Monday, January 09, 2012

Seeking Guidance Is Not a Sign of Weakness

I was working out at the local rec center the other day and as I looked around, a line from the recent Sherlock Holmes movie occurred to me. The heroine of the story and Sherlock are dancing as he scans the crowded dance floor for the criminals and she asks him what he sees...

"Everything. That is the problem."

Which is how I feel when I'm trying to train in one of the public gyms. I see the guy loading up the bench press far beyond what he can handle, taking it off the rack and barely getting it back up after a horrific one or two repetitions. I see the girl reading a book while she rides the exercise bike, going so slowly that the bike's computer keeps pausing. I see the 65 year old grandfather trying to do a 95lbs Olympic lift because he saw it on a video somewhere...

I see all this, and more. And I cringe.

The thing is, I'll give these people their due - they've taken it upon themselves to start moving more. But when they do it wrong they are, at best, less effective in their efforts and at worst risking serious injury. It's part of the reason that I rarely work out in public gyms - it is not my place to say anything to any of them, and yet I feel incredibly irresponsible for letting it go.

If you've decided that you want to take your health into your own hands, please understand - I'm not suggesting that everyone needs a trainer. However, it's in your best interest, believe me, to find an incredible training coach and book in with them for 1-2 hours; ask them to recommend a program and then spend those 2 hours learning how to do the exercises properly.

After all, if you've made the commitment to get in shape, the last thing you want to do is wreck all of that work by injuring yourself.


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