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Happy May! This weeks blog post is all about company. Bad company. I’ve always been a lone wolf when it comes to my workouts, and there’s good reason for it. All the experiences I’ve had with exercising in pairs/groups have been awful and thought I’d share incase other’s have felt the same…it would make me feel better for being a loner in the gym…
1. Putting In Minimal Effort
There’s nothing worse for your motivation, than working out with someone who’s putting in as little effort as possible. It’s like bringing that little cartoon devil that sits on your shoulder to the gym, whispering to you to give up on this set or lower the weights. Except, their life size and right in front of you (and don’t have horns, tail & bright red but you get what I mean). It rubs off. And you end up feeling less pumped & motivated than you did walking into the gym.
2. Being Your Shadow 24/7
It helps when people know their stuff. You understand we’re all beginners at some point, but feeling like you’ve taken a lost puppy to the gym isn’t gonna give you your best workout right? They’ll be copying you at every chance they get, side by side like a mirror image, which I know ‘is the highest form of flattery‘ WHATEVER, it’s annoying.
Having a shadow at the gym doesn’t always mean having a clone work out right next to you. If you need the toilet, be sure to find them trailing behind you. If you need to fill your bottle up, they’ll come with you. Yano like when drunk girls all go to the toilet together (guilty as charged) and flock away like a group of flamingos? (again, guilty I’m sure). This probably relates more to girls than guys, although I do see groups of 4/5 teen boys working out all together – that being, it’s actually 1 guy working out while the others stand their like zombies. Do you guys have the same shadow like workout partners?
3. Just Wanting To Gossip
This is definitely a problem for us girls. You all love a good gossip as much as the next person. But there’s a time and a place people. They’re chatting away to you, weights down after a few reps and well, you feel rude if you carry on am I right?! I don’t wanna be rude but I kinda wanna finish this set….sooo….if you don’t mind…
It’s even worse when you’ve got headphones/an earphone in. You get really good at lip reading.
4. Only There For Attention
We can all spot these types of people, male or female (usually female), a MILE off. They’ll walk out of the gym with not a hair out of place, not a bead of sweat, and not an eyelash out of curl. They’re there for one thing, and one thing only: ATTENTION.
Personally, ‘I can’t even‘ with these people. Sorry that was classic white girl of me. But I go to the gym to feel good…looking good is a result of it, and if they’re too busy taking mirror selfies, pouting, checking themselves out…I’ll meet them in the carpark when they’re done.
5. Having Incorrect Form
This is always an awkward one. With an incorrect form people can really hurt themselves, but you don’t wanna be that annoying person who’s always like “no down a bit, bend your knees, straight back, core engaged” because that’s an instructors job. You just came to work out but you kinda feel like you should be earning a wage what with all the instructions you’re throwing at em.
6. Being Late
You’ve got your pump on, you’re all kitted up ready to go…but no sign of your partner. Well, what. Do you start without them? Or wait around? This can be so annoying for people who are doing HIIT sessions as starting early can KILL you when it comes to your partner finally joining. It’s just annoying to agree a time for no reason right? Be on time peeps!
7. Opting For a Drive-Thru Post-Workout Meal
Like everywhere in the world now, there is never a drive-thru that’s too far away. Just opposite my gym is a Mcdonalds and next door to it is a subway. Cruel, I know. The worst workout partner would be one who heads into those places like a bull in a china shop just after a workout…dragging you with them. They’ll be saying “It’s for gains, it’s for gains I’m bulking okay“. Don’t fall for it..you smart! Temptation at it’s best. Why do that to yourself and get sucked into other people’s bad eating habits after an awesome workout?
So there’s my honest blog for this week, I guess it was kind of a rant-like one and I’m a teeny bit sorry for it. But if all of you feel the same then it’s worth it! Let me know, have you had bad experiences when working out with others? Or another annoying point to add?
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Love Life, Lexi!