Sep 28 2012
I’m not sure what point you reach in a gym career where you say “I just can’t do this anymore” but I’m pretty sure I’ve reached a few of them.Â Â I still work out often.Â In fact I probably work out harder and more often than I ever have in my life.Â Â And at 33 I guess that’s something to be proud of.
But on the flip side, going to the gym itself is an entirely different experience.Â Â I do different exercises than I used to and I’m 100 times more careful than I ever used to be.Â Plus I think the last time I actually went with a person was at least 10 years ago.Â Not to mention I’m just trying to look good and be healthy now.Â Â There’s no point in harming myself.
Speaking of which, here are five things I just can’t and shouldn’t do in the gym anymore….
Double Dip on Sports and Weights
Right now it’s gotta be one or the other.Â In high school I could lift weights and then play 2 hours of basketball afterwards.Â Today?Â If I’m working out for 45 minutes that’s enough for me.Â Â I just can’t double dip like I used to.Â Plus I’d probably hurt myself.Â Â Hell, whiffleball hurts me.
If I don’t stretch I’m automatically getting injured.Â It’s just that simple.
Do anything less than 8 reps
Again, the injury thing.Â I see all these kids doing so much weight where they can only lift something around 2 times and then they need a spot.Â Â Once you hit around 30 it’s just stupid to do that.Â In fact it’s dumb to do that all the time.Â Two major shoulder injuries for me in the last 2 years is enough of a warning.Â No more lifting too heavy.
Any kind of “jerk” exercise
Clean and Jerk.Â Â Any kind of lifting where I’m taking the whole bar and going over my head?Â Nope.Â I mean what’s that really going to do for a guy like me?Â Unless I play a sport that uses it or I’m a body builder do I really need to be doing clean and jerk type of stuff?Â No.Â Â I don’t need to impress anyone.Â I just need to be healthy.
Wear the latest cool gear
It’s not that I want to look like a slob.Â Â And it’s not like I come to the gym wearing all the coolest Under Armour tight gear or anything like that.Â The point is this.Â Â I’m getting older and trying to look like these high school kids that I’m around the whole time is pointless.Â Â I gotta be me.Â I gotta wear what’s me.Â And that’s usually just a T-Shirt, shorts, and sneakers with more than likely high socks.Â It’s just who I am now.Â I can’t stand the older dudes who try to wear the young gear.Â It just looks dumb.
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