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madeline wrote:Re: the subject of your thread- that's not very nice, and a bit of an insult to most of the girls on the forum who are working hard at the gym. Maybe you should just find exercise friends and shopping friends and not mix the two, you can't expect people to just do what you want them to do.
Bread-Monster wrote:madeline wrote:Re: the subject of your thread- that's not very nice, and a bit of an insult to most of the girls on the forum who are working hard at the gym. Maybe you should just find exercise friends and shopping friends and not mix the two, you can't expect people to just do what you want them to do.
Sorry, the title wasn't meant to sound nasty, it was just a little teasing. However, it does seem that there are hardly any girls downstairs doing free weights they're either upstairs doing cardio or on the weights machines, or downstairs using the weight machines.
I'm not bagging girls working hard at the gym, I'm just curious as to why girls hardly use free weights. Think about it, you burn more calories using free weights because you're using your stabilizing muscles. You also work out more minor muscles that machines can't work out and you not only get stronger, but if you were to lift up, say, a small pony over your head (not recommended), you'd have developed the stabilizing muscles in your knees, back and shoulders so you don't wobble around while lifting said pony and causing yourself an injury.
Yeah, I shouldn't have mixed socialising with going to the gym, but it's the only time I get to see my old high school friends so I bite the bullet. I don't expect them to do what I want them to do. I expect them to be girls and stay away from free weights because that's what most girls do.
I also don't really want to go to the gym with hardcore guys because they will spend ALL evening doing free weights and no cardio. One of my male friends insisted that "Cardio is for girls and wimps, dead lifts are for real MEN!". When I asked him "What's the point of being strong if you cant get from point A to point B without collapsing in a pathetic heap?" He replied "PAH! Real men will not go from point A to B, real men will dead lift point B to point A!". Gawds...
I just want a balanced gym buddy who would crank my incline up on the treadmill when they think I'm not working hard enough even though I'm weezing, who will insist on increasing the resistance on the exercise bikes to maximum and racing the last kilometre, and when my face turns beetroot and my lungs are gasping for air, will encourage me to finish the last 100m and cheer me on. A buddy who will spot me when I'm doing free weights and insist that I can do another chin up...and another. A buddy I can lean against as we both wobble out of the gym like two precarious little water balloons. Sure I can go alone, but I can't possibly work that hard because... who will carry me out of the gym?
Bread-Monster wrote:Hmm, the macho man thing, it used to scare me when I first went to the gym. I was on the machines and a group of guys were standing around me glancing at me with disdain. I didn't finished up my reps and left and they jumped on it before I could get the cleaning stuff to wipe down the equipment. I moved onto the free weights and no one would take them from me because they were only 10kg weights.
No, I do not go to the gym 24/7, All I know is, everytime I'm there, 99% of the girls are upstairs doing cardio and using the machines. there was one exception though. This little 5'1 singaporean girl. She impressed me so much I wanted to ask her to be my gym buddy. I saw her do 10 reps of military pull ups. She held herself up there for what seemed like a minute. I think she was doing a few sets before hand because she looked really red and tired. The muscles on her arms were so tight and prominent and she was just...well...sexy. She then went on to do bench presses with weights probably exceeding her own body weight. Fantastic, amazing, strong, hot and awesome were the words that popped into my mind when I saw her. The guys respected her.
I do often go to the gym by myself. I can't really do free weights without a spotter though. I have the tendency to work myself to fatigue (eventhough you're not supposed to but I just don't notice until it happens). I have convinced my boyfriend to join me next year, 3 times a week and I will be using free weights and when I get those long, tone, prominent muscles all over my body, I'll post a photo (will probably never happen).
OH! Btw, I heard Women's Health Magazine is coming out. I can't wait! i've been reading my boyfriend's Men's Health magazines but no longer! finally, a women's magazine I can read without falling asleep or flicking through for the sudoku.
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