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Beer N Biceps Podcast. Episode Three: Choosing a Gym

Hello again! Welcome to episode 3 of Beer N Biceps. In this week’s podcast Todd and I talk about choosing a gym. We briefly mention Todd’s new goals, and we discuss measurements. For about 45 seconds at the end of the podcast because we completely forgot! We also discuss our beer of the week. And have an unscheduled talk on our whiskey of the week (after Todd’s dad dropped off a whiskey mid-podcast).

Choosing a Gym

When we had planned out the week’s podcast we had agreed that we should talk about why choosing a gym is an important step in your fitness journey. Without planning anything out I went into describing what you should and shouldn’t look for in your new gym. Before I realised that I was basically describing most gyms! Gyms should be expensive but not too expensive, they should be near your work or near your home, or somewhere between the two. They should have decent equipment, but not be too fancy. A good gym should have a young demographic, but an old demographic can also be good. You get the idea …. Just pick a gym!

I guess my complete uselessness at choosing a gym is centred around the fact that I have worked in 4 completely different gyms, and had a good experience in all of them. To get good results all you really need is friendly staff, access to some good weights, and your own motivation. Nothing else really matters.

Finding a Gym Partner

This was a really interesting discussion point, because I have actually had many training partners in the past, some of them had trained with me for months on end, while others had trained with me for as little as one session. As with anything, the right gym partner for you will be different from the right gym partner for me. But from personal experience I can say that the worst gym partners have been

  1. The reluctant gym partner – someone who will cancel at the drop of a hat, is always late, and would much rather be talking than lifting.
  2. The Bro gym partner – Gives you completely unqualified advice, has no idea what they’re doing, works at 200% intensity
  3. The Drill Sergeant – Keeps yelling “Just one more” even when your form has diminished to a caricature of what a bench press should look like
  4. The Girlfriend – Spends  5 minutes on a leg curl then asks if we can go home and get some chips. Still love her though

Todd’s New Running Shoes

We also had a brief look at Todd’s needs for some new running shoes. In it I talked about the similarities in terms of benefits that most trainers offer. Whether it is a £400 set of Nikes or a £25 set of trainers from Sports Direct. So long as the shoes are comfortable you will run well in them. I mentioned a study by the US Army that found similarities in regular shoes and more fancy ones, which you can check out here.

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Beer Review: Longboard Island Lager – Kona Brewing Co.

longboard, kona, beer n biceps, choosing a gymAfter my controversial dislike of last week’s beers, it was refreshing to discover some new beer that I actually really liked. Longboard Island Lager is a smooth lager that reminded me of a french lager. It was a little plain tasting, but still very nice.

The brewery itself is situated in Hawaii and is called Kona Brewery. After the podcast we tried their Golden Ale called “Big Wave” and it was gorgeous, a real high quality beer. Both beers are perfect for drinking outside, and it was nice to finally have a taste of a beer that my friends have been raving about for quite a while.

The whisky we tried afterwards was a Welsh whisky from a company called Penderyn, neither of us are massive whisky fans but this was something special. Quite sweet and not too harsh. Reminded me a bit of a couple Irish whiskeys that I’ve had. But as I am even less of a whisky expert than I am a beer one, I’ll try to avoid comparisons. In case people give me a horrified look and say that it tastes nothing like an Irish whiskey.


Next Week

This is where things get interesting. At the moment we are on 79 listens for our podcasts and we have decided that if/when we hit 100 listens we will be throwing a celebratory podcast. Which we will also be streaming live on Facebook. The subject will be Creating a training program and in it we will talk about Todd’s new training program. We’ll be going through the process that I follow when creating brand new training programs. We’ll also, as ever, be drinking a new beer and discussing that.

Finally, our 100 listener podcast will be offering an awesome prize. To be in with a chance of winning it you will be asked to like, comment, and share the facebook live video. As ever please subscribe to our podcast (link at the top) and check out our facebook group, instagram, and twitter page (exclusively run by Todd) to get your fill of Beer and Bicep activities!

About the Author Matt Smith

Matt Smith is the owner of Beer N Biceps. He has a degree in Sports Science, 10 years of experience working in the fitness industry, and has written for hundreds of fitness websites. He is a lover of good quality beer and believes that drinking in moderation can form part of a healthy lifestyle.

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