Making the Most of A Packed Gym

As many are excited to rush off to the gym, eager to beat their resolutions, the ones who always showed up have to suffer. I try my best to be accommodating to those new lifters but sometimes, it gets annoying. To make matters worse, with every crowded gym will be a handful of people who have no idea what they are doing. Not only a liability, these people can be downright reckless with how they exercise. I wanted to help you out, the next time that you come in contact with an overcrowded gym with some helpful tips.

Tip Number One: Have a Plan that Can Be Adjusted
As a gym starts to become increasingly crowded, you’ll likely feel like you trapped. You should always have a plan with every workout, no matter what. Following a strict plan can have you wanting to pull your hair out when a crowd throws a wrench into it. Fear not, by having backup lifts and machines to use, you will never run into a situation where you feel trapped. Chances are, any lift that you were going to do originally has a variation that you can now try. If you’re focusing on hitting your chest and the benches are taken, grab dumbbells and start doing flyes. The point is that our muscles don’t have to use one specific machine to get a full workout in.

Tip Number Two: Supersets Save Time
If the gym floor is becoming increasingly, it might be time to get out as fast as you can.

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Don’t start heading for the door just yet, you can still complete your workout. Using supersets is a great way to beat the clock, without having to cut out parts of your workout regimen. A superset is the process of combining two or more lifts together that target different body parts. If you were to do two back-to-back sets of barbell curls in a row, the second one would be much harder. The idea behind a superset would have doing a set of barbell curls, followed immediately by another lift that targets different muscles.

Tip Number Three: Try Out Machines You Don’t Normally Use
Many people view a crowded gym as a hassle that they don’t want to deal with. Instead of a negative way of thinking, use this as an opportunity. It’s common to fall into a routine where you continue to do the same workout. Not only is a stale workout regimen boring, it’s bad for your muscle growth. Muscles that aren’t properly shocked into learning new weightlifting methods will not grow as much as they should. Take the opportunity for a crowded workout center to inspire a new routine. Make use of machines that have no crowding around them. Chances are, you’ll end up having a great workout and there won’t be people all around you.

The next time you pull in to the parking lot of a gym and see that it is crowded, resist the urge to go back home. Instead, make your way inside, don’t let other people stop you from achieving your fitness goals. The feeling of accomplishment that comes with finishing a workout feels great. However, knowing that you didn’t let a packed house stop you from lifting feels even better! Most likely, a large majority of those people will never have the dedication that you do.

Are Pull-Ups Being Forgotten Too Soon?

It’s no secret that technology is driving the change behind how we exercise. One particular lift that I’ve not seen people do lately would be the pull up. You may remember this exercise from those old school days, I remember barely being able to do one of them. Maybe all of the ridicule that I endured from my friends led me to become the person I am today. After gym class, it’s a shame that a large portion will never perform a pull up for the rest of their lives. Although it may not look like an impressive exercise to those who are seeing them, trying one really puts you to the test. When I got serious about my weightlifting, I knew that I had to revisit the embarrassment that was associated with my first fateful attempt to pull up anything.

Bodyweight exercises are some of the most beneficial that you can do, meaning you pull/push however much you weigh. I don’t get why some put down training that involves bodyweight only, casting it off as not being effective. I don’t know about you, but after two weeks of pure bodyweight training, it’s easy to notice more muscle growth. The one drawback to trying to start doing pull ups, without the aid of an expensive gym, is that this exercise does require adequate support. We’ve all cringed and laughed at the online videos of someone trying to do pull ups, using a door frame, we all know what happens next. After watching endless amount of people get slammed down to the floor, like they were thrown down by some imaginary force, I didn’t want to take any risks.

I don’t blame you if you are more than a bit apprehensive about attempting your first pull up, don’t put pressure on yourself that it has to go perfectly. So, why do people hate doing pull ups and what’s up with the negative stigma around them? I think the answer to why the pull ups aren’t popular is because they are difficult to properly do. After all, there aren’t many different exercises that deserve a pat on the back if you complete one rep, I would say that the pull up is one of the rare few. In addition, I believe that the act of a pull up being so foreign is another barrier to it’s lack of popularity.

The concept of movement needed to push or pull a weight is fairly common to most of us, we all move things throughout the day. On the contrary, I don’t imagine hardly any of us regularly try and pull our body weight off of the ground, it can be an unnatural feeling, at first. With practice, you’ll come to find out just how great pull ups are for strength and conditioning. Primarily working the back and shoulder muscles, doing pull ups can transform a weak back into an ever-growing mass machine! If you don’t have the specific equipment needed to properly carry out pull ups, don’t worry, you can always get a bit creative. With any of the methods, you do take your safety into your hands, remember that accidents can always happen. That being said, I find that a sturdy tree is great for doing pull ups, if I have no other way to do them. I’ve heard of some using their roof but I’ve not tried that, as it sounds like a great way to rip off your gutter, leaving you with many more problems than how to do a pull up.