1. I hate hate HATE the "training sessions" at big gyms. We're not all there to punish our bodies; some of us LIKE the way we look and are just trying to FEEL better. I was also the victim of "So how much weight are you looking to lose?" guy. When I said I didn't care about losing weight, his next question was "So how much muscle you gonna pack on?" *strangles his thick neck*
2. But when he comes out in the white pants? DANCE BELT, DAVID! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, FIND A DANCE BELT!
Even at the little gym near the office (part of a 4 gym chain) it was bad! I just wanted to be like "PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! Show me how to do a stiff-legged deadlift and LEAVE ME ALONE!" I just.. I know that what he normally gets is self-loathing little women looking to "blast their buns" or "tighten that tummy!" but spend two seconds, find out what my goal is, and then believe me. For years I've been neglecting my lower back for fear of fucking it up and these people are not helping. I have hope for this new one, though.
And, fer serious Sid, you should have been there. Every time the package came on screen the audience full of freaks/geeks/goths/renfaire weenies would just giggle like four year olds and go "WOOO!" I loved it. :)
Hey, are you already scheduled for tonight? Because tomorrow I'm filing this brief, and it could run late. Tonight not so much with the could run lateness. But I know your calendar is usually full.
I am, actually, but I'm also ok with the run-late thing. I'm due at Steve's tonight but I can wait as late as you need tomorrow or I could take the subway in and bring you takeout and we could do a quick dinner in your office. Or you could call me at 4 and say "I'll be here until 11" and I could remember that I get to see you Friday night and be ok with that too. :)
OK, fine, be flexible. See if I care.
Tell you what, how about at 4 tomorrow I call you and we figure out a plan.
My flexibility thwarts you!
I'll talk to you then if not before. I told Mom we'd be there for Saturday breakfast and that was the only for-sure meal so if we're going to be leaving early enough on Friday we'll just grab take-out or something fast and eat at her place. That way we can be flexible and she's not having to keep things under heatlamps. :)
Dude. If things don't work out with your trainer there? Let me know. We have 3 here, and although scheduling with them can be a bitch as they all have full time jobs outside of this gym, at least 2 of them are good enough that they'd listen to you and help you out. I'd have to talk to them about skipping the evaluation, but it's possible that I could call in a favor or two. Anyway, keep that in mind. :)
That shit's not good for your eyes, people.
Not good for Hoggle's eyes, either. Dude, watch that.
That'd be great! I mean I know there are things I'm doing wrong with some other exercises, but I'm fixing them bit by bit.. but I have no intention of starting the back stuff without a trainer to help. That shit'll hurt you. I like my back too much.
Dude, you have no power over me.
First, what I'm doing for my abs and obliques: I bought a Big Hula Hoop. No really. It weighs 10lbs, and as soon as I practice enough to keep it going for more than 15 seconds at a go, I'm sure it will help with those pesky weak abs of mine. *practices lots*
Second: I now have to watch Labyrinth again. Also? This makes my comment to Lala earlier this morning funny as all hell, which was not the intention of it, but maybe that's a good thing, too.
I'm liking the one or two sets of weighted crunches. I don't feel like I'm spending all day. And having the weighted belt on while I dance means I'm getting subtler movements worked as well. I was just so tired of doing 150 crunches and being tired and feeling like I'd wasted my workout time. blech.
Dude, seeing Labyrinth on the big screen was way cool. But I bet the mother of the two little kids in front of us wasn't pleased that we kept making lewd comments at Ye Olde Bowie Package.
heh, sounds like you have the same fit vs. unfit dilemma i have. i have a super-low resting heart rate that always charts on the "super-athletic" category, but my aerobic heartrate is around 160 just like yours.
he looked at me like I was dumb and said "That's going to take a long time."
i don't know how you didn't keep from glaring at him. i'd have said something snippy like, "i think i'm well aware of that, DUDE. or i wouldn't be here!"
gr. nothing like a little new year's motivation to start the routine off right! ah well, you don't need that guy. you are creating your own motivation!!
Exactly that problem. My doctors are always like "Your heart rate is really low.. do you work out?" They get all worried, it's cute. But it means I fail every fitness test based on heart rate. Now once I ramp up I stay within 10bpm for the remainder of the workout but seriously.. people piss me off.
As for not glaring at him, I wasn't that good. I gave him this look like "I didn't fall off the turnip truck yesterday" and said "Yes, I'm aware." I wanted to show him my before pictures and discuss pounds and inches lost and tell him that if anyone knows how long it takes to lose weight it's me and he should just... ARG! Anyway. He still sees me in there but I don't even have the time to blow him off. I'm busy being unfit. :)
the lady says disdainfully, "I don't even have TIME to blow you off."
ooo. that's a good one i will have to use to my advantage someday!
Should I be paying attention to my heart rate when I exercise? Why?
Um. Yes. Yes you should. Because, among other things, the little fit test is right, those more fit really do change their heart rate less over the course of an exercise. They just shouldn't start testing from the cold-start minute. And they should check your resting rate first..
The long and short is that as your aerobic fitness increases then your body becomes more efficient. Your heartrate slows, both at rest and a play as your heart muscle is getting stronger and not having to work as hard to pump blood. The more adept you become at a certain exercise (at a certain level) the less your heart rate will increase. For those out of shape, the heart rate increases just standing up and walking to the bathroom, for the moderately fit this isn't an issue. Likewise, for the moderately fit the heart rate increases when running at a sprint while for a sprinter it doesn't increase as much. It's all relative.
So, keeping an eye on your heart rate leads, at first, to knowing when you're overstressing your body. You should aim to never go more than 80% of max heart rate (mhr is 220 minus your age).. though I sometimes do. But keep it in the 60% to 80% of MHR to ensure that you're getting a good but maintainable workout. When the Department of Health says get 30min a day of aerobic exercise they mean spend 30 minutes a day with your heart rate in your 60-80 zone.
Later, after you start getting all buff (and by you I mean the generic exerciser, not you in particular), it will tell you when it's time to up your level, increase your distance, or maybe add some more resistance to what you're doing. The better you get at something, the less work your body is doing.. keeping it between 60 and 80% of MHR keeps you stretching for better aerobic fitness. Your heart rate and your rate of perceived exertion are as good a gauge of your fitness as your weight and body fat ratio are.
By the by, lifting weights will keep your heart rate accelerated just like working out on machines, and if instead of resting between sets you do alternating body part sets with no rest (i.e. instead of doing a set of benchpresses and then waiting and doing another set you do a set of bench, go immediately to a set of calf raises [or something else that doesn't work the bench muscles] and then back for your second set of bench) you keep that heart rate accelerated to a level comparable to a moderate run or a moderate elliptical session.
When working out on a machine you'll generally have the benefit of handheld heart rate sensors but when working out with weights you'll have to take it yourself. Count it for 6 seconds, multiply by 10.
And also? Jesus, I talk WAY too much.
And also? How cute is your Snoopy with the weights!? I need a weights icon. :)
i also have a snoopy yoga. :)
oops. didn't mean to reply to this comment. i thought i was replying to the original entry.
N'aww! And look at Katchoo right there in the middle with her gun. And Toby's little irritated face. Hee!
Katchoo totally makes me think of you.
And Toby, hating everyone, and JACK, having to pee!
I went back to him for my default because I missed his wee little unhappy face. :)
2006-01-04 05:05 pm (UTC)
rofl... JC, Corbett and I were just talking about David Bowie's "massive" performance in that movie the other day.
Why do all the fugly guys get the big cackinballs? :(
Seriously, Ricky, it was so cool seeing it on the big screen surrounded by every high-school outcast in the tri-state area. Of course they're all now rich geeks enjoying their revenge. But hearing them giggle like little kids? That was fun. Loved it.
How was your birthday?
I will try to have some decent snacks in the kitchen.
You. Hello, you. I have your cowtails hostage. I shall be bringing them back when next you present yourself for hugses.