I hope everyone had phenomenal weekends!  Welcome back to the blog.  We’re having some technical difficulties this weekend stretching into today, so I’ll make today short, sweet and to the point.  I’m going to give you my first of hopefully many Top 5 Lists.  Today’s list would be the trainer’s Top 5 Gym Pet Peeves.  Yours may vary from mine, so please feel free to add them to the comments.  I try to respond as often as possible.

5.  Long-Distance Cardio People – These people are just nuts.  They think that they are getting this insane benefit from being on the treadmill, elliptical, stairclimber (insert your favorite cardio here) for hours on end.  I even have clients that will not give it up.  We’ve discussed this before (thetruthaboutexercise.wordpress.com/sizzle-or-saunter).  At best, you are being inefficient, at worst just wasting your time.  You can cover as much ground in less time and do better benefit by working harder and intermittently.  Lose more fat, lose more weight.

4.  Piggy Gym-Rats – Oh my Gosh!  Clean up your stuff!  If you’re big enough to lift it, you’re big enough to put it away!  If you sweat on it, clean it!  Enough said.  It’s just gross.  Plus, no one is paid to be your maid or your mommy.  Put your weights away, meathead.

3.  The Narcissist – The person who walks around the gym and does nothing but bicep curls and looks at himself  in the mirror.  Dude, really?

2.  The Routinist – This is the person who goes into the gym and does the same thing over and over again.  The very definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.  Routine is the enemy of adaptation and if you don’t change things up, then you will not get the changes you are looking for.  Change it up, do something different, go out of the bubble.

1.  The Dear Abby – This is the person who gives exercise advice to everyone and anyone who will listen.  Mainly this is the random meathead in the gym who works out and takes tons of supplements and believes that everyone else should, too.  This also generally extends to doctors.  Doctors (not all, but many) have very big knowledge complexes.  Fact is is that they tend to know as much about exercise as I know about medicine.  Very little, and most of it is what I’ve been told by someone else.  Trust the experts, but be careful,  people who claim to be experts may not always be(thetruthaboutexercise.wordpress.com/certified-vs-qualified) .

Now, as you can see, this is a little self-serving.  Most of these people can be helped by a qualified personal trainer (maybe not the narcissist….that dude is just beyond help).  Go forth, experiment with a trainer.  Even if it’s just for a month it’ll help you break your routine and get into something good and new.  And more than likely it will send you into a new area of progression.  Have fun with it.  Exercise is not a chore, it’s a joy.