I hated gym class, not because of the physical activity (I was in hockey and football). But the fact there wasnt enough time to shower before the bell. So you stink to high heaven for the rest of the day.
So I would walk the track w/ all the girls. Pissed off my coaches something awful. So they flunk me in my junior year and won't let me double up my senior year so I would have to stay back.
I had already picked out my college and was accept (tech school). Just had to finish my senior year. So I figured I could work out something w/ the guidance counselor and the coach. Nope, neither would budge.
Ok I walk away thinking I'm screwed and have to basically take one class my 2nd senior year. Then it dawns on me, can I just start going to college now? Are there other alternatives?
So I call my college admissions and college guidance counselor. Explain my situation and what other options are available? Since this is a non-traditional college (No SATs) you can start w/o a diploma. The caveat is you must have one (or equivalent) to get your diploma. The state I'm from they don't distinguish between to the two so it won't be an issue later on.
So I called another meeting hoping the HS admin would change their minds. No joy, they stuck to their guns. Thinking they had me cornered I stood up and said "Well I'm just going to have to drop out then. I cant see missing a year of college to just do gym class."
The coach thinks he's all cute and is "You can't go to college w/o a diploma". I relay what the tech school admin/guidance told me of their policy on this.
Faces dropped. It set into the guidance counselor that a drop out looks bad on her and the school (small school) when the state audits. She starts back pedaling and I wasnt hearing any of it. Later on that night the principle and vice principle call to talk.
I wasnt interested, I was all excited about starting classes in the fall.
My HS tried to hold me back a year for 1 gym credit. I was already enrolled in a non-tradition tech college. Tech college would let me start classes as long as I got my GED prior to graduation. So I quit HS (looks bad on the school admin) and got my degree a year earlier.
I broke my ankle 4 months ago, and now knew that I'm over weight with 20 KG of fat and I need to heal through physiotherapy at the same time, so I'm seeing a doctor at the gym.
I have to stay for more than 3 hours cause my case is more of practicing, I also have to treat my ankle, so I spend lots of time seeing lots other guys and girls, even older people. I noticed that I'm one of the worst bodies around, I'm obese, weak and inexperienced.
Most of the guys have really better bodies and looks than me, I look in the mirror and I see myself as a short fat person who also happend to sprain his ankle badly.
I'm also the weakest of all. I look like I'm dying while training my abs or cycling while other guys are chill and really look like those trainers on YouTube. Even girls and older women can carry more weights than me. I also feel that I'm not doing the training the right way all the time and I'm constantly doubting myself.
Did anyone had this feeling and thoughts before? And how did you get over it?
Hi! Welcome to your weekly thread where you can share your gym tales!
I just started living with a new rommate and I am astonish by how much energy and things he has going in his life compared to mine. (I mostly 9-5, gym for 40min, cook, eat, watch tv, play videogame, read, repeat with the occasional boardgame night with friends) He does something everday!!!
He work as a firefighter, on his day off he takes construction contract paid cash, he also jsut bought a triplex which he is renovating in his free time, he ski, play hockey, goes to hockey tournament to other towns, dates a lot of women, goes to the gym everyday, always cleaning the house when he see something to be clean, travel a lot (he went like 1 month vacation to new zealand last year)(i dont even have a month of vacation at my job...) he basically does something at all time, he doesn't read not he watch tv or play videogame.... i havent even seen him relax beside surfing facebook marketplace to buy stuff cheap for his new triplex...
I've been living here for 3weeks now and It started a midlife crisis inside of me....Am I wasting my life away? I thought having a cushy job with decent pay (70k CAD, financial analyst, with a bachelor degee in admin) I was doing good, doing my regular 9-5 and relaxing at night with TV, videogame (lots of videogame)....and the occasional activities with friends that are still relax, like wine around fire, boardgame, camping, etc...
Am I living my life wrong or not to the fullest? how do people have so much energy? I alway tought I was "better" than most people because for me it seems most people are wasting their time on facebook and rewatching old TV shows (friends), while I at least was having a blast PC gaming and being able to always try new game, etc.... but OMG compared to that man I am nothing.... he lived more in 3 weeks than I did in my entire year....he always has project or something going one...and he has no "time waster" activities like TV, fantasy book, videogame...
EDIT: I need to mention that maybe it is also due to my Fiancee leaving me, because she felt "something was missing" and now I wondering if she was right, that maybe I am missing things in my life or I am living "wrong"
It shouldn’t matter what workout gear you’re wearing if you’re working out on your own and getting after it. You have all kinds of people working different hours, on leave, etc. trying to get theirs.
It’s fine. “No more using the gym during hours of PT.”
I’ll have a cheeseburger, all the way, and a vanilla shake. Actually... scratch the shake. Won’t be able to work that off in the morning.
One of the things that has annoyed me more than anything during lockdowns is the closure of gyms. I (used to) compete in weightlifting and trained 5x a week, so gym and lifting are a huge part of my life. I ran a little calculation, and over the past 1 year in the UK, gyms have been closed for around 58% of the time, or roughly 7 months! With similar restrictions on other sports venues. That is a huge amount of time where people are not able to exercise properly. But I think the ill effects of this are felt more widely than just by me.
For example a recent study in the UK suggests that people are exercising less and watching more TV during this lockdown. Its not surprising, given that its winter time in the UK when its cold, rainy and dark outside. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55843666
I see the impacts everywhere: my own workouts, although I still train 5x a week just like before, are only half as long as they used to be and with much less weight since you just can't have a proper home workout without a major outlay for equipment. A lot of friends/acquaintances who used to be really into gym, classes, volleyball, etc sports have largely stopped working out altogether or are just training at a mere fraction of the volume they used to do.
Incidental physical activity from just walking to places has also decreased. For example I used to spend c25 minutes every day walking to and from the gym and another 25 minutes walking to and from my house-train station- the office. That's c50 minutes of activity 5x a week that's flat out disappeared from my life, and I'm sure everyone's experiencing similar things.
Given how physical fitness and not being obese are vital to being healthy and getting through Covid unscathed, its borderline criminal that people have not been allowed to exercise as normal and we'll be feeling the ripple effects of this degradation in people's physical health for years to come.
And that's my 2 cents.
I am still in the beginning stages of losing weight so I am still heavier. I was on the treadmill with a mirror in front of me and she was on the stair master behind me. She was texting on her phone laughing pretty loudly and than I saw her holding up her phone with the camera pointed at me and she had her head turned the other way pretending she was looking elsewhere. What made me look in the first place, besides the fact there is a mirror in front of me, was I saw a flash of light so I thought the lights were flickering. I’m assuming it was a flash during her first failed attempt to get a picture of me. I texted my fiancé to come up to me because he works out in a different section. My fiancé is a pretty big guy, he used to be a physique competitor so I was hoping that would make her leave me alone. When he came up she instantly rushed off the machine and walked away huffing, not sure why. My fiancé comforted me the best he could and said just use it and fuel to keep going, she’s gone now. But for some reason I just want to leave and cry. I’m not even half way through my workout. I’m trying to think of other reasons why she would have taken photos of me and hoping it wasn’t making fun of my weight but obviously my mind goes there first. I’m hoping maybe she was taking a picture of my sweatshirt which is my fiancé’s and it’s one of the heavy metal bands and maybe she’s a fan also? Lol wishful thinking. Or maybe because I’m sweating an awful lot? Idk, I’ve always heard stories of this happening but I never thought it would have happened to me and now I really don’t want to be here or come back. I feel like I’m self sabotaging. Has anyone dealt with this? How did you get over it? Feeling really uncomfortable and insecure.
Edit: THANK YOU EVERYONE SO MUCH. You all don’t know how much I appreciate every single one of your words to me. Even the ones playing devils advocate. I needed all of this. Thank you so much!
Here's an example: Link to reddit comment
She said she was seeing someone. And through a minute of small talk found out she was A LOT older than she looked (I’m a sophomore in college, she’s been out of college for a few years). She was incredibly nice about it and said she admired my confidence.
But damn, I can’t believe I actually did it. I actually feel amazing. I’m normally an introverted guy but man, that adrenaline rush. Don’t be scared to take that step guys!
90% of people bring their own headphones and don’t want their song overpowered by yours. Some people want to work out in quiet without the headache given to them by your awful taste in music. MAYBE 1% of your customers actually care to hear it.
Do the other 99% a favor and just shut the fucking music off
Have I mentioned that I miss the gym?? I’ve been working out from home since March of last year. Honestly I have no complaints and it’s been going pretty well so far. Today, though, I hit a WALL. I have NO motivation to work out, even tried two separate workouts and got so bored I just quit. All I want to do is run on a treadmill, a sentence I never thought I would say in my life.
The gym at my complex is open and from the looks of it, seems relatively empty. However, I feel anxious stepping foot in there because I do not trust gym equipment right now. I just have such an urge to go and I kind of want to bite the bullet because I have no motivation to workout at home but I still want to work out.
Do any of you step foot in the gym right now? How do you feel safe? Do you bring your own wipes? Does your mask bother or affect your workout?
By the time I was in school (Gen X), no one showered after gym. You had about two minutes to throw your regular clothes on and get to the next class. Besides, it’s not like anyone actually exerted themselves in Gym.
But both my middle school (originally designed as a K-12, built in 1910’s) and my high school (originally designed as a HS and built in 1960’s) had showers. I don’t recall ever seeing either used.
Does anyone have memories of actually showering after gym? Or was this just something they depicted in movies?
For some background, I (19F) have just begun to go to the gym about a month ago and start weightlifting with a friend (19M). I have never lifted heavy before, just some bodyweight workouts with 20 lb dumbbells mixed in.
On Wednesday, I failed two squats (135) and had no idea how to bail properly. Today during our workout, my friend kept telling me how terrible my squats are and how funny it was to see my "bruised ego". Today, he yelled at me for being a "terrible spotter" (which is fair, but the statement is in no way constructive) and "benching terribly". These comments are making me dread going back to the gym. I don't feel like I will ever know what to do or be able to make progress.
Should I find a new gym buddy? Should I start going by myself and ask employees/gymgoers for tips?
In all honesty, the only reason why I continue going with him is because he has a routine for each muscle group and I wouldn't know what to do if he wasn't there.
[EDIT] I went to the gym alone for the first time today! It felt.. freeing. What was once a two hour workout became less than an hour. I'm realizing that it was HIM that made me nervous, not the gym environment!