Mission: Gympossible

Let's Do This!

01 January 2016
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Let's Do This!

by Flex Luthor
Well guys, 2015 has come and gone, and we're still using roads like a bunch of suckers. I guess this goes to show that things don't always turn out the way we imagine. I certainly learned this lesson over the past year. Some fitness and general health facts were also validated the hard way during 2015. At the end of 2014, I became a father and everything changed.
I have a hard time imagining many other things as disruptive and life changing as becoming a parent. Yes, you do give up a lot (a lot!) for the sake of that brand new person. Sometimes you look back at your life only a few short months ago and cannot believe how free you were. And yes, it is absolutely, 100% worth it. Everything your child does is beyond awesome, and you feel bad for every other parent in the world because they have to settle for their own children while you have the best, cutest little baby in the world. But as far as going to the gym and staying fit are concerned, becoming a parent is like a nuclear bomb.
To say that parenthood cramps your style is an understatement, to say the least. You are attacked on several fronts.Firstly, if you are not lucky enough to have a baby who sleeps through the night, you will end up waking up several times every night. And if you're like me, once you're up, it takes a long time to fall asleep again. Secondly, the lack of sleep drains your energy, on top of the fact that you not only don't get a break from your usual responsibilities, like work, but you also have new, baby related ones. When you run on fumes, good luck getting a decent workout at the gym, if any at all. The lack of sleep has another, horrible effect. You see, all other things being equal, if you don't get proper sleep, you will gain weight. Finally, for me, not getting regular and frequent workouts pushes me to eat all the wrong things at all the wrong times. The opposite is also true: after a good workout, the last thing I feel like having is junk food. That is just one of the wonderful byproducts of lifting, along with increased overall energy, which would help tremendously in this context! 
But once the baby starts sleeping through the night, everything goes back to normal, right?
There's another person I haven't mentioned so far: your significant other. In my particular case, I have no idea how my wife does it. She is amazing at taking care of our child, and has the patience of a saint. At least I get to go to work, see other people and do my own thing. My wife has been on mat leave the entire time and spends all of her time with the baby. Having taken care of our little bundle of joy on my own once in a while, for entire days, I can tell you it's no vacation! 
So it would be very harsh and unfair for me to just take off for an hour and a half to hit the gym while she's at home, exhausted and unable to get any time to herself, let alone get in a workout of her own. She used to be a yoga instructor and absolutely loved practicing, so I can imagine her level of frustration is on par with mine relative to the lack of lifting in my life as of late.
You know what, though? All the stuff I've outlined above, as insurmountable as it may seem, is ultimately just a bunch of excuses. Up until a couple of months ago, I still managed to lift 2 to 4 times a week. They weren't the best workouts by any stretch, but damn it, I still managed to go. I stopped simply because both my wife and child got sick, one after the other. With a sick wife, my son relied on me more than usual, which meant having to spend more time at home. With a sick baby, we went back to getting up several times a night, with all the above described consequences.  
But this is a brand new year, and things are already looking up. Our little one is starting daycare next week, which will  give my wife a chance to catch her breath. Also, I've been coming home for lunch over the past couple of months in order to give my wife a small break in the middle of each day. Now, I will be able to hit the gym during lunch hour. How sweet is that?!
Yes, 2016 definitely feels like the beginning of a new chapter: lifting and fatherhood, balanced and harmonious. This is how I see the coming year, and I will definitely keep you all posted.
How about you guys? What is the biggest obstacle you've ever come across in your quest for gains?

Lifting: The Movie

Greetings, gravity busters. So far, we've strived to help you build the soundtrack to your quest for gains by tapping into music in general, as well as the video game industry. So, as you can easily guess, it is time to look to the wonderful realm of movies, where music is crucial when it comes to the tone of a scene or even an entire film. So, in no particular order:

Danger Zone (Top Gun)
When badass super spy Archer obsesses over a song, that piece deserves our attention. So take off your shirt and grab that volleyball. Hm, perhaps not, but this is still a pretty awesome song! 

Eye of the Tiger (Rocky III)
This one's a no-brainer. Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" is all about challenge, going the distance, and staying hungry. Incidentally, all of those terms can be found in the lyrics of the song, along with "hanging tough" and "thrill of the fight". This track exists to motivate and push one's limits, so it's very easy to see how it made it on this list.

Confusion (Blade) 
Back when the first Blade came out in 1998, I went in not expecting much. Remember, this is about a year before the first X-Men came out, and Marvel was on the verge of going belly up. And then, I was hit with the rave scene right at the beginning of the movie. Holy crap! Right then and there, I knew this would not only be an awesome flick, but one based on a comic book, no less.

Navras (Matrix Revolutions)
Say what you will about the Matrix trilogy's final installment, there is no denying that this track is one of its high points, and gets your heart pumping. After I heard this one, I was ready to kick some ass!



Mona Lisa Overdrive (Matrix Reloaded)
I've never been big on car chases. In most cases, they are the low points of action movies. But if there is one exception that springs to mind for me, it's the car chase in The Matrix Reloaded. Where Navras made you feel like you can bring about the apocalypse all by your lonesome, Mona Lisa Overdrive feels like you can take on all comers and no challenge is too ambitious. When this track hits your ears, you want to be the underdog!



Duel of the Fates (Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace)
Come on, guys, do I really have to explain this one? The only, only truly good part of Episode 1 was Obi- Wan and Qui-Gon versus Darth Maul, and I'll be damned if this track doesn't match the huge amount of awesome presented to us by this fight scene.

Anvil of Crom (Conan the Barbarian)
Mongol General: Conan! What is best in life?
Conan: Crush your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women.
Mongol General: That is good! That is good.


Predator (main title track)
You could be lost in some jungle, with some alien armed to the teeth with high tech gear hunting you for sport. As long as you have your gains and this track on your playlist, you'll be fine!


Terminator 2 (main title track)
On top of being one of Arnie's best movies, Terminator 2 featured a bitchin' soundtrack, the best of which is the theme track itself. Not only does it kick any lack of energy in the balls, but it even features some metallic percussion demanding the pumping of iron.



What do you guys think? What other movie tracks should have made on this list? There is no such thing as too much good music, so please let us know about your favorite gym tunage from the movies.


Press "Start" To Lift

by Flex Luthor

In our last blog, we made a few suggestions of songs to add to your workout playlist to breathe some new life into your lifting soundtrack. Of course, as great as that list is, it is by no means complete as it does not include any videogame, TV, or movie tunage. Today's blog will focus on some of the  great music to come out of gaming.

Quality videogames make great use of music to set the tone for either a particular level/map, a whole game, or maybe even an entire series of games. As action is a big part of videogames, it is not surprising that the industry has produced some outstanding music to help you crank out those extra reps. Picking these tracks was like Sophie's choice... if Sophie had a few dozen children. So here are, in no particular order, five suggestions for your ear holes at the gym.

 

1- "MORTAL KOMBAAAAT!!!!"

 OK, so I'm cheating a little, as this track was not technically part of the game. However, it was made to promote the game, so I say it's all good. For anyone who's ever heard it, no explanation is required. As soon as it hits, you just want to jump up and kick some ass. This track and the gym are a match made in heaven. The first words are "test your might", for heaven's sake!

2- The Metal Gear Solid 2 Theme

The original MGS rocked my world back in '98. It had amazing gameplay, awesome characters, and took gaming to whole new cinematic level. So when Konami produced the sequel on PS2, they made sure that the music reflected the scope of Snake's latest outing. The game itself kind of fell short in some areas (naked Raiden running around, anyone?), but the theme track was absolute perfection.

  

3- God of War

Man, that Kratos is one badass Spartan! In my case, hearing the music from God of War puts me in the mood for a specific kind of workout. You see, this is not music I play to do 25 rep sets. You need power to take on hydrae and colossi. If you're looking to beat your personal record for how heavy you can bench, God of War's got you covered. I couldn't really pick a specific track to recommend here, so I will once again cheat and link you guys to the God of War montage by Video Games Live. Enjoy and be careful lest you break the gym!

4- Ken Stage Music

I could make a whole list made up of Capcom music only. Actually, a good list could be made with Street Fighter tracks alone. However, from the very first notes, Ken's theme has that extra little kick in the pants to get the blood pumping. Many versions of Ken's theme exist, spread across a couple of decades. So hunt down the remix that best suits you. I've chosen this particular version simply because the guy's rendition is awesome!

 

5-   "The one, the only: Castlevania!"

The coolest franchise involving a man with a whip this side of Indiana Jones, Castlevania's music is instantly recognized by anyone who's played the game the way it was meant to be played: off a cartridge and involving the letters "NES". Gravity doesn't stand a chance!

 

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James Tunage

by Bruce Gains and Flex Luthor

 

Don't you love how the gym always plays the right tunes at just the right time to get your heart pumping and take you to that sweet spot past 9000?

Well, that was a very nice little trip to fantasy land. Back in the real world, you often have to deal with either some top 40 nonsense that has no business anywhere near 45lb plates, or some club noise they keep playing on a loop to the point where you know exactly which song is up after the one playing at a given time.

Fear not, gymnasium rodent. Help is here in the form of a kickass playlist, the sole purpose of which is to break the needle off the ol' rage-o-meter. So without further ado, check out these tracks (in no particular order) and add a little extra to your workouts, or at the very least get your week started with a bit of additional energy!

 

Get Up - Korn ft Skrillex

Bonfire - Knife Party

Stricken - Distubed

Meaning of Life (Get Psycho) - Disturbed

Indestructable - Disturbed

Superbeast - Rob Zombie

Never Gonna Stop - Rob Zombie

'Til I Collapse - Eminem

Try 'N Hold Me Back - Rob Bailey & The Hustle Standard

Psychosocial - Slipknot

Monster - Skillet

Alive - P.O.D.

Metalingus (WWE edit)Alter Bridge

The Gun Show - In This Moment

Burn It Down - Linkin Park

Papercut - Linkin Park

The Power - H-Blockx

Binary Suns - Coyote Kisses Remix

Dual of the FatesJohn Williams

xKore - Renegade

For Whom The Bell Tolls - Metallica

The Game - Motorhead

The King Of Kings - Motorhead

Can't Get The Best Of Me - Cypress Hill

 

This list is not an exhaustive one, but it's certainly a damn good start. So stay tuned as I am sure we'll be bringing you several other lists in the future. Until then, check us out on Facebook and Twitter. As always, we thank you for your time and attention. Please remember to always warm up properly and wipe the bench after you're done.  

 

 


Lift Your Way to Success

by Flex Luthor

I'm sure many people associate professional success with long studies followed by countless hours of work, all to the detriment of social life and health. Sometimes friends, family, and regular workouts are sacrificed at the altar of professional success. Of course, the lack of exercise and unhealthy eating habits that come as a result do nothing for one's physical appearance. But hey, you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, right? Well, maybe you can, sometimes.

Did you know that regular exercise and a healthy diet can help you in your professional life? No, I'm not referring to "healthy body, healthy mind ", although that is one of life's truths. What I mean is that improving your physical appearance can improve your life beyond the singles scene. How is that possible? Enter the halo effect.

Briefly explained: if you believe something (a person, product, brand, etc.) has a positive characteristic based solely on an overall impression you have of the subject or another observed positive characteristic, then you have fallen victim to the halo effect. Example: you perceive Subway to be a healthy alternative to other fast food joints; they start selling deep fried pizza bagels; you think "wow, I'm so happy this stuff is healthy", not realizing that Subway food can still be bad for you despite their image as a health conscious brand.

The halo effect is a logical fallacy, a weakness in reasoning to which each of us has very likely fallen victim at one point or another. As it is a very common cognitive process, exploiting it should prove to be rather effective.

Studies have shown time and again that attractive people tend to be perceived as having other desirable traits, such as intelligence and kindness. This kind of reasoning comes at an early age. In one study, kindergarten students had two teachers tell the exact same story. One of the storytellers was an attractive woman, while the other was a more "plain" looking lady. The story was told the exact same way by both women, yet a great majority of the children saw the attractive teacher as smarter and more competent.

The halo effect is not merely faulty logic inherent to young age. It follows an individual all the way to adulthood. An attractive person will have a greater success rate at interviews, will get more opportunities to advance in his/her career, and chances are will fetch a higher salary than other equally qualified, less attractive colleagues.

So listen up, guys. You already have very good reasons to take care of yourself: to live long, be healthy, and steal everyone's thunder at the beach/club/wherever there is thunder to be had. However, just in case that's not good enough for you, know that those almighty gains can also serve you in your professional life.

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The Life Lessons of Lifting

by Flex Luthor

 

Going to the gym is good for you. Ceteris paribus, one who works out regularly will be healthier and live longer than one who does not. However, the benefits of regular lifting go beyond physical health. You learn about yourself and life in general through regular and frequent workouts. So what can lifting teach us?

1- Discipline

This one is fairly obvious. It takes discipline to hit the gym four or five times a week. Do I always go: "golly gee, there is literally nothing I'd like doing more than getting off this couch and lifting weights for a while"? Of course not, but (in most cases) I still get up and drag my ass to the gym. Doing something when you're in the mood and it is convenient is easy. Doing it when it's the last thing you want to do, with about a million perceived obstacles? That takes discipline. In most cases, you get a little bonus after a not-in-the-mood workout. The sense of accomplishment and satisfaction can be tremendous, and there is a good chance the rest of your day will go a lot better than it would have had you succumbed to laziness or any other obstacle.    

2- Perseverance

The time, effort, and money you put into the your gym membership and workouts are a long-term investment in yourself. This is something most people know but don't actually realize! Every January there is a flood of new subscribers at the gym, ready and determined to start the new year on the right foot. However by March, most of them are nowhere to be seen at the gym.

My guess is that there are two manners in which those people lose their way. In one scenario, they want to lose some of those extra pounds. They start seeing results within the first couple of months and begin to think they can allow themselves to take little breaks because they now have some room to maneuver due to the weight they've lost. Of course once they start doing that, the weight they've lost creep their way back. Once they are back to their new year's eve weight, they feel disheartened and lose the will to workout.

The other scenario pertains to those who want to look more fit, by increasing either muscle mass or definition. Those kinds of results do not mix well with an instant gratification mentality. It will take months of regular and frequent workouts before visible, significant gains start to appear beyond the pump. Of course, many people don't have that kind of patience and quit soon after they start.     

3- Focus

Any gym rat will tell you that lifting is not a project. There is no end to it once you get going. It is a lifestyle choice. However, you can set goals for yourself within that general habit. In fact, those objectives keep things interesting. Once you decide that you want to increase your muscle mass by X lbs by a certain date, or decrease your body fat percentage for a certain event or season, discipline and perseverance will come to you much more naturally.

 

4- Humility

You are a work of art. No one else comes even close to looking as good and fit as you do, especially when you're by yourself in front of the bathroom mirror!

An overly positive self image can arise once some visible progress is achieved as a result of regular and frequent lifting. However, unless you are completely delusional and narcissistic (or unbelievably  fit!), the bathroom mirror goggles usually come off as soon as you get to the gym. There will always be someone there with better calves or rear delts that have to be seen to be believed. The right way to respond? Use the experience to set goals for yourself. Once you adopt that attitude, our previous three points will fall right into place. Don't you love it when things come together?

  5- Respecting and Using Your Limits

Have you ever injured yourself because you went too heavy or didn't adequately warm up (or both)? If you have, I'm willing to bet you now take your precautions and properly prepare before you get to any serious lifting. Injuries can show you your limits, and those limits can be used to define objectives. After all, pushing your limits is one of the best ways to grow, in every sense of the words. So this is another way to give focus to your workouts, which of course will bring about discipline and perseverance. Knowing your limits adds an extra dimension to creating and pursuing objectives because it prevents you from formulating unattainable goals.  

There is a lot more to lifting than showing off. You get to apply some of the life principles to which some people merely pay lip service. Those of us wise enough will realize that if the five ideas outlined above help in the acquisition and maintenance of gains, there is a good chance they can be applied to other facets of life. For example, few will argue that discipline, perseverance, focus, humility, and being aware of their limits have no relevance in their professional lives.


Where There's a Will...

by Flex Luthor

 

"There's just not enough time for me to hit the gym".

 We've all heard (and maybe even said) it before. Of course, somewhere deep down, we know that's BS. When it comes to things we want to do, then time is never an issue. We make time when it comes to those things. I'm always amazed at how people are able to put time, effort, and money into maintaining their houses and cars, but when it comes to other, ultimately more important matters such as the environment or their own bodies, excuses are numerous. Lack of time is, at the very least, near the top of the list when it comes to excuses.

The ones who do themselves the biggest disservice by claiming lack of time are office workers. On top of not getting the physical exercise they need, they spend the better part of their days sitting on a chair. If there is also the bad diet cherry on top of the sedentary lifestyle sundae, then you really are on the wrong path. The good news is that the right path is only a routine tweak and a perception adjustment away. This week's blog is dedicated to the office workers out there.

In most cases, the idea that there is no time is an illusion. It is a misunderstanding of what is happening. Here is probably what happens: you get up in the morning, sometimes with barely enough time to grab a bite and make it to work on time. You work the whole day, with a lunch break either at your desk or out somewhere. You come home feeling drained, with either eating and relaxing the only things on your mind, or having to take care of one or more children. By the time you do all that stuff, it's time to go to bed and start all over again the next day.

Sounds about right?

 

 

Here's the thing, though: you only need 30-45 minutes of exercise a day to stay healthy. Allowing an extra 30 minutes to go to and come back from the gym, that takes us up to somewhere between an hour and an hour fifteen minutes. Let's even call it an hour and a half, just to be on the safe side. No one is too busy for that. If you have that impression, then I suspect your time is a bit mismanaged. So what are the possibilities when a 24 hour day just doesn't seem that long? Well, that all depends on the individual, but here are some suggestions:

  • Early in the morning: If you are a morning person, then going to bed and getting up an hour and a half earlier is your best bet. And the good news is that the gym is an awesome place early in the morning. So quiet and peaceful, with pretty much all the machines and weights available the whole time. You can really get some thinking done!
  • Lunch hour: This is what I do to get my lifting done five times a week. I have my gym gear at the office. At noon I hit the gym, which is 5-10 minutes away, depending on traffic lights. I work out for 30-40 minutes, then come back to the office. After that, I have my shake and lunch at my desk. The big advantage of this alternative is that I don't have to alter my sleeping habits, and I have the whole evening to do all the other things that matter (or at least seem to).
  • In the evening: If none of the options above is feasible, then you are left with the hours after work. In my opinion, this is the hardest time to hit the gym because it presents the highest number of obstacles: fatigue and other tasks and responsibilities such as picking up the kids, keeping your better half company, grocery shopping, etc. However, this is the period where you can shift things around the most, as it is the longest one. If you are living on your own, then it's really just a matter of giving yourself a little kick in the ass and sparing the hour or hour and a half. You are master of your domain, and laziness is the only thing in your way. If you are married or in an equivalent arrangement, then this can be a great common activity. Even if it isn't, your partner would be very hard pressed to fault you for wanting to be fit and look good. You just need to have the necessary spine to stand your ground. As for couples with children, a bit of teamwork is required: you can take turns caring for the kids during 90 minute periods. You can use yours to work out, and he/she can use his/hers to do the same, or take a nap, or do anything else deemed important. Finally, if you're a night owl and there is a gym nearby that closes late or is open 24 hours a day, you can go after the kids have gone to bed. Late night gym is very similar to early morning gym, ie awesome!

So there you go, guys. There is always time to get fit. It's just a matter of altering your outlook on the whole thing. Do you ever question whether or not you should brush your teeth or take a shower? When you make your workouts part of your routine, missing a trip to the gym taints your entire day. You just don't feel right. Mind over matter, my friends; so much of life is in your head!

 

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Help Your Body Help You: Multivitamins

by 

Bruce Gains and Flex Luthor

 

Very often, people will walk into a supplement store thinking they know what they need. They believe the short road to practically impossible results is paved only with the usual suspects: pre-workouts, protein powders, and creatine. The truth is there is no “short road”, and what you want is not necessarily what you need.

Starting this week, we will go through some basic supplements required for the journey to Gains City. They may not be the sexiest items on the shelves, but they are the nutrients people tend to lack the most in their diet. Throw these essentials in the mix and you will have food work for you. So without further ado, let's talk about the first essential supplement: multivitamins.

Multivitamin supplements contain vitamins and minerals, also known as micronutrients. Contrary to macronutrients (fats, carbohydrates, and proteins), micronutrients are required in small quantities (micronutrients; see what they did, there?). However without them, much of those macros you take in the service of the almighty gains will go to waste.

One of micronutrients' roles is to manage, assimilate, and transport proteins, carbs, and fats. Depending on where you live and how your food is processed and made, you might use 20%-50% of the macronutrients you take in. In other words you will absorb, manage, assimilate and transport only 20%-50% of your proteins, carbs and fats. Micronutrients help boost that percentage so stock up on those multivitamins.

Those micros also serve a multitude of other purposes including boosting your immune system (between building muscles and fighting off the enemy, your body will always pick the latter), cell growth, and fighting free radicals.

 

 

The importance of micronutrients cannot be overstated. Without them, you're basically flushing a lot of those macros (and the money you spent on them) down the toilet. So before you walk into the supplement store near you and demand those jet fuel grade pre-workouts or those mass gainers with calories per serving in the stratosphere, cover those essential micronutrients, courtesy of multivitamin supplements.

Our next blog will cover a supplement that's kind of fishy, so you'll definitely want to tune in and learn more.  As always, we are grateful for your attention and invite you to follow Pumpous Apparel on Twitter.

PS: Please note that blogs and articles on this site are *never* meant to serve as expert advice. We are just gym enthusiasts sharing our thoughts, opinions, and whatever knowledge we have. So please be smart: if you are going to make any kind of lifestyle change, do so based on your own research and upon consultation with actual health professionals.


Mission: Gympossible

by Flex Luthor

 

I almost always get very annoyed when talking to a physically non active person about working out. In most cases, people don't need to be convinced  they should hit the gym. That's never the hard part. People will also usually know some of the benefits of regular and frequent workouts. But why is there such a disconnect between what they know and what they actually (don't) do?

Very often, working out is viewed as a chore. It's this thing you have to do if you want to be healthy and thin. This type of perspective is never a good start and will always lead to a wasted gym membership. So let's list some of the benefits of hitting your local house of gains. Perhaps seeing them listed one after the other will inspire a few to grab some weights and start lifting.

 

 

Look Good/Feel Good

Let's start with the obvious. When you work out you look better, and when you look better you feel better. Feeling better about the way you look will not just translate to liking mirrors a whole lot more. All aspects of one's life are interconnected, and working out regularly will change your entire outlook on life. Feeling good is what turns a half empty glass into a half full one.

 

Live Longer

There are many things over which we have no control. You never know when you'll be run over by a drunk driver or attacked by a circus clown. Whether you get regular exercise, though? That is 100% under your control. All other things being equal, a person who works out will always outlive another who doesn't. There is so much to live for and absolutely no good reason to make life shorter than it needs to be.

 

A Day Is a Terrible Thing To Waste

There are those days when either nothing seems to go right, or nothing is planned and you don't even remotely feel like doing anything productive. The answer is very simply: hit the motherf***ing gym! No matter how your day has been or what the rest of it looks like, once you get some lifting done, you will automatically feel better about your day because even if everything else goes wrong, you will have done this one thing right.

 

Body and Mind

There is another reason why working out will make you feel better on a bad day. When you go to the gym, you can physically work through whatever stress plagues you at the time. You get some endorphins flowing and feel better as a result.

When lone wolfing it, you not only deal with your stress but also getting some serious thinking going. This is not a panicky, holy-crap-what-am-I-going-to-do kind of thinking. It's a very clean, clear, zen type of thinking where ideas and solutions are generated. If you've reached a cul-de-sac on a problem, just go to the gym. Even if you don't come out of your work out with a fully formed solution, you will at the very least be on a path to it. If you have a workout buddy to lift with, the gym is an amazing place to either catch up, shoot the breeze, and/or exchange ideas. So you get to work through your problems and maintain friendships at the same time. Sweet!

 

 

Be Good at Sitting Around

Guess what, working out makes you better at doing nothing! Regular exercise boosts your metabolism. This means that even when you are sitting around watching TV or gaming, you're burning more calories than the slobs doing the same sitting around. Resting is also essential for those almighty gains, so at any time you just veg around, you do so with purpose!

 

So there you have it, guys. Working out is about a lot more than just being healthy. It makes you feel better, helps your mind run optimally, and makes even your rest time an essential part of your body's operation. All of that good stuff will lead to both a better personal and professional life. So please think about how much of a disservice you're doing yourself whenever you come up with an excuse not to hit the gym. Always remember: to lift or not to lift, that is never the question!

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PS: Please note that blogs and articles on this site are *never* meant to serve as expert advice. We are just gym enthusiasts sharing our thoughts, opinions, and whatever knowledge we have. So please be smart: if you are going to make any kind of lifestyle change, do so based on your own research and upon consultation with actual health professionals. 


5 Ways to Make The Gym an Even Better Place

by Flex Luthor

 

At the gym, just like pretty much any other place shared by a group of people, there are some unwritten rules one, at the very least, should follow. You don’t just go up to a person and sneeze in his/her face. You wouldn’t get arrested, but not sneezing in someone’s face is just one of those unwritten rules.

The gym is no different. Now, you may be lost in your own bubble when you work out, as lifting is a great way to get away from it all and just be in your own head. However, no matter how deep you are in the zone, there is no excuse to ignore the gym etiquette separating us from wild (out of shape) animals.

So next time you hit the house of gains, please remember the following guidelines to not being a total douche nozzle.

 

1- Use a f***ing towel

People who just sit directly on a bench, do their sets, and leave behind a big wet spot à la Eriq Lasalle in “Coming to America” need to realize how disgusting a habit that really is. How can you think this is acceptable behavior? Am I supposed to wipe it with my towel before I use the bench? Screw you! Use your own damn towel to wipe off your own fluids, and I’ll do the same. Better yet, just lay down your towel on the bench before you start.

 

 

2- Checking yourself out

Let’s be clear: I am not saying it’s wrong to check yourself out in the many mirrors at the gym. After all, there are so many and you are making so much progress. Under those fluorescent lights, you are a work of art! But here’s the thing: checking yourself out should be like checking out someone else in public. There is nothing wrong with doing it, but you should be discreet. It’s about having class and not looking like a complete tool.

 

3- Putting the dumbbells back

If you are one to take a pair of 30’s, do your sets, then put one away in a spot that says 20, and the other where it says 45, then you, my friend, deserve a spotter with the worst case of ADD ever. Messing up the dumbbell rack is not only inconsiderate, but it can also disrupt the flow of others’ workouts. The more time I spend looking for missing dumbbells, the bigger the loss of muscular wood.

 

 

4- Mirror invasion

You know, when you use free weights for an exercise, you can do it pretty much anywhere. You don’t need to plant yourself right in front of someone who is tied to a piece of equipment. Mirrors are great for monitoring your form while assessing/admiring yourself, but you are not the only one who can benefit from reflective surfaces.

 

5- Just chillin'

So you're one popular cat and you keep getting texts and/or calls on your phone? Your social skills are such that they will not allow you any delay in replying to them? Good for you, kiddo! Now kindly get the f*** off the machine/bench and make way for those who are not there to just take up space.

 

Ah, glad I got that off my chest! I really don't think the above five points translate into any unreasonable demands. I am sure I'm forgetting other instances of defecation on gym etiquette, but the ones listed here are those that have really stuck in my mind due to their prevalence.

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