Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Talking During Training

For some, one of the most annoying things when training at the gym or dojo is when someone starts talking and they go on seemingly forever. To make matters worse, it may not even be about something regarding training but a topic completely irrelevant. People train for different reasons. Some like going to the gym and talking for a while between sets. This is fine and if it is what relaxes you and takes away the stresses of the day, then carry on doing it. But if you are not one of these people, you need to think about maybe altering your training to either go alone, or with others who prefer to train hard, and leave the talking until after.

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The average person who devotes an hour or two in there day for training normally has in mind the thought of training as quickly and efficiently as possible. Work, family and other commitments probably take up the majority or most people lives and they simply can not afford to waste time by chatting.

Many times myself I have been training in the gym when someone walks in who I have not seen for a while. They end up talking and talking and before I know it, ten minutes have passed since my last set. For a while, I thought it rude to tell them that I was there to train and to ask to be allowed to continue, but now I understand that this may be needed.

Looking at it from a physical point of view, by chatting excessively, the person talking and the person or people listening are resting there bodies. For the minute or so when resting between rounds or sets in the gym, this is ok, but if it continues, the heart rate will slow down, the body temperature will cool and the intensity will drop. If your training with weights, most of the time this is the complete opposite of what you want to be happening. Keeping the intensity high is something needed from fat loss to gaining muscle. Also, if you rest too much via excessive chatting between rounds when training martial arts, you muscles and joints will cool and when you start training again, you could end up injuring yourself.

On the other hand, not all talking during training is bad. Quick discussions which are relevant to the training session are always encouraged so questions can be answered and knowledge can be gained. However, if the “quick discussion” turns into a debate or an off topic conversation it must be stopped instantly so as training time does not get disrupted.

The best way to deal with someone who constantly talks is to be polite but straight to the point. Something like “Please can we get back on with training, we can talk about this later. I hope you don’t mind”. This is blunt and quickly explaining that you would like to keep training but also polite and shouldn’t cause any friction between you and others.


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Krista de Castella said...

It certainly pays to be mindful of the way chit-chat can disrupt others. In addition to losing time it can also cause others to lose concentration and focus. I think the same goes for asking a lot of questions in training. It's something that might be ok in the gym but in a traditional dojo it's best to learn with you eyes and ears.

Anonymous said...

To me talking is ok aslong as it's to the point and has a direct relation to training. That being said a joke or a short comment can't hurt, aslong as it's kept to a minimum. Just don't talk when sensei's explaining, those people really do get on my nerves.

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