Archive | January, 2012

Distracting Ladies

31 Jan

Wednesday night at the gym is “hotties night”. Dont know why, but that is the night all the pretty ladies go. As such we men are incentivised to run faster and lift more.

But women and gym comes with a warning:

Attention ladies – wear appropriate undies.

This is not a good look.

Buy clothes that it you. Dont where white gym leggings with black and yellow flowery pants underneath. It is a bad thing.




Move To Weights And Busting Belly Myths

31 Jan

So I was at my 2mth review at the gym, with one full Christmas belly. Not suprising I am 3lbs heavier but annoying my belly was more rounded. Part of my review was to adjust my program slightly to shift away from purely cardio to some more stregnth. As a result, I was shown some new things and then went home to watch how to do them again on youtube.

Going Into The Cool Corner

At the gym I go to there is a clear division of gym between men and women. The women like:

1) The stepper – practise for going up and won the stairs tidying the house?

2) The running machine – but only at walking pace.

3) The bikes – so they can sit next to their friends and yak on about uterouses or something.

4) Some strange machine which opens and shuts their legs.

However, the men like:

1) Weights – not lifting them, but hanging around them to absorb their cool aura.

2) Cross trainer – like more manly running.

3) Any equipment where the view to the front is of a womans bum.

The women thusly rest in the womens corner and the men rest in the cool corner. I am now seemingly inducted into the cool corner as I have started doing various things requiring dumbells and barbells.

Flat Belly Lies – Eat Less Pies

After an evening of abdominal execrises which I HATE, I got back to read this which seems to sugest that a flat belly comes with having less body fat than is healthy. Oh dear.

Ooooh. Little Muscles Appear

22 Jan

Actually very pleased with myself. Little muscles have appeared on the backs of my lower leg, and also around the tops of my arms. It’s nice to see some visible results for all this sweat and hard work. At the same time, the tummy appears to still be too big, and the weight is very static. So what’s going on, and is there a problem?

What’s Going On?

Fat is clearly less dense than muscle. Fat is wibbly and muscle is not. This explains why my wife is maintaining the same weight, but is getting scawnier. This ancient forum post seems to sugest that a pound of mucsle is 3 times more dense than the same of fat. That would imply that I can loose most of the tummy but only get a tiny increase in bulk.

Is There A Problem?

The problem is trying to keep in sight my goal of more bulk. At some point I am going to have to reduce my cardio and up my weights. Next assessment is next week, so will chat then. Can I prioritise reducing the belly? Do I need to move onto the more hardcore “free weights”? I expect I need to adjuct my time in the gym to have two general sessions and two mainly on weights. And find something that I going to get this gut down quick. Might be a case of back to the old school medicine ball and situps.

Cross Trainers Are Wonderful

8 Jan

So, the winter break effectivly stopped gymming for me, as the leisure centre was shut / on restricted hours that didnt really suit. My first trip back was a nightmare:

1) Although I didnt exactly pig-out over Christmas, I wasnt on lettuice either. Clearly nil exercise had caught up with me.

2) The gym was rammed. I appreciate it was the first few days of new year, but it was very very busy.

Result was that I wasnt in a hurry to stay around to have a go on everything. But I did have a go on the running machine settings that imitate going up a hill.

New Gym Resolutions

Clearly fitting into a smaller size trouser is a boon, but I am after bulk, so some extra will-power has got to be found. Yesterday I went back with a vengence. I upped all the weight by 5kg, and juggled the routine around. 7 minutes warm-up, then a rest, then 22 minutes on a “hill” setting on the cross trainer. Then onto the weights. Certainly find I can lift more after the cardio than before.

So, I resolve:

1) Cardio first, on the cross trainer. Up a hill. My little bum muscles are going to take the brunt of the assault.

2) More weight.

3) Sort tummy.

The Science of Weights

I like science. I like wikipedia. Where better to find out about what weight I ought be workig out with. This page had a bit at the bottom showing some percentages, so I am going to test myself to destruction next session (Monday) and see what can be done.