Are you wasting time in the gym?

March 15, 2009 · Print This Article

I was having a conversation the other day with one of my Hawaii personal training clients.

Next month, she’s trying out to be a cheerleader for an NFL football team.

She’s worked with a few different personal trainers in the past and she’s been to many different gyms.


The gym where my office is located at in Honolulu, Hawaii is much smaller than most of the gyms she’s been to in Texas and the Northwest.

She enjoys the family like atmosphere and the fact that there isn’t a huge amount of people that go there.

I like it too.

During our conversation she asked me this question:

“Why do so many people come to the gym and keep doing things that are very obviously wrong but not do anything to fix them?”


“Why do some people come to the gym and work at the same intensity they use for grocery shopping?”

Those are very good questions.

Who are these people she’s talking about?

They’re the people spending far too much time in the gym.

They’re the people you see doing the same exact thing day in and day out.

They’re the people doing the same speed on the same piece of cardio equipment.

Seriously, some of them are so dedicated to their repetitiveness that they won’t even settle for a machine of the same type–they insist on using the exact same machine every time!


If they’re smart enough to be performing resistance training, they’re doing the same exercises, in the same order, with the same weights  every time you see them.

Chances are that they are also performing the exercises incorrectly.

They’re pushing with their shoulders, and triceps during a chest press instead of their chest.

They’re pulling with their neck, and biceps during a row instead of their lats.

Some of them completely avoid these two excellent, yet very basic exercises to begin with!

Many of them are using weights that wouldn’t challenge a 10 year old kid.


And their routine obviously isn’t working.

They look exactly the same day after day, month after month, year after year.

I suppose the answer to her question is one of 2 things:

  1. They are happy with the results they are getting
  2. They don’t care enough about getting results

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there that just go to the gym to exercise for the sake of exercise.

Now, don’t get me wrong.

I’ve developed a passion for exercise and fitness.

Seriously, I love it.

But that wasn’t always so.

I didn’t love exercising the first day I started, back when I weighed 230 lbs.

I didn’t love exercising the second day, the second week, or even the second month of doing it.

I wasn’t exercising because someone said exercise was good for me and I definitely didn’t care about the  recommendations of any “health professional”.

I loved exercise after seeing the results that proper exercise coupled with proper nutritional habits would bring me.

Yes, I love to workout.

However, I could probably name 20 things off the top of my head that I’d rather be doing than to exercise with no specific purpose.

I’m there to get results from my exercise.

I’m there to look better naked like everyone else.

Aren’t you?

There is no way around it.

If a sexy body is the end result you’re looking for then nutrition and exercise are the only way there.


And if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.

If you’re not doing it right, it’s not going to give you the same results.


This isn’t meant to discourage you.

It’s meant to make you aware.

Don’t get stuck in a rut.

Learn this:

  • Work Hard

You’re exercising to give the body a reason to change. If you’re not challenging your body, it has no reason to change.

  • Vary your workout:

Everything works but nothing works forever. Find ways to make your workout challenge you differently.

  • If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right:

Live by this. Build habits that are going to help you, not hurt you.

  • Perform resistance training at least 3 X / week to see improvements

Do this for every goal except looking like a skeletal Nicole Ritchie. If you don’t know what to do or how to do it properly, get with a personal trainer to show you.

Be Your Best,


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