What I Learned From Seniors At The Gym

There’s a lot of old guys at the gym and I honestly respect the hell out of them for still making the effort to come up to the gym and have their personal fitness as their hobby. Furthermore, they all actually seem to know what they’re doing. I personally believe in respecting my elders, as I was raised by my great-grandparents, and I feel that this has helped me learn a lot. Mainly so, because I will ask them questions and listen to their answers.

A lot of these older guys at the gym lived healthy lifestyles and I learned a lot about them and fitness that I did not know before. Here is what I learned:

  1. I am far from knowing it all. How humbling it is to talk to someone who has spent their whole life working out! You think you’re doing a great job by being consistent for four months and studying as much as you can, but these guys have a lifetime of knowledge and training under their belt.
  2. Everyone deserves respect until they prove they don’t, and everyone should be heard out. If I didn’t have this respect for people I wouldn’t learn a thing. Would I ever see the need to read books, articles, and would I ever ask questions? Probably not.
  3. I learned about their specific journeys and lives. I talked to these guys and they had a lot to share. A couple of them used to be personal trainers and it was great to hear their perspective on weight lifting and what they had learned about training and exercise.
  4. I learned of some useful exercises and techniques. Sure, I knew about lunges and the smith machine. However, before talking to a guy at the gym who was 55 and still had stronger legs than me, I wasn’t incorporating these into my workouts. Now, I do lunges and despite some of the bad rep towards the smith machine, I do use it to correct some of my squat form. The things I have learned from him have made me a lot stronger in my squat and I’m thankful I listened to an old man’s advice.

The things people will tell you should always be taken with a grain of salt, as not everyone is the best coach or has the best advice. However, having respectful and being open minded can do wonders for your relationships with other people and your own personal development.

To conclude this post, I have a challenge for you. The challenge is this: Find someone at the gym that you admire and you think knows a lot about weight lifting or whatever your fitness endeavor may be, and also find someone who you think may not know a whole lot about that. Strike up a conversation with both of those people at some point. Have an open mind and be respectful, and see what you get from the experience. 

If anything, you may at least make a new friend.

Appreciate Your Low-Points

Have you been pursuing your passion and venturing to achieve your dreams? If you said yes, great, and if you have hit some potholes along the road to success then don’t worry. It’s completely normal.

Everyone has low points, days when they feel like giving up, and mistakes they’ve made. It’s how you handle these situations and grow that leads you one step closer to success, in some way, shape, or form. 

The best thing to do is to look at whatever poor situation, or you could say negative situation, that you are experiencing as a learning experience or a stepping stone. You can gain wisdom and experience from each of these experiences that will ultimately shape who you are someday.

Thanks for reading. I hope this was positive and encouraging. Just remember to keep your chin up and channel that negative energy into something positive for yourself. That’s how you get over these stepping stones I am talking about.

“You Can’t Outtrain A Bad Diet”

“You can’t out train a bad diet,” is such a popular statement in the bodybuilding, exercising, and nutritional world. 

While diet is extremely important, I feel that with everything a balanced approach is the best way to see results.

Your area of focus – is it diet? Or cardio? Or weight training? For the best results, I wholeheartedly recommend that you apply all three to your life. 

Pretend it’s a triangle: you’ve got 3 legs and one leg is cardio, the other is weight-training, and the final leg is diet. They should be equal to each other and focused on with the same passion and enthusiasm.

I said my points on the general aspect of a balanced life and now it’s time to focus on diet for this post, as that is the purpose of this message today.

Diet! While part of the statement is true, “You can’t out train a bad diet,” the fact of the matter is that you simply need to be burning more calories than you are eating if you are losing weight and eating more if you are trying to gain weight.

Diving into all of the different variables to take into consideration of a good diet and exercise plan isn’t something I will do today, but at a later time.

As for today, I want you to know that it is very easy to not exactly count your calories but to just be mindful of how much you’re putting into your body. It will be important that you cut out sugary drinks and empty calories, as you continue to fill those calories with whole foods. 

Thanks for reading. If you want more dieting information, I will begin posting new nutritional content every Wednesday. My future posts will consistently get a little in depth as I go on with this series.

Injuries and Imbalances

If you’ve been dealing with a workout injury or imbalance I have three suggestions. First, I want to say that if you are having severe pain that you should seek medical attention. If you are simply aware that a workout is causing unnecessary stress on some joints or tendons, then this is a post worth reading.

Here are three things you should do to prevent injuries:

  1. Stretch – stretching is good because during heavy lifts your body will become tense and it is not great to put all of that stress on your body without doing some stretches after and during the workout. A good stretch can alleviate pain in places such as the rotator cuff.
  2. Eat well – this may seem odd but take certain vitamins and oils for example: fish oil has been stated to alleviate joint pain.
  3. Do a warm-up – Warming up on the treadmill for five to ten minutes before a workout is good routine and may keep you from pulling things or having cramps.

If you enjoyed the information in this blog I am happy. I hope to keep you very informed, and now every Sunday I’ll begin to share entertaining or educational videos at the end of my posts. 

This Sunday I am choosing a funny video made by BroScienceLife. I’m leaving the link below and you can click on it to watch Dom Mazzetti explain How to Fix Injuries and Imbalances.

How To Fix Injuries and Imbalances – BroScienceLife

Stay In It For The Long Haul

This is just a short post to remind you that if it has been a month or two months since you started working out or exercising or dieting that you don’t need to freak out if you haven’t seen instant results.

Oftentimes, the best results may take time. Maybe months, and maybe years. However, if you weigh the options and count the costs, you will probably find that the time it takes to get in shape is a worthy price for getting in shape. 

Love yourself every step of the way and stay committed to your endeavors. Thanks for reading.

Committing Makes Fitness Easier

Easy is the word that should be used in the situation of someone being committed to working out. This is because becoming committed and steadily getting results will make everything ‘work out’ over time.

Here is why I say this: have you noticed a lot of people do a New Years resolution to get in shape and 90% quit before a few months? They could have had some results that only required an hour or less 4 days a week, depending on what they are working out for. However, by going for a few months and then not going at all you are achieving nothing.

In conclusion, make fitness a commitment and results will follow. Do it for several months and it will become habitual. Do it longer and you may end up studying nutrition and exercises, and getting even better results.

Over time, you not only get in shape but you become the type of person who can get in shape. Throughout the journey, you will have become a new person. You will have values identified with commitment, dedication, and integrity with yourself along with self-love.

To sum everything up, committing makes fitness easier by making you change over time to achieve your goals and making you goal oriented.

If you’d like to read more about the transformation you may go through by pursuing your passion or fitness endeavor, read my previous post titled Build The Virtues Associated With Giving It Your All.

As always, thanks for reading. I appreciate your interest in my content and I will continue to give daily updates.

Back From My Week Off!

I’m back from my week off and my shoulders are feeling better, I’m not sick, and I have a lot more energy than I did the last couple of weeks I worked out!

Getting back to the gym today was definitely my saving grace though, as I couldn’t stand being out. Nevertheless, I persevered and kept away from the weights for one full week and I believe it really paid off!

I now know for a fact that I am not over trained and that statement will remain adamant for the next couple of months.

As a result of the perseverance, my weight lifting was actually better than where I left off. The weight was about the same but my form was 100% better, and I decided to throw in some lifts like overhead squat to add some stability, functionality, and mobility to my routine.

My conclusion is that not only is a week off good for the CNS, the muscles, and the immune system but it also helps for your “workout IQ”. I learned of workouts that I didn’t know about before and I took the time this past week to study proper form and great exercises. I believe you can do the same and always come back from your week off improved in some way, shape, or form.

Thanks for reading!

Taking A Week Off Can Help You Appreciate Working Out

Taking a week off can really help you appreciate working out. I know that I’ve been anxious to get back in the gym all week but I’ve been stopping myself, in fear that I won’t get the full effect of a week’s worth of rest. That may not even be the case, but just the thought is sort of like a placebo that may make me hit the weights twice as hard next week.

I decided to take a week off because I had been going hard at it for three months and I was catching a cold and my joints were hurting. Now I am starting to get better and I feel like that’s all I needed.

It could be extremely beneficial for you. If you’ve been working out for months at a time, it certainly won’t hurt you to get a little rest, as long as you dedicate yourself to going back. Try to become gracious of the time you get to spend getting your body in shape when you go back. Thanks for reading!