OK, I have read in the articles here where the experts tout that talking in the gym is a sin. Throw a towel over your face and focus before entering the gym and after that no more than one sentence. The gym is for focus work only and any talking in the gym breaks concentration, disrupts developement, and moreover you can’t make maximum gains because conversation limits your focus.
First, let me say I was called out on this because I had a discussion with my wife on the way out of the gym, and because I work out with my wife.
That said, my point here is that there is a mentality going on that it is a cardinal sin to talk more than one sentence in the gym, or else your not serious, cant reach your maximum gains, and I feel that is simply not true.
One question from the no speaking premise comes to my mind: why is it such a disruption to my focus to hold a conversation while switching exercises, or loading plates, whether I am talking to Ghandi, Arnold, god, myself, or staring at some girls ass and thinking about what I would do with it?
Why can I not hold a conversation while switching plates and or exercises, then take 30 seconds before my rep to focus on the task, then bust ass on the set at hand? Why cant I refocus prior to my set?
Does it really seem that impossible to talk between exercises, while waiting for a machine, or loading plates, then focus before a set?
Before you answer…I ask you to stop and think. I am sure you have seen martial artists break concrete blocks within moments of a conversation. Do you think breaking the blocks was not a concentrated effort? Didn’t the martial artist take a few moments after stopping the conversation to concentrate before breaking the blocks?
Perhaps you have watched pro lifting videos in which the lifter conversed more than one sentence prior to the lift; however, they took a few seconds prior to the set to focus, then they ripped the set off.
I am sure you can find videos of such feats if you have never seen them, and if not I can link them for you.
My point; all this no talking more than one sentence in the gym is crap. Any well focused person can talk about politics, bitch about work, check out the girls ass on the on the stairmaster, or whatever they desire while loading plates/switching exercises, waiting for machines/racks/etc., then take a few moments before their set to focus(a good partner will know to shut the fuck up), then rip one off as if they never spoke to anyone 8 hours before. I think everyone has waited for some sort of equipment sometime in their gym career.
And if that focus is not possible, then how can anyone possibly explain breaking blocks which requires the force of a car wreck at 35 MPH?
Don’t get me wrong, I too see people in the gym talking during a set, talking in my way, talking over a machine I need, or simply just talking for the sake of talking and not working out. Sometimes I think my gym is the community social gathering spot, and sometimes a singles pick up joint. My point remains that you can speak and focus too. Talking can also lead to a longer workout, but if the shoe fits…wear it. If it works for you, then do it.
I have worked out with power lifters and their workouts are loooong and involve quite indepth converastions. Their conversations do not impact their ability to train. They do a set…talk a while…then rip another one off.
My point here is that speaking more than one sentence at a time in the gym does not make for a wrecked workout, does not mean a weak workout, does not mean you are not serious, and if it does then you may have a weak mind. Focus before your set and rip the set out. Let your partner focus and rip it out.
If your time between sets is shorter, than you talk less, more rest between sets means you can wander more. Waiting for some equipment? Check out the chick over there, then grab the equipment over there, focus, and rip one off.
Anyone with me on this?