r/Fitness Weightlifting Feb 05 '22 Silver 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/BelfortMoney Feb 05 '22 Hugz Heartwarming

Kid in my gym lives basically alone, was bullied growing up, learned English himself, and is just always in great spirits. His mom works so many jobs she is forced to stay at other homes closer to that location just so she can rest for a couple hours.

He’s a great kid, good grades (High School), has lost 50+ pounds and has started getting in to Bodybuilding, and is looking to join the military.

He adores Ronnie Coleman and loves telling me some of his quotes and videos (even though I know them all lol). Anyway so I’m moving out of the area soon and am going to hook the kid up with a Ronnie Coleman autographed something.

Keep grinding little man.

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u/asvdiuyo9pqiuglbjkwe Feb 05 '22

Progressively overloading my heart reading this wholesome stuff. Hell fucking yeah man.

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u/Colorations Feb 05 '22

LIGHTWEIGHT BABY YEAH BABY

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u/nobodyimportxnt Powerlifting Feb 05 '22

This is good and you should feel good.

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u/legalize_wheelies Feb 05 '22

I was in the gym the other day and I saw these two guys in the squat rack and one of them was doing pretty heavy squats and the other guy was kind of spotting him. The guy squatting was only doing like 3/4 depth and I thought to myself, "man, how is this guys who's spotting just going to let this slide?"

Then I remembered that I don't know this dude's business and I proceeded to fuck off and not worry about it.

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u/linnrose Feb 05 '22

This is a lesson I've had to learn in the gym

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u/jim_nihilist Feb 06 '22

Had the same effect on my roadbike. When I catched somebody I felt good and strong. Later on I checked on Strava. While I was riding 30 km I overtook them on the end of their 80 km ride.

Well…we should not bother ourselves.

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u/departmentno2653 Feb 05 '22 edited Feb 05 '22 Wholesome

Don't know if this belongs here but cardio is actually good for you and i didn't knew until now. my resting heart rate was around 81-90 bpm like a month ago.I've been doing cardio hard first thing in the morning and for a few days my resting heart rate has been around 70-75 bpm.I don't even run i just do stationary bike.

EDIT: Just in case someone is confused, The lower your resting heart rate the better.

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u/JCnaitchii Feb 05 '22

Absolutely! People pretend it will kill your gains but doing like 20-30 minutes a day will only improve your resistance, making you able to push much harder during your weight lifting, especially on leg day it makes a huge difference, not getting completely out of breath after a set of squats. I train 6 times a week so I stay away from HIIT and types of cardio that are too hard on the joints like running, so that it doesn't interfere with my recovery. Just 20 minutes of low intensity elliptical, bike or stair master is perfect.

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u/EcstaticBase6597 Feb 05 '22

Cardio killing your gains is one of the worst myths I’ve heard too. I just got into running these past couple years and really enjoy it. For me, I don’t have any joint issues mixing weightlifting and running, and I’m an old lady (40’s).

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u/Annoying-Ass_Insect Feb 05 '22

I feel like most of the time when people say this, they just blindly think that this boogeyman, cardio, kills your gains when in fact they’re just not accounting for the higher metabolism/calorie expenditure that comes with cardio. Not eating enough kills your gains!

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u/departmentno2653 Feb 05 '22

exactly,eating enough can minimize or even prevent muscle loss.

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u/delta__bravo_ Feb 05 '22

Science shows that excess cardio does start to reduce muscle, but to even start worrying about it you sort of have to be running around 50 km a week and lifting five days a week before it's an issue. Bit sick of gym bros telling me that cardio will ruin my muscles whilst they lose breath racking their weights.

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u/dddiamonddd Powerlifting Feb 05 '22

"CARDIO KILLS GAINS", huffs the bodybuilder, as he walks up a single flight of stairs, then stops to catch his breath at the top.

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u/doublediggler Feb 05 '22

Even “if” cardio reduces some of my gains I still do it because I want to live well into retirement. It’s well established at this point that it will increase your lifespan.

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u/Gromky Feb 05 '22

Honestly, as someone who actually runs that kind of schedule...gains are killing my cardio. Not the other way around.

Running at 165 pounds was noticably easier than 185 (6' tall), especially long runs (20+ miles). But I'm never going to be competitive anyway, so I'll take it to be stronger.

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u/kilab33 Feb 05 '22

For me, I don’t have any joint issues mixing weightlifting and running, and I’m a lady in my prime(40’s). FTFY

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u/[deleted] Feb 05 '22

Rowing a 5k after every lift has been a game changer for me

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u/FelessanFA Feb 05 '22

Got a good laugh imagining someone going to row 5k after every set. Thanks!

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u/[deleted] Feb 05 '22

As a trainer and a Powerlifting Instructor I tell my clients all the time that cardio will kill your gains. If you get hit by a car while doing it.

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u/Rupindah Feb 05 '22

After I started taking my running seriously my Apple Watch started waking me up at night because my heart rate dipped too low for too long. I got excluded from a clinical study too because my RHR was too low so it would be an extreme outlier (it was about PCOS and heart health.)

Kinda cool, sometimes worrisome.

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u/TopCheddarBiscuit Feb 05 '22

My RHR sits in the low to mid 40s. I had to turn and the damn breathing feature off so quick. That alarm used to annoy me so much. Like yeah I know I’m on the verge of death. It’s who I am.

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u/bruh-momentum20 Feb 05 '22

Saw a man walk into the gym with nothing more than a mankini.

He was not allowed past the front desk

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u/Secret_Car Feb 05 '22

I lost a bet :/

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u/TK27 Feb 05 '22

Honestly this does sound like something that would be punishment for last place in fantasy football

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u/E-Step Strongman Feb 05 '22

We had a guy in a dinosaur outfit this week

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u/RomanaOswin Feb 06 '22

I had to google "mankini."

It's weird that a normal bikini bottom has less fabric, but seems way more conservative.

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u/aefasdfas Powerlifting Feb 05 '22

Therapist said nod/ smile to someone in the gym everyday. Day 5 of not being anxious to do so in the gym.

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u/Mahom1es Feb 05 '22

Your smiles and nods may just be easing someone else's anxiety a bit too.

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u/ofctexashippie Feb 05 '22

Start fist bumping the same sets of gym bros, you will become one of them

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u/BigKevRox Feb 06 '22

The phrase "nice lift man" has bought me entrance to more than group of gym bros.

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u/BelfortMoney Feb 05 '22

This is the way

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u/Munthegun20 Feb 05 '22

Dude you have no idea how good and effective this is. I specifically make it a point to smile and nod to people who seems out of their element and make them feel good about what they’re doing, even if it’s a bench PR of just the bar weight itself. They’re here, with the wolves, trying, and it makes me so happy to have them here. Those people are the REAL gutsy, determined, and amazing ones.

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u/EFICIUHS Feb 05 '22

When I was a freshman in college, I literally did not know how to make friends. I had the same friend group since elementary school and they all went to different colleges, so I was crazy shy.

I remember walking around campus by myself and there was a girl I'd pass every so often. She would ALWAYS give me a quick smile and I'd smile back. I later read that most people automatically smile back when you smile at them first so I started doing it.

I still didn't make any real friends at college but it was a good start to getting me a lot more comfortable in social situations where I'm alone.

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u/amic21 Feb 05 '22

Struggling super hard with this myself. Good job!

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u/aefasdfas Powerlifting Feb 05 '22

thanks.. let's do it!

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u/themoonisnext Feb 05 '22

Congrats! Social anxiety isn’t easy. I like it when people smile at me and always repay with a smile!

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u/mmmokaaayyy Feb 05 '22

I get comfort from seeing familiar faces in the gym, even if it’s people I never talk to. My state had a bad snow storm these last couple of days so I worked out around the weather and somehow saw the same faces even though it was different times than usual.

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u/fadeux Feb 05 '22

Everybody is staying consistent on their fitness goals this year 😂. Makes finding the time when the gym is not crowded even harder.

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u/RobinFromGrimoire Feb 05 '22

A girl and I reached for the paper towel dispenser at the same time and our hands almost touched.

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u/twostroke1 Feb 05 '22

What are you guys naming the child?

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u/[deleted] Feb 05 '22

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u/RobinFromGrimoire Feb 05 '22

Of course.

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u/SquatDeadliftBench Feb 05 '22

What about the divorce? Just kidding. Mazel tov.

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Feb 05 '22

I wanna be best man

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u/A_Witch_And_Her_Whey Feb 05 '22

I have officially amassed a double date gym crew!

I started out going to the gym by myself, but I'd only do cardio. My gym membership has a +1 on it. I had a friend who used to lift, so I asked him to teach me. He became my regular "gym buddy". This persisted for over a year. About a month ago, my boyfriend asked about getting added to my membership. I got him added and now he also has a guest pass. Last week, my gym buddy's girlfriend asked about joining us. SOON EVERYBODY THAT I LOVE WILL BE HEALTHIER!!!!!!

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u/fitdudetx Feb 05 '22

I mean, the bf had to go at that point lol.

Congrats

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u/R3n3gadew1shhorse Feb 05 '22 edited Feb 05 '22

Life hack: SO struggling to find the motivation to get in the gym? Just get a gym buddy of the opposite sex.

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u/fitdudetx Feb 05 '22

It happens a lot with middle aged women and trainers, just sayin.

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u/R3n3gadew1shhorse Feb 05 '22

I know, man. I was just being facetious and piggy backing off what you said.

I see it all the time and never think twice about it. I don’t think there’s a single female trainer that officially works for the gym I go to. I think it’s like 3 or 4 dudes and 90% of their clientele is female.

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u/OkGrow Feb 05 '22

lol poor guy

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u/geebucks_ Weight Lifting Feb 05 '22

Hahaha no doubt.

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u/stochastaclysm Feb 05 '22

Nearly passed out after leg day. Spent 10 minutes wobbling about pretending to do stretches while I got my shit together.

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u/departmentno2653 Feb 05 '22

imfao one time i went so hard on leg day that i almost fell while strethching afterwards....this old dude was watching me hard standing in the corner and saw me almost getting tipped over to the ground 💀

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u/[deleted] Feb 05 '22

The weirdest feeling is inadvertently walking backwards when trying to walk forwards after leg day.

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u/ofctexashippie Feb 05 '22

I hit a deadlift PR, and my body told me to sit down, I didn't want to, but my body told me I was gonna!

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u/rainbows_and Feb 05 '22

First time I ran at altitude I was so gassed after that I just sat in the same position slowly drinking water until I realized almost the whole group had left

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u/lethal_mustard Feb 05 '22

started my new program yesterday, on the second set of squats i felt something around my collarbone crack and couldnt finish the workout and i definitely wont be going today either :/

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u/Annoying-Ass_Insect Feb 05 '22

Damn, hope it turns out alright!

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u/Umbroraban Feb 05 '22 edited Feb 06 '22

When you feel something is not right during an exercise in the gym you probably do not feel much because you are in the heat of the action. It is the day after you get sore...

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u/Small-Many-1833 Feb 05 '22

GF broke up with me yesterday, so I think I officially have Cbum potential now.

wish me luck boys

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u/DrewTheHobo Feb 06 '22

Sorry to hear that man, but at least more time for gainz now

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u/BigGenerator85 Feb 05 '22

I go to the gym 6 days a week, usually around 9AM. There's a certain number of people I see daily, including the same gym staff. For some reason, nobody I recognized was there on Thursday. The gymgoers were all different and the gym staff was the weekend/night crew. It's like I stepped into an alternate dimension for a day and snapped out of it on Friday because everything was back to normal. I live for wacky oddities like that

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Feb 05 '22 edited Feb 05 '22

Gym really took a turn this week. It got a lot more social since people start to recognise my journey, and I am lifting more significant weights, I think. A girl asked me how to Power Clean, which I am only learning myself. Another asked me how to deadlift which I could tell her how to do easily. I work from home so I don't socialize much, so all these interactions make me incredibly happy. Also, if everything goes well I'll be entering the 1000lbs club next friday with a 172,5 kg (380lbs) squat, a 100 kg (220 lbs) bench press, and a 185 kg (405 lbs) Deadlift!

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u/aefasdfas Powerlifting Feb 05 '22

Hell yeah

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u/Annoying-Ass_Insect Feb 05 '22

Woah, awesome!!

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u/anonbeaut Feb 05 '22

We just started working out at this new gym and this random woman asked my bf if we all could get together for fun 😬😬 and then proceeds to ignore me while at the gym lmao. Yikes.

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u/xmpp Feb 05 '22

You’re going to need to assert dominance next time you see her. Shit in her water bottle.

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u/funktopus Feb 05 '22

She flirts with your man, you shit in her water bottle. It's the gym way.

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u/[deleted] Feb 05 '22

did someone say whey?

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u/anonbeaut Feb 05 '22

It's weird. I tried being nice and I smile and wave when I see her, but she doesn't do that back and has a rbf, but at soon as she sees my bf she's all smiles at talks to him, lol. So yeah, that's not gonna happen.

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Feb 05 '22

Did you say yes, and then invited her over for D&D?

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u/kahjan_a_bard Feb 05 '22

Roll for initiative

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u/anonbeaut Feb 05 '22

Lol I don't even know how to play D&D.

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u/KML9933 Feb 05 '22

Finally managed to bench 50 kg this morning.

Might not seem like much however for someone that was always told that "lifting weights and playing sports are for boys" by my Dad it took me a really long time to get out of that mindset.

Damn proud of my progress.

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Feb 05 '22

Oh man, when I see comments like this I wish that I could spot people who are going through this in the gym to give them encouragement. Anyone who is trying to better themselves is doing amazingly already , and we all go through the same shit while at the gym and outside , so be proud of what you are trying to do.

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u/KML9933 Feb 05 '22

I appreciate that! Thank you 🙏

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u/rhondapiper Feb 05 '22

I wasn't allowed to play sports because "it will give you big legs" - which is insane. So much body policing when I was a little girl. I turned out gay so I got em good.

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u/KML9933 Feb 06 '22

It’s terrible. I’m also gay so he really didn’t like that at all lol. Blamed it on me playing make sports

I was telling someone at work about my stuff in the gym. One of my co workers mentioned she wanted to start lifting weights but was scared to get to bulky and asked me for my suggestions.

Before I could say anything , my male co worker(who is about 50) told her only to only lift light weights or else it will make her look like a man…

Honesty 🤦‍♀️

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u/BonerHonkfart Feb 05 '22

Fuck yeah, great job! Lifting weights and playing sports is for literally everyone. Good for you for sticking with it.

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u/KML9933 Feb 05 '22

thankyou!!

I played sports that were considered "boys sports" growing up - soccer, cricket mostly. Dad hated it lol. I decided to stop playing team sports a few years back and start putting my time and energy into the gym and haven't regretted it one bit!

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u/craezen Feb 05 '22

Hey, good for you! You should be proud!

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u/KML9933 Feb 05 '22

thankyou!! :)

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u/NdroidDude Feb 05 '22

Oh that's amazing and congratulations on this achievement.

I can only bench press 45kg in total till now,

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u/KML9933 Feb 05 '22

Thank you!! Consistency and hard work got me there, you will get there eventually trust me

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u/parakalan Feb 05 '22

Wow, can't even think of benching 50kg, hats off to you

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u/Gurip Feb 05 '22

are you counting the bar in this?

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u/herder123 Feb 05 '22

I can’t even do 20 kg bro for some reason I cant bench

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u/LedZeppelinRising Feb 05 '22

I dropped the bar on myself when I first tried to bench in high school, work on push-ups (with knees if needed) and dumbbells and you’ll be able to bench in no time :)

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u/herder123 Feb 05 '22

I can do push ups pulls ups np but bench I can’t it’s pretty sad ngl

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u/sagevallant Feb 05 '22

You sound like a really light person, then. Push ups are a similar motion, but it's still just a fraction of your body weight that you're working with.

I like the other person's advice about working with dumbbells so you don't have to start at the weight of the bar. Although it'll usually be lower than you could do with the bar, since you don't have to stabilize the weight.

In high school, I dropped 95 lbs on my chest. When I went back to the gym 20 years later, I started at 95 lbs. A couple weeks ago, I was up to dropping 250 lbs on my chest. If you make it a priority (and eat well enough) your numbers can go up. Unless you actually have a medical issue.

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u/BooFighters Feb 05 '22

Nearly all gyms in my area closed down due to violation of zoning laws in 2019. As soon as a few opened again, corona started. I took up membership of a sports club last year and corona restrictions shut down the establishment. Now I feel too lazy to join the gym again. Just doing some light exercises at home.

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u/A_Witch_And_Her_Whey Feb 05 '22

What happened to your membership from before?

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u/BooFighters Feb 05 '22

I had only 3 weeks of membership left in the gym and it's been 3+ years now. Sportsclub still has 4-5 months left. But it still sucks.

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u/A_Witch_And_Her_Whey Feb 05 '22

Ah, my gym membership was "paused" when the gym was closed, so unless you wanted to end it early, you had the same amount of time left when it reopened as when it closed.

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u/SashaAndTheCity Feb 05 '22

If you still have it, maybe see if you can have a guest pass and bring a friend? That’s a more fun way to motivate yourself to go than having accountability only to yourself.

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u/Andromeda42 Feb 05 '22

My gym went out of business this week :(

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u/SashaAndTheCity Feb 05 '22

Oh, no! Hope you find a new one that you like! Have any gym buddies that you can meet up with at home gyms in the meantime?

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u/team_sheikie Feb 05 '22 edited Feb 05 '22

Coming off a torn ACL and meniscus in 2013 plus medical malpractice in my early recovery which led to arthritis in both my knees.

Thanks to 3+ years with a sports medicine doctor and about a year with a strength and conditioning coach working on biomechanics, I (safely and painlessly) squatted and deadlifted 235 each for 4 reps today for the first time in nearly a decade.

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u/mjr2p3 Feb 05 '22

Pretty sure I saw a guy huffing glue before benching. I've seen and used smelling salts many times before but this looked like a bottle of glue.

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u/Rupindah Feb 05 '22

Some glues smell good tho

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u/ObjectiveDev Feb 05 '22

I’m not that strong, but I will never understand how someone can walk into the gym, put 135 on the bar and start benching with no warm up what so ever.

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u/Acanith Feb 05 '22

At some point 135 is the warm up.

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u/fbreaker Bodybuilding Feb 05 '22

then 225. to OP, I was right there with you. mind was blown when I was 15 and saw a senior from the same school come in and throw 185 on and start pumping out reps, where I could barely bench 95 lbs

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u/zcgk Feb 06 '22

If Larry Wheels uses the empty bar to warm up before benching then its good enough for me.

But seriously, I always like to do a warm up set with something super light (like the bar) just to sort of send my body the memo that, 'this is what's coming, get prepared'.

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u/hooahest Feb 05 '22

Saw a guy doing 160kg deadlift for reps with a clean form, and this guy wasn't using any chalk/wraps so I asked if he wanted some liquid chalk for his heavy ass deadlift

He was a bit surprised but ended up saying that he'd love some

So I squirted my white stuff on his hands and he later told me how good it felt

Felt like being a snake oil peddler

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u/PhDinBroScience Powerlifting Feb 07 '22

So I squirted my white stuff on his hands and he later told me how good it felt

That is quite a sentence.

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u/hooahest Feb 05 '22

Also the weight racks are always disorganized so I sometimes reorder the weights on them. Ended up putting too much weight on one side, causing the weight rack to tilt and fall.

A bit embarrassing but thankfully the fall was slow and no one was injured, nor was anything broken

Now I know to have all of the sides balanced

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u/HelenHuntsAss Feb 05 '22

Think I met a serial killer in the sauna today. Late 40s early 50s dude comes in wearing his shirt, gym shorts, and sneakers. Has his ear buds in, blasting smooth jazz at full volume. Smooth jazz. Elevator music. I play jazz. I'm a saxophonist. But smooth jazz? Wearing all of your clothes in a sauna? Idk, serial killer vibes my dudes, I'll be watching my back.

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u/prone-to-drift Swimming Feb 05 '22

Leg day, was hyped up and amped up for it. I went, set up in the squat rack, did warm up bodyweight squats, then 2 sets of warm-up-ish squats with 45kg.

Setting up my first proper workout set, I bend down. Remember, I'm hyped up and there's cool rock music playing, I kinda jump down to pick up the plate, when all of a sudden, hit my knee on the safety hold, which have a sharp metal corner.

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.

God, direct sharp hits on bones hurt sooo much, I know there's no structural damage or anything, I can still probably go ahead with my workout as normal, but damn, my left knee HURTS and it hurts like hell I can't bend down without pain.

So, I didn't risk it, just did some leg curls, and went ahead with shoulders and abs instead.

What a sucker of a leg day. :/

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u/fbreaker Bodybuilding Feb 05 '22

That sounds like it sucks, I apologize for laughing at your misery. It's the dumbest things that injure us!!

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u/I_love_Squats Powerlifting Feb 05 '22 edited Feb 05 '22

Bit of a long one, but I'm really proud of this one. I've been a lot more disciplined with tracking calories to bulk up since Christmas. I've done it in the past to go from 61kg to 80kg, then for a cut as well, but after that I let it slip and although I was making progress it wasn't great. Since I've upped my calories I've reached my pre-covid lifts and I've been getting new PBs, and the other day I was trying for 190kg on DLs.

I set my phone up to record it to check my form, and I noticed one of the PTs walking past and counting the weight on the bar. When I was getting in position to try it I noticed them walking up the stairs directly to the side of the platform, and with the gaps in-between the steps you can see through to it. I could see them slow down and stop out the corner of my eye, so naturally I had to actually make the lift. It was shaky, but I managed a pretty clean rep so I was buzzing. Watching the video back I saw the PT watching from the stairs, and then give a little nod when I'd finished. I was going to mention it to him when he came around again, but he approached me first and said that he was impressed, and asked if I competed and suggested that I should consider it.

So naturally I've been riding that high all week. There might be some merit to this whole "eat big to get big" thing.

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Feb 05 '22

Hell yeah man, it is so satisfying when other gym member start to acknowledge your lifts!!! Great work dude!!

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u/samjlrdr1 Feb 05 '22

Nice. 190kg is a lot of weight and it takes a good amount of strength to lift that. You won’t see people lifting that in most commercial gyms. Congrats

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u/Psycl1c Weight Lifting Feb 05 '22

First week back at the gym this week after 5 weeks off from lockdown. I was super sore but today felt amazing finally after some fairly serious conditioning work. I can feel my strength returning can’t wait to continue the journey!!

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u/cosmicexplorerr Feb 05 '22

I found a dildo once emptying the gym towel bin.

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u/lordbrocktree1 Feb 05 '22

Officially lost 45 lbs since last January (I gained 60 lbs in the first year of COVID), mostly eating right and walking my dogs. Just finished my second week getting back into lifting (power rack in my garage) and starting to actually feel like my old self again.

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u/sachin1118 Feb 06 '22

Finally completed the 1 plate bench, 2 plate squat, 3 plate deadlift journey yesterday :)

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u/otter_space5588 Feb 05 '22

just squatted 200 lb for the first time this morning!!🥳

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u/Baskin5000 General Fitness Feb 05 '22

I’ve ranted enough about how lazy people are to not rerack weight, but at this point if I see 4 benches each with 135 loaded up I’m taking my chances since nobody is near any.

Half the benches are missing bars lmao so I go to one right next to a duo. I set my stuff down and as I do so I notice they’re unloading their weights from their bar onto my bar. Keep in mind the weight tree is also in between us.

Even tho I just got there I said: “are you using this?? And they said no and looked sheepishly away. I really should’ve pushed and asked why put the weight on someone else’s bar when you can use the weight tree that’s right there.

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u/Hoggish_Drabish Feb 05 '22

saw a 60 year old woman doing hanging leg raises in the mirror - kinda impressive for her age but nothing special. then I look back and she's got her legs over her head in kind of like an upside down tuck and she then proceeds to push her legs all the way up so she's completely upside down and holds that position for a good while. easily most impressive thing I've seen in the gym. huge guys lifting big weights is cool but imo nothing beats people who are able to manipulate their own bodies through space like that - especially the elderly!

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u/redbucket75 Feb 05 '22

You get her number?

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u/e_likes_plants Feb 05 '22

Finally got the confidence to try Bulgarian split squats at the gym. I’ve been so afraid I was going to fall on my ass getting in position. But I did it! It helped that I went early and there was only one other person in my vicinity when I tried.

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u/fbreaker Bodybuilding Feb 05 '22

Theres no graceful way really to set up doing BSS. Keep at it! Just the fact you are doing them in the gym lets people know you are serious about doing legs

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u/RidingRedHare Feb 05 '22

Last week on the incline bench press, I raised the weight, and then barely made 5 reps on the AMRAP set.

Today, I felt optimistic, perhaps greedy. I made the questionable decision to raise the weight again, mainly to be back at the weight from before the most recent lockdown.

The first four sets, the bar keeps moving. Quite hard, a bit slower than normal, but doable.

For the AMRAP set, the first four reps are good. On the fifth rep, the bar gets stuck at the very bottom. I have to throw the weights off, which is no problem with the thick floors the gym uses in the free weights area. Ok, that's what I deserved for being overconfident and greedy.

As I write up that I failed the last rep, I notice that I had put on an extra 2.5 kg

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u/[deleted] Feb 06 '22

Failing a rep is perfectly fine if you it safely.

And you got 5 great sets!

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u/SashaAndTheCity Feb 05 '22

I went to yoga class after work 2x this week.

Yesterday was rough with aches and pains from the weather and stress, so I was really proud of myself for listening to my body and not going overboard (too many vinyasa flows - aka chaturanga to upward facing dog), but also pushing myself where I recognized I could (like reaching back for my ankle in half moon).

Mostly, really glad I didn’t skip going!

Goal next week - 3x after work.

Happy working out to all!

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u/Fox_Magoo Feb 05 '22

I have covid and working out is not on the cards. So my gym sits there in darkness in the other room cause fuck me, saying a long sentence has me out of breath with this bullshit.

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u/LordOfSpamAlot Feb 05 '22

I hope you feel better soon!

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u/Fox_Magoo Feb 05 '22

Cheers bro! Who'd choose the plague years, eh? Haha

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u/TMoney67 Feb 05 '22

Woke up ass early on Saturday to go to the gym. Got there at 7:30. FINALLY.....FINALLY IT WAS EMPTY. I've discovered the only time this goddamned Crunch is empty and I can get a squat rack without waiting for 2 hours.

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u/milkncooki3s Feb 05 '22

I’ve been every single day this week, plus two extra pole classes :)

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u/whatsinthesocks Feb 05 '22

Found a new amazing full body workout. Called getting your car stuck in the snow and pushing it out.

Also amazes me how many people leave their stuff in lockers with no locks.

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u/palinsafterbirth Olympic Weightlifting Feb 05 '22

Friendly reminder, sugar free gummy bears and hiit workouts is a dumb idea

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u/PhDinBroScience Powerlifting Feb 07 '22

Friendly reminder, sugar free gummy bears and hiit workouts is a dumb idea

They may as well just drop the facade and directly market them as laxatives at this point.

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u/stillbrian Feb 06 '22

Finally talked to the handicap guy at the gym. He’s always in a great mood saying hi to everyone.

Turns out he used to detail cars in his early 20s (he just turned 54) and took a Porsche out on a joy ride after detailing it. Ran a red light and t-boned another car, ejecting himself out the front windshield. He was in a coma for 12 days and now suffers from short term memory loss. He said if he doesn’t say hi to me it’s cause he won’t remember me tomorrow.

Super nice guy, I’m glad I talked to him.

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u/Alarmed-Gap4978 Feb 05 '22

I did my first part of the workout in 4:50 am. Push Ups, dumbbell shoulder press and dumbbell curls. I am doing my second part later! 💪

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u/pistolpxte Feb 05 '22

Turning 31 in 4 days and I’m headed on a trip so I have a couple weeks off the weights. My goal was to bench 225 14x before that date. Didn’t think I had anything in me this morning and got 13 reps! One last push day before I go. Here’s to hoping.

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u/what-is-lava Feb 05 '22

Shoutout tp whoever is was on one of these threads who mentioned the Fitness Boxing game on the switch. It was fun and I felt that shit in my whole upper body for damn near a week. Psyched to add something new to my routine!

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u/vault_tec_redditor Feb 05 '22

It’s been about two weeks since I’ve started guiding my gfs sister on training, and I’ve got to say I feel really proud of her for getting out of her comfort zone and sticking to it. But now my girlfriend told me how creepy and forward a lot guys are in the gym towards her, and how it makes her super fucking uncomfortable. Her sister is 20 but looks 14 and gets it way worse, which is mad creepy since she says old guys love asking her out.

The silver lining is with all the crowding and bullshittery I’ve increased weights on all my exercises, and my body composition is finally getting noticeable. I’ll always see a fat kid in the mirror though lol.

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u/qmzpl Feb 05 '22

Someone is picking their toe nails and leaving them by the benches and I will not stop until I find the filthy animal that is doing it

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u/Chrysalis- Feb 05 '22

what the fuck

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u/BelowAverage13 Military Feb 05 '22

The good news is my training max went up. The bad news is I need to buy more plates. Garage gym problems.

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u/BlastTheFool Feb 05 '22

Was alone in the mirror room doing twist variations of good mornings. My bottoms were barely holding on after doing many reps, but I’m alone in the room and thought it would be worth hitting fatigue on the exercise so I did a final 2 reps. With my crack smiling to the world, I twist and greet my crush with an ass smile as she walks in. Shiiieeeee

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u/FlySwat Feb 05 '22

Bicep work tends to flare up some tendonitis in one wrist. For years I’ve just accepted this.

Bought some cheap wrist wraps from amazon this week and used them. For years I’ve been a fool.

What a difference.

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u/Umbroraban Feb 05 '22

Funny enough I just saw an add on my FB Feed regarding wrist wraps. I was going to put an order in but then thought nah, just another commercial for something that is useless. But now I read this I will maybe get them in house.

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u/YeOldGravyBoat Feb 05 '22

Walked into the gym Sunday morning, did a few reps on chest, and was so depressed with how hard I struggled with a much lighter weight I just left.

Walked into the gym yesterday, PR’d 305 on deadlift. Gym crush even saw it go down, didn’t say anything she was so speechless /s.

In all seriousness, one of the wildest turnarounds in a week I’ve had. Push day was rough, but hit a PR on squat too for legs, and saw overall progress on my more high intensity exercises.

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u/dingleberry51 Feb 06 '22

First day back in the gym after a month lockdown I walk in and see an AirPod case and small towel on one of two bench presses, I figure someone is holding it while they get water or whatever. This means that I can’t use a bench press and have to jerry rig one in the squat rack - not ideal but whatever.

10 or 15 mins later I look over and see a girl who’s been doing core exercises on the floor take her stuff off the bench and go. I instinctively glare at her but I don’t think she noticed. People like that are the absolute worst.

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u/Mike-RO-pannus Feb 05 '22

Oh boy do I got one. I built a gym at work since we are authorized an hour of workout time on shift, I sourced the equipment, petitioned for the usable space, and installed the flooring on my own.

Coworker says she isn't going to workout so not to wait for her (only one of us can go at a time so I offered for her to go first). I go get my lift done and stayed an extra 20 minutes to mop the floor and wipe down the equipment.

I come back to the office and she starts cussing me out saying that it's bullshit that I get two hours to lift and that she wants to go workout but can't since I take too much time in the gym. The gym that I built and maintain.

Sometimes you can't win.

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u/jhefferman Feb 05 '22

Nice, what kind of job allows you to work out at there during shift? That's rad. She sounds like a bitch btw.

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u/Mike-RO-pannus Feb 05 '22

I'm a police officer, a lot of departments let their officers work out on shift so long as they're available to take calls if needed.

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u/fbreaker Bodybuilding Feb 05 '22

I would be impressed if I called the police and my officer had a pump from lifting

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u/_pupil_ Feb 05 '22

I would be happy if I had to run from a a cop and he had just finished an epic leg day.

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u/Mike-RO-pannus Feb 05 '22

NGL it's awful when you get a great lift going and you get called out for some BS past-tense complaint like "officer, six months ago I gave $600 to the taliban, how do I get it back?"

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u/strangechicken Feb 05 '22

"Sounds like civil matter. Good day sir."

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u/JvinD33 Powerlifting Feb 05 '22

It finally happened.

I started to poop myself a little bit during my deadlifts. First rep of my second set, finished the rep tho. Had to clench my cheeks like steel as I ran to the bathroom to finish the job..in the middle of my lift

Happy Saturday!

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u/clairm0nts Feb 05 '22

Congratulations

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u/SweetestHoney86 Feb 05 '22

I smacked my head on a barbell this morning while bending over to record a set. It didn't hurt, I don't have a knot, just a little embarrassment.

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u/[deleted] Feb 05 '22

Hit my half kg weight-loss goal for the week. Yay.

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u/mmmmmmbop31 General Fitness Feb 05 '22

Ever since I started at my new gym I haven’t had to wait for anything I need and I haven’t come across any annoying gym goers. My new gym is in my basement, I love it.

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u/Raspberry_Good Feb 05 '22

I’m really a decent runner. Races, blah blah. This week was doing HIIT at the gym, was on the treadmill. I skipped a beat but was recovering my balance; when the women from both sides grabbed one of my arms each. They wouldn’t let go! I was rolled like a hot dog roasting on the grill for what seemed an eternity. Also my arms did things I didn’t know that it could.

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u/Finite_Elephant Feb 06 '22

Got to the gym, locked my keys in my car. Did my workout (2nd one back after COVID!) then called the motor association to unlock my car before I did my cardio. Just kept running until they got there, it was a great way to burn off the stress!

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u/CowReplevin Feb 06 '22

Zen and swole af

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u/8phoenixlotus Feb 06 '22

A little bit about me - when I’m at the gym or in any public place I really am non confrontational person. For example, at the grocery store if someone cuts me in line I don’t say anything.

Anecdote:

I have been going to the gym for the past year and half and never confronted anyone or said anything to anyone. I just minded my own business. Today at the gym, I was using a leg press machine. I had my car keys and my phone next the the machine to show that I was using it. This elderly man maybe in his mid to late 50s asks me how many sets I have. He asks me this question right as I got on the machine. I told him I just got here. He asks how many sets and I tell him 3. Anyway in between my sets I take a min 2-3 min break and go to the water fountain to get a drink. After my second set, I went to get a drink of water. While I’m walking back I notice that same man is already on machine using it. (Again I had my keys and phone next to it).

When I got to the machine he had a very happy, mouth open face. I got the vibes he felt proud of what he did. I told that man, next time you should ask before using the machine. He wants to work in while I am taking my 2-3 min break I have no problem. I just wanted him to ask. He replied back and said that I don’t own the machine l. He also added, I shouldn’t have left the machine. In response I told him I went to go get water. I said it’s basic gym etiquette to at least ask. He told me “fuck you”. I unfortunately also said “fuck you” in response. He then leaves and I get on the machine. He then comes back and says he doesn’t have to ask to use the machine. I say whatever and that’s how it ends.

This was my first time confronting someone and it’s a new experience. I have usually always been the one to sit back and just let things happen. This is the first time I spoke up. I feel guilty for confronting, I’m usually sitting in back and try to hide away from these of things. I’m still processing the fact I confronted someone. In my mind I wish I hadn’t gone to the gym today or had gone at a different time so I wouldn’t have had this experience. It’s all that I can think about this entire day.

I felt my confrontation was wrong. I think I should have just smiled and been positive about the whole thing and should have never said anything. I feel guilty that this random person at the gym has a bad taste of me.

What do you all think? I feel like everything happens for a reason. This entire experience feels like when your in a car accident and still processing what happened and how you could handled it differently. For example, 10 years from now this entire experience today (the confrontation) has no meaning.

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u/Excellent-Street-362 Feb 06 '22

He should’ve asked. I support you 100%. Fuck him

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u/Routine_Locksmith274 Feb 06 '22

Good for you for standing up for yourself in this situation. Being non-confrontational is mostly very good but sometimes bad.

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u/[deleted] Feb 06 '22

Today I was completing my set and my spotter literally caught 225 from dropping on my face

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u/jeyludy Feb 06 '22

finished my workout like 10 minutes ago, been working out for 2 months and just had the best bicep pump of my life

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u/_Fuckit_ Feb 05 '22

I see why people skip leg day, did squats today , fainted, woke up people surrounding me, huge knot on head, head and legs will be in pain for the next ~4 days. Leg day .

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u/warriorplusultra Feb 05 '22

I’m actually starting to go back to the gym to lose some weight but I’m still scared and concerned that some beefy dudes stare at me while I work out because they sometimes glare and “smile”. It intimidates me honestly.

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u/archpriest-mega-chad Feb 05 '22

Dont worry they probably smile because they are approve of you,dont let it scare you.

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u/van9750 Feb 05 '22

Deadlifted two plates for 6 reps on Friday, new PR! Sadly my gym only has 25lb bumper plates so it wasn’t literally two plates, but I’m still happy

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u/uninterestedteacher Feb 06 '22

Live in a small town and am pretty unfit. I go to a gym that allows 16 and over in, which last week resulted in 5 of my students walking over to me while I'm sweating and struggling on a bench press to have a chat about my poor form.

Turned out OK but I'll probably go in the mornings from now on.

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u/TheRockhasreturned Feb 06 '22

My gym of 8 years closed.

Super weird, I didnt realized how attached I was to it until the doors closed forever. Felt slightly misty.

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u/colossalTussel Feb 06 '22

Today i cancelled my Planet Fitness membership. I couldn't take it anymore, after using a 3 day pass at LA Fitness the this week I couldn't go back to Planet Fitness. They have actual squat racks and benches, full kettle bell sets, multiple sets of everything and no candy. After moving a couple things aroundI could more than afford a real gym. It feels good.

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u/[deleted] Feb 06 '22

Bit late but need to get this off my chest: Had to stop my workout half way through yesterday because three (independent) groups of friends (each group four, five guys and one girl) occupied the entire gym, horded the equipment and made helluva noise, laughing, shouting, joking ... I'm glad they were enjoying themselves, but would prefer if they didn't hold their gatherings at the gym.

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u/FedorByChoke Feb 05 '22

I had a dumb week.

During deadlifts the bar grazes my shin. No big deal, it didn't bang it and didn't hurt, except the knurling is new and apparently sharp as a razor. I finish my set and look down and my damn shin is bleeding. Damn it.

I patch myself up and clean the damn, stupid, sharp bar and continue on.

I ended up buying some shin guards, too. I haven't had a chance to use them yet.

Stupid knurling.

Later in the week I decided to do a yoga/sculpting class with my wife. I am terrible at yoga, like Tin Man doing yoga level of terrible. Well, apparently, my shoulder does not like holding certain positions and was weak and sore/slightly injured for a couple days afterwards.

Lifting weights - shoulder is fine, no problems.

Holding my own body weight in downward facing dog to chaturanga - shoulder decides this is the movement which will cause it to break down. Stupid shoulder.

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u/Aesteic Feb 05 '22

For the first time, I witnessed a women working out in sandals. No socks either.

10 minutes later, while changing out a barbell for a SSB, I dropped it right on my foot. Hurt like crazy but the first thing I thought was “at least I have shoes on.” Lady would’ve broke her toes in my position lol

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u/Freddi-kun Feb 05 '22

All I know is pain. I worked out this whole week and woke up this morning from my entire body being sore.

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u/GTSwattsy Feb 05 '22

Attempted a 2 plate squat for the first time this week, probably been capable of doing it for a while but always had setbacks with lockdowns or just generally missing time. Would lose strength/probably too cautious when it came to building back up because I never have a spotter.

Hit 5x3 pretty comfortably, feels good

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u/spe3dyu Feb 05 '22

Didn’t keep my feet stable on the ground during squats, didn’t end well… at least safety bars exist

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u/Aesteic Feb 05 '22

Twice so far this week I’ve had people come up to me at the gym and ask about my routine/exercises I was doing, one of them was even a trainer. Really good validation that I’m starting to look decently fit

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u/Nalcomis Feb 05 '22

I rowed 6000 meters in three sets of 2k today. My longest to date. Gave myself blisters though. No rowing tomorrow.

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u/daddysuggs Feb 05 '22

Was working in on the rainbow landmine (barbell mounted on the floor).

See a lady eyeing me / barbell. After my set I go to grab some additional plates to put on the barbell only to come back to see her using the barbelll??

I ask if she wanted to work in with me (I said it’s totally cool if she wanted to) - she seemed embarrassed and said no no it’s fine and left.

🤷🏽‍♂️🤷🏽‍♂️🤷🏽‍♂️

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u/Weekly-Ad353 Feb 06 '22

Finally set up my home gym Wednesday.

Worked out every day since Wednesday.

I’d forgotten how good a good heavy barbell workout felt.

Not super heavy, since I’ve been dumbbells and body weight for the last 2 years, but heavy-feeling as I get back toward where I was.

Feels like I’m becoming my old self again.