[quote]Professor X wrote:
Professor X wrote:
It isn’t anything I overheard, but I have seen the same guy for the past two weeks literally spend over 30 minutes stretching before he ever touches a weight (not real stretches…but apparently his own version of streching). He will then do, at the most, two sets on either biceps curls or leg extensions (sometimes while reading a novel), and then stretch some more and leave.
Ah, the novel reading while working out, a true classic.
I recently witnessed a man, probably about 6’ 130lbs., reading a novel while doing squats in the Smith machine in one of the gyms I manage.
He had no weight on the smith bar, and due to the fact that the bar is counter-weighted to just a couple pounds, he was basically just leaning against the bar and squatting down, every 15 seconds or so doing a rep, all while reading a book.
I watched him do this for about 3 minutes, and then told him that there were probably people waiting to use the equipment.
He replied with “I’m using the equipment. I’m trying to lengthen my leg muscles, not make them wide.”
I asked him if he’d like some advice, to which he replied “none needed” and then swaggered on over to the inner/outer thigh machine, where his novel reading continued.
The novel reading work out seems to be becoming a growing fad. There are at least three guys I’ve seen who do this and none of them look like they’ve ever seen a weight. How much concentration can you really have by doing seated rows while reading a book? I had one ask me about a year ago why I spend so little time in the gym and whether I am coming back later because of progress made since he’s seen me there. Even after telling him I don’t think it sunk in that focusing on what your goal is, getting it done, and leaving is way better than showing up and staying for hours just to say you did.
Maybe they are all just trying to “lengthen their muscles” instead of make them wide.
I wonder how that’s working for them.[/quote]
I actually have thought about going to the gym to study. if I study at home, then I end up playing on T-Nation. If I study at the library, then I don’t feel motivated to study. But if I get on the stairmaster at the gym, I can read an entire textbook. But being on the stairmaster and reading is different from lifting and reading.