Did you think January was the #1 time of year the masses start dieting? In thought perhaps, but now we've entered Bikini season so those that sort of let resolutions slip away enter 'crunch' time, where a beach body is supposed to be created in 30 days or less. Good luck with that! Unless you believe Hogwarts truly exists, you must be planning a routine one would expect to find in the Navy Seal's Hell Week training - voluntarily signing yourself up for an extended course because that's what it's going to require when you wait till the Nth hour to finally get in shape!
It's funny how one goes about prepping for The Diet - there's the mental checklist we go through and it usually begins with:
Starting this coming Monday, I will change my ways.
I will exercise for 1 hour, X 5 days/week.
I will only eat 1,500 calories a day.
I will cut sugar cold turkey.
I will eat fresh veggies every day and cut out gluten.
But you still have to plan for what you'll eat in place of the regular fare and you don't...
It's time for another installment of Tales From The Gym. This should be accompanied by the soundtrack from The Outer Limits as the crazy hijinks performed on a regular basis often equate to insane antics of the non-thinking variety. I'm talking about my favorite gym pet-peeve here: BAD FORM. This started with a woman who has witnessed squats being performed by the serious folks (i.e., those that venture into the free-weights section of the gym), all from her safe little corner of selectorized weight machines (not there's anything wrong with this). Yet, she decided to take a walk on the wild side and swaggered on over to the Smith machine to give it a go.
Now let me say - I am so proud of her for breaking her boundaries! Then I saw how much weight she loaded on it, without ever having used this machine or performed squats, and the resultant poor form. It made me hurt just watching her. Don't be fooled into thinking that the Smith machine is like a tricycle, safe because it has training w...