Weekend Friday Favourites

I hope you’re having a great weekend! A short favourites finds this week. This week’s been a little all over the place hence not having many favourites to share even though last week’s WFF didn’t happen. That said there are quite a few internet finds. So without further ado….

Alley Way Late Afternoon Sun

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Gym Changing Room Etiquette

Thanks to the vets Monday I made the gym at my old usual time. Which I loved. Cycling there in early afternoon sun, a gym that wasn’t empty or full somewhere in the middle with energy and space to play in. I forgot how much nicer the ambience is during the day. I’ve been getting there in the early evening for months now and it’s not as nice. The gym’s busy which is good, but the energy is different and at times I have to fight for space as people are unaware of yours and take your space. The changing room dynamic’s different too. img_7414

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Stalking Deals Not Bieber

The day some of us have been waiting for is nearly here. Black Friday!

Yes, I  have my eye on a couple of things I may have been stalking for the past few weeks. A little shopping list for Sephora, one to two items from Gorjana, a coat and well that’s about it. Fingers crossed they aren’t sold out (and they do have some offers) and that’s how I’m spending my extra curricular activities this Friday. Shopping!

Waiting for dinner, Penguins and a heron that thinks it’s a penguin, Barcelona ZooOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Weekend Friday Favourites

The evenings are now beginning to feel like November evenings I remember growing up. The ones with that crisp autumnal chill that bites as the temps transition to colder months. While I’ve climatised to Spanish/Catalan temps, my *internal seasonal body clock’s still programmed for British winters. I brace myself every year for those chilly October nights that never come. November I’m still in lighter weight jackets thinking I should be snug in a winter coat. I guess those cold, pretty winter days growing up made a mark. I’ve haven’t seen frost since I was last in the UK a few years ago. I forgot how pretty frost covered fields and trees are in the morning light. I don’t miss however frozen feet, defrosting windshields or negotiating ice!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

* Summer it’s well and truly adjusted!

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Gym Wifi

I wasn’t sure what to think of when I saw that my gym has free wifi in the weights room. My initial reaction was seriously, can’t anybody live with checking emails, IG likes, WhatsApp for 5 minutes?Gym Wifi

If your like me time in the gym, out running or practicing yoga, is a place to escape. It’s just me and my music. If I’m pushed for time, no music. No time wasted skipping tracks. If I train at home, no music. If I’m honest I have better workouts when I’m not listening to music, but in the gym it blocks out the wanna be silverbacks grunting. I’m not against training to music. If a good track comes on I’m in my zone. I concentrate training more with music less workouts. That’s just me. No skipping tracks I don’t like or feeling that day. Running, depending on the type of run, always music unless it’s a trail run, then no music.

I leave the internet out the gym. I’ll admit, sometimes I Google an exercise I can’t remember how to do, but as soon as I’ve checked it out, I switch off ‘mobile data’. I take a screen shot if I know I need to refer back to it. Pre gym free wifi, sometimes people were on their phone, but I noticed they rested less in-between sets. Now I see guys (girls aren’t excluded, they just can’t check as much on the cardio machines. Few girls in my gym train the weights and free weight area. Those that do, they don’t spend much time on their phones) slumped over benches, ‘resting’ on machines on their phones, scrolling or typing away much more than before. I swear they spend less time lifting than pre gym wifi. I can’t help but think if the Rock was around he slap them all to ‘FOCUS!’. If you follow him in Instagram, it’s photo and videos before or after training and randomly shouting ‘FOCUS’. You train, you FOCUS, you check the phone later. You don’t get to be the Rock’s size working fingers on a screen. You get to be the Rock by training hard with sh*t loads of FOCUS.

I’m not against it per se. It did come in handy this week, when I need to check an exercise I couldn’t remember how it went and I didn’t use up any mobile date watching the instruction video. Now every time I enter the weights room, it connects. I have my phone on silent for all settings (but not the multiple wake up alarms!). The few notifications I got, I never noticed as I was too busy concentrating training. There’s no wifi in the changing rooms which I think would be a better place to have it, especially for the ladies. So many girls and myself included, check phones, messages before or after classes, swimming and working out. It makes more sense than in the weights room. If you’re not putting in 100% training and just spend the time in the gym on your phone, why bother being there? You wouldn’t get your phone out in the middle of a lap swimming, a fitness class or martial art class. If it’s an emergency, waiting a call or important business that’s different. But just to sit, check likes, messages can’t they leave the phones for just 1 hour and use the gym for what it’s meant to be used for?

Yay or nay to free wifi in the weights and free weights room? I’m kinda against it. Leave the phone and escape for an hour!