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In Praise of the Iron Gym

One of the greatest joys in the world is the iron gym.

What's an iron gym? It's hard to describe. It's easier to say what it's not.

An iron gym isn't a fancy fitness club. An iron gym doesn't offer jazzercise. An iron gym doesn't have wooden panelling and beautiful adornment. An iron gym doesn't have awesome, clean bathrooms. An iron gym's locker room is spartan, at best. An iron gym has mostly free weights, with very few machines. An iron gym isn't a place to mingle with the opposite sex. An iron gym doesn't offer yoga or other classes. An iron gym has no amenities, niceties, or anything like. An iron gym is usually obscure, with nothing special in real estate. It's often in a basement. An iron gym doesn't have a salesman to give you a tour of the place and show you around, doesn't ask for a one year commitment to join, or anything like that. An iron gym doesn't have fancy membership cards, swipe-in/swipe-out, or anything like that. You just show up and nobody hassles you.

So what's an iron gym? It's a spartan, bare bones place with free weights and a few very basic machines. It's often dirty and disorganized. There's no classes offered there. There's almost never women in an iron gym, if you go every day for an hour you'll maybe see a woman once a week. Maybe.

And I fucking love it. I love being at an iron gym. It's just a place to push iron. There's no posturing, no showing off, nothing like that. If you need a spot, someone will give you a spot. Everybody's cool. People don't talk too much, don't socialize too much. Nobody's doing business or trying to get a date or trying to move up the social hierarchy. There's just one thing there. Iron. And you lift and it's good.

My New Workout: Day 3

On Runner's Ravings

As someone who used to scour the Internet for fitness advice, I know that there are innumerable online resources out there for people looking to lose some weight, gain some muscle, and get six pack abs. One particularly good one is James Fell's SixPackAbs, which I recommend reading.

Needless to say, a lot of this is nonsense and geared towards making money off of peoples’ naivety and indolence. There are no magical pills that will make those fat rolls go away. You have to work at it, and love the process. Losing weight and getting healthy is about overhauling your lifestyle.

I don’t want people to waste their money on nonsense, and so I want to offer as frequently as possible my own insight into fitness forays. Below is my own workout, and it is far from perfect.

A few points for clarity:

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