Stupid Gym Bunnies.

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    Jun 24, 2008 12:39 PM GMT
    Sorry, just wanted to vent for a hot second. My friend is a complete gym bunny. He just recently moved to my city and also cycles. So I've been getting at him (ok, it's crossed the line to nagging) to go on a ride with me. I'm off of work today, so I texted him last night asking if he wanted to go for a ride today. I get a response back "Probably not. Working till 4 then lifting." Wtf. It's not like I'm trying to get you to go drinking and eat Taco Bell, I'd simply like to put in 3 hours or so of quality cardio. Why oh why are gym bunnies so regimental that they can't ever vary a routine?

    /somewhat sarcastic and idiotic rant.
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    Jun 24, 2008 12:52 PM GMT
    After a while going to the gym becomes part of a schedule. Wake up, get dressed, go to work, go to the gym go home/out.... You can not break our schedule. Try planning something later in the week so he has time to prepare himself for not going to the gym. When I was working out 5-6 days a week, if someone wanted to hang out during my gym time, I would wake up early and hit the gym at 5 a.m.
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    Jun 24, 2008 1:18 PM GMT
    I have to agree with GymGuy1...
    It does become a "routine" and oddly, at times, I feel quilty if I break it. However, I have learned that I won't die from breaking the routine. I can always move a work out day to an off day and the alternative is often to miss out on some good times with some good people, and mixing it up is always a positive.
    It's kinda like, "dude, DVR your favorite show and get out and enjoy life!!!" Except one is healthier, but regardless, Life is... short! And opportunities are meant to be taken and experienced not shelved - and remember they have a very limited shelf life...
    Trust me.
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    Jun 24, 2008 1:54 PM GMT
    I understand your friend. I find that when I commit to a routine I must adhere strictly. Any break leads to more breaks. Yeah, My friends think I am a pain in the ass, but focus is important.

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    Jun 24, 2008 2:09 PM GMT
    HotToddy saidSorry, just wanted to vent for a hot second. My friend is a complete gym bunny. He just recently moved to my city and also cycles. So I've been getting at him (ok, it's crossed the line to nagging) to go on a ride with me. I'm off of work today, so I texted him last night asking if he wanted to go for a ride today. I get a response back "Probably not. Working till 4 then lifting." Wtf. It's not like I'm trying to get you to go drinking and eat Taco Bell, I'd simply like to put in 3 hours or so of quality cardio. Why oh why are gym bunnies so regimental that they can't ever vary a routine?

    /somewhat sarcastic and idiotic rant.


    It's called anal retentiveness.
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    Jun 24, 2008 2:29 PM GMT
    I know that at times I've been stuck in such a gym routine that if I wasn't at the gym by 5:30 am for my work out I was a bitch all day.

    But I got over it... Obviously, look what's happened to my body.
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    Jun 24, 2008 2:40 PM GMT
    Maybe he just doesn't feel like hanging out with you?

    But seriously, it is an "idiotic rant"; just because someone is unwilling to change his schedule to suit yours on a night's notice, he's unreasonable??? Give him a break. Next time, call a few days earlier.
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    Jun 24, 2008 2:40 PM GMT
    People trying to get big do not do 3 hours of cardio in a single day. That is just too much for someone trying to gain muscle!
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    Jun 24, 2008 2:42 PM GMT
    ulises saidI understand your friend. I find that when I commit to a routine I must adhere strictly. Any break leads to more breaks. Yeah, My friends think I am a pain in the ass, but focus is important.



    Totally! There's nothing wrong with being selfish when it comes to one's body.
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    Jun 24, 2008 3:14 PM GMT
    I am on the fence about this. I found myself about 6 months ago focusing on the gym too much and not my life.

    What use is it to have a great body if you can't enjoy it. I would jump at the chance to go cycling with a friend. I'm getting to a point where I am really starting to appreciate the relationships I have in life and I want to make that effort to maintain them! I think your friend is a douche. Going cycling is such a great workout, dumbass!
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    Jun 24, 2008 3:40 PM GMT
    Devils Advocate: If someone asks me to vary my weekly routine, I don't unless I plan it out. It normally throws my entire out of whack then. Plus that would be an interruption to my "personal time". Sometimes it's hard enough just to get some time to yourself and some weights for an hour let alone go for a THREE HOUR bike ride after work lol...ask on the weekends or find out what days he takes off from the gym and see if some cardio would be good then. I mean you are asking him to go...though you could always go by yourself and commune with nature haha or other friends.

    Damn gym bunnies and their routines icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 24, 2008 3:44 PM GMT
    Well, he did say hew asked his friend to go with him for some time, and like someone said, why go to the gym and workout and get this nice body if it will only be seen in the gym?
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    Jun 24, 2008 3:45 PM GMT
    I'm with your friend there icon_wink.gif well if he is what u describe him to be..a gym bunny lol..then like most of us here, he'll probably have a goal..n breaking his routine to go for a cycle might be thought of as being undedicated towards his goal..and also yea like some have said here..it sorta becomes a routine..or a lifestyle if u like.

    Personally, if some1 invited me to a birthday party or if I had to help my friend move house..i'd reschedule my workout for the day..i'd move my workout for a 1 hr bike ride with my friend hehe..howeverrr canceling it for a 3-hr bike rideicon_eek.gif hmmmmm..
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    Jun 24, 2008 3:55 PM GMT
    gymguy1 saidAfter a while going to the gym becomes part of a schedule. Wake up, get dressed, go to work, go to the gym go home/out.... You can not break our schedule. Try planning something later in the week so he has time to prepare himself for not going to the gym. When I was working out 5-6 days a week, if someone wanted to hang out during my gym time, I would wake up early and hit the gym at 5 a.m.


    And in some cases, our schedules are built AROUND our gym time. I know it sounds a bit obsessive, but I swear everytime I sign up for classes each semester I'm always looking for the best hours so it doesn't "cut into my gym time."

    Worst case scenario, I will let it cut into my gym time, but if I can help it I will allow nothing to get in my way.

    I have become more flexible as of late. I still go four or five times a week, but if I have to do it at 4 in the morning then I will. Last week I went to Key Largo all day on a "gym day" and just did push ups and crunches at the beach. Sometimes you have to adapt.
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    Jun 24, 2008 5:30 PM GMT
    Even Nintendo's Wii Fit understands the need to keep workouts regimented for maximum benefit.

    You just want to spend more time with your friend now that he's in town, and that's ok. Vent your heart out, then hit the gym with him, if it fits your schedule, or work a bike ride in at some other time. You'll see him again, don't worry.
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    Jun 24, 2008 5:41 PM GMT
    dont be such a baby...its one bike ride. you're acting like a girl.

    (is he really hot?)
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    Jun 24, 2008 5:51 PM GMT
    HighVoltageGuy said[quote][cite]ulises said[/cite]I understand your friend. I find that when I commit to a routine I must adhere strictly. Any break leads to more breaks. Yeah, My friends think I am a pain in the ass, but focus is important.



    Totally! There's nothing wrong with being selfish when it comes to one's body. [/quote]
    And going for a 30-40 mile bike ride is in some way abusing or being neglectful about your body? (Sorry, sarcastic side that I just can't contain icon_twisted.gif )

    ides saidMaybe he just doesn't feel like hanging out with you?

    But seriously, it is an "idiotic rant"; just because someone is unwilling to change his schedule to suit yours on a night's notice, he's unreasonable??? Give him a break. Next time, call a few days earlier.

    Clearly, this is situation is entirely my fault. No one ever plans anything last minute. Ever.

    Chizzad saidPeople trying to get big do not do 3 hours of cardio in a single day. That is just too much for someone trying to gain muscle!

    He already rides anyways, so I'm not suggesting he do anything new or shocking.

    LaSalle04 saidDevils Advocate: If someone asks me to vary my weekly routine, I don't unless I plan it out. It normally throws my entire out of whack then. Plus that would be an interruption to my "personal time". Sometimes it's hard enough just to get some time to yourself and some weights for an hour let alone go for a THREE HOUR bike ride after work lol...ask on the weekends or find out what days he takes off from the gym and see if some cardio would be good then. I mean you are asking him to go...though you could always go by yourself and commune with nature haha or other friends.

    Damn gym bunnies and their routines icon_smile.gif

    I can't argue with this one. I totally get how workout time = personal time.

    I would now like to apologize en masse for my blatant sarcasm.

    However, after reading the responses, I've come to realize that I will never see eye to eye with most people on this. I will always ditch the gym for the opportunity to swim, run, or bike outside, or even do something more leisurely, like snowboard or go hiking. Today has a high of 80, low humidity, light winds, and is partly cloudy, so in my view, the perfect day to be outdoors (hence why I've got my laptop on the front porch with me).

    I do appreciate the few people who can understand my viewpoint. I guess my next question for you "gym bunnies" would be: whatever happened to "variety is the spice of life?", "Carpe diem", and all those other cliches? Is it something that you feel that you've lost, something you feel like you never had, something you're glad to be rid of, or something that you've sacrificed in pursuit of a different goal?



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    Jun 24, 2008 5:57 PM GMT
    I wouldn't cut my gym routine to play outside.

    I'd work my ass off at the office (forgoing the occasional RJ breaks), zip home a bit quicker than usual, ditch work a bit early, push through my gym routine a little quicker and harder than usual, down a quick powerbar so I didn't have to waste time with dinner, and THEN play outside, probably staying out way too late and ending up extra sleepy at the office the next day.

    No wonder 24-hour days just don't seem long enough for me. It would be kinda cool if I didn't have to eat or sleep. Or work, for that matter, but that's just being unrealistic and silly.

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    Jun 24, 2008 5:59 PM GMT
    (it's hot minute, not hot second; at least, i've never heard anyone use hot second, and if they do, punch them for me (no offense). "Hot Minute" is meant to mean a while or decent chunk of time, which makes it ironic and thus a good/interesting phrase to use. Hot second is just stupid)

    /rant off

    haha yeah, i know some people who eat the same meals every single day because they are so afraid to break their cycle. Try going on a weekend?
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    Jun 24, 2008 6:03 PM GMT
    Todd lovey... as u know, partially because of our NUMEROUS attempts at trying to get this second date off the ground... so of us think "carpe diem" isn't all it's cracked up to be.

    i live a highly scheduled life and i wouldnt have it any other way, including my "gym bunny-ness (can i be a gym cat instead??? I'm not much of a bunny). I like structure and order... i dont like surprises or being spontaneous... maybe it's cause i'm an only child, but i think it's mostly because i want to do so much that if i deviate from a plan or schedule it sets me back on my own goals.

    I cant say i ever had it, probably in the genes being half Chinese. Having started my "athletic" life as a ballet dancer, you learned right off that you have to stick to a schedule that is quite demanding and you made sacrifices and gained an extreme level of discipline. Same happened when i transitioned into martial arts practice.

    A lot of times i look at people who have that spontaneous attitude and i see them as potentially lazy, flighty, or as someone who maybe parties too much, or isnt comfortable in their own skin (i dont see that in you though because you have goals and such).

    It even comes down to the things i eat. I plan it out, and i dont deviate from it. I will order the same meal at one restaurant every time i go there. Variety isn't really the spice of life, at least not to me.

    PS: when IS our second date... i'm still trying to plan it!!!!!! One of the good things about living life in a highly scheduled manner is that things dont change, and everyone knows your schedule and such... You know it... icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 24, 2008 6:04 PM GMT
    BearCub17 said(it's hot minute, not hot second; at least, i've never heard anyone use hot second, and if they do, punch them for me (no offense). "Hot Minute" is meant to mean a while or decent chunk of time, which makes it ironic and thus a good/interesting phrase to use. Hot second is just stupid)

    /rant off

    haha yeah, i know some people who eat the same meals every single day because they are so afraid to break their cycle. Try going on a weekend?


    Hot minute, hot second, New York minute... i've heard it all... it means REALLY FAST!!!!!!!

    ie "I'd hit that in a hot second!"
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    Jun 24, 2008 7:20 PM GMT
    Do gym bunnies get rabies and get red eyes and drool at the mouth and drink tea and bite little girls' heads off?
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    Jun 24, 2008 7:30 PM GMT
    I think you should always try to make time for your friends. They will be there for you when you are too ill to go to the gym.

    Weights can always wait for another day.
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    Jun 24, 2008 7:35 PM GMT
    StripperRocco said
    Hot minute, hot second, New York minute... i've heard it all... it means REALLY FAST!!!!!!!

    ie "I'd hit that in a hot second!"


    No no no, my friend, that's WRONG

    "hot minute" is intended to mean a longer than usual time
    i.e. I haven't seen that girl in a hot minute, i havent been to the gym in a hot minute.

    It's supposed to be ironic, and NOT mean fast. If you hear anyone use it to mean fast, they are wrong. Sorry
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hot+minute

    No idea about New york minute; pretty sure that means fast.

    Now, according to urban dictionary's first definition, "hot second" DOES mean fast, and is different and not interchangable with hot minute. In that case, HotToddy was correct, my bad! But it also says that "hot second" means a long time also, and is interchangable with "hot minute", so that's a little ambiguous. So it seems i was right in that regard.

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hot+second
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    Jun 24, 2008 7:50 PM GMT
    I'm a badge bunny.