Stupid things that don’t work at the gym
I go to the gym all the time, in fact I am usually at the gym 6 or 7 times a week (when I am not sick, which I currently am). There are all kinds of things that people do that annoy me while I am at the gym, like the guy who does a dumbbell exercise RIGHT in front of the rack blocking all of the weights or people who don’t clean the cardio equipment. But nothing bothers me as much as the people who are clearly wasting their time. There are two types of people who really stick out as people who are wasting their time and have no idea what they are doing.
Guy Exercising in a Trash Bag
I don’t understand why but I frequently see people exercising while wearing a trash bag. I assume that they think that they will burn more calories by exercising with the trash bag on. I am curious whether someone told them to do it or if they come up with the idea on their own. I imagine their logic goes a little something like this: exercise leads to sweat and exercise leads to weight loss, so more sweat means more weight loss.
Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. If a person wears a trash bag while exercising they will retain more heat and will sweat more. The person will temporarily lose water weight, but as soon as they drink water to rehydrate they will gain that weight back. Wrestlers often use this strategy to temporarily lose weight before a weigh in but it has no impact on your long term weight. The only impart wearing a trash bag will have is increasing your odds of heat stroke.
Woman doing 50 Reps on a Machine
To be honest I only see a guy exercising in a trash bag like once a week, on the other hand I see someone doing like way too many reps on too light a weight every time I go to the gym. They will set the leg press to 20 pounds and then sit there and do 50 reps over the course of 5 minutes. There is no point to exercising this way. It isn’t enough weight to challenge your muscles to get stronger and you will burn almost no calories leg pressing 20 pounds. You would lose more weight by just walking, which is the easiest form of cardio.
The point of weight lifting is to increase or maintain muscle mass. If you are going to do weight lifting then challenge yourself so you get benefit out of it. You should not be able to do more than 15 reps at the weight you choose, and probably more like 5 to 8 reps. If you are looking to lose weight then choose cardio to burn calories, not really, really light weight lifting.