Thoughts You Have While Lifting

Yesterday I was reading this Buzzfeed article, 75 Thoughts Every Runner Has While Out For a Run…so funny and so true! I have written my own version of what I think about while running, and figured I’d have a little fun today and write up my thoughts while lifting at the gym. Let’s see if you can relate to any of them!

  1. Okay, time to warm-up. I really hate warming up. I guess I’ll do some jumping jacks and arm circles or something. Maybe walk on the treadmill.
  2. First up is squats – oh look the squat rack is taken.
  3. Okay, I’ll just do bench press then. Oh look, the benches are all taken.
  4. Stop chatting with your friends and get your set done so I can squat or bench! (My gym is full of high school guys that come in groups.)
  5. *Waiting patientlty by the bench press until the person is done*
  6. Finally, I can get on it. 
  7. Okay, what weight did I do last time? I’ll add like 10 lbs.
  8. Crap, this is heavy. What if I can’t get it back up??
  9. *Pushing hard on last rep* Please don’t let anyone be watching my struggling right now.
  10. I did it, phew. Okay onto the squats.
  11. *Feeling bad@$$ doing barbell squats*
  12. Someone asks “How many sets do you have left?” “I just got on.” Now you have to patiently wait like I did!
  13. I hope my shorts/leggings aren’t see through when I squat…probably should have checked first
  14. I wonder what my form looks like…am I squatting deep enough?
  15. Okay, done with that. Next.
  16. Look at that dude doing deadlifts with a rounded back…hurts my back just watching him!
  17. Look at that girl running on 8.0 on the treadmill like it ain’t no thang…I wish…
  18. *Finishing workout*
  19. Time to stretch and foam roll…I probably look like I’m flopping around everywhere on this foam roller.
  20. Must. not. make. weird. face. in. public. (as foam roller hits all the tight and painful spots.)
  21. I guess I’ll do a few planks and then get out of here.
  22. DONE. Time to eat.

Does anyone have a lot of high schoolers go to their gym? They go and it’s so funny because the guys hang out in groups by the weights, and the girls sit in a circle “stretching” or “doing abs” in the stretching area (in reality they are sitting there gossiping and laughing).

What thoughts do you have while at the gym? Any of these? Or am I the only one holding in my pain while foam rolling? ;)

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  1. haha this is so cute yet accurate! i hate it when the squat racks or benches are taken. i have to quickly think up another exercise to do while i’m waiting and then i feel like my entire workout is backwards!!
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  2. HA! So true! Especially when all the benches are taken. Stop texting. Start lifting!
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  3. I foam roll at home so only my cat will judge my grunting and groaning when rolling over a tight spot :)
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  4. I don’t go to a gym so I don’t have to worry about that mess LOL. When I foam roll my eyes are often rolling right along with the pain.
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  5. Ha so funny! So true too and yes the guys always hang out by the weights mostly looking at themselves in the mirror
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  6. Love this! At my Y in NJ before I moved there were always groups of high school kids if I went after 3pm. Mostly guys that hung around the weight equipment and did one set every 10 min. So annoying! But at least they’re working on their health so that’s cool. I always worry if my pants are see through. I see so many ladies’ pants at the gym when we’re in a group fitness class that I get paranoid about my own!
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  7. Oh my stars the groups of high school kids that have taken over my gym lately – what is the deal!! They come in groups, half of them don’t lift. Their form is terrible and omg they are obnoxious!! LoL I must be old. But seriously though – I wish they had a way to record squats from the front and side to check form… that would be so helpful!
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  8. I loathe when they hang out in the squat rack. There was a lady on the phone in one the other day!
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    • The worst! Once this lady was across the gym gabbing it up with a friend and I went to the squat rack, she comes over and says she is using it. Well then hurry up and actually use it!

  9. The only gym I go to is one where I just do boot camp so I don’t have to deal with waiting for machines and whatnot. I imagine I make all kind of hideous faces while I roll. It hurts so good!
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  10. This list literally had me LOL! You are all up in my head! I really need to bring my log so I can know exactly how much I am supposed to be lifting! haha! Just add 10 lbs is the safest way to be sure!
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  11. I saw that article and all I could think is 75 thoughts? Really? I don’t have that much going on in the brain.
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  12. I love how random so many of my thoughts are while I’m working out. I think my mind has crossed every possible part of the spectrum while I’m busy sweating.
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  13. Very cute! I would imagine that is totally how they would act at the gym. I still have very random thoughts now!
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  14. This is hilarious Patty. I’ve seen a lot of thoughts while running posts but I can’t remember ever seeing a thoughts while lifting.
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  15. Ha! Love this. I don’t have a gym membership (anymore)… so my workouts are all at home or on the trail. I can totally relate to the foam rolling thoughts :)
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  16. I think you mean you hope your shorts aren’t see through :) I used to work out in my office gym and bought my foam roller for home bc it was too ridiculous being in near tears while using it at the gym!
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  17. Haha! That’s a nice “inside the mind of a lifter” list.

    Couldn’t help but notice that you look strikingly like Mercedes Masohn, at least based on you picture on the sidebar. Maybe it’s just me. I was watching NCIS: Los Angeles re-runs and she was a guest there.
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