The gym workouts I hate most

The ironic thing about working out at the gym is that it never gets easier as you get stronger. What it gets is exponentially harder.

Sheylara at the gym

I mean, I sort of understand why that is so. You can’t get stronger unless there is enough exertion. There’s no point in working out if it’s going to be a walk in the park.

But where is the motivation if you never get to feel stronger because your weights increase every session even before you can feel your strength difference?

I guess there’s only one way to feel motivated: Looking good at the gym.

Sheylara at the gym


Even when I feel like keeling over, I can take comfort in the fact that if I really do keel over, at least I’d look good doing it.

I put a lot of care in selecting my gym outfits. I even have two different pairs of gloves to match different outfits. The gloves, by the way, aren’t purely vanity items.

I realised that I needed gloves after working with hardcore weights that attempted to burn holes through my skin.

Sheylara at the gym

Need to protect the little hands.

So, the workouts that I hate the most, in no particular order:


Sheylara at the gym

I’ve mentioned this before. I’m mentioning it again because my trainer enjoys making me do them.

He’d be like, “OKAY~! Now, your favourite exercise! Woohoo!”

And I’d go, “Hey, I just remembered I have a meeting to go to!”

My lunging expressions:

Sheylara at the gym

Lunges are totally evil, I swear. Just like Eric Goh.


Leg Extensions

Sheylara at the gym

See the evil-looking red padded thing just above my feet? I’m supposed to lift it with my feet (or thereabouts). It weighs about the same as a HDB flat.

Before leg extensions:

Sheylara at the gym

After leg extensions:

Sheylara at the gym

This is like a frozen grimace, an expression I practise a lot while working out. It means “I just died and this is my dying expression frozen for posterity”.

Unfortunately, leg extensions don’t actually make our legs longer.

Fortunately, we’ve only done this twice so far. I hope I won’t be scheduled for it anymore within this millennium.

Ball Crunches

Sheylara at the gym

This is a lot harder than it looks!

It is a billion times harder than it looks. Cos you have to balance yourself on the ball while doing crunches, and the balancing act alone is harder than normal crunches.

This was the first time I did it and I hate it already.

Eric had to hold me in place because I kept rolling off the ball. Haha.

Look of abject misery disguised as false bravado:

Sheylara at the gym

(I meant on my face, not on Eric’s face, of course. Eric looks gleefully wicked, as always.)

To make up for giving me three of my most hated exercises all within a day, Eric offered me some verbal motivation at the end of day.

“You did well today! Very impressed with your handling of weights and your control!” he said.

Well, tell that to my dead muscles!!!

To be honest, though, I think I am getting stronger. I’ll tell you why next time.

Sheylara at the gym

20 thoughts on “The gym workouts I hate most

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    after 2~3 months when u see the result, you will be glad that you did all those workouts.

    Cheers to a nice tone body!

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    Mince Pye: But of course. That’s why people are always advised never to wear holey undies. =)

    tvbaddict: Well, you can see my hair all coming loose by the end of the photo set. :P

    Reallifeman: Thanks! Glad you can see the “rips”. Someone in one of my earlier posts didn’t think they exist. :P

    ByPassing: Yes, I’m looking forward to seeing the results. That’s really what’s keeping me going! :P Um, plus the fact that I will be able to arm wrestle the Goonfather and win. Haw haw haw.

    Goonfather: Let’s arm wrestle.

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    Those are the definitely the worst exercises! I used to call lunges “lurges” which exacted only derision from my trainer. But take heart, ball crunches get easier over time (no weights to increase), especially when you start to see the results!

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    Heya Benjack! :) How come your trainer so bad, deride you! But you do have a point about ball crunches. Thanks for pointing that out! :P But you know what, I’ll bet once I get comfortable with them, my trainer will add a few more hundred reps per set. Haha. :P

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    I think Curtsey is just jealous of your rippedness. And blind. there are always people who will do that. Sometimes you have to forgive stupidity and move on HA

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    Third picture down clearly shows you are more ripped. Even a blind person could see that. I think Curtsey is blind and a little stupid HA

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    Yo Shey, take it like any RPG game you play lor.

    You grind your ass off to make it to the next level, only to find the following level requires 2x the XP you just grinded. WTF!! And that your new level doesn’t really give you any new abilities/eqpt/bragging rights since the idiot that just PK’ed you has no trouble PKing you again with your new level and all!

    So after too much grinding, you decide the game is not worth it and you switch to another game!

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    Reallifeman: Well, thank you for the affirmation! :)

    Moralis: Haha, your comment made me smile cos you are soooo right. =P

    RN1209: LOLOL. I think I am getting too predictable! :P

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    Leg extensions are the worse…it’s like, unnatural lor! Lunges i don’t mind so much…but that crunches on the ball thing, i think i will fail. Keep up the exercises! You look so muscular lah (but not in the oily muscle man kinda way) :P

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    least u do it with a smile on each pics :D
    gambatte :D haha

    the reward will be good with endless effort putting in.

    rome is not build in 1 day, good body not build in 1 day.
    Good fighter’s body is build with constant and daily fighting in older days.

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    Nabilah: Cool… I’m glad you feel the same way about leg extensions. The first time I did it, I was like, “What the… ?!?!?!” :P

    Ashtar83: Haha… must smile for the camera once in a while mah. And when I’m not smiling, I’m laughing from the pain of muscle burning. Cos if I don’t laugh, I’ll scream. :P

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