Thursday, September 1, 2011

Gym Pet Peeve

Happy almost weekend! Actually, happy almost three-day weekend Open-mouthed smile. Anyone got any fun Labor Day plans? I do, but we’ll save that for later Winking smile. Oh, and I think I’ve got some new readers, so HI! Hope you enjoy my little blog and reading about my crazy life. If there are three things you should know about me, they are: 1) I’m a little weird and very oblivious 2) I will pretty much ask anyone and everyone to take pictures of me for the blog and 3) my life consists mainly of food, pharmacy school (I’m in my last year and am currently on clinical rotations), working out and blogging.

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Alright, let’s move on to today! This morning I woke up a little earlier than usual so I could eat some breakfast before I hit the gym. Normally when I exercise in the mornings I eat afterwards, but since I’ve sort of made Thursdays my designated running day and I don’t like running on an empty stomach, I decided to eat before hand. Running fuel:

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Two whole grain waffles with almond butter, half a banana, and cinnamon. Love love LOVE this breakfast!


Workout

Since my last couple “long” runs have been pretty boring (i.e. I just run the designated distance at pretty much the same pace until I finish), I decided to mix it up today and did an extremely modified version of a 5-4-3-2-1 workout I saw on Courtney's blog. Here’s what I did:

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As you can see, it starts with 5 minutes at one speed, then 4 minutes a little faster, then 3 minutes even faster, and so on (hence the title 5-4-3-2-1 workout). The original one had much faster speeds, no walking breaks, and repeated itself three times. Um, I was definitely gasping for air after two repeats of this workout AND I took a five minute walking break halfway through. I’ll have to keep working on this one!

Here are my stats before my five-minute walking cool-down:

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Not too shabby. Even though this workout kicked my butt, I was still feeling pretty good when I was done and decided to do a little ab/core work afterwards.

  • Crunches (machine) 3 sets x 20 reps
  • Back extensions (with 10 lb weight) 3 sets x 15 reps
  • Side bends (with 25 lb dumbbell) 4 sets x 15 reps each side



Gym Pet Peeve

Ok, now for a little talk about one of my biggest gym pet peeves. I don’t know about you, but I get SO annoyed when I see people talking on their cell phones or texting while they are at the gym. Um, hello, I come to workout; not to hang out and talk on the phone. It especially annoys me when I see people talking on the phone while they are on a cardio machine. Puh-lease, there is no way you are getting an efficient workout while you’re chit chatting away and walking at a snail’s pace. Someone else might need that machine who is actually here to exercise.

That being said, today I was one of those annoying people who had my cell phone at the gym. No, I was not using it while I was on the treadmill (um hi, did you see the workout I just posted? No way would I be able to hold a conversation while doing that.). However, I had it with me because I wanted to get a picture of my treadmill stats when I was done. Then, since I decided to stay a little longer when I was done running, I just carried my phone around while I finished my workout. Of course I got text messages and just had to reply to them right that second, and before I knew it I was standing around in the weights area texting away while people all around me were busy working their butts off.


I was immediately embarrassed and quickly put my phone down and picked up a dumbbell when I realized what I was doing, and I’m going to try not to do that again because I know how annoyed I get when I see other people do it. Not that any of them are reading this, but my apologies to my fellow gym-goers!

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So, what about you? Do you get annoyed when you see other people at the gym talking on the phone or texting (or taking pictures of themselves Winking smile)? Do you bring your phone into the gym with you?

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