Fitness on the 13th: 6 Fearless Tips for a Killer Workout

Do you or does someone you know suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia? Fear of Friday the 13th?

If so, at least one day of every year really stresses you out! (although it could be as many as three!)  

For those who are superstitious, Friday the 13th is considered to be a cursed day full of bad luck and a higher likelihood of misfortune.

If you’re among this crowd, you might be hanging a lucky horseshoe over your door and filling your pocket with four-leaf clovers this Friday.

I don’t blame you-nobody wants to fall victim to bad luck, and you can’t be too careful right?

Just don’t let it stop you from getting in your Friday workout!

In fact, research shows that crushing your workout is the best way to combat bad luck from Friday the 13th. (Ok, just kidding, but… maybe?)

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In honor of Friday the 13th, we’ve assembled a list of 6 invaluable workout tips that can be applied at the gym, all inspired by horror films.

(Spoiler alerts!)

Without further ado, here they are!

1. Don’t skip cardio

We learn this from Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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Running away from a man with a chainsaw is the worst time to realize you’ve been skipping cardio for too long. If you’ve seen this movie, you totally know what I’m talking about.

But really guys, cardio is super important! It might not always be your favorite type of training, but making time for cardio has amazing benefits.

It can improve your cardiovascular health, it leads to increased endurance, it burns a ton of calories, and it can help you reach your fitness goals faster!

It also makes you feel good! Aerobic exercise, which means cardio, has been linked to a better mood and a greater overall sense of well-being.

And if you’re looking for safer motivation than being chased by Leatherface, check out my cardio suggestions!

(While you’re working up a killer sweat, look your best with some new workout clothes!)

2. Use the buddy system

We learn this from Friday The 13th

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There’s safety in numbers. This is not only true for teenagers sharing a summer camp with a murderer, but it’s also true for those chasing after their fitness goals at the gym!

Think about it. When you don’t feel like working out, it can sometimes be easy to call it quits before you’ve finished all your exercises, or to even skip your workout altogether!

But when you have other people depending on you, it provides greater motivation to start, finish, and work hard during your training session.

The importance of having a partner or a group to help you along your fitness journey is a valuable lesson for us all.

So take advantage of gym buddies and workout classes. They can help you stay motivated, give you someone to be accountable to, plus it’s more fun to workout with friends!

And who knows, having an entourage might even protect you from falling victim to Jason ?!

3. Be wary of excessive rest periods

We learn this from The Shining

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Hey, I get it, you’re not a robot -you get tired during your workouts! It’s important to pace yourself and to take short breaks between sets and exercises.

Just be mindful of how long you’re resting between sets. Depending on your goals and your workout style, your rest periods might last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes.

But be careful that you don’t get carried away with super long breaks, to the point that you’re spending more time resting than exercising during your workouts.

Don’t learn this lesson the hard way like Wendy Torrance from The Shining, who was resting instead of running and nearly paid the price!

4. Avoid watching too much TV at the gym

We learn this from The Ring

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Watching TV at the gym might not lead to your ultimate demise, but it can totally kill your workout!

It’s no secret that the row of treadmills in front of the TV’s always fills up first. Watching the tube for a few minutes can definitely help your cardio session go by quicker, and it’s totally fine to do that!

But tuning in while you’re supposed to be working out can have disastrous results on the quality of your training session!

Camping out in front of the big screen for the majority of your gym session takes up valuable exercise time, and can get in the way of reaching your fitness goals! You have a limited number of minutes in the gym each day, so make the most of them.

5. Take proper precautions in the shower

We learn this from Psycho

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What’s scarier than the thought of being ambushed in the shower by a mysterious assailant with a knife? Maybe that’s why this scene from the timeless thriller Psycho elicits such fear in each of us.

While you probably don’t have to worry about an attack like this in the shower at the gym, an even more silent enemy is waiting to make its move.

The floors in public showers can be a breeding ground for bacteria, and taking the proper precautions to defend against them is a must! Just think about how many people use that shower every day. Gross!

When using a shower at the gym or rec center, make sure you always wear flip-flops or shower shoes. Your feet will thank you, and you just might avoid a horror scene of your own!

6. Get your nutrition on point

We learn this from The Silence of the Lambs

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There’s a reason they call this guy Hannibal the Cannibal. Still, I somehow can’t help thinking that if the doctor had only properly planned his snacks he wouldn’t have had to turn to cannibalism to beat hunger!

The lesson we learn here is the importance of proper nutrition when chasing your fitness goals.

The work you do in the kitchen is just as important to achieving your ideal self as the work you do at the gym! Don’t workout on an empty stomach, and strategically plan out nutritious snacks to help you on your journey.

Along those same lines, consider giving meal prep a try in order to save time and to better help you rock your nutrition! Remember, poor nutrition can be a serious roadblock to reaching your fitness goals.

Crazy things can happen when you get hungry.

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Lindsey Mathews

Lindsey Mathews

Head Trainer & Nutritionist

Lindsey Mathews is the Head Trainer and Nutritionist at IdealFit. She is a NSCA-CSCS certified personal trainer, C-ISSN certified sports nutritionist, Pn. 1 certified nutrition coach, and a nationally qualified NPC bikini competitor. Before joining IdealFit, she ran the largest boot camp program in Utah County.

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