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Postby mdl28 » Sat Jul 26, 2014 1:43 pm

At my athletic club, most members do not wipe down the equipment after usage. On top of that the older members use everyday clothing to workout in. Which makes them sweat even more, leaving nasty sweat marks on equipment. The funny thing is they just get up and walk away, no wipe down of equipment! How do people think this is ok. So are you guilty of doing the same thing? If so, what are your reasons behind it?
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Postby Vattené » Sat Jul 26, 2014 2:22 pm

That is bizarre. I always wipe down equipment. Even if I felt absolutely no desire to, I would be too publicly embarrassed not to do it.
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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Sat Jul 26, 2014 3:26 pm

So much can be attributed to what is considered normal at that particular gym. My gym has free weights and weight machines in the back, stepping machines in the middle, and treadmills and cycles in the front. The runners and cyclers are on display to the whole gym, and most users clean them thoroughly - even though the potential for sharing sweat on a treadmill is mostly limited to the buttons.

Although anyone who didn't clean the seat on a recline cycle would definitely get the stink eye from the ever-present pack of college students on the stepping machines, the weight machines aren't cleaned as regularly or as thoroughly.

Part of it may also be a gender difference - I've seen women clean the machines they use more consistently than men (but those machines are also more on display). I have to admit that I've never thought to wipe down free weights when done with them - but they must get really gross over time.

I've been to gyms where they provide paper towels but routinely no disinfectant spray. Those aren't very pleasant.
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Postby nismoZtuner » Sat Jul 26, 2014 5:59 pm

Ever since day one I would use the towel that is given to me when I walk into the gym to clean the machines I use. My friend uses the machines and once he's done he just walks off like nothing- sometimes I ask him where his manners are and is like "I don't care". So I guess it goes by that.

Question, any of you guys use supplements? Any recommendations?

I'm currently using Metabolic Nutrition Protyzime (protein) and M.N BCAAs. I use BCAAs while at the gym or when I go running. I just turned 22 last week, I'm 6 ft 2 and weight 178 at the moment- last year that's when I joined the gym since and lost close to 50 pounds. I used to weight 225/8 on 12.31.12 mostly fat.. I was able to drop down to 170 and wasn't able to gain weight for a while that's when I started talking to some guys at the gym that helped me out change my routine and recommended a few changes in my diet since I was eating to grow but enough to maintain so after that I went up to 178 quick..
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Postby jumbo » Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:04 am

nismoZtuner wrote:I was able to drop down to 170 and wasn't able to gain weight for a while that's when I started talking to some guys at the gym that helped me out change my routine and recommended a few changes in my diet since I was eating to grow but enough to maintain so after that I went up to 178 quick..


If you dont mind me asking, what exactly did you change in you routine and your diet as well?
I am also trying to gain weight, but can't seem to do so. I eat pretty much what I get, and I most of the time, still I am 130.
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Postby nismoZtuner » Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:45 pm

jumbo wrote:still I am 130.


Well Like I said I wasn't eating well or enough back then- I would just eat to kill hunger. So from January till early June 2013 I was on my “diet” but later on I developed a fatigue so I sort of stopped going to the gym for a while-Then returned this year.

Nutrition:
I started taking protein till late July 2013.
Gave up Soda and I RARELY eat candy now.

Back then (2013): Start Weight 225/8 dropped to 170
Meals- Anything I could find at home to kill hunger.
9AM- Small Meal & Shake (milk & 1 scoop of protein)
2/3PM- Small Meal & Shake (milk & 1 scoop of protein)
7-9Pm- Gym (work out on random machines and cardio *everyday*)
9Pm- Shake (milk & 2 scoop of protein) Yogurt
**Pretty bad nutrition/ less than 1200 calories a day, started to look bad**

Now (2/2014-present): Start weight 170 up to 178 (07/07/14)
Meals: Chicken, Eggs, Tilapia, Avocado, Beans (mostly healthy stuff) **CHEF MODE**
8AM- Protein Shake (Milk, Oat Meal, 1 scoop of protein with banana (or any fruit I have at home)
9AM- Large Meal
2/3PM- Small Meal
7-9Pm- Gym *Check Routine*
9Pm- Post Meal (high in protein) and end the day with some Greek yogurt
** I try and hit 2500-3500 calories & get at least 140G of protein MINUMUM a day, I also snack on almonds or cashews thought out the day.**

I was told by the guy that I asked to make suggestions of stuff I should change and he told me to concentrate on one part of my body a day- he didn’t give a routine but I got an idea by what he was telling me.

Gym Routine:
Monday- Chest and Abs
Tuesday- Legs (due to chest the previous day), then abs before I leave home
Wednesday- Back (sometimes I play basketball or baseball with friends)
Thursday- Arms and Shoulders
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Postby otter » Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:03 pm

You seem like you have a good routine going nismo...you understand the fact that you can't starve to lose weight (it;s counterproductive since you end up burning muscle which slows down metabolism big time). Keep it up! If there was one thing I would change... it's maybe work your legs twice a week. The leg muscles are the largest in the body and often the most neglected. Build good leg muscles and your body becomes a fat burning machine- everything else falls into place.
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Postby otter » Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:04 pm

Oh... and addressing the original post... it's gross to not wipe off equipment after using it. I'm not afraid to say something to someone who doesn't!
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Postby mdl28 » Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:11 pm

otter wrote:Oh... and addressing the original post... it's gross to not wipe off equipment after using it. I'm not afraid to say something to someone who doesn't!


Finally getting back to the original topic. Tomorrow morning I am going to be the sweat enforcer. Maybe..
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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:50 pm

I tried to wipe down the free weight handles today. I got a funny look from the guy next to me. Of course, after you wipe them you have to get them back on the storage rack, so in this case it seems inevitable the handles will get sweaty over time, as it is hard to clean them when on the rack.

I do moderate upper-body lifting but have been focusing on cardio. The incline treadmill is most of my leg workout.
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