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10 Mistakes You’re Making at the Gym

Like most people, I have a love/hate relationship with the gym. In fact, our flame is so hot and cold that I sometimes I stare at the door the entire time I’m working out, counting down the minutes ’til it’s time to leave. There are, of course, other days where I am so excited to go to the gym its like okay, who put the steroids in my coffee?

I hate going to a packed gym, so I always try and go when it’s inconvenient for me and everyone else. Lunch? No thanks, you guys go munch on delicious flat-breads, I’m gonna go pump some iron and have a protein shake. Sleep? Eh, I think I’ll run six miles instead.

Even though it’s a vicious cycle, I do love the gym. But I always feel like a trip to the gym is like looking through a digital People of Walmart magazine. I just want to say to the guys lifting weights in work boots and the preteen girls reapplying mascara in the locker room…. what are you doing? This is the gym. A place where it’s okay to sweat, pant, and guzzle your water down so quickly it’s like Y2K is a threat all over again.

Even though I think it’s great that people are working out and staying on top of their health, I just want to grab those preteen divas by their preteen cheeks and tell them to stop trying to lift the 30 pound weights. Then I want to step on the work-boot clad lumberjack’s toes and remind him just how important arch support is!

But, I know I’m not the gym police, so I have to take my rants somewhere else people will listen to me…. like the internet, where I can share my list of the 10 most unforgivable and horrifying mistakes everyone is making at the gym:

Kylie is a writer, blogger and Harry Potter fanatic in the NYC area. She has an affinity for eggs benedict, spicy bloody mary’s and shopping (who doesn’t?). Are you a CC girl living in NYC with a tip to share? Tweet @NYC_CC for all Kylie’s random acts of New York-ness!

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    1. Shay says:

      This is fairly condescending….maybe those people running on the treadmill are runners? And who cares what someone is wearing to the gym or if they're making noise or something
      Focus on yourself.

      1. John says:

        I said the same thing to Maria; I'll say it to you cause it'll be good for you.
        You're confusing condescending with healthy criticism. Criticism may make you feel a bit "picked on" but is still good advice. If you can't take criticism, then hide under a rock. This here is all good advice. DRINK WATER; SNACK HEALTHY; WEAR PROPER WORKOUT CLOTHES! Also… Duckface in all photos (gym or otherwise) needs to stop.

    2. Maria says:

      First off, the title is misleading. I thought I was going to read about exercise misktakes people make at the gym that hinder their fitness goals.
      Second off, I agree with Shay. Most of these are condescending. I mean who are you to judge them?

      1. Maria says:

        It's only the last 3 that actually give sound advice

      2. John says:

        You're confusing condescending with healthy criticism. Criticism may make you feel a bit "picked on" but is still good advice. If you can't take criticism, then hide under a rock. This here is all good advice. DRINK WATER; SNACK HEALTHY; WEAR PROPER WORKOUT CLOTHES! Also… Duckface in all photos (gym or otherwise) needs to stop.

    3. Spencer (Muscle Up Gluten and Dairy Free) says:

      I hate to tell you, but shouting while lifting has actually been proven to increase strength, so those people "grunting" when they lift are actually maximizing their workout. There's no need to shout while doing curls, but it definitely will help on heavy sets of bench and squats.(Hardly a mistake) (http://muscleupglutenanddairyfree.com/2012/03/16/shouting-in-the-gym-is-it-ok/)

      1. Michelle says:

        Indeed. One of the first lessons you're taught at Karate (started when I was six) is the exhale very loud, since it gives your punches more power.

      2. Spencer (Muscle Up Gluten and Dairy Free) says:

        I am also a martial artist (2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do)

    4. mk7 says:

      I don't see it as condescending, it's a good article. And although it's a fact that grunting helps, it is really annoying and distracting to other's at the gym. When I worked at a gym people would complain about it often. Most of the people who were grunting were doing it to help their workout, but there were definitely some guys who were just showing off. If you really want to grunt loudly, maybe you could try out a gym whose main clientele are weight lifters.
      Also, thank you for mentioning technique! It is so important and you can hurt yourself so easily.

    5. mk7 says:

      Oh & also thanks for posting about stretching! It is so underrated, and definitely helps prevent injury. I have chronic back pain & stretching (along with core work) has helped immensely.

    6. Kylie - Vermont says:

      My intention wasn't to come off as condescending, even though that might be the way you spin it. I'm over-the-top sarcastic and usually guilty of all the things I tease about. That being said, grunt away at the gym. I just think it's a little awkward to be next to the grunter, even though they might genuinely being doing so for strength. To each his own, I suppose… but thanks for reading and for the advice! These are all things I'll take into consideration next time I'm working out or writing about it!

    7. Sara Jane says:

      I agree with it all. Do I follow it all?? No, but I am getting better <=== worlds worst stretcher.. Sometimes I think people are there just to stare i.e. guy in leather vest and motorcycle boots walking on the treadmill.. Old guy with jacket still on ready to run away when I make eye contact.. You know??

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