Use Your Gym Better By Learning Its Secrets

Use Your Gym Better By Learning Its Secrets

If don’t use the gym as much as you should, there might be another reason besides time-constraints or laziness: gyms are designed to be boring. Here are some secrets about how gyms operate, and how to improve your fitness program.Men’s Health writes that your gym is your enemy. They’re designed to be dull so members won’t come very often or stay very long; gyms actually want to keep the fitness fanatics away who might make the place look too crowded when new potential members sign up.

At the same time, the article goes, gyms are loaded with weight machines and cardio machines that are less about providing members the best fitness gear, but rather reducing injury and encourage members to move quickly through the circuit of exercise machines — hopefully with one of their personal trainers, on whom you’ll become dependent.

There are other “lies” about fitness discussed in this rather lengthy piece, as well as some advice, such as: go for strength training (finding those free weights and old-fashioned equipment by the edges of the gym), and ask your personal trainer for sport-specific training (e.g. ski racing or mountain climbing). You won’t need weight machines or elliptical trainers, and athletic training can get you committed to a real exercise program.

Check out the other fitness ideas in the link below. It’s a long but interesting read. Photo by sirwiseowl

Everything You Know About Fitness is a Lie [Men’s Health]


  • I got rid of my persoanl trainer after he tried completely changing my routine, with all new weird exercises that would have taken many hours of training to learn.

    I go regularly, do simple exercies and have got great results, I feel sad for obvious novices being shepherded into overly complex equipment and routines- at fitness first the latest craze is rope systems :/

    Keep it simple and regular!

  • As someone who worked in the fitness industry, particularly from the side of training personal trainers, and gym admin, that’s a load of bollocks. Gyms designed to be boring? That’s really attributing far too much thinking to it. Gyms are designed to cater to the majority. Which is where the godawful maths comes in:

    “roughly 5 percent taken up by free weights; 5 percent by stretching areas; 50 percent by cardio machines; 50 percent by weight machines.”

    Give it 110% man!

    Free weights aren’t popular because they are DIFFICULT to master. When gyms became mass market, they needed a quick way to cater to the mass market – hence machines and cardio, with which people are less likely to seriously injure themselves.

    The ONLY worthwhile secret to a gym – learn how to use your muscles properly, and you can use every part of the gym.

  • It is True – around 84% of clients stop going to the gym within 3 months of joining (Gyms rely on this to stat to keep making money and to keep the gyms free of people), of the clients that continue past 3 months over half are doing the incorrect exercises for their goals. Gym are NOT good for and one with ANY sort of motivation issues. You’re better off thrown your money in the toilet. However there is a better way. 94% of clients who see a PRIVATE PT (not connected to any gym) reach their not only lose weight and tone up but actually reach their fitness goals. So instead of thrown money down the drain and wasting time being locked into a 12 month contact. see a Private PT

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