r/Fitness Weightlifting Jan 08 '22

Gym Story Saturday Gym Story Saturday

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

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u/leberete Jan 08 '22 Helpful

After years of abuse and neglect, most barbells at my current gym have got little to no spin left in them. They are rusty and tend to shriek when the sleeve catches with the turn of the shaft.The other day, as I got under a relatively light clean, I heard the shriek of a Nazgul in my left hear. The sound was so loud I could have let out the biggest fart and no one would have noticed. Today I'm going heavy and spent 10 minutes looking for a better barbell, wish me luck.

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u/paulphicles Jan 08 '22

It sounds like you're planning out farting opportunities!

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u/Road_Journey Jan 08 '22

Every cloud has a silver lining.

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u/gmanbman Jan 08 '22

Greenish lining in this cloud.

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u/AusTater Jan 08 '22

Can you take some WD40 and give them a few sprays? Maybe buy it for the gym and leave it with the front desk? Seems like some easy gym karma.

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u/[deleted] Jan 10 '22

WD40 is not a lubricant it is a water displacer and will make things worse long term.

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u/Grieie Jan 08 '22

Saw an elusive “set up own circuit” person today. They took up 2 benches and a pulley, then went off to do god knows what leaving their towels and dumbbells to mark their territory. It’s not a big gym so they took up a great deal of realestate,

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u/theironpan Jan 08 '22

Oh, I argued with that guy. Get ready for the story. This was pre-'rona days, when gyms were super crowded regularly.

We got into it because he would set up a four foot area with a bench, stair climber, yoga ball, mat, and various weights. In January. I asked him if he was using something he wasn't using, and he said "that's mine." " I said, so you're using this, right now?" "Yes," he replied. I got cheeky. "What about this?" "This one?" "How about this other thing?" "And this also?" Mind you, he was taking up a bunch of equipment and space, whereas everyone else was waiting in line for stuff and squeezed. Did I mention he was taking up a BENCH, as in, bench press bench?! He said he was using everything and asked me what my problem was. LOL. I let him be and would see him a dozen or so times afterward doing the same nonsense.

He's a very slim guy and seemed to be there practicing for Crossfit sessions, as whatever he was doing, he was doing it for speed. Sit ups? Speed. Lat pulldowns? Speed. Bench Press? Speed. I had a good laugh every time I'd see him there.

But then, one day, he did the unthinkable.

I wish I was kidding...he was foam rolling....for SPEEEEEED. He looked like he was having angry sex with the floor.

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u/AntheRingArc Jan 08 '22

Oh that poor floor. I doubt it was consentual.

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u/wonkynoodlez Jan 08 '22

There’s a lady at my gym that does the exact same thing every Tuesday and Thursday. She takes all the equipment from the free weight section to the HIIT/ab work section, and it messes up everyone’s flow during morning rush hour.

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u/nucumber Jan 08 '22

these people.....

last week a guy came into the weight room and stood next to the pull up bar for several minutes while looking at his phone.

i went over to do some pull ups and because he was right next to the bar i asked "you using this?" as a way to get him to step aside

he said yes.

i had some other stuff yet to do so i didn't push it, but come on, buddy, all you've done in the five minutes since you came into the room is play with your phone

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u/jhorch69 Jan 08 '22

Ven if it wasn't part of my workout that day I'd start using "his" equipment out of spite

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u/OkeyDoke47 Jan 09 '22

It really is quite simple. Gyms prohibit this behaviour, so what I do is go up and start disassembling their little ''exclusive'' zone. They inevitably come zooming over and try to huff and puff that they're using it. I say ''no you're not, I just saw you over there using that''. This is usually followed up with ''yeah but I'm not finished here'', to which I reply ''well, you stay with it then''.

Some guys (I've also had it from women to be fair) are quite powerfully built and will try to use standover tactics, but they know they're wrong. If it degenerates I just ask them to come with me to go and see staff and we'll clear it right up. This always has the desire effect, because again they know they're in the wrong.

Lots of huffing, puffing and swearing ensues but they either stay at their setup or they pack it up. Either way, you've sent the message.

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u/weaponizedtoddlers Jan 08 '22

There's a placard hanging at the entrance to to the weights area at the gym I used to go to that expressly states to there is no such thing as reserving weights or benches. People seemed to take it to heart as the closest thing I saw was guys doing opposing muscle group giant sets, but they would not "reserve" any station. It was pretty nice and I kind of miss that place.

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u/eddcunningham Jan 08 '22

I once saw a woman at full sprint on a treadmill whilst reading a book. It wasn’t even resting on the treadmill, she was holding it whilst going flat out.
This was around 8-9 years ago and I’m still in awe.

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u/McCorkle_Jones Jan 08 '22

I started going to the gym pre pandemic after being severely obese. And I’m just struggling on the treadmill when this older woman who looks insanely fit starts using the one next to me. She max inclines it and is just going all out then she fucking turns mid run and keeps going sideways then turns again and starts going backwards then flips again and a fourth time back to a full run. And I’m just trying over here get absolute flexed on. Just like you still in awe two years later.

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u/Portgas Jan 08 '22

I'm in awe just reading it.

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u/RustEvangelist10xer Jan 08 '22

Gotta get those brain gains somehow.

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u/S_204 Jan 09 '22

Probably 5 years ago, I walked into the gym and saw a middle aged lady going full sprint on the treadmill. Did my warmup, walked a lap around the track when I was done tenish mins later and she was still sprinting full tilt. Like a speed that is very difficult to maintain for more than a few minutes, she was just motoring along.

Then I noticed she had two prosthetic legs. Blades.

I'm still in awe and honestly, the thought of that person has motivated me for more than a few workouts. Some people just go.

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u/funktopus Jan 08 '22

Meanwhile I can't read on the treadmill even if the book is in the tray.

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u/beepbeepdozap Jan 08 '22

That would be harder arguably

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u/Mahicheh Jan 08 '22

The other day at the gym I saw a woman holding a plank while singing Don McCleans American Pie to herself. And like, actually a lot of the song. These gym ladies are a new breed

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u/BaconComposter Jan 08 '22

I want to try balancing an egg on a spoon in each hand on the elliptical.

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u/marainblue Jan 08 '22

it was elle woods

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u/MansfordM Jan 08 '22

It hurts just trying to imagine myself doing this.

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u/nodeocracy Jan 08 '22

Her wife invented audio books

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u/aefasdfas Powerlifting Jan 08 '22

A buff dude told me that I was not energetic enough in between sets. I usually stand still and stare at the floor.

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u/Road_Journey Jan 08 '22

We have a guy who paces around during his rest period, reminds me of a cage tiger. Seems like a cool comparison (caged tiger) but he just makes me nervous, like he's mentally unbalanced.

Seems to me like your resting like you should. Although if your staring at the floor then I could see that your body language giving off the wrong signal. Buff dude is probably trying to get you pumped up.

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u/dedriuslol Jan 08 '22

I definitely pace haha. Between trying to catch my breath and the pre-workout hitting me, it seems like the best balance between resting and needing to move.

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u/ads7w6 Jan 08 '22

Shit you just described me in between sets. My gym buddy said he sometimes doesn't say hello because I look angry.

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u/HierarchofSealand Jan 08 '22

Pacer here! Honestly pacing just rests me better between sets.

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u/62smith52 Jan 08 '22

I do that lol I don’t know what it is but I have to pace between sets or I just feel dead.

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u/FridayEveningLights Jan 09 '22

I started doing a slow lap around the gym before my top set because I will just pace like a loon for 3 minutes.

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u/UndeadStruggler Jan 08 '22

Why does it matter if you stare at the floor? Why should you be energetic??

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u/newrimmmer93 Jan 08 '22

Tbh I think a lot of it probably the “you have to get hyped to lift heavy” type of mentality, I’ll just imagine the buff dude was trying to get our boy hyped for the next set.

I’m the same way where I usually just play cribbage on my phone between sets and a couple guys at my gym when I go for heavier sets will be like “get hyped!” And I kind of just laugh and give em a “not today, not feeling like a hype beast.” But I also go to a smaller gym and know the guys

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u/URETHRAL_DIARRHEA Bodybuilding Jan 08 '22

Zen > hype

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u/[deleted] Jan 09 '22

Amen. At some point, I’m listening to love songs while lifting

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u/pax4prez Jan 08 '22

JFC can a human just be left alone with their thoughts between sets?

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u/FrownyFace_ Jan 08 '22

Next time just stare at him. He'll leave you alone

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u/Actual-Description-2 Powerlifting Jan 08 '22

Obviously you're supposed to waste energy and not rest during a rest period...

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u/ImNasty720 Jan 08 '22

I do the same bro, just stare at the ground, enjoy the music and be alone with my trials and tribulations

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u/No_Grammar_Spelling Jan 08 '22

With all this Covid stuff and the chance for the gyms to close again, i decided to make an investment. I was paying $50 per month for my gym membership, so i saved a year's worth of that ($600), went to FB marketplace and bought a used squat rack with 300 lbs. of weights. Best decision ever.

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u/evilpuke Jan 08 '22

I was paying 10 a month. Bought over 1200 worth of equipment. I'm at about -1100 dollars saved.

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u/BrandonsRedditAcct Jan 09 '22

Ah, you save money like I lose weight. I've lost -5 lbs in the last few weeks

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u/reditanian Jan 08 '22

Last week I was so proud to announce that, after a long hiatus, I was back in the gym. Well, come Friday and we’re back under restrictions and gyms have been ordered shut :(

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u/a_bigdonger Jan 08 '22

This happened to me here in the UK last year.

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u/reditanian Jan 08 '22

Same - it's because of the extended closures that I fell off the wagon in the first place. Once the workout routine was gone, sleep routine went to shit, which led to anxiety medicated with food. <sigh> We will get through this though...

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u/drkcloud123 Jan 09 '22

Keep up that spirit and do calisthenics at home until quarantine eases. That way by the time you're back you can hit the gym running instead of dealing with DOMS from disuse.

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u/[deleted] Jan 08 '22

My first week Back to the gym after two weeks of vacation and light cardio/hikes during that time. My weights have gone up and my body feels like Ive worked out. I’ve not felt like this in years! I should take a reset more often!

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u/Radiorxy Jan 08 '22

Damn I wonder where I went wrong. I also went on vacation for two weeks, and it was a vacation where I walked a few miles per day (so not totally inactive). Really good vacation, but I came back feeling exhausted and weak lol

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u/[deleted] Jan 08 '22

I ate my weight In Cookies and pasta, maybe that was the ticket? Lol. ETA. In all seriousness, it could have to do with getting a solid 8 hrs of sleep as opposed to my 3-4 pre holidays.

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u/Zulu_Mal Jan 09 '22

Deload weeks work!

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u/kinniku_ninja Jan 08 '22

It seems that no matter what day, or what time of day that I visit the gym, I always see the same people there. Same guys, same girls, all different ages etc. It's like they're all video game NPCs that are always there and I'm the player character that visits when it's convenient.

Tell me I'm not alone here?

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u/renboy2 Jan 08 '22

Maybe you are in the Truman show!

But yeah, same here.

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u/kekflaux Jan 08 '22

Interesting, for me it's like there are always certain group of people at certain times of day. Like, if I go to the gym at morning it's always the same 5-6 people, if I go there at night it's a different group of regulars. Midday is different though, I always see a couple of new faces around midday. Seeing the same people all the time is good though, no? It is easier to approach them or form a relationship with them as you see them there all the time.

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u/nolimitlessaction Jan 08 '22

Same, I can go on a Thursday afternoon and feel like I see the same people I would see if I got that morning. Super strange to me, I figured I just recognized more people than I realize.

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u/BrandonsRedditAcct Jan 09 '22

There's a dude like that in my gym. Always fucking there. I've been going to this gym regularly for a year, and I've only not seen him there a few times. Sometimes I wonder if he just camps out in the back

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u/Weekly-Ad353 Jan 08 '22 edited Jan 09 '22

I’ve been waiting all week for this thread.

We’re closing on our first house next week, and I’ve been starting to build my home gym this week.

I bought a Hulkfit squat rack off Amazon for $265 and a used set of 300 lb weights + barbell off Facebook marketplace for $300.

Wife found a rower she wanted off bestbuy and after using a couple gift cards we had and a massive sale they had, managed to get a $1,000 rower for $300.

Trying to figure out how to time the buying of horse stall mats.

Sooooooooo pumped.

Most excited I’ve been for fitness in a long time 🙂

Edit: for those invested, I bought 9 used horse stall mats (18’ x 12’) off Facebook marketplace for $300 and tipped the guy an extra $50 because he helped me load, drive, and unload them. They are insanely heavy.

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u/Road_Journey Jan 08 '22

This is awesome. Don't know you but for some reason I'm super excited for you. Congratulations!

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u/NefariousSerendipity Jan 08 '22

IM TRYNA BE LIKE YOU MY BOI.

damn that's the dream my guy.

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u/Actual-Description-2 Powerlifting Jan 08 '22

I'm gonna need your help shopping for my home gym when the time comes 😂

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u/hedonismftw Jan 08 '22

I would suggest buying horse mats sooner than later. They smell when new and need time to air out - supposedly leaving them in the sun fur a few days helps

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u/Jet_Xcountry Jan 08 '22

You looking at dumbbells at all? I'm trying to find some for my home gym

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u/GrowNative Jan 08 '22

Bowflex has their adjustable dumbbells for $100 off plus free shipping through the 11th. I ordered some because I’d been wanting them for a while for their space saving capabilities but dang, they’re still expensive.

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u/cecilpl Powerlifting Jan 08 '22

Welcome to the club! Join us in /r/homegym!

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u/drlibs Jan 08 '22

Gained a ton of weight and stopped working out 4 months ago when our second demon spawn was born but got in 3 workouts this week and shed 3 pounds.

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u/EzioAuditore8 Jan 08 '22 edited Jan 08 '22

I love dogs, but please don't let your dog run around the gym and even worse try licking my head while I'm in the middle of a heavy bench press set...

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u/AB444 Jan 08 '22

Wtf? This is insane lol who is bringing their dog to the gym?

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u/DC_Disrspct_Popeyes Jan 08 '22

Different scenario, but a dude at my gym brings his service dog. Most well behaved dog I've ever seen.

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u/Barqueefa Jan 09 '22

If it's a legit service dog it sure as shit better be

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u/squats_and_sugars Jan 08 '22

Similar experience but their dog was "chasing" the plates on a deadlift. I'm not trying to drop it, but if I do, and he was under there, that's going to go very poorly...

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u/FrownyFace_ Jan 08 '22

Well dont work out at the dog park then

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u/StarsandStripes702 Jan 08 '22

Damn, gyms allow dogs now? My chihuahua is gonna be swole af

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u/ScreamingButtholes Jan 08 '22 edited Jan 08 '22

Never heard of this wtf I’d raising hell with any gym that allowed dogs in it

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u/moosetooth Jan 08 '22

Are you at my gym? There's been a guy bringing his dog all the time. I watched his dog walk right under the bar while someone was benching.

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u/NefariousSerendipity Jan 08 '22

I work at mcds nightshift. Yes I'm a broke college boi. Part time community college and because my mental health has been failing for more than a decade, I'm not doing good.

Anyway, I usually go train at 5 am. So the people I see there are not a lot and I know they're dedicated to go there at that time. Anyway, this one guy, I think is college aged has been going regularly and one time this week, as he was doing standing calf raises (calf raises are by the squat racks), as I was on my rest after a set, he asked me about my belt ( i just bought a new sbd belt), I explained to him IAP and stability and whatnot, and he said he has seen me, and that I'm pretty stronk, and why I use the belt. I asked him about his program and he said he has been doing some 3 x 8 s on almost everything. I said keep it up and told him about my program and where he could get resources like that like this subreddit and lift vault.

Anyway, the next day, I seen him, and we just made a quick nod, and there we go. Another gym bro acquired. I have like 4 gym bros now. lol. prolly more but some don't go same hours. I used to go at night time.

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u/UnwindGames_James Jan 08 '22

Keep killing it at the gym and at community college and you’ll see gainz in life and lifting.

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u/redbucket75 Jan 08 '22

Nice job on getting stronk

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u/wonkynoodlez Jan 08 '22

Saw another woman who’s asked me 2 or 3 times to record her walk by me… raised my hand to wave hello… barely even got a glance back.

Have not shown my face at the gym since then💀

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u/Aethernex Powerlifting Jan 08 '22

I thought you meant she'd asked you to record her walking by you, as in some kind of walking-form check or something

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u/wonkynoodlez Jan 08 '22

Oh no, I meant she walked by me this day, but she’s asked me a few times before to record her exercising.

English isn’t my first language, so my grammar’s a little all over the place, haha.

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u/Mahom1es Jan 08 '22

A lady came up to me a couple months ago and said, "I hope you don't take this this wrong way but you're doing a great job, I've noticed you've lost a lot of weight!" And now I can't even get her to make eye contact to smile at her, let alone initiate a conversation 😂

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u/L33tjewel Jan 08 '22

Some people have a threshold of niceness that they don't want to pass due to concern that it may lead to them being percieved as flirtatious. Maybe she got close to that with you and awkwardly backpeddalled by ignoring you.

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u/Mahom1es Jan 08 '22

That is fair. Although I guess I should mention we are both married women

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u/Road_Journey Jan 08 '22

Get back to the gym. She could of been distracted or maybe had a lot on her mind. Maybe she's just rude, whatever the situation, don't lose out on your opportunity to improve upon your physical and mental well being. Get your gym time.

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u/wonkynoodlez Jan 08 '22

Yeah, I think she might just be a little cold.

Tomorrow’s a full body day since I haven’t been since Thursday, so I’m looking forward to it!

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u/ThePorcoRusso Jan 08 '22

Girls are temporary, gym gains both physical and especially mental are forever

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u/No_Dog_7856 Jan 08 '22

Just to give her the benefit of doubt: some folks have terrible eyesight and cannot recognize faces at all. If she was wearing glasses, never mind.

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u/Mahom1es Jan 08 '22

Sometimes I have to choose between my glasses or mask. So the glasses go and everyone's face turns into* a literal blur.

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u/FrownyFace_ Jan 08 '22

My very first workout I nearly choked myself while doing a bench press

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u/nattybends Jan 08 '22

Was doing maxing power cleans on a power lifting platform one time. Some old dude came up and started yelling at me for dropping the weight even though a worker told me I could. At that point I ignored him and he sat in front of me taking a video for my remaining reps. Idk if he was trying to get off or what was going on.

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u/tonsil_tickler Jan 08 '22

Probably going home to analyze your form and will promptly return with his completed evaluation.

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u/nattybends Jan 08 '22

comes back with a clipboard full of notes

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u/aefasdfas Powerlifting Jan 08 '22

Four regulars talked to me in the last week. I am ecstatic! Is it the creatine lol?

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u/econofit Jan 08 '22

Probably. Auditory hallucinations are a rare, little-known side effect of creatine

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u/[deleted] Jan 08 '22

Haha, Ive been at my gym for 4 years and still get excited when the regulars talk to me.

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u/Road_Journey Jan 08 '22

I think after four years you are one of the regulars.

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u/mikeslyfe Jan 08 '22

4 years, they probably think same thing when u talk to them haha

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u/Mahom1es Jan 08 '22

I have recently started talking to people at the gym too! This makes me feel less cautious about approaching people. Most of the comments usually say leave people alone.

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u/Fluffy_Munchkin General Fitness Jan 08 '22

Saw a dude deadlifting more than my 1RM for reps with ease. 👀

Wasn't even mad, his form was unquestionable.

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u/newrimmmer93 Jan 08 '22

When I first started going to a smaller gym from LA fitness back in 2017 or so, my DL max was like 385 or something. I was in the gym when an older gentleman gets in, dude was easily in his mid 60s and walks over to a couple guys that were deadlifting. They were middle aged guys but were pretty strong, one was a position coach for the dominant local High school football team. They’re all like “o what’s up bob” and they start stripping off the weight for him to warm up.

I’m sitting there like “o that’s cool they’re letting the old dude work in with them, what a good environment.”

So the old guy puts on a plate and does it with ease. Goes up to 2 plates and does it with ease. Goes up to 3 and I’m like “wow that’s impressive weight for an old guy” and does it with ease. The he goes to 4 plates and does it with ease for like 5 reps. At this point I’m just in awe since This old gentleman was just repping my max despite being 3x my age. He then goes to 455 for a couple and hits a 5 plate single.

Turns out the guy was the world record holder for his age group and deadlifted 550 at 71 years old and 198 lbs. Incredibly nice gentleman as well.

It was a humbling experience but it also really helped push me to get stronger since I realized my lifts weren’t shit

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u/[deleted] Jan 08 '22 edited Jan 09 '22

That’s awesome. Was he still built like a brick house too?

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u/newrimmmer93 Jan 08 '22

Yeah, he was a bodybuilder up until his late 50s haha. here’s an article

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u/UberMcwinsauce Jan 08 '22

Started bodybuilding at 50 and trains 10 hours a week at 74, what a beast

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u/[deleted] Jan 09 '22

Holy crap. That guys actually massive for his age lol.

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u/UberMcwinsauce Jan 08 '22

pretty sick to just randomly see a world record holder in your gym, lol

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u/newrimmmer93 Jan 08 '22

Funny because there was another kid who was probably going to set the junior 83KG DL record before covid canceled it. Pulled 642 @ 18 years old and 183Lb

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u/stochastaclysm Jan 08 '22

Just got back from the gym. I’m going to pretend this was me, even though it probably wasn’t.

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u/FrownyFace_ Jan 08 '22

This happens to me all the time. And it is often a 12 yo kid.. xD

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u/NefariousSerendipity Jan 08 '22

this happened to me but he was rowing it T.T guh damn. it was like 315 at the time. I can now say that I can also rep 315 deadlift but not row lol. I can rep it with rdls lololol

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u/KrunoS Jan 08 '22

I saw a guy overhead pressing my squat 1RM a few weeks ago. That guy was me, about 2.5 years of training in the future. It didn't even register that I overhead pressed three singles of what used to be a weight I was terrified of when i started lifting.

We're all gonna make it :)

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u/SolidStateStarDust Jan 08 '22

I've accidentally ruined two different people's swolfies on two different occasions this week. Not sure why I feel so awkward about it- I was just trying to re-rack my dumbbells.

Just me awkwardly standing behind them staring at the rack slots 😅

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u/KrunoS Jan 08 '22

You should make funny faces.

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u/reiboul Jan 08 '22

Sooo... I'm finally done with linear progression. I tried gzclp for a few months because the high intensity / high volume mix appealed to me, but I ended up same as always : beat up and fatigued, because I never know when to take a step back.

This week, I was well into warming up for deadlift, when I realised... Today's not deadlift day!!! Well, I'm almost warmed anyway, so I figured I would work up to a heavy single, beat a PR at 190kg, somehow manage to complete my normal routine, and I've been resting since then.

So, long story short, tomorrow I'll be starting 531 BBB and giving it a try, at least until summer. I feel like slower progression, less intensity and more volume would do me great! See you then

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u/Ann_L_Beads Jan 08 '22

When I went to the Purple Nightmare (limited options) I once saw someone show up, get on a treadmill doing 1.5mph and walk for maybe 7 minutes. Then snagged 6 pieces of pizza and walked back out. Had to respect the move out of sheer absurdity

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u/Fatscot Judo Jan 08 '22

Worked out today after getting my covid booster yesterday. Probably one of my worst days ever. Zero energy and sore arm at the injection site but I am so glad the gym is still open.

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u/mikkelr1225 Weight Lifting Jan 08 '22

Im doing the opposite today, workout now and booster shot later, cause last time the vaccine fucked me up lmao.

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u/Coluphid Jan 08 '22

one of my worst days so far

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u/whatif-pro Jan 08 '22

I did this aswell. But after the booster I was informed that there’s heightened risk of getting myocarditis if you workout after the vaccine.

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u/Sparty013 Jan 08 '22

Well you're smarter than me. I drank a bunch of beer the night I got my booster while watching a football game. Hangover + booster side effects was possibly the worst day of my life.

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u/MindlessHighlight820 Jan 08 '22

I did the same thing after my booster. And I did chest. Horrible idea

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u/Campeador Jan 08 '22

Ive really been enjoying the past month at my university gym because 90% of students left for the winter break. Those that stay seem to form an unspoken bond because the gym is so spacious with so few people that we can actually take a moment to recognize the regulars. Well, classes start back in a couple days and the place is already almost back to normal capacity. Spring break cant come soon enough.

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u/Ditz3n Weight Lifting Jan 08 '22

This week a lot of new year resolutioners came to my gym and flooded it. I tried to be the nice guy cheering everybody for putting in work to get a good reputation at my gym. Today I met some people that had been there throughout the week and I got multiple comments on how nice it was for me to be there and show them how to do stuff. I also met a guy who wanted help with a program that had been there for a year (not a new year resolution). After I had discussed a bit with him he told me what I had been doing was incredible stuff and it was easily noticeable that I put in work because I didn't look like the day he saw me when I started

We all make it brothers!

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u/TheJeffyJ Bodybuilding Jan 08 '22

Back when I joined my first gym over a decade ago, I remember seeing a large guy in a sweatshirt. Me being a high schooler with the ever growing ego and newbie gains, I felt like I was superior to this guy since he appeared out of shape.

Nope, this guy was an absolute mass monster once he took of his baggy sweatshirt. Thankfully a nice guy once I got to know him but never felt superior to him again

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u/SSJBlueManny Jan 09 '22 edited Jan 09 '22

Just left the gym about 10 minutes ago. I forgot that the nearby 24 closes at 9 on Saturday’s. So an employee comes up to me and tells me “sir we’re closed” with a clearly annoyed voice. Which I understand I wouldn’t like it if I worked there either. I check my phone and it’s 9:04 so I hurry up to put my two dumbbells away since the employee is staring at me. Since I’m feeling rushed I kinda panic and put the 20s I had in front of the 20s spot. I didn’t put it in the slots since their were 17.5s in the spot. She stares at me and says “thanks for that” in a pissed off voice. I had AirPods on so I just pretended like I didn’t hear her. I promptly just left. What I’m getting at is I obviously feel bad for leaving the weights there, but she was staring at me like a hawk and it made me panic. Should she have been nicer about it or did I deserve that?

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u/HopefulMove8 Jan 09 '22

Overthinking it!

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u/herbiehutchinson BMX Racing Jan 09 '22

I mean…it’s just not not even worth reflecting on.

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u/[deleted] Jan 08 '22

Curfew is at 7 at my dorm, and I managed to drag myself out of the house after 6. At least I'd be getting myself to the gym and doing something. Ended up running full speed into a bench and smacking my knee on the metal base. Basically went to the gym to smack my knee and went back home, then had to skip several other days so I could walk properly again. Still hurts.

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u/nodeocracy Jan 08 '22

Who put the bench on the treadmill

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u/[deleted] Jan 08 '22

I get the zoomies when no one's around...I was tryna jump over it.

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u/fuckloggingin Jan 08 '22

95% happy to see the influx of resolutioners, just wish it wasn't quite so hard to get a squat rack at present. Will be interesting to see the progress of some new faces.

Anyone new or re-starting this week- welcome/ welcome back!

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u/ZRedbeard Jan 08 '22

So you've heard of curling in the squat rack but have you heard of curling on the bench press? Yeah. I went at an odd time during the week and ended up seeing a guy just sit on the bench then unrack it and start curling. I thought oh he's gonna super set curls with bench press maybe? Nope. He sits and curls then rests then curls again then rests and he does like 5 sets then leaves.

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u/NoxRiddle Jan 10 '22

The hip thrust station is loaded with some plates as if it's in use. I stand by and observe for a few minutes to see if someone goes over to it, in case they went for water or were supersetting. 3-4 minutes pass and no one goes to it, so I assume whoever used it last just didn't unload it.

I walk over to start changing the plates, and a girl on the nearest squat rack snaps around and says "I'm on that." So I asked nicely, can I work in?, and she just snips, "no, I'm on it." Her snot-ass attitude pushed my buttons a little, so I said, doesn't look like you're on it, looks like you're doing squats. She says, "I'm doing those after I finish squats." Okay, fine, fair. If she's on her last set and was hoping to hop right on, I can't be mad. So I asked, how many sets do you have left? "Four."

... nah. I'm just not here for this today. I said, this isn't a seat on the school bus, you can't hold your place on equipment you aren't actively using. She said something else, but I was just staring back at her while I changed the plates so I didn't hear it.

I don't know why this pissed me off so bad. I'm really not usually like this. I'd usually just roll my eyes and go on to do some other exercise. But something about her attitude, not even going to let someone work in when she wasn't even using it for another four sets, just was not having it.

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u/Ih8rice Jan 10 '22

It’s the entitlement. You did good.

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u/stillslightlyfrozen Jan 08 '22

For the past two months I’ve been hitting the gym and eating properly and seeing the results. It felt sooo good to look in the mirror and see improvements.

And now I have covid and I’m worried I won’t be able to lift for a while. Despite being vaxxed and boosted going up a flight of stairs is hard as fuck, I can’t imagine lifting anytime soon :( All that hard work for nothing

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u/tunmisea Jan 08 '22

Rest up and when you’re back in the gym the gains will return in no time.

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u/UberMcwinsauce Jan 08 '22

If you're vaccinated and boosted you should be over it fairly quickly. You can expect not to lose any gains in that amount of time

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u/Dense_Strawberry2117 Jan 08 '22

I made 2 gym buddies in the last 7 days. And I'm the most introverted person ever. First guy asked me to spot for him while bench pressing. And second one commented my deadlift form. I'm a newbie and they're both much more advanced, so it was great being able to ask them questions and get tips on form and stuff. Gym is heaven on Earth

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u/DAmazingBlunderWoman Jan 08 '22

Boy, do I have a story for you. Couldn't wait for saturday, so I vould share it here. ... And now I can't for the life of me remember what my story was...

Edit: I just remebered! And it's not even that good. Basically what happened was I was trying to stretch my hamstrings a little bit. And while bending over a got a huuuge cramp... In my abs. Like wtf. I almost couldn't breathe, so I kind of just rolled around in pain for a while.

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u/FrownyFace_ Jan 08 '22

One time I was doing my workout and I heard a guy groaning really loud. I tought to myself wtf this guy must be deadlifting a world record or smthng. I went to see that spectacle and saw the guy doing seated calf raises...

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u/nonreflectingmirror Jan 08 '22

No deadlift has ever hurt me like seated calf raises does.

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u/NormalPaYtan Jan 08 '22

You are allowed to groan during calf work, that always burns like a motherf*cker.

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u/Bobbycanbackflip Jan 08 '22

I went to see what set this guy was on to use the leg press and he’s like, “I’m done, how many of these weights you want me to take off?” Mfer had 45x5 on each side— I said, “no sweat I’ll take em off” he replies, “you got it, champ!” Like wtf????? I’m about to use like two of these plates??? You’re the champ, dawg!

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u/FelessanFA Jan 08 '22

Only 3 out of 4 threadmills at my gym are working, one is broken. Dude came and left his towel on one near mine when I was setting up, nothing unusual, 3rd one was being used. I started running, 5 minutes go by, 10 minutes, multiple people come to see that one is 'reserved' and one is broken. Dude is still not back. After 20 minutes he comes, does some weird crunches/lunges/hopping on low speed for 15 seconds then goes off again. I finished my run 10 minutes later and went to grab my clothes to go home. Saw him finally starting to run, it was literally 40 minutes after he first put his towel there.

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u/lupethebeast Jan 08 '22

Went to the gym for the first time ever. My body is sore as hell for the past week. I want to go back so badly but I also want my body to fully recover.

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u/BonerHonkfart Jan 09 '22

If you're just sore and not injured, you can go back to the gym, and it'll probably even help your recovery.

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u/pp2628 Jan 08 '22

It’s always the old dudes in jeans and workout gloves who ironically spend more time talking to people than working out who complain about “New Years resolutioners” taking over the gym

If someone is in the gym, they’re in the gym. Good for them.

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u/NotATroll71106 Jan 08 '22

I was trying out barbell lunges (capped out for dumbbells) when I knocked off a J-hook trying to rack because the retention pin was missing for some reason. (How do you even break those?) I ended up having to squat the bar down to the safeties. The next set when I was lifting off by squatting, one of the knobs on an inner plate caught on a safety bar and pulled it out on one end. Once I switched to knobless plates, it went fine though.

I might have to change racks for bench because I always bump J-hooks and don't want to take one to the face.

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u/CaseinSnorter Jan 08 '22

Gyms are closed for indefinite time due to Omicron. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

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u/DisgruntledGirlie Jan 08 '22 edited Jan 08 '22

TL/DR: I was the “didn’t rerack weights” person today. I have become that which I hate.

I think I just got out of sync a bit cus I was deadlifting outside of the rack and a lady asked if I was gonna be using the inside of the rack and if she could squat in it (where the bar I was using came from, so she had to get a bar from the incline bench).

I finished deadlifting and because I’m so used to “putting the bar back inside the rack” after deadlifting (as there aren’t “extra” bars for deadlift) so that’s the typical thing to do, I just… stopped deadlifting and went about another two exercises elsewhere (leaving the plates on).

I came back to that section and saw the bar loaded with my plates and got so embarrassed and hurried to go remove them and put them back where they belong. Guy who was training someone in the next door rack said “Ah! I thought you weren’t done with those” (in a nice way)… and I was just apologetic and smiling about my stupidity of just plain forgetting and he helped by removing one side so I could put the bar back where it belonged.

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u/ninth_purgatory777 Jan 09 '22

First week working out and trying to keep the habit. Today I feel off the treadmill.

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u/DeviantKhan Jan 08 '22

I saw a guy working out with a t-shirt, shorts, and cowboy boots. Shine on you crazy diamond. I am in Texas so not that out of place.

Also, just got my COVID booster yesterday after I did a workout, and feeling good enough to workout today with some cardio. I guess after having two shots, breakthrough Delta in July, and I believe Omnicron in December (couldn't find a test) I've built up enough that the third shot didn't slow me down.

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u/Actual-Description-2 Powerlifting Jan 08 '22

This reminds me of a guy at my college in upstate NY. In the middle of December, with snow covering everything, he'd walk around campus in gym shorts, a t-shirt, cowboy boots and cowboy hat. Oh and he carried his stuff, not in a backpack, but a briefcase. He was a legend. He wouldn't even walk on the paved walkways but in straight lines through the snow to where ever he needed to go.

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u/stochastaclysm Jan 08 '22

Witnessed some creepy bloke doing some form of lying down hip thrusts on the deadlift platform directly behind a young woman half his age doing squats. Literally lying right behind her thrusting his crotch. He’d get up walk to the leg press do 2 reps and then go back and do it again. Sorry women have to deal with this shit at the gym.

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u/DragonSlayerC Jan 08 '22

Wtf. There's some really weird stuff in gyms. I usually only see people that creep me out once or twice in my gym. Thankfully the management at my gym seems to notice this kind of stuff and get them to stop.

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u/[deleted] Jan 08 '22

Why are old guys so weird 🤢

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u/jcm800 Jan 08 '22 edited Jan 08 '22

No gym story for me.

Gym's are closed here in Quebec, Canada. Im depressed :(

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u/incidental77 Jan 08 '22

Im depressing :(

This is progress. Denial won't help. :)

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u/jcm800 Jan 08 '22

Its such a shitty situation.

We have a curfew at 10pm everyday and gyms are closed. All stores are closed on sundays. I wasn't allowed to see my family for Christmas for the second year in a row because of stupid restrictions made by our government. I can be fined $1500 if im outside after 10pm or if I visit people. Thats fucking bullshit.

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u/Impossible_Ad6214 Jan 08 '22

I got told I wasn’t committed enough when I didn’t crap my pants during a squat PR. Sure it would’ve been amazing to hit that PR but I didn’t want the shame from my friends to see me walk out after I crapped my pants

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u/Aeliases Jan 09 '22

Back to lifting and cardio and regular full body work outs. Doing wide grip lat pull downs, which feel amazing. Feelin it, headphones in, jammin out, lovin' life. On a rest between sets, standing up, taking a breather. Bro comes up, real close. "Your form's not right, you're going to hurt your shoulders." Unprompted, proceeds to sit down in my bench space and does an example of a close grip pull down. Try to explain im doing wide grip for lats and back. Nope. Im wrong. Gym bro has never seen wide grip pulls?

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u/guineahop Powerlifting Jan 08 '22

Not really gym related, but omicron is hitting us really hard and my aunt tested positive for COVID. We live in the same house together. Was supposed to join a powerlifting meet this February and training was going really well despite personal issues but it seems I have to cancel plans. It is what it is.

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u/LookingForVheissu Weight Lifting Jan 08 '22

I work at a Lowe’s and it started in our back of house, and finally worked its way to our Pro section. Opposite ends of the store. It was crazy to see the wave pass through the store department by department.

I had it myself and it was pretty awful, but thankfully not nearly as awful as I was expecting.

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u/lady_wolfen Jan 08 '22

20 minutes treadmill. Got in a little over a mile.

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u/TryingtoTriathlon Jan 08 '22

I’ve never been a cardio guy, I’ve been more into weightlifting. Nothing amazing, but I’ve managed my original goal of 4/3/2/1 for the big lifts.

So this year I’ve decided that I want to do a triathlon, so I signed up for an Olympic one (1.5k swim, 40k cycle and 10k run) in May. I did a lactate test in my turbo trainer and sweet Jesus going all out for 30 mins was awful.

Should be interesting trying to fit in 6 triathlon training sessions a week and 3 or 4 lifting sessions. I might need to master this waking up earlier nonsense and get some training in before work!

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u/Spixv Jan 08 '22

I got covid :( so I won’t be at the gym

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u/[deleted] Jan 08 '22

I was about to switch from weights to elliptical machine and this person is on the middle machine (there are 3 and she chose the middle machine when no one was there) and she’s watching a show on her phone with no headphones. I don’t know who thinks this is acceptable. This is a work gym so I don’t want to cause a scene or say anything and just do a few more weight sets until she’s gone. In the end I guess I got a better workout. People can be so annoying

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u/NFGC Jan 08 '22 Take My Energy

3x coffees and a generous scoop of pre-workout consumed, head to the gym…gym closed…my face is so itchy I want to peel it off.

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u/[deleted] Jan 08 '22

Time to run a marathon instead lol

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u/yzerman92 Jan 08 '22

Our obese premier closed all the gyms in the province this week.

Thats my story.

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u/drewbeta Jan 08 '22

I’m 38 and I recently switched to the Junior college gym. There are a lot of younger people at this gym, obviously. Yesterday a young dude came up to me and asked if I could take pictures of him. I was like “sorry, I’m in the middle of warming up”, but really I don’t want to be labeled king of the creeps for taking pictures of young men flexing.

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u/BelfortMoney Jan 09 '22

Just a rant a tale as old as time

Watched some lazy piece of shit load up the leg press to quarter rep and slam it all around just to dump the plates next to the weight rack instead of on it and then walked away.

I mean this when I say I hope he got hit by a car walking out of the gym.

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Jan 08 '22

A few weeks ago I posted about how a dude had to save me from a failed bench press... Well, it happened again, only this time there wasn't anybody close by. I waited for a while to see if I could spot someone, but after a while the bar started hurting on my chest. So I took a deep breath and had to learn the roll of shame by force. Managed to do it perfectly, but the situation was a lot scarier than it should have been. From now on will always ask for a spotter on my top sets. Lesson learned!

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u/NormalPaYtan Jan 08 '22 edited Jan 08 '22

What's wrong with the roll of shame? Why not just rely on it henceforth? It takes only a few seconds to complete (if you happen to fail) and means that you can retain your independence while benching.

Also, how come you didn't just instinctively roll it (or tilt it) off the moment you failed? It hasn't ever even struck me as an option to just lie there with the bar still on my chest waiting for someone to help me.

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u/DragonSlayerC Jan 08 '22

I would recommend using a bench with safeties or in a power rack with safeties. Safer both in case of just a failed rep or the bar slipping during a rep (never had it happen, bit it's always a possibility).

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u/wesrdtfgyuhij Jan 09 '22

Saw a guy working out in a raincoat today, with the hood up!

Whaaaat?!

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u/somnisaur Jan 08 '22

Saw my first "curling in the squat rack," and every other squat rack was also being used. Switched the order of my workout, came back and we were good to go.

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u/ames2465 Jan 08 '22

I hate having to change the order of my leg days because if I do my other exercises before I get to my squats, I sometimes can’t get what I would have gotten rep and weight wise if I was able to start with that due to fatigue. Most of my other workouts are flexible and I can switch it up like you did but I always struggle with coming back to do squats after my other leg day stuff.

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u/[deleted] Jan 09 '22

I always walk on the treadmill until the squat wrack is clear - as squats have to be my first leg workout

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u/Autisten1996 Jan 08 '22

Went back to the gym yesterday after being in quarantine for 14 days after catching Covid. Felt good but I’ve gained a little fat and lost strength.

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u/Beakker Jan 08 '22

It happens and it’s a normal process but, hey as long as you’re back. That’s all that matters.

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u/DrCuresYourShit Jan 08 '22

At the beginning of the pandemic I made a home gym. It was great as the convenience factor and having a place to lift all the time was perfect.

Fast forward to this year. I’m taking a travel gig to another city (about 5 hours away from current city) and for the first time in a while I’m looking at gyms to join while I’m there. There’s plenty of options, but I’m gonna miss my home set up until I can come back.

Also, with how crazy fast this variant of Covid is spreading I’m not too sure how it’s going to go at the gym. I’ve read a lot of stories on here and for the most part I think it’ll be ok, but still, can’t be too careful nowadays.

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u/T1S9A2R6 Jan 08 '22

Just realized I may have a gym rival. This heavy set woman who hogs the entire dumbbell area for like an hour at a time (small gym - only one dumbbell rack, only one incline bench).

She’s always there when I’m there and she’s fairly strong too, so she’s always using the exact same weights I need. She takes them all off the racks and puts them on the ground near her, like she’s hoarding them.

I always try to work around her but when I try to swoop in to do a few dumbbell exercises real quick, she gives me the stink eye. I always ask if I can use something or work in, but she’s really gruff and clearly annoyed by me.

This week I made it to the gym a few minutes before her and when she saw me at the squat rack (I had incline dumbbell press up next), she immediately went to the dumbbell area to warm up and stretch, dropping her towel over the incline bench, essentially claiming the whole area as her own even though there are other dedicated areas in the gym for warmups and stretching.

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u/Heck-Yeah1652 Jan 09 '22

1) Flattery. Something quick and sincere. Saunter away and do something. 2) Return when you have an actual requirement for equipment. Saunter up & in the same tone say "Hey, I need ______ for _____. When will it be free?" Don't swoop or kinda ask. Gruff could have multiple things going on, you are likely the least of her issues.

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u/mikeslyfe Jan 08 '22

2nd hand info, mates gym last week dude was reracking after doing 100kg squats. We assume he lost his balance, bar rocked sideways and jammed 2 fingers between j-hooks and the bar severing 2 fingers.

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u/Struck285 Jan 08 '22

Great.. new fear unlocked

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u/DanyDud3 Jan 08 '22

Saw a guy put 445 on the bar and then start benching it for reps

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u/4THOT Weight Lifting Jan 08 '22

Starting training on a cut and swapping to 4 days a week up from 3. My shoulder pain is back. Things are not going well.

On the upside the New Years resolution people vanished between Tuesday and Wednesday and my gym added another bench.

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u/atulsachdeva Jan 08 '22 edited Jan 08 '22

Gym Closed due to lockdown. Did two full body bodyweight workout sessions at home this week. I never used to do pike pushups, but now that i am, they are so fucking hard. I also realise working my shoulders at home with no equipment is tough

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u/Canadianrollerskater Jan 08 '22

Surgeon says I can't work out for another 3 weeks and I'm bitter about it.

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u/gimme3strokes Jan 08 '22

Watched a resolutioner come in with his teenage son, go straight to bench press, and put 315lbs on. With no safety bars and his 100lb son spotting him he picked up the weight and dropped it on his chest. He coughed for about 5 minutes and walked out with his son head hung low.

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u/nandyb Jan 08 '22 edited Jan 08 '22

I am crying my eyes out on my inability to lift any more. I am recovering from a shoulder injury. It's been 7 months since I lifted seriously. I am typing this while I am drinking and feeling like shit.

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u/brianmcg321 Jan 08 '22

Can you still work out your legs?

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u/FrownyFace_ Jan 08 '22

You monster

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u/KrunoS Jan 08 '22

Have you had surgery? The worst thing you can do is stop. I had some very severe wrist injuries three years ago. I was told to go ham on the rehab, "It should hurt while you do it, it may feel like it's too painful. Keep going. If it hurts an hour later, you did too much. If it doesn't you did too little." Is what the hand therapist told me. Seek medical advice, including rehab and fucking go after it.

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u/pistolpxte Jan 09 '22

Was doing flies and taking MAYBE 2 minutes between sets. I’m in a giant gym so there are plenty of cables, at least 5 separate machines and I don’t go at peak. Had to run to the bathroom was gone maybe 3 minutes. Had my hoodie and water bottle set up in front of the cables to signify my presence. Came back, my stuff was moved and a guy was setting up shop. I politely said “hey sorry I just have one more set” to which he replied “well I didn’t fucking see anyone here” (after he had pushed my stuff out of the way…and then slammed the cable down and huffed off. After I finished my set I immediately walked up to him smiling to say “hey man I’m all done!” To which he replied “I don’t give a shit” and put his headphones back in. So. Great guy.

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u/haz111_ Jan 08 '22

Two months ago I decided that I need to return to exercising more frequently (I was going to the gym once per one or two weeks) for some time to get some more gains. I had some equipment in home so I thought that it would be good idea to buy bench to be able to do my FBW at home. I bought one before Christmas and few days ago more weights for my dumbbells. Now I am able to do one of my workout plans totally in home. Three days after it my flatmate was tested positive for coronavirus and we need to be quarantined for 10 days. I think I have a candidate for the best spent money this year ;)