The Trouble with Phones in the Gym

As a personal trainer I see all sorts in the gym. 

What I saw the other day (and I've seen before) is someone stepping on a phone that had been left on the floor of an exercise studio. What ensued, was nothing short of a cat-fight. 

Woman 1 - who trod on the phone - let out a small squeal, alerting woman 2 - whose phone it was - to rush over (she was busy putting a mat away at the time). Woman 1 apologises, adding she didn't see it because it was on the floor. Woman 2 picks up the phone to find that the screen has shattered and launches into a tirade of abuse. Woman 2 stands her ground and protests that it's not her fault because the phone shouldn't have been left vulnerable on the floor and it was an accident waiting to happen. Woman 1 suggests she must be blind not to see it, and starts name calling and using foul language.

This exchange  goes on for a couple of minutes by which time the studio has emptied of other people and a member of the gym staff rushes in, advising them to carry on their argument outside.

It was an unedifying sight which could have been avoided with a bit of common sense:

I am totally with Woman 1 on this:

If you bring your phone into a gym, do NOT leave it on the floor. It's plain STUPID and if someone does tread on it, you've only got yourself to blame.

I understand why people bring phones into gyms - there's a number of valid reasons. But, they can be a menace. 

What I DON'T understand, in addition to abandoning  them on the floor, is people who spend more time talking on them than working-out.But that's a whole different subject which needs a blog of its own - watch this space!


As a personal trainer, I'm in and out of gyms all day. Something I've noticed lately is the emergence of an 'athleisure trainer'  being used instead of a bona fide sports one.

Be aware: fashion trainers might look cool and stylish, they might come in more colours and styles, they might even cost less, but - in the main - they are not suitable for working out in. 

That's because they're not made for athletic functionality or to help prevent injury. 

The grip on the bottom is likely to be inferior to fashion ones and the cushioning and support at the rear of the shoe is unlikely to be suitable for supporting the ankle and instep - particularly if you're running or jumping. Also, the impact on joints will be greater, which is a classic pathway to knee and hip problems.

Also, the materials and fabric used in fashion trainers are often 'hard', inflexible, heavy and without wicking to help release heat and moisture.

If you're an athleisure-trainer-wearer in the gym, it might not be your fault. When you walk into the trainer section of a sports store, the two varieties are often not de-lineated and if you ask a member of staff, they don't always know the difference.

So, do your research before you part with your money. Once you've worn your trainers (whatever type they are) you won't be ale to return them.

D‚Äčon't Run Out of Steam

So much has been written about coronavirus and how to keep fit while we're locked down. So much information, so many You Tube videos, so many Instagram posts and so many people to like, follow and watch. It's overwhelming and exhausting - and that's before you've even done any exercise.

 My advice is this: find a type/s of exercise that works for you and keep doing it. Change it when you feel your body's got used to it or when it gets boring, The most important thing to do is keep going during this period. Those people who maintain an exercise regime throughout lockdown are the very people who are likely to remain committed when this is all over. They are the people who will stand out and flourish back in the gym/exercise classes and they are the people who will be able to feel proud of themselves from a fitness perspective for a very long time.


The Honest PT

Posted on September 30, 2015 at 12:15 AM


ARRIVE in the weights area of any gym in the world and you will encounter a puffed-up man grunting and groaning like an animal in pain.

Do you know why this? Well I'll tell you. He reckons he's working far harder than anyone else and must make a primeval noise to prove it.

And if other gym users don't look round in response to the alert, he's failed in his task. Truth is, he wants people to look at him. He wants them to think he's tough - even if he's not!

It doesn't necessarily matter whether the guy in question is ripped and bench-pressing a colossal load, or is puny and struggling to complete one chin up, the perceived stratospheric level of exertion can still be the same and the audible exhalation of relief can be too. 'Little and Large' might not have strength in common, but they sure as hell share a gender and that, in my experience, is enough.

Women lift weights. It hurts them too. Most don't feel the need to make noise. Women just get on with it - rather like they do everything else.They're not there to show off or impress, they're there because their goals and aspirations require them to be (they don't tend to look at themselves in the full-length mirrors as much as men either)

As a personal trainer I have witnessed this macho phenomenon hundreds of times and it never fails to amuse me. If I pass the beast in question, I have to supress laughter for fear he might get angry and drop a dumbbell on my foot. For fun, I sometimes make eye contact with a person nearby and we exchanage a wry smile that says: I know what you're thinking.'

Shame Loud Guy doesn't; he might stop otherwise. Instead,his preening peacock display often continues as he saunters round the gym wiping his (hardly wet) brow with a  boxing-style towel. He sips more water than is necessary because - lest we forget - he's been working harder than anyone else.

Unlike a peacock, noisy guy is not trying to attract a mate (that would take real effort!)... which is a good job because whilst a toned physique is attractive to women, narcisism and delusion are not.

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