Gym Bullies

Gym Bullies

The gym can be a very intimidating place for some people, especially for people who believe they’re either far too big, or too small.

At first glance, this might seem strange. After all, the concept of a gym is to give people a place to go so they can transform their health. In its most simplistic form, it’s a place for people to become either smaller, or bigger.

But unfortunately, almost every gym I’ve been to (in England, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia & Sweden) has just a small number of people seemingly set on ruining it for those who really need it.

If you’re overweight and feeling slightly insecure about yourself, of course the idea of going to a place where people are going to point, laugh and ridicule you will not be one you’re even remotely willing to entertain.

If you can relate to this, I would like to offer you a few words of encouragement.

For every person that points or laughs, there will be so many more people that are both directly and indirectly motivated, encouraged and inspired because of what you’re doing.

Putting yourself in a position where you might face ridicule, but choosing to ignore it, get on with what you’re doing and keep progressing towards a healthy goal will also silence those who once laughed; and maybe open their eyes to how small-minded they have been.

Also, if you are the type of person that points and laughs at people in the gym for not looking a certain way, remember this…



Weight Training: Why It’s Great For Fat Loss, And Why You Won’t Turn Into Schwarzenegger

Weight training, typically, is intense. Regardless of whether you’re lifting 2.5kg or 25kg, if it’s relative to your current ability, it will be intense enough to force your body to adapt.

The same cannot be said for running on a treadmill, or what most people refer to as ‘cardio’. In this sense, ‘cardio’ is actually specific aerobic conditioning, if you run on a treadmill all the time, you’re now just very good at running on a treadmill. You have not adapted to lose and keep-off fat.

Weight training is superior for fat loss for many reasons, most notably, the increase in resting metabolic rate, and the fat burning effect that comes with the recovery process.

The more muscle tissue we have, the more calories we burn when resting. Muscle is a metabolically active tissue, the more we have, the higher our energy requirements and the more calories used to sustain it; rather than being stored as fat. This is also why (ladies take note) that when you embark on a weight training regime, you will not turn into Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Our bodies are very clever, they’ve had to be to ensure we survived our caveman days. Back then, food was scarce. Being able to easily build copious amounts of muscle tissue would not have helped us survive. More muscle, more calories burned, more food needed to make sure we didn’t die. Because of this, the majority of us have a gene known as GDF-8, which basically puts a limit on how much muscle we can develop. Only a small minority of people are born without it.

Also, when recovering from a weight training session (that’s intense enough) our aerobic system is a vital component of this process. In many cases, the aerobic system gets a better ‘workout’ when recovering from an intense weights session than a steady paced treadmill session. As such, weight training is a much more effective way of losing body fat than ‘cardio’.