Making fitness progress at the gym could be as close as simply asking for help.
Do not be afraid to ask questions. It's quite simple really. If you don't understand and want to know, ask. This might strike a blow at our fragile egos (anybody?) as we reveal to others that we do not hold the keys to all fitness wisdom and knowledge.
Pride, mostly, keeps us from asking someone directly. Nasty thing, pride.
Case in point;
The Minnesota Vikings blog reports that Chad Greenway is pleased with being named the team's "franchise player". "Franchise Player?!" What's a franchise player? I have to admit, when I first read the news I had no idea what Franchise Player meant. It seemed like a bit of sporting information that I should know. Embarrassingly, I did not.
My ace in the hole was my go to guy at the gym for sports knowledge, Steve. I knew Steve would have the 411 on Franchise Player status. So I threw all pride out the window and asked. He was on a roll as he began to describe the particulars of the Franchise Player selection.
Turns out, the reason Steve knew so much about it was through his son, who picked up the minute details of the Franchise Player from the John Madden Football video game.
I'm so glad I took the risk and asked. I now own enough of the "Franchise Player" topic knowledge to participate in a related conversation.
The key take away from it all for me is learning to ask questions sooner. In and out of the gym.
Become informed about topics of importance to you. At the gym and beyond, way beyond. Don't let pride keep you from picking up needed information.