It's all about avoiding eye contact.
Yesterday, doing seated db military press (hundies, for those who care), and Captain Over-Tan rolls up to the preacher bench and proceeds to do 3 sets of db preachers WHILE TALKING TO SOME BITCH ON THE PHONE. Dude's full-on grunting and bellowing into the mouthpiece while curling a 60 with his right arm and holding his phone to his ear with the left, then alternating. May have been one of the most absurd things I've seen in a long time, and a damn fine way for CONCENTRATION FAIL to lead to injury.
Need a ruling. Proper form or not?
Last edited by carrera; 05-24-2012 at 03:15 PM.
My biggest 2 pet peeves are the "compulsive grunter" and the guy that feels compelled to use every piece of equipment in the gym as a massive superset!
Fatties/"power lifters" who walk with their arms out bc of their invisible lats.
Douche at the gym this morning, doing Smith machine squats, wearing one of these:
Anyway, why the $#@! do people fill up their $#@!ing water bottles at the higher fountain!? WHAT THE $#@!!? Seriously, if you do this you're $#@!ing jackass.
Fat people doing legs every day
I hate clueless, logic lacking people at the gym.
I was doing 3 sets of 10 close grip bench press for triceps the other day at the rec center. I get 2 sets through and my triceps start to cramp a little so I go get water which is all of 15, maybe 20 feet from the bench. There's literally 6 flat benches around me, but this guy decided he needed to use the one I'm done. I was gone a full 20 seconds, maybe?
I come back and look at him and ask if I can do my last set, or if he can just use one of the other benches with no weight on it. He looks at me confused and says, "I literally haven't started yet, so I have a few sets to go." "I know, but I was here and I go through my second set, I just went to get water." "I haven't started yet though."
At that point, it wasn't worth trying to explain to the mouth breather what was going on so I simply looked at him, took the weight off the bar, and put it on the bar literally 5 feet away from him. He still look confused and acted like I was the biggest $#@! on Earth.
Squats and Deads are great compound joint exercises that constantly go underutilized (hell if I know if that's a word)
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Ah to be young again. As a near 39 year old, I've found if I do legs more than twice in a week, even with an off day and concentrating religiously on form over weight, my knees simply can't take the pounding.
I was once stretching in front of the power cage, getting ready to do squats, only two other people in the small DC YMCA weight room. One of the guys walks over and asks if he can take the bar out of the cage for some exercise over in another area of the gym. He asks me this way
"Hey, listen, since you are doing whatever that is, can I take that bar?"
Mind you, both flat benches, the incline bench, and decline bench are not being used, none have weight on the bars. I try to explain to him I'm about to do squats, ask if he wants to work in with me, but if not, could he just grab a different bar.
"I'm not sure what your doing there, but can I have that bar?"
"Sure, buddy, whatever"
I then pulled the bar off the decline bench and loaded it up and went to work. He continued to scowl at me while he did unweighted good mornings.
I'm amazed by how little people work their legs... I see some of the same people doing curls, concentration curls, preacher curls, wrist curls, etc. but never legs. Stupid. I make it a point to work legs, in one way or another, 3x a week (though it may not look like it). Always work in variations of squats and deads and mix in step ups, lunges, romanian deadlifts, bulgarian split squats (I HATE YOU!), jumps, etc.
I was very familiar with frenchys antics while I was at school. I think I saw him 2007 to 2010, rough estimate. That $#@! was always good for a chuckle as you were completing a real workout.
I hate it when I'm benching 800 pounds and not everyone in the gym is staring at me in admiration.
Meh, I'm young and I don't lift legs more than twice in a week. Generally only once every 6 days. I add in cardio and I've been playing with other exercises like jump rope and basketball to keep active.Ah to be young again. As a near 39 year old, I've found if I do legs more than twice in a week, even with an off day and concentrating religiously on form over weight, my knees simply can't take the pounding.
As far as the knee pain, going to throw out there that a lot of that can be from poor form. Then again, there's a billion other reasons such as old injuries, etc. etc. But it's something to consider. Personally, while I do squats, they are really hard for me because of my daddy long legs. Other exercises like weighted lunges prove more effective for me.
This is proper gym etiquette 101. If you hop on something and someone comes back from water, excuse yourself. It's then proper etiquette for them to offer to let you work in with them, and you both proceed accordingly and get your work done.I try to explain to him I'm about to do squats, ask if he wants to work in with me, but if not, could he just grab a different bar.
Yes, lots of captain upper bodies in the gym. You can blame that on women and fashion. The first thing women notice in street clothes is your chest and biceps and there's some fun videos out there showing this, just like guys notice tits when they first see a woman.I'm amazed by how little people work their legs... I see some of the same people doing curls, concentration curls, preacher curls, wrist curls, etc. but never legs. Stupid. I make it a point to work legs, in one way or another, 3x a week (though it may not look like it). Always work in variations of squats and deads and mix in step ups, lunges, romanian deadlifts, bulgarian split squats (I HATE YOU!), jumps, etc.
Also, not sure if applicable, but I will switch up which gym I go to on campus depending on what day it is. So when I'm at the rec for example, I'm only doing back/biceps or chest/triceps depending on the day. I don't do legs there
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When people interrupt me while I'm doing my $#@! pushups
I feel bad saying this but when your mildly retarded neighbor continuously interrupts you while trying to get a quick workout in the bld gym. No offense to anyone.
so ya, youtubed a few of hte exercises mentioned and came across this.. <3:30 mark FTW>
I've started finding that I can handle a lot more weight on single leg exercises like lunges, step ups and bulgarian split squats by switching to barbells instead. My forearms would tell me to quit when doing step ups with 45 lb dumbbells but with a barbell I can do sets with 135. Now, the question... Is it ok to use the squat rack to do step ups with 135. I'd rather load it on my back and squat it up to go into step ups then clean and press the 135, do my set, and then press it off my shoulders which is typically not a good idea.
I agree that many people on this thread need to take a chill pill. I hate people just like anyone else, but that's what the gym is for.....you can use all your hatred for RAAGGGEE. It's awesome. Generally, if I'm having a $#@!ty day in the gym I just take a lap around the gym and pick out 3-5 things that really piss me off and BOOM! Big lift.
But, there are a few things that I hate. Among them:
1. Curls in the squat rack. Pretty sure we have beaten this dead horse into submission. Personally, I press in a squat rack too, but thats it. Deadlifts? POWER CLEANS??!!! Give me a break. All you need is space to do those things. I can see someone needing the pins for rack pulls, but let me go ahead and give you some advice: RACK PULLS SUCK. I am a powerlifter, so dead lifting a million pounds is my goal. Rack pulls don't help very much. Sure, they can help a little bit, but you really don't need to be doing much of them, trust me. The best way to get better at dead lift is to dead lift, and these things called "Kroc rows". People that can't lock out at the top of the dead lift probably need grip work more than they need to get their body used to a lot of weight at the top of the dead lift like rack pulls give.
2. Half-squatting. It makes me mad because it is dangerous and is the main culprit of knee problems from squats. When you half squat all the weight goes to your knees. You want to sit back on your heels and activate your gluts and hammies. The farther down you go the less knees you should use; your knees aren't very strong, but your ass and you hamstrings are. But at the end of the day, I don't really care, because guys that are half-squatting aren't going to make gains. I'll go ahead and squat to depth and get bigger and stronger.
3. Same as above for half-benching. Watch a powerlifting competition.....we have to pause for a count with the bar on our chest and press the weight up on a "press" command. That's a little harder than stopping your bench press a foot off of your chest.
4. Attire? Who cares. I generally hate people that are trying to receive excess attention, but again it fuels my rage. There really is no need to wear cut off shirts, but I can understand that bodybuilding is an entirely different sport than powerlifting. Whatever, it doesn't really matter.
90% of people in the gym have no real idea of what they are doing anyway. Most won't make considerable gains at all and will just "check the block" in the gym week to week. That's fine. As long as I have enough room and weights to squat, bench, dead lift, press, power clean and snatch then I'm happy. People on machines drive you crazy? Don't use machines. I hardly ever come close to a machine....the exception being some sort of row machine once every blue moon.
fyi...Dorian Yates mostly relied on machines....I wear cutoffs on the reg
anyone who does not rack their weights when done with a particular set should be shot
My pet peeve is "Mr.-Knows-Everything" who takes working out way too seriously and is trying to play trainer and tell me how to work out at the gym.
"Oh, I read you shouldn't use machines. You need to work on your stabilizing muscles."
"Hey man, you shouldn't do legs/chest/arms/etc. so soon/back to back. You need rest to grow."
"Blah blah blah more unsolicited advice."
Here's the deal, fellow gym goer. I'm not a professional athlete. You're CERTAINLY no professional athlete. And it doesn't matter. I'm just trying to look good in the mirror and not have a heart attack when I'm 50, not train for the olympic games, so bugger off.
I have a fitness pet peeve. Why is it that I can run straight uphill for 6 miles without stopping or do a heavy kettlebell workout for an hour without putting it down, but every morning on my commute walking up a flight of stairs from the subway makes me feel like I'm gonna die?
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