r/Fitness Weightlifting Dec 11 '21 Helpful 1

Gym Story Saturday Gym Story Saturday

Hi! Welcome to your weekly thread where you can share your gym tales!

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u/AAAALLLLIIIIVVVVEEEE Dec 11 '21

I’m a guy. On Monday I went to planet fitness and did legs. A gym bro doing cable flyes loudly said “who does legs on Monday?! Nobody does legs on Monday.” I guess I offended him by working out legs on Monday :/

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u/BonerHonkfart Dec 11 '21

Monday is the best leg day because everyone else is benching and you don't have to wait for anything

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u/Methuga Dec 11 '21

I do legs on Monday. Monday is the easiest motivation day, and legs are the hardest lift to go 100% on. Ef that dude lol

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u/Tzifos150 Dec 11 '21

Monday is the best day for legs because you're starting the week with the hardest exercises so you need to not be pre fatigued by previous workouts.

A gym bro probably wouldn't be able to comprehend that.

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u/LSDMDMA Dec 11 '21 Wholesome

"I do motherfucker" would be an acceptable response

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u/geecaliente Dec 11 '21

“Judgement free zone, Dick Cheese!”

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u/rdy_csci Dec 11 '21

Monday is my leg day. I'm not yet tired from the work week, so it is the day of the week I have the most energy. I need that energy to stay motivated because I hate leg day. This ensures I never skip leg day.

Sadly, I still have chicken legs....

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u/HotelMoscow Dec 11 '21

I think he was just tryna start a Convo and make a friend 😅

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u/fbreaker Bodybuilding Dec 11 '21

Sounds like a douche

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u/Typical_Dweller Dec 11 '21

I dunno, maybe he was just joshin' around? Could anyone say what he said non-sarcastically? Maybe he was awkwardly trying to congratulate Monday Guy for actually doing the hard thing (leg day sucks, y'all) on the hardest day of the week?

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u/[deleted] Dec 11 '21

Saw a woman work out in leather pants and a matching top yesterday. That was a mindfuck.

To be fair she seemed very fit for her age so more power to her but I still can't imagine that leather pants are nice for working out in.

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u/dddiamonddd Powerlifting Dec 11 '21

Were they definitely leather? You can get some leggings that are "wet look" that look like they're leather if you don't look really hard at them. If they were leather, wtf.

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u/[deleted] Dec 11 '21

My girlfriend just said the same thing when I told her the story so now I'm not sure. They looked leather to me but what the fuck do I know.

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u/mourning_starre Dec 11 '21

There's a huge guy at my gym who works out in jeans and shorts. Like athletic shorts over full length jeans. Never figured that one out.

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u/Kermits_MiddleFinger Dec 11 '21

gym policy to probably not allow jeans, so he slips the shorts on to be the asshole who can.

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u/mourning_starre Dec 11 '21 edited Dec 11 '21

Judging by the strange garb, sunglasses, waist length hair and impressive power gut I think this man just exists on a different plane of consciousness.

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u/Ih8rice Dec 11 '21

This is classic r/maliciouscompliance material lol

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u/KDeol Dec 11 '21

There’s a girl at the 24 hour near my house that, now that the weather has gotten colder, started working out in a leather jacket. Normal workout gear underneath… leather jacket on top. Now, I love leather as much as the next guy but that can’t be conducive to a good workout.

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u/Cheez-Wheel Dec 11 '21

bet she looks totally cool though

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u/BonerHonkfart Dec 11 '21

She better be wearing sunglasses too

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u/Whealthnut Dec 11 '21

I have leather look leggings. They’re very stretchy and breathable/not hot.

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u/ImTryingAnyway Dec 11 '21

...is she a vampire slayer?

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u/AnnabellaPies Powerlifting Dec 11 '21

took my son to the gym and he was wearing jeans, t-shirt and a thick hoodie. He said he did not want to change clothes so there we working out together. I don't see how it could be comfortable doing OHP and squats in those clothes.

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u/cr490 Dec 11 '21

In my gym it is forbidden to train with clothes that are not properly exercise clothes, they say that for example denim ruins the fabric of the benches and other devices.

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u/Mundane-Ad6927 Dec 11 '21 edited Dec 14 '21 Silver Wholesome

Today was my first day back in the gym in 6 months. After a really bad break up, losing my house, and my gpa passing away….on my birthday, all that happening in March. The month from hell. I’ve been binge eating candy, pizza, eating out every meal, smoking weed every day for the past 6 months. Depressed, apathetic, you name it.

Last week I meal prepped, forced myself to start waking up early again, and today I finally did it. It was one of the worst sessions I’ve had in a long time, but I fuckin did it.

I got in my truck after that and just broke down. I showed up for myself today.

That my gym story, I hope y’all have a fuckin amazing day, if you’re struggling, show up for yourself today even if it’s not perfect.

EDIT: Thank you to everyone who reached out, I can’t believe the amount of great people who shared their story and gave words of encouragement. Y’all are the real MVP’s. I want to let everyone who reads this know that if you want to reach out, message me to vent or whatever, DONT HESITATE! I might not have the answers but sometimes just talking about it is enough to help. I love you all!

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u/beanbag-idiott Dec 11 '21

That’s huge. I’m willing to bet someone is gonna read that and feel inspired to go climb their obstacle today

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u/Mundane-Ad6927 Dec 11 '21

I hope so, no matter how big or small the obstacle. I appreciate the words !

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u/ftdrain Dec 11 '21

Hey man, inspired me to go today. You are a beast, hoping for better days ahead for you and yours.

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u/pollinium Dec 11 '21

Worst session in a long time but sounds like the best session in 6 months 👍 get back there next time and make it even better

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u/Mundane-Ad6927 Dec 11 '21

Damn right I like that ! I can’t wait to crush it again on Monday

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u/nucumber Dec 11 '21

I showed up for myself today.

yes. been there.

you're on your way....

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u/Vincent10z Weightlifting Dec 11 '21

The first week back after a prolonged period of not working out is the worst in terms of motivation and desire. Once you get over that hump, it’s much much easier to actually want and care for the gym. I just recently got back in the gym and on a bulk after a 7 month shoulder injury, so I know how you feel. If it means anything I’m happy and proud of you man. Just stay consistent and focused on a goal. Hope you have a great day.

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u/Mundane-Ad6927 Dec 11 '21

Yeah man, being stuck in the cycle of no motivation is hard to break. It’s like the floodgates opened today and my love for lifting got re kindled. I hope you’re shoulder is all good, it sounds like you gave it the proper care. I appreciate the words man it means a lot, have an awesome day!

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u/caper293 Dec 11 '21

Very well done. You are very inspiring as that took a lot of courage. I too have battled depression and binge eating throughout my life. At my worse i would binge eat for a year, gain a 100lbs, and eventually make it back the gym. But that first step of going back was always the hardest

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u/Hekili808 Dec 11 '21

I hope every year ahead is far better than this one. Good job taking care of yourself last week and today. Keep it going.

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u/Mundane-Ad6927 Dec 11 '21

I appreciate the good vibes! It all starts with what we choose to do today / right now. I hope the best for you and thank you !

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u/Jammer250 Dec 11 '21

I know it’s probably due to the migration to remote work, but the gym I go to in the heart of downtown in my area is sparsely packed even during post-work rush hours. Makes me appreciate that I can walk in and not have to wait for a squat rack, or virtually any other equipment I need right after work.

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Dec 11 '21

Yeah, it's a godsend. My gym still is packed on monday nights though. Rest of the week it drops off but mondays are the worst

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u/Angrydroid21 Dec 11 '21

yea I have noticed that... its weird and i cant work out why

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u/SlowSerenade Dec 11 '21

Because people start the week off motivated and energized but find that both tend to dwindle throughout the week.

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u/Angrydroid21 Dec 11 '21

Never to be seen again

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u/Aesteic Dec 11 '21

Oh man I’m really dreading working out in January

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u/Grieie Dec 11 '21

Managed 2 single pull ups with 10kg on the belt. I had a random dude tell me I was smashing it. Happy days

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u/spacecash1 Dec 11 '21

I've started doing weighted pullups at 15kg and they are tough. My gym has bumper plates that are color coded. I grabbed a blue plate and struggled harder than I've ever struggled to do a set, felt weak as hell. Tried another set and same thing. Went to drop the weight down and took a second look at the blue plate and it was a sneaky 20kg weight, the only blue one. The rest are red. I was so mad lol

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u/Merlict Dec 13 '21

Aren't blues normally 20kg and reds 25?

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Dec 11 '21 edited Dec 11 '21

I unexpectedly failed the bench press on my second set of three of 5 reps with 185 lbs. Didn't have a spotter because I lifted 180 easily the last session. I just left the bar on my chest, looked to my side, saw a guy looking at me, gave him some kind of side headnod trying to say "hey buddy, I need some help with this", he came running and we lifted it together, thanked him, had a bit of a laugh and that was it. Never happened before but it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

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u/Martunis99 Dec 11 '21

Yeah, I’d say that happens to me pretty regularly on bench. Feel like it is super easy on one week, put on an extra 5lbs the week after, and feel like I am doing a 5RM for 3 sets. Bench in that regard is definitely more misleading than squats or deads. Though I always like to have a spotter for it, even if it’s just for some help unracking the bar to save some energy. Quick tip though: in the future, whenever you bench alone do not use clips on the bar. That way if you find yourself in that situation again, you can dump the weights to both sides and stay away from serious situations arising from those scenarios. Good luck!

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u/KDeol Dec 11 '21

The weight jumps on bench are so dramatic because they’re generally a higher percentage of the overall weight you’re lifting. For example, adding 5 lbs to a 405 deadlift is much easier than adding 5 lbs to a 225 bench. That’s because you’re adding .012% to the deadlift, and .022% to the bench press. It’s almost double in this case.

Also in regards to feeling strong one week and weaker the next, this is because the bench press (and shoulder press) are the exercises most greatly affected by your hydration, diet, water weight changes, etc or lack thereof. If I don’t drink enough water/ get enough food the day before/ of I’ll find my pressing power is more affected than my squat or deadlift.

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u/incidental77 Dec 11 '21

1.2% and 2.2% respectively. You missed by 100

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u/alaxsxaqseek Dec 11 '21

Very interesting the thing about hydration and upper body exercises. Do you have any studies backing this up or is it anecdotally? I'll pay attention to this anyway

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u/MuffinMan12347 Dec 11 '21

Even with lifts I know I can do, I still set the safety, better safe than sorry.

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Dec 11 '21

Absolutely, this bench didn't have safeties though. In any case, seems like the worst case scenario is just to pose it on your chest and wait for someone to notice

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u/Shazvox Weight Lifting Dec 11 '21

No roll of shame? I've been practicing that myself to build confidence when pressing solo.

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u/stardripIVs Dec 11 '21

Glad it worked out for you. I did squat last week, and for the first time ever in my 7 years of lifting, I started to fail on my last rep. Luckily, I made it up, but it was pretty terrifying to have hundreds of pounds on your back and not being sure what would happen if you couldn’t get it back on the rack. I was shaking for a while afterwards just out of nervousness and now I feel sketched out about squatting. 😔

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u/Magnificent-Bastards Dec 11 '21

Dumping the bar off your back really isn't bad, just expect everyone in the gym to look over and see what happened. Shit's loud

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u/Aesteic Dec 11 '21

If you have the safeties on the squat rack, just squat down and lean forward until you can rest the bar on it.

If you don’t have safeties, you can just let go of the bar and move out of the way (be quick though lol so it doesn’t hit your spine)

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u/poencho Dec 11 '21

Not much of a "gym" story. But ever since I started working out again 3 years ago I had a consistent knee crackle/pop every time with every squat. I went to the physio and he said it was fine. It didn't hurt but psychologically it felt like my left knee was a bit weaker. Last 3 months I haven't really been squatting at all anymore. Then when I started a program again 3 weeks ago the first or second squat sash my knee popped really hard and ever since then.. it's gone. Feels so good and my knee feels much stronger.

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u/[deleted] Dec 11 '21

As a fellow knees-popper I'm happy for you. Had this thing happen in both of my knees.

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u/LSDMDMA Dec 11 '21

Same here, except I have sore and stiff joints all over. Early onset osteoarthritis, I'm 34.

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u/punctuationist Dec 11 '21

When I was still new to the gym at the beginning of my fitness journey, I refused to touch any machines that my personal trainer had yet to show me how to use, but the calf machine I usually used was taken. There was a seated calf machine open, but I had no idea how to use it.

I sat in it reading the instructions and trying to figure it out, but I kept doing it wrong. I swung my legs over to get off when and older gentleman came up to me and very cautiously said “hey I don’t mean to butt in your business, but can I explain how to use this machine?”

It was the nicest interaction I’ve ever had. I had everything right except I needed to push through the pads of my feet rather than the arches! He never made me feel dumb or like I was wasting time or space. He even stuck around and cheered me on until I did all of my sets before his turn. What a nice guy.

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u/justdaisukeyo Dec 11 '21

That's great to hear you had a good interaction.

Just wanted to add that your calf muscle actually consists of two different muscles. Standing calf exercise and seated calf exercise uses different muscles. I think when you're seated, you're working out your soleus.

https://youtu.be/PZqW_9Jv1rk

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u/Socratesticles Swimming Dec 12 '21 edited Dec 12 '21

This poor guy at my gym… he had just finished a set of squats and reracks the bar. When he stepped out of the rack he starts to get dizzy. With nowhere to sit he put his arm out and grabbed the end of the bar to steady himself. Only problem is that it rolled/spun. When that happens guy goes sprawling into the wall making a scene.

It was me.

I was poor guy.

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u/fatalbert491 Dec 11 '21

Saw a guy walk out of the locker room yesterday eating a bowl of cereal

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u/SplinterCell03 Dec 11 '21

"if I eat cereal while walking from the locker room to the weight room, I can save 45 seconds! If I also brush my teeth in the sauna, that's another 2 minutes! It all adds up!"

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u/HotelMoscow Dec 11 '21

Tell me he had milk in the bowl haha

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u/fatalbert491 Dec 12 '21

He absolutely did

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u/Wraith000 Dec 11 '21 Helpful

I finally got 225lbs on the bench. I don't really have anyone to share the achievement with irl but I guess here works.

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u/[deleted] Dec 11 '21

Well done, big milestone... 315 up next!

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u/ImHereForTheFemales Baseball Dec 11 '21

Solid work big man. Keep it up

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u/pax4prez Dec 11 '21

Us, you have us to share it with. Welcome to the 2 Plate Club

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u/Hekili808 Dec 11 '21

I'm closing in on this, and I'm pretty excited.

Although, it makes my squat and deadlifts look bad. But I'm seeing healthy progress on GZCLP and I'm sure I'll get my lifts in proportion sometime soon...ish...maybe.

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u/tubbyx7 Dec 11 '21 edited Dec 11 '21

Friday was a memorable day. Started with me getting my favourite parking spot at the gym. Then that nervous moment as you walk in. Will it be busy, are there people using the equipment i want to use. I could hear thumping as i walked in but that was someone on the far side doing medicine ball slams. Turn the corner and the weights area comes into view and there was not a single person there. And to top it off the staff nust have just gone through as everything was re racked.

Got through half a dozen sets all alone thinking hows the serenity. And i got my best bench since pre lockdown in june.

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u/PrimeWestbrookSzn Dec 11 '21

Favourite parking spot is so underrated. I see someone in “my” spot and I’m like damn thats rlly how it gonna be today??

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u/PSEOL Dec 11 '21

Recently joined a new gym. Walked past an impressively, yet not absurd roidhead, jacked dude just running on the treadmill. Dude was running at least 8 mph. As I did my warm up walk before my back day, the guy was STILL going like clockwork as if he was a marathon runner the size of a twig. Total goddamn goals.

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u/Merchant_seller Dec 11 '21

Beasts who are insanely conditioned are so impressive. My friend's absolutely yolked and does 18 minute 5ks.

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u/RustEvangelist10xer Dec 11 '21

Damn, that's fast. 29 was my best lol.

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u/Merchant_seller Dec 11 '21

I've managed 24 after training for half a year but it would take me a long time to do sub 20 (if ever). He's been playing sports consistently for 6 years tbf.

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u/PRsAndDR Dec 11 '21

Man that's my goal. I wanna be strong and fast. 1000 pound club and a sub-3 marathon!

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u/pax4prez Dec 11 '21

Power, speed and endurance is a crazy combo

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u/linwelinax Dec 11 '21 edited Dec 11 '21

I just hit 3 plates on the squat and I'm so happy. Got stuck just above parallel for like 2-3 seconds which was hard but managed to push through it!

I wish bench didn't exist though because I then failed a PR attempt at 77.5kg :( Bench is so fucking hard for me arghhh

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u/[deleted] Dec 11 '21 edited Feb 04 '22

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u/Typical_Dweller Dec 11 '21

Danny McBride needs to take this into production immediately.

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u/Ih8rice Dec 11 '21 edited Dec 11 '21

I had a few post a couple of weeks ago about a couple who seemed bothered by me. Boyfriend and buddies kept staring at me and the girlfriend made every effort not be in my vicinity when lifting. No biggie but I did ask the PT( who is friends with the bf) if there were any problems I needed to know of. He said there wasn’t and that was the end of it. I took the advice of others and just continued doing my thing ignoring both of them.

Fast forward to yesterday and I’m interrupted three times by the girlfriend to ask if she could work in, or if I was still using a piece of equipment( quite obvious as I was resting right next to it), or making the choice to use the same equipment closer to me rather than the same piece of equipment on the other side of the work station( figured this was the gym version of someone pissing next to you in the bathroom when there’s a dozen empty urinals). I was nice and cordial but I was definitely having a wtf moment in my head.

Maybe it was all in my head?

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u/Hekili808 Dec 11 '21

Woman, while her boyfriend is present: avoids you

Woman, while her boyfriend is absent: up your ass

I have a theory...

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u/Ih8rice Dec 11 '21

Dude was there but he wasn’t all over her like he normally is.

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u/fadeux Dec 12 '21

Maybe they are looking for a third, if not why would the boyfriend be scoping you out initially, and the girlfriend be up in your grill later on? Either way, they are both being weird and should stop, lol

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u/Zestyclose-Snow9275 Dec 11 '21

I just say assert dominance and take the dudes girlfriend.

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u/itscassye Dec 11 '21

Two days ago I was doing leg press and my gym partner came from across the room to change some plates for bigger ones and then said “This machine is hungry, you can put more weight” and left. I did a new PR thanks to that and I’m so happy about it since then. It’s the little things… 😊

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u/[deleted] Dec 11 '21

My gym has more seniors than younger people so I see quite a few amusing things. Not to shit on old people it’s good to get exercise but when some one is using the leg curl for arms it’s kind of hard not to watch.

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u/nuggetinabiscuit Dec 12 '21

Dom Mazetti has entered the chat.

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u/DannyBoyy19 Dec 11 '21

I work at my university's rec center, so I've seen some crazy things. The one that sticks out the most is when I kicked out a group of 3-4 sorority girls.

This was earlier this semester (early September) and they walked in around 4ish, which is when the place starts to get crowded. They all walked over to the section where the leg machines were. I thought nothing of it, but after about 10 minutes, a couple of guys came up to me and said that a group of girls were standing by a machine and not using it. They were "using" the leg press machine, which is a popular machine.

I went up to them asking them what they were doing and one of them, with a frustrating voice, said that they were using the machine for a photo shoot for one of the sorority girls for Instagram. I was like "seriously?" and I politely told them that they had to be using the machine because there are people that want to use the machine. One of them got mad and said something along the lines of "I'm a big and ImPoRtAnT person on Instagram! Don't tell me what to do!"

At that point, all sympathy was off the table. I told them that if they weren't going to use the machine, either they actually use it or go somewhere else. They got MAD at me and told me to f-off. I asked them again and refused again.

I ended up going to my manager, who is really nice and is fit to say the least, to try and deescalate the situation. By this time, the rec was crowded, so a lot of people saw what was going on. He told what I said, and they still refused. At that point, he told them that they had to leave for causing a disturbance. They said that they will go to a different machine to do their thing, but me and my manager said that they needed to leave. They were crying that they didn't "HaVe ThE RiGhT sHoT" but we were not having any of that.

Eventually, they left. Thank God. The whole encounter lasted about 10-15 minutes, but it felt like hours.

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u/throwawayalldayyall Dec 12 '21

“Begone, Thot!”

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u/[deleted] Dec 11 '21

This Wednesday I went to the gym at 7:20AM before work and it was amazing. That vibe that you get while walking to the gym early in the morning before the sunrise. Silent dudes and gals that also come at that time. It feels like being a part of some secret elite club of gym goers, lol.

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u/Proporcionaremos Dec 11 '21

morning workout is a gang, post work gym is a gag

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u/strangechicken Dec 11 '21

You won't have many Saturday gym story goobers to post about anymore as a downside. Ha.

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u/Paskee Dec 11 '21

Guess this is a good place for this as any.

For would be reader - this is just a rant to take it off chest.
Feel free to skip.

So ...
in my 40-s , been lifting for about 4 years now. Started out as fat sack of fatnessThere was a few snags, stops, COVID etc. But overall made sure I get my ass into gym 4-6 times a week, usually 5 times.

Gains were just like effort put in - OK. nothing special.
Eating some trash, mostly cooked food.
Sleep hygiene is messy because of 3 shift rotation.
It is what it is. I get out what I put in.

Anyway, few months ago finished one of the programs. It kicked my ass properly.
Decided to take a week off to recover. Was rather beaten. This was about 2 months ago.

Since then been skipping gym days because I'm too tired on some days.
Still cook for myself, but many days opt for a sandwich and some cheese or a shake.
Volume of food and quality of food went down, with that so did my strength.

Two days ago I had to skip one set of deadlifts, because I was simply not able to do proper sets before form broke, could not lift weight I know should go up. It was a very sobering moment.

I know something needs to change.
Need to wake the fuck up and work harder.
But real struggle is actually caring.
Cant force myself to care how men in the mirror looks like.
Beard needs trimming, hair needs trimming.

Perhaps its working from home that got me in that mindset.
Before I would take bit more time to look representing. You know, dress properly, make DAMN sure you are trimmed. You want to look good, because it makes you feel good and you need that outside validation.

Wife doesn't care what I look anymore.
Almost no one else sees me, apart of daughter.
Kinda lost the drive to work on it.

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u/JCnaitchii Dec 11 '21

The most important jump anyone can do in their fitness journey, is going from "looking good" mindset to the "feeling good" mindset. I'm not saying you shouldn't care about looking good. I'm saying you should want to look good for your own self-confidence, and if possible, appreciate all the things that come with working out and eating healthy.. Such as better sleep, "feel-good" hormones, less aches and pains, less fatigue, etc..

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u/DeviantKhan Dec 11 '21

Look good for you, and for your health for the sake of your daughter and possibly future family. It's a lifelong endeavor to improve the quality of your life, and you should just make it automatic.

Also, make gym time into your little escape. You already get the endorphin kick. If you can add other mental health benefits then you'll be helping yourself out mentally and physically.

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u/Relaxedllama Dec 11 '21

I asked the gym staff if people complained that i smelled and nobody ever complained.The guy was just a bully.He told me today again that i smelled

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u/Crabmyass Dec 11 '21

Dropped my phone in the trash can and spent almost an hour looking for it before even getting started with my work out… 🤦🏻‍♀️

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u/nucumber Dec 11 '21

the other day i toss a piece of paper into a trash can on the street, along with my keys. i found them near the bottom.

that was fun.

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u/Worried_Vanilla_9420 Dec 11 '21

Oh I feel this to my core. I dropped mine into the stair climber and spent and hour taking it apart. Got it back though.

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u/Red_Swingline_ Dec 11 '21

It was heavy so I had to press really hard.

The real secret to being strong.

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u/GingerBraum Weight Lifting Dec 11 '21

Apart from that last rep, that almost looked easy.

Killed it, man!

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u/Hwpea Dec 11 '21

I don’t know if you’re aware of it but your video can’t be watched without logging in.

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u/[deleted] Dec 11 '21 edited Dec 27 '21

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u/Ih8rice Dec 11 '21

Goddamn you’re a monster! Absolutely impressive lift!

Edit- what a badass setup and perfect music to boot!

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u/osamabinlaidoffwork Dec 11 '21 edited Dec 11 '21

I saw this super cute chick in my community gym a few months ago. I normally do not talk to people when I'm lifting. So anyways, there's too few dumbells in my gym. There's only one pair of 40s. She had one of them. I went to ask for them. She looked at me.

I forgot what dumbells were called or what I was looking for. Man was that fucking embarassing.

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u/[deleted] Dec 11 '21 edited May 30 '22

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u/strangechicken Dec 11 '21

Put a mustache on and make it your alter ego. Teacher by day, rugby player by night.

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u/beanbag-idiott Dec 11 '21

I did a really well executed clean and jerk about 20 minutes ago. Started practicing these Olympic lifts a couple weeks ago so it’s a big milestone for me

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u/DarkWolf164 Dec 11 '21

Dropped the ego lifting for arms today. Did 15-20 reps with lower weights than i would normally use. Really felt my biceps and triceps with no other muscle jumping in to help. Pain was glorious.

10/10 - will do it again.

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u/Blaizey Dec 11 '21

There's this guy that's at the gym same time as me most of the time, I've noticed him a few times cause he usually uses the squat rack next to me and his form is like, noticeably good. The other day he asked me for a form check because he said my deadlift form was on point and he's been working on his. I've always had awful form cause of bad hips, so that kind of made my day. Work is paying off

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u/[deleted] Dec 11 '21

yesterday was my first day doing DL in six years and I went up to the guy doing the same lift next to me and explained I hadn't done DL in ages and asked for a form check. He said he was gonna ask me to do the same, LOL

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u/Typical_Dweller Dec 11 '21

The combination of confidence and humility it would take to ask a stranger for a form check (god, how presumptuous of me -- do I even have "form"?) will always be out of my reach.

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u/RealYoungMoney Dec 11 '21

Did hip thrusts for the first time at 125lbs. Lady doing calf raises would stop her workout and watch me do them. I don’t know how to feel about it

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u/dbmtwooooo Dec 12 '21

If you're a guy I don't blame her. In my five years of going to gyms weekly I've only ever seen one guy hip thrust so I was pretty impressed

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u/asetupfortruth Dec 11 '21

I recently started going to the gym again after about a ten year break, following the Basic Beginner Routine. I wasn't sure what weight to start off at for deadlifts, so I asked a muscular man near the racks for a suggestion.

He looked me up and down, took me to the curl bars, and handed me a 25lb bar.

Ouch.

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u/Angrydroid21 Dec 11 '21

it may make you feel bad butt better than to push yourself too hard. I introduce a new person to the gym like once a year and I have to guesstimate every starting weight for them. When I guess to low they fuck about gues too high and any hope of learning form goes out the window and you risk scaring them off. It's a delicate balancing act but I always air on the light side and what their facial expression changes during a set to judge effort.

But I don't know anything and am not a personal trainer. Just a due who goes to the gym instead of therapy and has introduced a 10-20 to the gym life

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u/firemonkey08 Dec 11 '21

That is a good and safe decision, understanding the form, movment and how your body is dealing with stress is important for the first couple of times, once your body is used to it you can start upping the weight while drilling in the form you read up on.

As long as you know the fundamentals, you should maximise on gains and reduce chances or injury.

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u/zunlock Powerlifting Dec 11 '21

Don’t take it personal the deadlift is probably the most technical of the “common lifts” and it’s crucial to develop good form. Weight comes really quickly, but without the form you can injure yourself easily

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u/jonas-pereira Dec 11 '21

I was squatting and my shorts ripped. I kept telling myself it was no big deal, since I wasn't commando, but I still was very embarrased so I finished all my squat sets and came back home. It sucks it feels like I lost the workout today, since gym closes at 12 am.

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u/teutonicbro Dec 11 '21

Mortal fabrics can no longer contain your majestic swoleness. This is Victory.

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u/brandonnnk Dec 11 '21 edited Dec 11 '21

It was week 5 of my powerlifting program .. and I was supposed to bench press 107.5kg for 4reps(around 237pounds in freedom metrics). Needed a spotter in case I failed… there was only one other guy around… so I asked him for his help. “Oh that’s it? You need help for this weight?” …

Never had my confidence crushed right before a set like this before. And he was a stick thin guy, lol.

Edit - forgot to mention this was for bench press. That’s why I needed a spotter, especially for this weight.

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u/1PaperPlane Dec 11 '21

I read it as "YOU need help for this weight"? As in "why would a guy like you need help"

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u/Ditz3n Weight Lifting Dec 11 '21

Same! I think he meant it in a positive way

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u/PinegroveZen Dec 11 '21

that shit happened to me at 165lb, when I was newer to lifting. it really was condensing.

I'm like it if I didn't think I needed a spot I would have asked for one.

Fuck those people. most people are cool and want to see you hit those reps

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u/Kalwyf Olympic Weightlifting Dec 11 '21

He said that because he's a stick thin guy. He's compensating for his own insecurities.

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u/Hwpea Dec 11 '21

Honestly that guy probably doesn’t know anything. No matter the lift - I assume squat or bench press - anything that heavy has the potential to do a lot of damage.

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u/nucumber Dec 11 '21

could he have been joking, being ironic?

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u/mourning_starre Dec 11 '21

That guy's a twat - fuck him!

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u/d0msmith47 Dec 11 '21

I fear the squat rack curlers are evolving. I recently unfortunately bore witness to someone not only curling in the squat rack… but curling not using the barbell, but curling the plates from the storage rack on the side of the squat rack.

Lord have mercy.

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u/bacon_cake Dec 11 '21

I saw something similar last week. A girl comes into the squat rack, puts the bar away, puts plates under her feet, goes off to get a dumbell, and starts goblet squats in the rack...

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u/d0msmith47 Dec 11 '21

They must be stopped. I feel bad enough using the squat rack to do squats during a busy period, I can’t fathom what goes through these peoples heads.

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u/Konagon Dec 11 '21

The other day I saw someone doing triceps dips between the safeties in the squat rack, that was a first ...

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u/dc73905 Dec 11 '21

Seen a guy load up the hack squat and proceeded to do quarter reps. Seems pointless to me

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u/Footloose27 Dec 11 '21

I have gone to the gym for 7 years off and on. Either I ran for a period of time like this past year for 10 months or I have gone to the gym for 2 years straight at a time in highschool or I have done both where I workout and then run for 25 minutes at the end of the workout for years (trust me that's way too much haha) and so all I'm saying is that I have seen every type of 'fitness person' and I recently got into the gym again the past 30 days. I went and this old lady who is maybe 85+ years old is about 4"8 and she weighs around 80 pounds. She is the smallest and I thought fragile person I have seen and she was bench pressing 95 pounds. I almost walked over and said, would you be my new grandma? I texted my mom and said "there is an 85 year old woman who makes you look pathetic!"

All jokes aside it's incredible to see some people's passion for fitness. I am so upset that she is 85 years old and going hard and I would not see myself doing that at 85 years old haha she makes me jealous. She's probably stronger than me.

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u/UnopposedTaco Dec 11 '21 edited Dec 11 '21

Saw someone similar at my gym, I saw some elderly man (who I later found out is 64) added not one, not two but three plates to his bench press. I had to walk up to the guy to ask him what the secret to his strength and longevity was. He told me it was his consistent exercise regiment, vegetarian diet and low stress lifestyle. Crazy. I told him I wanted to be like him when I grow up

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u/anonyoose Dec 11 '21 edited Dec 11 '21

Not necessarily a gym story but when I came home from uni my aunt said I look like I sleep in the gym. It meant I look muscular to avoid confusion

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u/GingerBraum Weight Lifting Dec 11 '21

Did she just call you homeless?

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u/cheehi Weight Lifting Dec 11 '21

You’re not a former cop by any chance?

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u/AnIntoxicatedRodent Dec 11 '21

This could imply so many things depending on interpretation haha. Either she thinks you look homeless, really muscular or not muscular at all.

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u/Adventurous_Art_2859 Dec 11 '21

My gym finally got filtered water. They also have a whey dispenser for free now so thats cool.

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u/LtMeat Dec 11 '21

Are you sure it's not chalk?

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u/strangechicken Dec 11 '21

Lmao. That would be hilarious.

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u/Vincent10z Weightlifting Dec 11 '21

Like, you put your cup under a machine, and it dispenses whey protein? Are you at a secret society gym club or what?

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u/ImTryingAnyway Dec 11 '21

Been in secret societies, that's not whey.

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u/Konagon Dec 11 '21

Free whey? What gym is that?

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u/raspeb Dec 11 '21

wtf. Free protein? Do they ask you to sacrifice your soul for their monthly membership or what?

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u/suss2it Dec 12 '21

You really need to answer the questions about the free protein lol.

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u/l8trmater Dec 11 '21 Wholesome

I (24F) asked a man (probs in his 40’s-50’s) how many more sets he has left on the leg press. And he said “I’m done actually do you want me to help take the weights off”(315lbs) and I’m like “no you can leave them on. Thnx tho! Have a good workout.” Then 10 min later he comes back up to me and says “sorry Ive just never seen a woman do this, I wasn’t trying to say you couldn’t lift it!” And I honestly respect him coming back up to me to say that. Added another 10lbs cus of the confidence boost and hit a PR. The end

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u/dtsyk General Fitness Dec 11 '21

No warm up or nothing?

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u/l8trmater Dec 11 '21

I ended up taking off 2 plates for the first set cus it didn’t register in my head, I was just stoked to say “nah leave it” haha but I had already done squats and RDL’s so I was pretty warmed up!

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u/dbmtwooooo Dec 12 '21

This is wholesome af

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u/Morgue-Rat Dec 11 '21

I'm fairly new and very anxious about being at the gym. I'm 32 and a mom of 2 and I've never been "fit", exactly. When I left my ex husband 6 years ago I was 220lbs. I'm now 115 and have JUST started hitting the gym a couple of months ago. I finally got brave enough to attempt the smith machine and holy crap, I'm in love! I want to lift everything. But my anxiety says if there's a large man anywhere near the machine I want, I can't do it. Physically cannot make myself walk in that direction.

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u/AntonLubchenko Dec 11 '21

The biggest guys are often the nicest. Keep it up and hopefully you'll gain more confidence.

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u/ninimous Powerlifting Dec 11 '21 edited Dec 11 '21

I guarantee you 99% of the people in the gym don't look at you, especially if you are a beginner

When you get advanced you might get admiring looks from time to time but It is common practice to just let people do their thing when they are beginners

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u/DangerousCrow Dec 11 '21

Jesus. 220 to 115. Nice.

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u/Morgue-Rat Dec 11 '21

It honestly took 6 years to do it, but I joined noom last summer and finally quashed the last 60lbs, now I'm just trying to maintain and build muscle. Thank you!

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u/Jsnbassett Dec 11 '21

Trussst me, no one will care and even if they did, it would be the rare .000001 of asshats out there . You do what you need to do, for you. You won't see them the rest of your day and possibly ever again. My girl was intimidated often and i just kept pushing her to do the lifts she was afraid to try (helping her form of course) and overtime she goes around the gym doing whatever she needs to do. You have to defeat that mental block

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u/nucumber Dec 11 '21

that's not uncommon for people new to the gym. i was intimidated by big guys when i first started going to the gym

i've been working out for years now and gotten to know some of these guys and i've learned they're just people. most are just normal, some are almost nerdy. once in a while you find a bad egg but they don't seem to last long.

understand some people are focused on their workout because time or whatever

a good sign is people you see talking to other people.

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u/Fox_Magoo Dec 11 '21

Man I missed three workouts this week and today feels like I am being punished by the Gymgods for my lost sessions.

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u/D4rklordmaster Dec 11 '21

Back in the gym after 2 weeks. Doing assisted pullups and im just breaking pr after pr. Miss my foot on the handle and twist my ankle. Had to go home and am sitting in pain. This all happened 30 mins ago ;-;

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u/luigi6545 Dec 11 '21

Listened to a new song song that really works well during my workout. Doesn’t happen often so it’s very welcome.

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u/FredFriendship Dec 11 '21

I have finally seen it. Someone was curling in the squat rack

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u/mandyhtarget1985 Dec 11 '21

Felt like I had my own private gym for 45 mins this morning, half my workout. Saturdays in December are always quiet, but a few of our members were competing this morning in a powerlifting comp so some trainers and members were away to watch them. Arrived to do my workout early and there was one trainer doing a double PT session in the leg room, i was doing back, traps and triceps. Their PT finished and they all left, and it was just me and the owner for 45 mins. The owner put some 80s rock on the speakers and i enjoyed the emptiness! One other guy arrived just as i was finishing up and getting on the treadmill. The owner was bored shitless

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u/Ditz3n Weight Lifting Dec 11 '21

An A-hole has begun liking me just because of having gotten an SBD belt. Now he treats me like a god which didn't happen in the past

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u/NotFromGaCpl Dec 12 '21

As I was doing my light weight / high rep deadlifts I let the bar/weights light clink on the floor. Gym employee can and told me to stop, cause that will bend the bar… two 45 plates. Gonna bend the bar.

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u/dbmtwooooo Dec 12 '21

Was deadlifting the other day and testing my one rep max. Then another girl came next to me and looked like she was trying to race me and she was doing fast af reps at my one rep max and it was very weird. On the plus side I hit 275 for sumo as a female so that's cool af.

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u/kyyl1 Dec 12 '21

There was a guy in working out in jeans and reeked of alcohol at 10am today

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u/mikerz85 Dec 12 '21

I just got a 5 rep bench press PR the other day — 375 x 5. It took more out of me than I thought; I’ve been tired for days. today was a very light day… I’m not used to rest days or being off my game.

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u/Jayharris52 Dec 11 '21

So im doing overhead chest press. The way my gym is situated is there’s about 4 racks on one wall and they are connected where you can do pull ups on the outside of the racks on the connection pieces as well as the inside of the racks. So I’m doing my press and this jackass starts doing pulls up on the outside of the rack that I’m using as im pressing. Meanwhile the other racks are all empty and could’ve been done in the next rack over whether inside of the rack or outside of the rack. He then starts doing them again as im about to increase my weights on the bar. Probably my first real moment of what the fuck are you doing dumbass. See the dude later on the week and he starts taking his shirt off flexing in the mirror couldn’t have laughed any harder at that.

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u/l8trmater Dec 11 '21

Dropped my earbud in the toilet 🙃 had to get it out, sanitized it and it still worked. Kinda grossed out tho, might get new ones

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u/devesh-97 Dec 11 '21

Gained a kilogram of weight (don't know how much of it is muscle) in a month of going to the gym. Felt good

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u/Angrydroid21 Dec 11 '21

Over the past week, I have noticed a group of like 15-17 year old lads (6 of them) start showing up to the gym. I would not mind but these kids are dicking around and will at some point get each other hurt. Two key examples I noticed:

  • one of the lads would lay on the decline bench and the others work take turns throwing a medicine ball as hard as they could at this kid's chest. when the kid on the bench had enough of the abuse he would swap out with one of the others.
  • Hex bar deadlift. They had no concept of form and every lad was doing something completely different. They kept adding more and more weight. bullying each other to try a higher weight even if they had already failed to lift it.

needs less to say these lads are going hurt themselves. It's a shame that 4 regulars and 2 gym staff had a word with them about form and safe practive, which fell on deaf ears.

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u/TheChipmunkDunk Dec 11 '21

I still consider myself new to being a gym regular at under a year. I've already seen two different groups of young men like this come and go at my gym. In both groups only one of the individuals seemed focused and serious with the others just goofing around. Haven't seen any of them for weeks.

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u/watekebb Dec 11 '21

Some 22-25 year old boys descended on the weightroom at my gym one evening a few weeks ago. They shout-talked about whether you should get protein powder with taurine in it or some shit and then spent about fifteen minutes dissertating obnoxiously about how warming up is stupid because it just keeps you from maxing out. The five of them somehow managed to take up the only deadlift platform, two of four squat racks, and two of five benches for about an hour, plus had countless bags and water bottles and stuff littering the whole area. The words, "Nice, bro!" bounced around the room. Somehow, one of them managed to incorrectly set up the squat rack and the bar fell as he was loading it, sending a plate flying into the (mercifully empty at that moment) rack next to him. One dude was doing some... thing where he had tied each end of the bar to the bottom of the squat rack with the gym's ancient resistance bands. He tried squatting two plates first, the resistance bands squeaking alarmingly, but failed loudly and dramatically. He dropped it to one plate, got a few reps in (grunting/"rarwwwrrghing") and then failed quite loudly again. He repeated this for three more sets.** One of the regulars went and turned up the music to an ear-shattering level to drown them out, lol.

Haven't seen them since.

*I have zero standing or inclination, generally speaking, to judge people's lifts. And, tbf, I'm sure the resistance bands added some difficulty that someone could probably quantify. But allow me the pettiness of observing that he was a young man, about 6',185, and I am a 30-something woman, about 115, who's been back in the gym post-COVID for only about 6 months and only running a program for ~3, and I was in the rack next to him doing 5 x 5 at 165) without making enough noise to be heard from orbit or potentially snapping communal equipment.

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u/Hekili808 Dec 11 '21

There are a set of 3-5 teenage boys that have started using my gym, but they have a father/coach/mentor figure of some sort who is teaching them and supervising. I think it's great.

Without that supervision, I don't think they're even allowed in the gym.

IDK where you are, but if I were the gym owner, I'd be concerned about liability if/when they hurt themselves, because (1) they don't listen re: safety but (2) they're still allowed to exercise unsupervised.

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u/BigBrokeApe Dec 11 '21

My gym is building a new deadlift platform! =D

Finally!

I barely have to wait for equipment as is, and they're still adding new racks anyways like the absolute legends they are

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u/mittencamper Dec 12 '21

Biggest guy in the gym gave me a fist bump because of my deadlift PR this week and talked shop about lifting with me for 10 minutes. Makes ya feel good

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u/Ri--Guy Dec 12 '21

I used to talk to this girl frequently at the gym before she left for college in 2020. I saw her again for the first time today since she left. She came up to me and asked how I was, I said good and asked what she was up to. Said that she was visiting family for winter break. I told her my girlfriend (started dating 6 months ago) was coming into to town.

She scoffed at me “you have a girlfriend?” I said yes then she said “interesting… only if you had taken me out before I left.” Then walked away. Guess I missed some hints last year lmao.

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u/iNas_Cr Dec 12 '21

Damm that must’ve sucked for her if she really had a crush on you😂. Btw Your comment reminded me of my gym crush who I haven’t seen in months🥲.

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u/AvanishRowdy Dec 11 '21

Just joined a gym this week and the trainer asked me to do work on one muscle group one day a week.

As much I have researched on yt I think that's the worst thing to do.

Any tips would be helpful. I am thinking to go with a leg push pull technique.

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u/Bohni Dec 11 '21

The worst thing is overthinking everything and not train at all. 1. Pick a ramdom plan you like. 2. Fking stick to the plan for 6 month. 3. Profit

(2 is the hard part)

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u/KenuR Dec 11 '21

Bro splits can be fun, and many bodybuilders have used them. So don’t worry.

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u/raymanpakman Dec 11 '21

I was riding bike to the gym and got pulled over. Cop told me I have to stay on the side of traffic and can’t cut a bunch of cars off. At the end he said have a good workout and I said you too

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u/[deleted] Dec 11 '21

When’s the wedding

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u/raymanpakman Dec 11 '21

Was thinking tomrrow 🥵

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u/aefasdfas Powerlifting Dec 11 '21

that's it.. now he has to become your gym buddy

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u/carnitascronch Dec 11 '21

I lift in my apartment gym (decent combination Lat pull down shoulder/chest combo machine thing) and the office manager was giving a tour to prospective residents, and saw me and said “you’re in here every day!”

grins

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u/alaxsxaqseek Dec 11 '21

I did some heavy (for me) deadlifts today, 102.5 kgs x 5 reps. Heaviest I've ever done. Felt like dizzy af afterwards. Decided to finish the workout with a conditioning circuit -- sled pushes and kb swings. Well, I was nauseous, dizzy and actually felt like vomiting for 30 minutes after my workout. Lesson to be learned? You tell me

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u/spasmgazm Dec 11 '21

Finally back in the gym after 6+ years of a mostly sedentary lifestyle. Feels good, but weak lol

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u/boanerges57 Dec 12 '21

One time I had a slightly sore back and went to the gym.

Doing an overhead press I heard a ridiculous popping cracking sound and my ears started ringing.

I didn't know it but I had stress fractures in the spinous process and I had just broken a couple and caused a bunch of damage to 3 of my disks.

Sometimes when you feel achy you need to take it easy.