There are many things I don’t get in the gym. Yet there are some things I do get and I do understand like when a person is a beginner and they look over at someone else doing an exercise believing they got that great body because they’re DOING THAT ONE EXERCISE! Fuck me MAN! I was guilty of this too. Ain’t it comical though how so much could be further from the truth? So, what’s this about?
I observe people in the gym. Men and women alike or fit and fat or somewhere in between alike. And I probably should start off by saying that maybe this particular way works for her? I don’t know as I’m not a fucking coach (and currently don’t intend to be) and there are many things I don’t like to talk about because I don’t do everything perfect either, such as eat better and cleaner foods 80% of the time. And many can tell me: It’s not all about training; your gains would come in more if you just eat better. But I digress.
There’s this woman (and this is quite a trend too I noticed for some women) who I’ve observed time and time again. She’ll do an exercise and go for moderate/heavy weight and only do a few reps. A few reps like 1-5 usually. Yes, she’s a powerlifter (and to point out, I don’t have much knowledge on why powerlifters do what they do besides the whole strength thing), but I don’t understand the point of doing one exercise (or maybe a couple) and wait around endlessly for the next 3-5 minutes until the body fully recovers only to go and do some cardio on the treadmill at a snail’s pace and THAN go back to lifting again?
Again, maybe this works for her? I don’t know. I’m not her. But it kills me (just like it kills me –a little – that I train hard without being on point with my diet) somewhere inside! I could understand if a person is rocking out to either their Powerlifting day or an accessory day. And maybe a person could just perform a day of accessory work with cardio at the end. And maybe I could understand the whole lifting of the weights first and going balls to the walls on every furious set THAN doing a cardio session after.
And to note: I’ve done training workouts where I’ll push my muscles with maximum weight with maximum reps in a maximum set and to maximum failure and THAN follow up with 1-2 minutes of fucking sprinting on the treadmill and repeat the maximum of the maximum again. (<- This usually happens when I’m dieting down.) I could understand if one hits it hard one way (right at the beginning!) only to come up and still finish strong in the end anyway.
But, if it seems like something or someone is half-ass, (and if one is calling it like how they see it), I mean, you know what I mean: Does it mean this type of training is really working for this person? Or is it just another method of getting by, by doing the bare minimum and being lazy during the training process?
Maybe I shouldn’t talk.