A few days ago, while I was riding a stationary bike at the gym, an older gentleman we'll call Greg walked up to me and said, "You know you can lose a lot more calories on the elliptical or treadmill, right?"
Lose a lot more calories? I thought. I’m not trying to lose calories. I’m trying to gain leg strength and endurance...
I just smiled and thanked him, and told him I was winding down after a pretty intense weightlifting session (which was true, too).
After the exchange, I started thinking. So many people assume we’re at the gym to lose weight (especially us girls -- sorry y'all, but you know it’s true). Sure, I wanted to drop a few pounds when I joined, but I've since learned there's so much more to gain at the gym -- and I'm not just talking about muscles and strength.
However, I realized Greg had an unintentional point: There are things to lose at the gym -- they just go way beyond weight.