I’ve always had a hard time accepting “copycats”. I’ve done my best to march to the beat of my own drum, and sometimes I get offended when others want to march with me. I guess I’m becoming wise in my old age, and realizing that I should be proud that someone thinks my ideas are so great that they want to use them as well. But, then there are times when I feel like I’m being plagiarized. And we all know, from years of that being beat into our high school brains, that plagiarism is BAD.
Typically, I do not go to the gym each day and fly by the seat of my pants. I spend a fair amount of time planning out a workout for myself, and then I’ll use that particular workout for a 4-6 week block before I refresh it. That’s just been my personal way of training. For example, I’ve been doing a specific glute/hami workout for a few weeks now, and I love it. But soon I will start incorporating some different exercises just to “shock the muscles” so to speak. Routines get stale, and I’m always looking to change things up. I come up with a lot of what I do in my own crazy little head, but I do sometimes try out exercises that I’ve seen posted on Instagram, etc. I’ve even seen other people at my home gym doing something that I have thought would be beneficial in my workout. It is my personal opinion that if I try out a workout that I saw someone in Timbuktu post, I just do it and go on with my day. But, if I see a fellow gym-goer doing something I might like, I make it a point to ask them about what they are doing. Maybe ask what muscle they’re targeting, their rep range, and so on. I hate to copy something that I see a person at my gym do without letting them first know that I think it’s a great idea, or making sure that I’m not totally butchering their exercise.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” -Charles Caleb Colton
And that is what my problem of the day is. I usually am pretty proud of myself for coming up with workouts to kick my own a$$, so I would be more than happy to describe it to you if you’re looking to beat yourself up as well. But please, I beg you, do not watch me and steal my ideas without so much as a smile in my direction. This is especially irritating if you’re going to use my techniques on a paying client. It takes time and brain power to workout a routine, at least give a girl a shout out if you think her ideas are fantastic. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I want to be a role model and I want to be the reason someone gives 110%. So, if I’m helping you or motivating you, or something I did really stuck out in your mind – SAY SOMETHING! I love helping other people out, whether you’re brand new or you’re just stuck in a funk and need inspiration. Mark my words, if I see you doing something I just have to try, I’m going to pick your brain about it! Please do the same.