Creatures of habit

Don't get set in your ways, you might be missing out!

I am lucky enough to travel and when I do I always try the local gym or what the hotels have to offer in terms of fitness setup. But in addition if possible I will try and take advantage of the local landscape, running on the beach, swimming in the sea, trekking up local trails.


During my travels I have noticed a few bizarre habits people have as part of a workout routine. For example, I was training my chest and triceps one day in a hotel gym when a middle aged guy walked in. He proceeded to stretch, limber up and looked to be mentally ready to begin his workout. So he put on his weight lifting gloves, which made me think this guy means business or has delicate hands, but then jumped on the treadmill??? Had a run and then left. Why would you need weight lifting gloves for a cardio workout on the treadmill?

PunchStrong Point of view

I don’t like gloves at the best of times as I think you should work on improving your grip rather than relying on gloves to improve grip so you can lift more. This seemed like a very bizarre habit. Additionally, we were in a great location (Barbados) it was early morning so still cool outside and this guy decided to run indoors on a rusty treadmill. I had just been for a 5k run on the beach and felt sad this guy was missing out on what the country had to offer. I am in no position to judge, and each to their own, but it got me thinking about our habits. This guy probably trains most days back home on a treadmill so that’s what he knows…his comfort zone… With his gloves on.

Test yourself

We all need to push outside our comfort zone to test our bodies. We new to shock them to stimulate growth. If we all spent time running on a treadmill everyday without getting a chance to run on the beach /field/road every once and a while what gains would we see?

Don’t be a creature of habit, try something new and push yourself. Get your mindset, know yourself, know your targets.

Conquer yourself and the rest is easy.


Train here

Indoor gym

Or train here?

Beach gym
Alex Johnson

By Alex Johnson

My friends think of me as a mixed martial arts ninja and I don't disagree with them. I live in Essex (UK) with my wife and dog Kingston, who eats more protein than I do.

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