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Re: Portable Gaming at the Gym

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:32 pm
by hashiriya1
pureevil wrote:lol playing games while you work out lol,sounds like you need to up you weights and tempo.




Not for weightlifting, but for some cardio. I usually have my workout planned out before I go. If it only consists of light cardio, then "upping" my weights or tempo isn't necessary.

I bring my PSP-1000 or DS Lite. My PSP-3000 and DSi won't go to the gym.


Thanks everybody for your input.

Re: Portable Gaming at the Gym

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:00 pm
by slowslow325
J T wrote:I don't think I could do my workout and game on a portable at the same time. Too much distraction.


Distraction? Isn't that kinda the point. That way, you can work out and play video games. The video games help distract you from your workout, which means you won't feel the pain and tiredness as much. If you can get into the groove, it'd be perfect. Like, start squatting and playing games and eventually you start squatting automatically.

Re: Portable Gaming at the Gym

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:08 pm
by Ack
I don't go to the gym, though the exercise bike is located in the same room as the PS3. Thank goodness for wireless controllers.

Re: Portable Gaming at the Gym

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:30 pm
by Anubis
Nah, I got to they gym to work out. In out, then on with my day.

I don't even bring books to the gym. I'm paranoid about getting them sweaty and dirty, let alone an expensive game system.

Re: Portable Gaming at the Gym

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:20 pm
by MrPopo
Limewater wrote:Using a cell phone in a gym is usually considered bad gym etiquette. I imagine that using a portable gaming system would be considered similarly be viewed negatively.

I'd disagree on this. Cell phones in many places is bad etiquette, because you're subjecting people to half a conversation. But I don't see the difference between a DS and an iPod, as long as you have headphones on for both.

Re: Portable Gaming at the Gym

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:37 pm
by puke_face
The gym I frequent has TV's going the whole day. If I tried running and gaming at the same time... I don't think that would go well. I would more than likely cause a scene by crashing and burning, as well as have a broken gaming system by the time I left.

Re: Portable Gaming at the Gym

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:39 pm
by Limewater
MrPopo wrote:I'd disagree on this. Cell phones in many places is bad etiquette, because you're subjecting people to half a conversation. But I don't see the difference between a DS and an iPod, as long as you have headphones on for both.


Texting is also considered bad gym etiquette. Gaming is closer to texting than just changing the track on an MP3 player.

When you're texting/playing a game, you aren't paying any attention to your surroundings, so you're more likely to get yourself hurt or be in someone else's way. It also has the association with guys who sit on a piece of equipment during their way-too-long breaks between sets and text, so they aren't really exercising while they're hogging the equipment and/or dumbells.

Re: Portable Gaming at the Gym

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:30 pm
by jfrost
Why is texting considered bad etiquette? Never heard of it, ever. You must be talking about weightlifting and such, but I'm pretty sure hashiriya1 is just talking about aerobic exercises, which normally take really long.

Actually, I once typed a really, really long text message in my cell phone just to have something to do while I was on the bicycle. It worked.

Re: Portable Gaming at the Gym

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:44 pm
by FiftyDollarCurse
I'm not an exercise expert or anything, but I would think that if your cardio workout isn't requiring your full attention then you aren't doing it right. For me, running on a treadmill or using a stationary bike takes a lot of focus and concentration to maintain balance and proper form. I find it hard to believe you're maintaining optimal form for healthy exercise if your hands and eyes (and brain) are affixed to a PSP screen. Not to mention a DS with a stylus.

Listening to music is entirely different and is very obvious how it can be used to enhance your motivation and performance.

Re: Portable Gaming at the Gym

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 7:07 pm
by final fight cd
i don't see how texting is bad etiquette when doing aerobic. i can see if you were texting on machines and making people wait for you as you finish sending your message.

since you specially said you have a girlfriend i don't see what the big deal is. you can look goofy/nerdy all you want but it isn't like you are trying to impress anybody or wanting to look cool.