I hate the gym. Here's what I do about it

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I Hate the Gym. Here’s What I Do About It

I hate the gym. There, I said it. If you’re anything like me (an introvert with a passion for fitness and health), you probably don’t like going to the gym either. But that’s a very weak excuse to not work out. Today, I am going to share what I hate about the gym and what I do about it.

Reasons why I hate the gym:

1. Dealing with people.

If you’re not an introvert you won’t get it. But introverts naturally don’t like crowded places. And gyms can become packed very quickly. Especially when the only time you’ve got for a workout is the evening after work.

Another reason why I hate the gym is the smell. During “gym rush hours” the place turns into a sweat-drenched-stench-producing prison. I can stand a little sweat, but when you’re doing a 10 minute warm up jog on a treadmill and the only thing you breathe in is someone else’s sweat. That is absolutely disgusting to me.

This is a minor reason, but it’s still a reason to hate the gym. When the gym is crowded and you want to do bench presses (or whatever else) but everything is taken. You have no option but to wait, and it really messes up the pace for me. Plus, you’ll have to spend more time in the gym breathing other peoples’ sweat fumes trying to complete your workout.

2. It’s expensive.

I don’t know why, but gyms are so expensive here. A gym membership costs €49 per month. Considering that the minimum wage in this glorious country is only €440 per month, that’s a lot of money.

Sure, you get a shower, a parking spot and and a variety of equipment, but fifty euros is a lot of money to some people. I bet it’s part of the reason many people believe that living healthy is expensive.

3. It’s full of deceit.

This is a big one for me. Every gym is pretty much an advertising platform for various useless supplements. Protein shake here, protein bar there, throw in some BCAA’s and pre-workouts and you’re broke. I’m obviously exaggerating, but you get the point.

A gym is like any other business. To run their business they hire steroid abusing male models and stick skinny females (who never struggled with fat because of their naturally fast metabolism) to push their services and supplements. Some gyms even offer free high calorie snacks to their customers to keep them fat, or at least slow down their weight loss progress (true story).

To me seeing that is just disappointing.

What I do about it?

All of the reasons above are perfect excuses, but not for me. I still manage to exercise and here’s how I do it.

I workout at home.

Working out at home is extremely convenient. I live in an apartment building, stairs are my cardio, floor is my workout buddy, bodyweight is my equipment (and two 10 kg dumbbells).

The only downside to working out at home is the need to build that habit of getting in the zone for the workout (that naturally happened to me when I entered the gym). But only after a few weeks of training, whenever I pick up my dumbells I’m in that zone now.

I workout outside.

Now that spring is starting to blossom the best place to workout for me is outdoors. You probably don’t know this, but your city may have small outdoor gyms. If you don’t know what that is, here’s a picture of it along with some motivation. See how happy that girl is? That’s literally my face when the weather gives me the opportunity to workout outside.

 

Outdoor gym motivation. Excuses don't burn calories.

Why outdoor gym is awesome? Well, it’s usually a few kilometers away, so there’s my cardio. There’s a variety of equipment, so you can be really creative with your exercises. And the best part – it’s never crowded. Even people who live next to it generally are too lazy to use it. That’s a win, win, win situation right there. Oh, and it’s FREE.

In a nutshell.

If you cannot afford a gym membership, or you don’t like going to the gym – it’s not a good reason to give up on yourself. Find what’s convenient for you and try to implement that into your daily routine. If you really want to lose weight and become fit, you’ll figure it out. If you don’t, you’ll come up a thousand excuses. But remember one simple truth…

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Written by Mark Forge

Mark Forge is the founder of FatForge - an information website dedicated to busting nutrition myths, scams and lies while helping people turn their weight around. If you want to lose weight I suggest starting here.

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