Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: The First Thirty

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 1
Crow's #Gym Vol. 1: You don't go to the gym to show off. As a tool every good visit to the gym can assist you in the ability to show off elsewhere, like say, the beach. Showing off at the gym will only get you injured, and then you won't be showing off anything but your stupidity, and you can do that from anywhere. #health #hulksmash

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 2
Crow's #Gym Vol. 2: If you can't do an hour or two at the gym for the sake of your long term health, then do it for the twenty two or twenty three hours short term self righteous bliss you get afterwards, because you have gotten that workout out of the way. #health #hulksmash

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 3
Crow's #Gym Vol. 3: You go to the gym to work on YOU! Any time spent on envy towards others doesn't hurt them in the least, and it doesn't help you at all. You may make a new friend if you just go ask the person you want to hate for advice, and they probably want to be helpful. #health #hulksmash

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 4
Crow's #Gym Vol. 4: Light and right will get you the best results. If you don't do perfect sets, then you are probably wasting your time, and more likely than not setting yourself up for an injury. Again like I had said in Gym Rule 1: You don't go to the gym to show off. #health #hulksmash

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 5
Crow's #Gym Vol. 5: Don't spend your workout pissed off at the people who don't put away their weights. I spend a few minutes picking up the area I am going to workout in, and then I put my weights away when I am done. I only need to make sure that I am a good person. Who cares about who else is a douche bag? The world is full of them, so this is an easy way to be different.

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 6
Crow's #Gym Vol. 6: If you can't help don't hurt. Standing around laughing when someone is doing something wrong makes you an asshole. Taking a minute to show someone the right way to exercise makes you a rock star. Don't believe me? You should see how I get treated when I walk into the gym. It's not because I am a meat head, it's because I am friendly and helpful.

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 7
Crow's #Gym Vol. 7: There's nothing wrong with looking at yourself in the mirror. You work hard to be able to judge yourself each day. I realize others may judge you for doing this, and in today's day and age you are supposed to be embarrassed by accomplishment, but the opinion of an asshole doesn't mean much, does it?

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 8
Crow's #Gym Vol. 8: Make every workout the best workout ever. The best workout I ever had was the last workout. The next workout will probably be better but I have always been able to leave the gym saying "that was the best workout ever," and the best part is, I'm right.

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 9
Crow's #Gym Vol. 9: Work to the pain, never past it. If you are a pro athlete and the game check means an extra hundred thousand dollars then sure you have inventive to play past the pain. In the real world when your body says ouch you stop there. That is the end point now of every rep in that set until your body says it is OK to go further. Could take days, could take weeks. If it takes months then talk to a doctor.

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 10
Crow's #Gym Vol. 10: The only thing that has ever stopped me from reaching my goals is me. Either I decided I couldn't, or I decided I didn't want to. When I decided that I could, I did. The best thing I ever did, was raise the bar higher.

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 11
Crow's #Gym Vol. 11: Laughing at yourself is perfectly OK. A lot of the things you do while you are working out are pretty funny. Always remember to take the time to have a good laugh at some of the stupid things you do. It will make it a lot easier on you when other people notice these things too.

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 12
Crow's #Gym Vol. 12: Don't assume that someone in shape doesn't understand what you are going through. They might have understood it perfectly, took the hint, gained the initiative and done something about it. The balls in your court to learn the rest or the chances are pretty good that you are the one who doesn't understand, know how to take a hint or gain the initiative to do anything about it.

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 13
Crow's #Gym Vol. 13: Remember where you were, as you dream about where you are going, while you remain living in today. The old you is gone, and you have the potential to be something great, but if you don't focus on today's workout, then it is all irrelevant.

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 14
Crow's #Gym Vol. 14: Some days you face the bull. Some days you ARE the bull. You never really know until you enter the arena. I can't even count the amount of times I have felt too *insert excuse here* to go to the gym, but did anyway. More often than not I left that gym visit feeling like a bull looking for a china shop.

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 15
Crow's #Gym Vol. 15: Your body gets 80% of the nutrients it needs within two hours of working out. While it might not be the best time to cook a steak and a baked potato, the best way to get the right stuff into your system is a couple of scoops of whey protein and a yogurt. Get that out of the way and then you really don't have to worry about your muscles for the rest of the day. Well unless you strain one.

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 16
Crow's #Gym Vol. 16: Don't lose your temper with anyone who treats you like a meathead. Ignorance is an amusing thing if you keep the right temperament. If you go to the gym long enough, someone is going to treat you like a meathead sooner rather than later. The secret is to just smile at them, and think to yourself, "I'm a meathead, and you obviously have no concept of biology and physiology?"

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 17
Crow's #Gym Vol. 17: The good news is that you will always be able to find an expert that will tell you that working out too much is worse than working out at all. The bad news is that those aren't your only two choices, so get out there and get healthy.

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 18
Crow's #Gym Vol. 18: Nobody can teach you how to eat foods that you won't eat, but you've probably had plenty of examples of why you should. If you are constitutionally incapable of eating healthy, then you will fail at dieting. There is no way around that simple fact.

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 19
Crow's #Gym Vol. 19: Bodybuilding is no more complicated than learning the number four. Sure there are a lot of techniques, and routines that happen along the way, but once you are ready to take it to the next level, all you need to know is four. Four sets is your goal, and your reps are in multiples of four. Twelve means stop, and go up in weight. Eight to Twelve means, you can go up in weight. Four to Eight, means NO MORE weight, and under four means you need to drop the weigh. Never forget the number four and you'll go places.

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 20
Crow's #Gym Vol. 20: Come down from Planet iPod once in a while. Although you may think you are in the zone at the gym, not being able to hear anything, walking into everyone because you can't hear them begging you to stop walking into them, you're also missing out on the potential friendships that happen around you. If you do need to hit "your zone" with "your tunes" just try doing it at a volume that can be heard over, and think about all the people who don't like your taste in music too, but can still here it every time you stumble by.

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 21
Crow's #Gym Vol. 21: On the Seventh Day God Rested. Of course you aren't God, but at least one day a week you need to NOT work out. During the winter I take an off day every forth day, so I can let my muscles really stretch out, and during the summer I take an off day every seventh, so I can burn a little more fat, but no matter what you take an off day. This is good for you, I promise.

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 22
Crow's #Gym Vol. 22: A change of view can fix a point of view. You stand in front of the mirror everyday and you see no result. This drives you crazy and makes you want to give up, but here's a simple trick that will change it all for you. Turn to the side, and look again. Oh there's all those results you've been missing! The fact is you can only get so small in one direction with all the bones and things that get in the way of getting tiny. Turn to the side and you will see all those curves that have come in while you've been fixated on the front view.

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 23
Crow's #Gym Vol. 23: Ignore the scale, especially in the beginning. I know, HOLY POTATOES BATMAN! How can you possibly get healthy and ignore the scale? The fact is that when you fist start being serious about working out your body will be in a state of flux. Anyone can starve themselves and lose a few pounds, but breaking through that requires a program, and your body will fluctuate especially in the beginning as you replace fat with muscle. The first step is to just feel better, then you can start working on looking better, and that is when the scale will agree with your effort.

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 24
Crow's #Gym Vol. 24: A short memory can be your best asset. You didn't have a great set yesterday? Well there is no reason to let it effect today. You couldn't get in enough reps the last time you worked this body part? Do NOT let it alter the way you attack these sets on this go around. You will always be improving and staring in the rear view mirror isn't the way to get where you are going..

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 25
Crow's #Gym Vol. 25: Bigger muscles burn more fat. That's not exactly a new theory, but it has to be explained so many times I made it a rule. For every pound of muscle you put on yourself it is that many more calories your body goes through a day. Women always say they don't want to be muscle-ee and men say they don't want to be a meathead. Ok then, be fat, or eat very little. I like my metabolism big!

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 26
Crow's #Gym Vol. 26: Dieting is more about tricking yourself into believing that you aren't dieting than actually eating less. The secret to losing weight and body fat through dieting is to take in less calories than you use up. We get it, but do you know the ways to eat less and not really notice it? Two slices of rye bread usually have the same calories as one slice of any other bread. Romaine lettuce has twice the fiber and vitamins of green leaf or iceberg for about the same calories. Nobody can really tell you how to eat but simple steps like these are a good start. Figure out the things you eat a lot and just change those to things that work better for your diet.

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 27
Crow's #Gym Vol. 27: Feed the furnace between sets. So many people love the pump, and they forget about the burn. After a good "set" with weights you require a rest period on your muscle group of at least equal the time you were putting stress on the muscle group. One of my favorite tricks is to "take a walk" because your body is already a "calorie furnace" taking a walk around the gym between sets might make your workout longer, but it will give you time to smile and make friends, as well as burn a few extra calories between sets.

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 28
Crow's #Gym Vol. 28: Today isn't just a new day, it is the ONLY day. You can spend all the time you want at a computer or a coffee shop table complaining about your bad eating habits, and your poor exercise routine, but what are YOU doing about it, and why haven't you started NOW. All of the bad eating yesterday, and all of the good intentions tomorrow don't amount to a hill of beans. The only day you have is today, and what you do with it is what really matters.

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 29
Crow's #Gym Vol. 29: A good bodybuilder does just about everything on the "feel" of it. Every rep you can actually feel your muscles pinching in the right point. It does take a while to know the difference between a pinch and a pain, but once you get there, you are in a whole new world of fitness. Your body instinctively uses the right form because you work to the pinch. This is the world where you can get the same workout from every weight you touch, regardless of size.

The Crow's Gym Thoughts: No. 30
Crow's #Gym Vol. 30: Sometimes you have to leave it up to God. Yeah without getting all theological, I leave a lot of my workout to fate, even though I am altering nature every time I go to the gym. During those rare occasions that I can't get to the gym because of horrible weather, or job commitments, I don't freak out about it. I just assume that God or whatever is telling me to take another day off. It ALWAYS works to my advantage. It also works out during those times I have to do three sets instead of four because I am in a hurry, just don't make it a habit, That's not God that's your lazy ass.