Just when I was thinking what to write for Week 10, an opportune moment presented itself: someone at the gym criticized me for the things I do!
Right in front of my face, complete with body gestures like shaking head, flailing hands in the tune of “whatever!” and a pair of eyes looking at me like I have two heads. In a very thick accent she came up and bitched blasted me:
“I don’t know why you keep on lifting weights this heavy!”
She was referring to the pair of 6-8 kg dumbells I am using for most of my arm/shoulder exercises.
“It doesn’t do you anything. In fact, it will just make you grow man muscles that are ugly and WON’T help you lose fat at all!”
Can someone remove this lady in front of me? Anyone? I was about to shout, but I didn’t. It’s her opinion and I doubt if I make a spat with her there that it would stop her from suggesting to me that I use the pink dumbells instead.
Man muscles? Oh yes, please. I kind of like to become The Hulk and green is not a bad color. NOT! (As per my reading, lifting heavy weights won’t bulk up women because we simply don’t have the hormones that men have. Unless of course we use steroids then we’ll look like a walking human anatomy.)
“Lower weights, high repetition is the key! 2-5 lb dumbells, 50 times. TRUST me!”
I wasn’t exactly face to face with Miss Universe or Jillian Michaels.
Not even close. And trust? Ah, such a heavy word. Why should I trust her!? To give a brief description of the nosy lady: she’s around 40, paper-thin, skin clinging to bones thin, makes people think what-the-hell-is-she-doing-at-the-gym thin, with a very bad posture and stinking with cigarrette smell. The only thing I find good in her is that she must have lower body fat percentage than I do (I was able to count her ribs when I saw her naked in the changing room). That’s about it. Otherwise, I don’t trust her at all and I won’t trade the current DB’s I am using to her pink ones. No way!
“Those heavy weights do NOT burn fat at all!”, she says.
But what was the 10 lbs I LOST since starting the Turbulence Training program (that included lifting weights heavier than the pink dumbells) these past 10 weeks? Surely it was not JUST sweat or water or whatever it was inside me! And uhm, no, I did not give birth recently so what I lost was not amniotic fluid and baby blob.
I just rolled my eyes and crinkled my nose (I hate cigarrette smell!) as she swept past me.
“And also, why are you doing pushups? Those are just for men!”
Clearly, she wasn’t finished with her lecture yet.
Which works best, high weight-low reps or low weight-high reps? I could write a really long article about it but it will just hurt your eyes. It’s not good to hurt your eyes on weekends. Google it though, if you’re curious but me, I have made a choice and sticking to what works for me.
What would you do if someone criticizes the things you do at the gym? or do you have any suggestions what I’ll tell her the next time she comes up to me and offer her pink dumbells?