Scott H.

Scott H.

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This Really Sucks...

  • Oct 23rd, 2019 at 10:56AM

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Yes, I am frustrated...very frustrated. I am not getting what I want out of IRON! It's not the Program. It's not the Coach!! It's not the Lessons...I love those! It's certainly NOT the Kommunity. It's the GD gym problems, the timing, the crowd...I can't figure it out!

I went tonight, mid evening to avoid the after work crowd...the place was jammed! I am really struggling with the timing and it just is not working! I'm wondering if you gotta just have your own home setup for this to work and for me that is no way an option. Pair this issue with the fact that traveling means hotel gyms and they do not have the equipment either...and I am traveling for the next 5 weeks! So why even bother?

I know we have full body options but I can't just default to that...if I do then what's the point of IRON? I'm just being a grumpy ole man cuz I want to stick to the Program but it has been oh so difficult. ...and not being able to do the exercises as prescribed leaves me frustrated which then leads to more bad behavior (think diet)...ugh!

Tonight I ran for 20 minutes on the dreadmill (even my regular jump rope space was being used) --- (where did all the people come from!) and then I reached back into my KBells memory bank and banged out a pretty strong Bellz routine.

I'm waking up early tomorrow morning and will go at it again.
I have thought about throwing in the towel but I won't. I will keep grinding it out and make the best of it.

 
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11 comments

Scott BurnsScott BurnsKenzai Member
Traineralmost 2 years ago

Scott, I know where you are coming from. My first crack at Iron was all done in a commercial gym and it was a real challenge. Just getting to the equipment when nobody was there was hard. In the end I asked the gym manager what the quietest time was and found out that as soon as the gym doors open at 6:30am was the sweet zone. Even then there was a queue! You don't need a fully equipped home gym, just a bench and two dumbbells will do. As for gyms on the road....do you get to plan what hotels you stay at? If you have control over this, maybe find out in advance what the gym set up is? Chin up mate - even some training in shoddy gyms is better than no training at all.


    Kenneth K.Kenneth K.Kenzai Member
    almost 2 years ago

    I hear ya on the frustrations of a busy gym. Really annoying, but stay the course, my friend!


      Jason F.Jason F.Kenzai Member
      almost 2 years ago

      Bro, 0:dark:30, be the first in the gym, or find a 24h gym, a hotel with one or in the neighborhood. Rubber bands will only get you so far. Iron Bro, IRON! DO IT DO IT!


        Karen L.Karen L.Kenzai Member
        almost 2 years ago

        Very frustrating. I fully get why you thought to throw the towel in, but you won’t. This is the time to find a solution that works for you, I’m guessing it’s always going to be this crazy, so finding that ‘sweet’ time slot if you can. Keep going. You’ll find a way out of this.


          Gisele Q.Gisele Q.Kenzai Member
          almost 2 years ago

          I did Iron in the dead of winter. I would go to the gym at 5:30. I would sometimes use the group fitness studio where they had bars and plates for their Pump-type classes. I had all I needed in a quiet spot. When travelling I’d check out the hotel gym in advance or find a hotel near a gym. I belong to a chain of gyms so I could go for free. But even after all that I caved and bought a bench, a bar and a few plates. It cost about $200, but oh the bliss of doing the workouts on my own time.


            Silvia D.Silvia D.Kenzai Member
            almost 2 years ago

            first of all ..."grumpy ole man" ...really ? ...I wish I was as strong and healthy looking with grandkids around me.
            you know what to do ....don't let that get too deep into your head ...kenzai life is never easy and never will be ....SO NO EXCUSES ....copy paste whateva da fish said :) DO IT!


              Brett KuhnertBrett KuhnertKenzai Member
              Traineralmost 2 years ago

              Man, I feel your frustration; been lifting now for almost 2 years, and have encountered the same issues. In multiple cities. With multiple gyms. (The worst? The gym where I was actually a TRAINER.) What's helped is comparing to the counterfactual: i.e., NO lifting of any sort. Relative to that, anything involving DBs or even bands is a solid win.

              Remember: that 'I Did It' button doesn't care HOW you did it, just that it got done. Same with your body; it's about cranking day after day, and getting exposure to the novel resistance of the steel. From that perspective, you're crushing it!


                Jim MattJim MattKenzai Member
                Assistant Traineralmost 2 years ago

                Scott, my man...take a deep breath, relax. I know EXACTLY how you feel having been batted about commercial gyms like a ping pong ball for years. I finally found "my spot," at the LOVELY Duck Creek YMCA (and also the surrounding affiliate YMCA branches) but still, "my spot," can be overrun with D-bags and hammerheads that we all avoid. The key is to keep a great attitude and stay flexible and adaptable. The home gym (or in my case, the arsenal at Home Base®) is a great concept but not always practical. Hang in there man!


                  David B.David B.Kenzai Member
                  almost 2 years ago

                  Not much else to say other than when you wake up tomorrow morning remind yourself that “it’s a brand new day” and then (using your words) “make the best of it! “


                    Watson J.Watson J.Kenzai Member
                    almost 2 years ago

                    This fortifies my trepidation for IRON

                    All your travel - I say deep breath, sleep, go at it tomorrow

                    Go Team Go #winning


                      George B.George B.Kenzai Member
                      almost 2 years ago

                      Hey Scott: I have not done Iron but I did use a lot of gyms while traveling and just finding space to skip can be frustrating. Hope things improve soon, and perhaps a mini-setup as Scott B. is saying will do the trick. The picture seems to imply that Iron has a different impact than the other programs - more upper body bulk? Sure the T-Shirts look great.


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