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SUNNYVALE, Calif., and NEW YORK, NY, February 28, 2012 — Unfortunately, there’s no Emily Post for Gym Etiquette, so it’s no surprise 88% of gym-goers polled for a new survey from FITNESS Magazine and Yahoo! Shine said they are steamed over bad behavior at the gym. 44% of men and women agree that the biggest gym annoyance is people not wiping down machines when they are done using them. The exclusive survey asked 2,000 women and men to reveal what bothers them most about “sweatiquette” at the gym.

The results appear in the March 2012 issue of FITNESS, on stands now and online at Yahoo! Shine, the leading site for women’s lifestyle content.

Highlights from the findings are below.  

Bad Behavior in the Gym

#1 Pet Peeve: Men and women agree (44%) that the biggest gym annoyance is people not wiping down machines when they are done using them.

Biggest Gym Pet Peeves:

· People who don’t wipe down the machines                        44%

· People talk loudly on their cell phones                                   40%

· People hog a machine                                      32%       

· Show offs who walk around the locker room naked         22%

· They get hit on                                                     13%

Holiday Fitness Gifts: Words to Sweat By

I have decided to post some great holiday fitness gifts that I have received for review.  I know it can be hard to buy for the fitness enthusiast in your life and getting them another gift certificate to their favorite athletic store or apparel shop may be too impersonal for some.  So each review that would make a good holiday gift will be entitled so, starting with Words to Sweat By.

Now I’ll start by saying that I think these are such a cute idea I would purchase some for my fitness studio but they are $9.95 each for the Original Words to Sweat By line and I buy the same sized towels for a fraction at Ikea and we go through a lot of them in a week, about 90-100 total and monthly have to turn a percentage into rags due to overuse so mass purchase of Words to Sweat By just isn’t an option for me, though I wish it were.

These are perfect as a thoughtful gift for the weekend warrior or fitness enthusiast in your life as a birthday, holiday or pick me up gift.  Everyone sweats and everyone needs a little motivation in their lives.  There are a bevy of sayings and each one is printed on colorful cotton and sewn on to the towel – I love the Cupcake and the Cookie Towels, click to find out what they are.  I used my Practice Towel yesterday during Power Yoga and Zumba Class – I thought the saying may be scratchy or get in the way of wiping sweat, but it did not.

WTSB_Practice In yoga, the practice is everything. This towel is therefore a spin on the well-known “practice makes perfect” that instead reminds you to continue in your practice. Instead of searching for perfection, find your center in your practice instead.

This towel is 100% cotton and measures 16 x 24.

It is packaged in a white drawstring organza bag, not only for zero-waste packaging, but also to allow for easy gift giving.

What I found most interesting after perusing the Words to Sweat By website is that they also have a premium line World-Class Words with phrases and signatures from world class athletes and Olympic hopefuls.  Our town has a lot of triathletes in it so how cool would it be to give your friend a World-Class Words towel from Laura Bennett to take on rides and runs? $15.95 is the retail for this unique gift and they have other athletes too, just click to view. The athletes directly benefit from their signatures.

WTSB_Bennett_300dpiHow many times have you been on the last leg of a race and you can see the finish line on the horizon but you feel yourself crashing? World-class triathlete Laura Bennett knows how to push through these moments and offers her mantra, “endure one moment longer” as a way to help you through those trying moments.

The towel is 100% cotton and measures 16 x 24 inches. It is packaged in a drawstring organza bag for zero-waste packaging.

By purchasing a towel, you are supporting Laura in her quest to take home the gold in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Also available are Tee Shirts and Tanks, Reusable Snack Bags and Zipper Pulls.

Words to Sweat By™ (WTSB) products are designed, developed, and predominantly manufactured by Whimsical Walney in San Jose, CA.

Each towel is appliquéd with an original mantra that is meant to motivate you while you strive to reach your health and fitness goals. The snack bags offered in some of the most popular mantras are a 100% cotton outer shell with a rip stop nylon inner lining.

Each WTSB towel or snack bag is packaged in a drawstring organza bag both to create zero-waste packaging as well as allow for easy gift giving. We recommend that you reuse the bag as a holder for some sweet-smelling potpourri, for small travel goodies, or a for a child’s treasure keeper.

The New Words to Sweat by holiday packages:

– The “To Health and Happiness!” package. A vibrant assortment of Words to Sweat by motivational accessories all packaged in a fabric, baby blue tote for easy gift giving. Items included: Healthy mantra t-shirt, work out towel, reusable snack bag and key chain. Price: $35-$40 based on selection of shirt-style.

– The “Body in Motion” package. A colorful collection of Words to Sweat by motivational accessories all packaged in a fabric market tote in lime green – perfect for gift giving and for taking to your weekend farmer’s markets. Items included: Exert mantra t-shirt, work out towel, reusable snack bag and key chain. Price: $35-$40 based on selection of shirt-style.
See at: http://www.wordstosweatby.com/words-to-sweat-by-2011-holiday-gift-packages

New Words to Sweat by T-shirts and Tanks: The t-shirts are a soft, lightweight (4.3 oz) form-fitting cotton and the tank top is ribbed and also lightweight but just a little thicker at 6.0 oz. Available in sizes small to XXL depending on style. Featured in baby blue, black and navy color fabrics. 100% cotton with screen-printed motivational mantras in these styles below. Priced $19.99 to $24.99. See at:http://www.wordstosweatby.com/shop/tees-and-tanks-new

15 Gym Tips and Taboos – My Opinion 100%

My time at the gym, when my dog dentally destroyed Ipod fails to work, is occupied with people watching, and here are some comments I have made into thin air (or my hubby) that I would like to share.  Some can be used as tips to get more from your workout, some are courtesy issues, and others just observations from a sarcastic and opinionated gym goer :

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Tonight’s Workout & So Called Personal Trainers

Do people truly not know the difference between competent and incompetent?  I have watched for the last several years the personal trainers at the gym (currently I am at Life Time, but I have been to others that are worse) who just seem to be begging for a lawsuit.  There was the PT who decided it would be a good idea to stand on the treadmill I was using, holding on to the back of the handrail while he trained a client.  Tonight I saw the same PT reading directly out of a program book to his clients, guiding them through a session (seriously, it is called preparation!)

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Today’s Workout

It has been more than a week since I last went to the gym to workout, Oct 22 Wed to be exact. I was due to take some time off anyway and I do keep active teaching fitness and yoga classes.

One of the keys to my motivation success is an exercise log.  My favorite, that Target used to sell, is the GoFit Journal because it has enough space and sections for logging food (calories, carbs, fats, protein are all in columns), as well as your workout.  Other than the introduction pages with information on health and a mini training routine, it is no nonsense.  Because Targets out here have recently remodeled (aka getting rid of things I need) I have had to switch back to my old journal, The Ultimate Workout Log by Suzanne Schlosberg.  It’s okay, but there is a lot of fluff, including tips on each page, fun facts, etc and it is pre labeled with Days of the Week which bother me, I like to be more flexible and be able to start a new program any day of the week in my journal on page one – not necessarily Monday. Each week ends with a weekly wrap up too which is a waste of my space.


So back to my workout -  I am a tad bit limited lately in what I can actually do safely.  I have been having some nausea with additional tightness in my jaw and face every time I lay back, or fold forward. My blood pressure as always is normal (at Meijer it was 96/59 last Sunday and at the hospital 108/70 – both of these places make me nervous hence the fluctuation) – it is most likely because I have a tiny foot pushing into my ribcage cutting of the circulation. My husband was working chest and triceps today so instead of coming up with something on my own (enter laziness – hey I’m just happy to be at the gym) I modified his plan.

I did 25 minutes on the Treadmill at a 2% incline and speed of 3 (about as fast as I can go these days and as long as I can go before my lower back starts bothering me or my ITB starts burning).

Then I did 3 sets of 12 reps of each: Overhead Tricep Extensions (with dumbbell), Slightly Inclined Skull Crushers with a barbell, Inclined Barbell Bench and Inclined Dumbbell Flye. Since hubby was doing some sort of mega ultra long workout I headed over to the the stretching area to work on squats against the wall with a stability ball.  I did super sets 3 sets of 12 reps – Squats, Plie Squats and Pelvic Tilts with a 60 second rest in between.  I finished up with 20 minutes of yoga stretching. 


This is a far cry from what I would normally do, and I dropped weight so as not to strain myself like I did last time by lifting my pre-pregnancy weight.  The last time I was at the gym I lifted a bit too heavy for my new size and strained my round ligament and groin (not fun).