That’s bad right?!
I was just looking at mine and realizing they look a little bit worn out. I bought them last August before my last volleyball season. I wear them around 2times a week to workout (whenever I’m not doing reads/squats basically). Thoughts?
Since I’m in workout clothes 70% of the time I want to ask for something nice for Christmas. I’m thinking either some sort of half-zip or tank from lululemon (it would be my first thing from there ahhh) or Nike. Does anyone have any recommendations of any products they really like?
Also want to ask for lifting shirts with cheeky sayings on them so tell me about any of those wonderful articles of clothing you know about!
Thanks guys :)
Since I work for the gym on campus (the company is called CFC), we have to take 5 required training classes in order to work (on things like cleaning up blood, customer service, risk management, etc.). Those classes are pretty boring but the skills are necessary in case an emergency happens. The fun part is taking the optional training classes, on such things like core training, stretching, lower body and upper body training. The best part? I get paid to take them :)
This round of training classes (they’re offered once a month), I signed up for lower body training, static stretching, and the “wildcard class” on using the functional trainer.
The lower body class was full of a lot of information I already knew, and the instructor showed up late so unfortunately I didn’t really get a lot out of it :(
I really really loved the static stretching class. The instructor lead us through a simple stretching routine to stretch the whole body. I took the sheet home with me and I’m going to try to do it every night before bed. It only takes 20 minutes and it gives you a good stretch. The trouble that I always have with setting stretching goals is that I never have a set stretch routine. Now that one has been handed to me, I’m hoping it will be easy to stick to. I’m definitely a person of routine.
The “wildcard” class was supposed to be on Oly lifts, but they couldn’t write up a syllabus in time so instead it was on the functional trainer. I was really looking forward to learning the Oly lifts, but I thought the functional trainer class was really interesting. Basically the instructor focused on different planes of the body and how to increase muscular engagement on applying forces parallel or perpendicular (I can’t remember) to the plane of movement. I really liked how to explanations were based in science/anatomy. I probably won’t be using the functional trainer anytime soon, but it was still cool to learn about it.
And this is what living on a college campus gets you! Pretty sure I accidentally left the app off one day so this isn’t even everything! It’s eye opening.
You guys, I downloaded the COOLEST new app! It’s called Moves. Basically it’s a pedometer for your phone. Since I do a lot of walking and I’m all about ~data~ it’s the perfect way to keep track of just how far I’m walking. Today I took approximately 10,000 steps and walked 4.3 miles ☺️
Today I went to Teagle, which is the beautiful gym in which I want to live. It has racks on racks on racks (rack city bitch) and platforms and bumper plates and ugh I love it.
Not gonna lie, I was a little nervous going in today because it was ~bro bench day~ and it’s like the most bro of all lifts and like idk I don’t want other bros to be all up in my bench. But whatevs I just walked in and did my thing anyways. I benched with no problems, did some push ups and accessory exercises and what not. This is the more “serious” gym so everybody here knew what htey were doing, it wasn’t crowded and I was left in peace.
After weights, I went upstairs to do some HIIT. I tried sprints on the treadmill and I LOVED it. It challenged my body in a way that just doesn’t happen on an elliptical. It was nice to just run as fast as I could…and then chill for 30 seconds. The treadmill was easy to program and I will def do some more intervals.
As I was doing the weight portion of my workout, I noticed some guy I think I’m friends with on Facebook. When I went for dinner in the dining halls, he came up to me and asked if he saw me in the gym and if we were friends on Facebook and yadda yadda. He took my number and after that we were texting about lifting. It’s nice to make a ~bro buddy~
My first shift working as a fitness monitor is tonight! So be prepared to hear allllll about that. I’m working in Helen Newman Hall (HNH) which is the gym on the freshman portion of campus so hopefully there’s not too many people doing dangerous stuff this late at night (I’m closing ahhh)
Expect a selfie
I’ve decided that I want to start documenting all of the antics that I’ve seen in the campus gyms, as well as all of the pretty awesome stuff I see. So here we go!
Preface: There are 4 gyms on campus. Helen Newman and Appel are on North campus where the freshman live, and they have squat racks and free weights but no area to deadlift and minimal benches. Noyes is on West Campus where the upperclassman live and I’ll probably never go to this year. Teagle is basically my dream gym, with platforms, bumper plates, a bazillion power racks and benches and well as a free weight area and a those gym machine things. However, it’s a 15 minute walk up a steep hill from my dorm, but it’s near my classes. I’ll probably go to Teagle on the weekdays after class and Helen Newman on the weekends.
Today I went to Helen Newman. There were bros a plenty, lots who knew what they were doing and those who did not. I went to a squat rack where someone casually left a bench just chilling. Why is it so hard to move the equipment back where you found it?! Anyways, some kind soul helped me move the bench out of the way and I started my squats.
Some guy started squatting in the squat rack next to me, with a towel wrapped around the bar and barely going down to quarter squats. All the while I quietly sat by doing ass to grass squats in my little rack, cringing at his form. Honestly a lot of the stuff I see at the gym that makes me cringe just makes me feel bad because no one’s told these people that what they’re doing is wrong. Like I want to help everyone become heavy ass squatting superstars, but I also want to respect their personal space to do their workout so it’s a conundrum. I think the solution is to become a personal trainer.
Then some kids (a group of 3 or 4 boys?) sent a representative to talk to me and ask me how many sets I had left because they wanted to use the rack to bench. I had a while left so I basically squashed their dreams of using the rack. Bad gym etiquette on my part? Possibly but ya know I’m using the squat racks for squats and I can’t really work them in with a bench. So oh well.
Then I went somewhere to do lunges and it was kinda crowded with benches but then there was this huge space of open floor to which I thought “ah what a perfect space for me to lunge.” And then some really tall guy comes and takes up the entire space doing curlz. Srsly.
Good things! Positivity! Some other guy moved his bench and made room for me to lunge. Yay for nice gym peeps.
I wasn’t the only girl lifting and it made me happy to see other badass ladies doing their thing.
I decided to try some isolation leg machines after I finished with all my barbell and dumbbell stuff. It just wasn’t the same. I really dislike machines. I also think that I’m too small for them. Like even when they’re all the way to the shortest position it’s still hard for me to get a full ROM.
I was in a funk this morning but after the gym I felt MUCH better about everything. Now it’s time to do some homework and just chill.
Please enlighten me.
My dad and I are planning on working out tomorrow morning in the small gym my hotel has. It has a few treadmills/ellipticals, medicine balls, one machine thingy, and one TRX band thing. Since I don’t have a treadmill at home, I’m planning on doing some sprints because I think that’ll be fun.
So my questions are as follows:
- What’s the best way to do HIIT on a treadmill? (what time intervals, speeds, etc.)
- What’s the best exercises on the TRX bands?
Thanks in advance :)
I was going to try doing some sprints after squats today and then my legs were all “Oh no you do-on’t” (said in sassy voice) and then turned to jelly on the spot. No HIIT for me today but I’m satisfied nonetheless.
Not really. I followed someone on a bike as they ran really fast because soccer player.
But technically I went on the run soooo
Not gonna lie it kinda made me want to run.
Some snapshots from my kayaking adventure yesterday! I love the water where I live.
The other day there were some boyz at my house (omg boyz) and my mom was teasing me saying “Oh you should show them the basement [my home gym/squat rack area] they’ll love it!” When I refused to give them a tour because I was embarrassed, my mom took them herself and showed them around, all while I hid under a blanket thinking “omg mom no.”
But ya know what
They came back from their ~tour~ and they told me how cool it was that I lift. I was still a little embarrassed (I think it might have been more from my mom putting me on the spot than me wanting to keep my lifting a secret) but I thought it was pretty cool.
This happened about 2 weeks ago and since then I’ve conversed with one of said boyz about me lifting several times and I realized that I probably shouldn’t have been so resistant to talk about it the first time they were at my house. Most of my friends know about my bro lyfe but I guess because these were new people that I was hanging out with it was all ~new~ and ~nerve wrecking~
Moral of the story is don’t be afraid to be yourself because ya know what I’m pretty awesome. and badass.