Thursday thoughts….

Forget hump day, Thursday is far better. The week is basically over at this point 😉

Over the last few days I’ve noticed some stuff at the gym that confuses and irritates me, mostly to do with females working out. This may be somewhat of a rant, consider that your warning.

1. I understand female workout clothing is limited in terms of storage space. We often don’t have pockets and things are generally pretty tight. However, WHY do girls stuff their iPods / phones / MP3 players in their bra so it’s hanging out of their cleavage?? This drives me crazy for some reason. Possibly because it gives the appearance that you aren’t there to get a legit workout in. FYI, they make arm bands AND music devices which are small and conveniently clip to your shirt or waistband. Bonuses: they’re pretty cheap…. and won’t get in the way of your reps.

2. Further to female clothing – underwear lines!! Now, I know my background is odd, 10+ years as a figure skater has drilled this into my mind: underwear lines = points deducted = never acceptable. Terrible! And yes, they’re noticeable. Throw on a thong with those leggings! I promise it won’t bother you.

3. Push-up bras… the gym. WTF? Why? Even better, a push-up bra under a sports bra, under a tank, with all sets of straps showing. Again, are you there to workout, or to flash your (padded) cleavage at some guys? Granted, some large-chested girls may need the multiple bras, and that’s understandable, but please make sure they’re functional and supportive. I’ve actually been worried that we were going to have some wardrobe malfunctions in my cardio classes because those weapons weren’t properly contained. Ok, this point covered two different problems, but they were related.

For both males and females
4. Check your ego at the door when you’re lifting. Unless you’re training to be a power lifter, etc. in which the weight actually matters – be true to yourself and lift a proper weight for your strength. I always stop to watch when people have a ridiculous amount of weight loaded up because I’ve learned that this usually leads to “baby reps”, or even worse – scary bad form. So, take it down a notch (or 5 plates) and focus on a solid rage of motion and proper technique to really benefit from the exercise.

Enjoy this as an example… Super heavy leg press

Ok…. That’s probably enough for today. I just wanted to share some thoughts / issues I’ve been noticing often. I’ll leave you with a positive story – today we signed all the legal paperwork for our house! Everything is ready to go, one week until the keys are in our hands!

Happy Friday everyone!!

About Ashleigh

I'm passionate about health and fitness. I work as a Health Promotion Specialist, a group fitness instructor, and also a coach for physique competitors / weight loss clients. I grew up as a competitive athlete, and have continued with this passion as a Women's Physique competitor. Research and writing is another interest of mine, which I use to share my knowledge with the general public.
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