Thursday, June 15, 2017

Am I Becoming a Gym Rat?

Most of the gyms I've been to present the same scene: the men are mostly lifting weights and the women are mostly doing cardio. There are exceptions, and I have seen an increase in women strength training, but this is typically what I see.

Am I right?

The term gym rat often has a negative connotation. The term conjures up images of big bulky men flexing in front of mirrors and grunting. There are a lot of variations to the definition, but they all basically say that a gym rat is someone who spends an unusual amount of time at the gym and obsesses about gym workouts.

But, couldn't being a gym rat also be a good thing?

Picture this: a gym rat is someone who goes to the gym often enough to know how to use all the machines and equipment correctly. Someone who has a workout plan and gets it done efficiently. Someone who views strength training just as, or more important than cardio. Someone who visits the gym, but doesn't live there.

Why should women want to become strength training gym rats?

1. Burn more calories. Women who lift heavy weight burn more calories during and after the workout. Each pound of muscle burns up to 50 more calories per hour than a pound of fat (this shouldn't surprise anyone!)

2. You'll torch body fat. Losing body fat means you will look more defined and toned. Torching body fat means losing belly fat too.

3. You'll get stronger. Lifting heavy makes muscles stronger ---> not bulky unless you are taking steroids and eating a TON. Building strength then prevents injuries. It's a win-win situation.

Carb cycling is turning me into a gym rat and I'm loving it.

Week 3 Regular Cardio Day 2 - the workout 

Warm up - It was raining again, so we took the bus to the fitness center. I do not want to get my Mizunos soaking wet. I did a repeat of yesterday's warm-up on the treadmill: 5 minutes walking and 10 minutes easy running.

Strength training - Supersets (again) plus an ab circuit to finish. I did a little research about how much weight to use for Supersets. The weight goal: choose a weight that is sustainable for the whole set. You want to be able to finish all the reps, but just barely. It was all arms today (my weak area), so I tried to push myself with the weight. The last exercise was push-ups and I could barely get through 5. My arms were toast.

Cool down - Just like yesterday, the rain had stopped so we were able to walk back to the apartment.

Regular Calorie Day - the meals

Broke fast at 11:00 - 3 scrambled eggs with ham, two PB&J rice cakes and watermelon. I was starving today.

Lunch - Leftover bbq meatballs and watermelon

Dinner - Italian chicken, green beans, and sweet potato tots ---> we love these things!

Macros: I still have trouble getting in enough carbs, but my protein almost always exceeds my daily goal. Following the IIFYM tempts me to want to eat the same foods over and over (have you seen my breakfasts?) so that I can hit my goals.

What do you typically see at your gym?
Are you a gym rat?

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  1. When I used to belong to a gym, I'd work out with free weights in the weight room. It was me and all the muscle heads. They didn't intimidate me at all.

    1. Good for you! Once I learn my way around, I feel better in a gym.

  2. You're doing a great job! I find your posts and workouts very motivating, Amy!

  3. Thanks! It's a learning process, right?

  4. Honestly, to be fit and active, what you need to do is just be focused on your fitness goals and then workout according that. Also, it's equally necessary to take healthy and nutritious diet, add best HGH supplement for bodybuilding so that you could conquer your fitness goals easily.


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