many other workouts, and they definitely don’t do leg workouts.  Only upper body brah.)

This is the same guy who wants to give you unwarranted workout advice every time he sees you.  He’s into himself, and he thinks you should be too.

Still with me?  If you’re not, picture this:

You walk into the gym.  You’re feeling a little guilty because you haven’t gone in a week, and you ate more cake than you should have at a birthday party you attended the day before.  You’re also feeling kind of achy from your escapades at the bar the night before.  No worries though, you are stepping into the gym and getting your life back together.

You think you’re in for a difficult, but rewarding session as you know you need it and you’re excited at the prospect of getting your life together.  You start to walk over to the free weight area because you read some article online saying that compound movements work better for seeing some results.  This is when you spot them.  There’s a group of three guys.  All of them are wearing nothing but Nike, a snap back cap, their gym bags are tossed against the wall, and they each have one of the free weight racks.

“If they’re here together, why can’t they just work in together on one rack?” you think to yourself.  However, you avoid confrontation and consider grabbing some dumbbells instead.  That’s also a no-go.  You start to look over at the dumbbell area.  None of the weights are there that you’d like to use.  You look back at the matching gym rats with their tribal tattoos, and there are your dumbbells by their feet.  You ask if you can use them, and they all act odd about it and say they are actually doing a “superset” but they’ll totally be done in a minute.  This isn’t going to happen though, because you quickly notice that they talk for five minutes between every set.

You end up going to the treadmills, you do some cardio and you hear them snickering in the back.  It seems that they might be laughing at you.  Seems rude, but also seems plausible as they don’t seem to believe in working legs, doing cardio, or having gym etiquette.  You get a little frustrated, and you leave.

My thoughts here are, that, this stuff actually happens.  How many gym douche bags have we all seen, seriously?  I can personally laugh at myself and say that I have in the past had some of these behaviors.  I’ve gotten lost in the mirror, taken up free weights, and talked to people for a long period of time between sets.  This was a while ago and I feel that being self aware is the first step.  I don’t think I’m that annoying anymore, and I think there’s a lot of hope for most bros out there.  Just be courteous and kind brothers.





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It’s been two years!

I’ve only worked out off and on in this timeframe. I definitely haven’t been blogging a lot. I had the domain for a while through bluehost.

Once my domain expired I opted to go .com through WordPress and start the blog back up. I am missing a few posts I made on the bluehost site, but that’s ok. As I said, these things were few and far between.

I would like to introduce myself to anyone new to maxedoutmuscles. My name is Christian Boyles, I am 23 years old. I work at a factory as a supervisor, and in my off time I love to work out. My goal is to ultimately own my own gym, a MaxedOutMuscles fitness center(or maybe named something else), and dedicate my life to fitness.

I will be making an effort to post here at least three times a week. Lots of site changes are going to be made for a better viewing experience. Welcome to my page and feel free to read from any of the hundreds of posts that I have available from 2015.

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The Fitness Masochistic Paradox

I’m thinking that getting bulky was exceptionally easy for me.  However, getting lean is an entirely different story.

It seems that there’s a reason why people are always wanting to give up when they are attempting to lose weight on shows like “The Biggest Loser”.  Losing weight takes a lot of discipline!  The reason why gaining weight was so easy for me?  It took consistency and dedication, but no discipline for me.

I would eat whatever I wanted to gain weight.  I’d eat a lot, and gaining weight just depended on me lifting weights at a progressive overload.  Of course, I didn’t care as much about the cardio because I was trying to get big!  That’s not to say I didn’t do cardio to minimize the fat gains.  It just wasn’t top priority, and it was a lot more challenging.

Doing cardio and eating clean?  That sounded brutal.  I’ve done it before, and I honestly thought it sucked.  Oddly enough, that could be because I get addicted to crap foods and not because eating clean is actually horrible.

It does feel like a mission, though, and while bulking required the consistency, cutting is requiring a lot of discipline.  I am doing my best to develop the discipline needed to lose weight, and honestly it feels like some weird masochistic effort.  That is, I’m inflicting all of this pain on myself in the moment during my training and I’m depriving myself of the crap foods.


..the crap I used to eat provided by FreeImages.Com

So why do I call this masochism?  I like doing it!  It’s a challenge.  I’m putting myself into challenge and I’m going to come out of this a lot stronger than I was when I started..

It’s a paradox because it may be hard now, but it only gets easier as I continue to push myself and succeed at my goals.  Before too long, I will be bigger, faster, stronger and as lean as can be!  I believe I can achieve my goals through a little pain and hardship now…

and you can too!

My mile times are speeding up, I’m eating fewer calories, and I’m beginning to feel like a healthy individual.  Progress is, as always, a matter of consistency and discipline.  I’ll keep grinding, and I hope you do too.

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