Forget About Others

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 • North Canton, OH 44720

Oh look how much that guy is lifting! Look at that lady attacking that treadmill! Stop, are you at the gym for you or to pay attention to all the people around you? That is a question that only you can answer.

One of the first things I tell new clients is to forget about others. This might seem odd coming out of my mouth considering I’m one who tries to live by Matthew 5:44 “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” I also live by Luke 6:31  "Do to others as you would have them do to you."

I’m not advocating being a jerk in the gym or acting like you’re better than everyone else, yet I I’m all about you focusing on yourself. Many people I talk with are so enticed with the people around them that they really don’t focus on themselves. They see someone lifting a big weight and they think bigger is better, yet it isn’t. They see someone doing a certain exercise and they assume that person knows what they’re doing, and most don’t. After working in gyms all over for the last 4 years I’ve come up with 50-75% people don’t have a clue what they’re doing. Seriously. I myself have fallen for the good looking person who is well dressed, and lifts nice, yet when I have fallen back on my anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and how to put together workouts I’ve realized many of these people who look like they know what they’re doing actually have 0 clue to workout design other than tossing around weights with poor form.

Here are some of the wrong takeaways I’ve learned from watching others.

Bigger is better. It isn’t, the heavier you lift the more the form fades. Most skip on learning form/ABC and instead focus on big. This can lead to some serious injuries.

Warmups? Who does those?! People who don’t want to get hurt.

Stretching after a workout. Who does that? Your body would thank you if you did.

Most drop weights as fast as they can. Sad because you tear much more muscle fibers from slowing down the drop. Harder oh yes, yet so so much better.

Moving fast on treadmills or ellipticals usually get some heads turning. Yet, does this person actually have an incline or what is their resistance? Almost everywhere we go in the world has at least 1% grade.

Dressing in nice athletic attire doesn’t mean you have a clue what you’re doing.

Tracking is something I see most not doing. Keeping a workout diary is huge. How do you know if you’re increasing the sets, reps, weight or decreasing the rest or increasing the miles if you don’t track it. When results come you can see what you did. Same for injuries, something goes wrong what did I do?

All in all I hope you go workout for you. If not I hope you’ll reassess why you workout.


Lastly comparison is the thief of joy, forget about others and focus on you.