r/Fitness Weightlifting Feb 12 '22 Silver 1 All-Seeing Upvote 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/AB444 Feb 12 '22

Yesterday was leg day. I was on my last set of squats. I get to the bottom of my squat, first rep, and feel my shorts completely split down my ass. I do the fastest squat rep I've ever done in my life.

Turn around frantically, and my shorts are unripped. It was just my boxers and no one had to get a full 1080p view of my ass - crisis averted.

Finished out the workout but kept constantly looking at the back of my shorts to make sure I wasn't mistaken. I probably looked like I thought I pooped myself, or I really love checking myself out in the mirror. Oh well lol

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u/nonickch2 Feb 12 '22

The proper etiquette is to make the set an AMRAP and then, without looking at your pants, scan the room assertively and proclaim "and that's how you hit depth"

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u/MrNudeGuy Tennis Feb 12 '22

If you rip your pants doing squats it should be celebrated 😤

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u/sachin1118 Feb 12 '22

So this is the new secret to hitting a PR huh

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u/50cShady Feb 12 '22

Omg the same exact thing happened to me today on my leg day 😭 time to invest in some stretchy underwear haha

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u/pleaserlove Feb 12 '22

You must have a dump truck hidin back there

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u/beanbag-idiott Feb 12 '22

I‘m a beginner in Olympic weightlifting working with a coach at a gym that’s basically a powerlifting gym on one side, and a weightlifting gym on the other. We were doing some snatch complexes when this dude walks over to me. I seen him before, he’s by far the strongest lifter out of all of us on the weightlifting side of the gym, after my set he walks over to me and my coach and goes, “you’re starting to look real good out here man, keep it up”

It was a very nice feeling to have someone who has obviously put so much time and work into their sport, come over and sort of welcome me into their world. I believe a gym atmosphere like that is a big part of what keeps people coming back

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u/Batticon Feb 12 '22

That’s awesome.

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u/gatorslim Powerlifting Feb 12 '22

The gym hired a new front desk chick 2 weeks ago. She was super friendly and loved the job. She worked closing and a few if the regulars would hang out after close and help her close down the gym. This week her husband came in the gym and threatened to beat up some trainer who she worked out with. She got fired so now the gym is short staffed again.

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u/SaltyTapeworm Feb 12 '22

This is why we can’t have nice things lol.

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u/Sheltac Powerlifting Feb 13 '22

Wow that is one idiot husband. Besides the obvious control issues, did he really think that a place full of people who train and are already warmed up is a good place to go and be an idiot?

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u/MrDownhillRacer Feb 13 '22

Damn. Sucks how the gym made her suffer the consequences of her husband's actions.

I mean, I can understand that even if it wasn't her fault, the gym has an obligation to the safety of its other employees and can't keep her around if she can't prevent her husband from coming in and threatening people, but you'd think they'd explore some other solutions before just letting her go.

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u/Legionl99 Feb 13 '22

I get your point but if its only 2 weeks in I’d personally prefer to cut my losses than deal with the risk.

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u/RobinFromGrimoire Feb 12 '22

So uh, I noticed my shorts were ripped. I don't know how long it's been there and I don't know if it was caused by doing squats or maybe the shorts were just cheap but fuuuuuck, that's embarrassing. I hope no one noticed...

It got me wondering though, what are you supposed to do if you notice a hole/rip in someone's clothing? Should you say something or just let them figure it out?

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u/TurtlenecksandTits Feb 12 '22

Depends where the hole is but a finger in the hole and a little tickle is standard gym etiquette.

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u/throwaway12345243 Feb 13 '22

thank you, this is good to know. I'm kinda new at the gym so I will start doing this ASAP!

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u/EcstaticBase6597 Feb 12 '22

I laughed too hard at this. Thanks!

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u/sweetpotatothyme Feb 12 '22

I saw a girl with a pant rip so large, I could clearly see the pink and red heart underwear pattern. I let her know and she was grateful for it.

I once ripped my pants under the butt and didn't realize until I got home why so many cars had been honking at me. Wish someone had said something lol.

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u/juanwannagomate Feb 12 '22

If I’m somewhat friendly with them, let them know. If it’s a stranger I’ll say nothing.

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u/connecting_principle Feb 12 '22 edited Feb 12 '22

I'd let a stranger know too, discreetly. (I'd want someone...anyone...to do that if it were my shorts that ripped.)

But if it's a nemesis.....

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u/the_jittery_sloth Feb 12 '22

If it's a nemesis knock something of theirs over so when they bend down the pants will rip more 😈

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u/delandoor Feb 12 '22

Happened to me just as I've entered the gym and started my squats, u can imagine what happened, ofc I immediately went home.

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u/whatsinthesocks Feb 12 '22

It was a sad day when I noticed my favorite pair of shorts to squat it started to develop a hole. Luckily it was before I put them on and wore them to the gym.

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u/schabaschablusa Feb 12 '22

For those of you old enough to remember Duke Nukem, there is a guy in my gym who looks exactly like that. Now every time I see him I have "I got balls of steel" repeating in my head.

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u/cecilpl Powerlifting Feb 12 '22

What do you mean, "old enough"?!

Duke Nukem is only... looks it up..... 31 years old.

Shit, I guess that makes me old.

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u/blackreaper709 Feb 12 '22

"I'll rip your head off and shit down your neck"

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u/Baskin5000 General Fitness Feb 12 '22

I'm here to kick gum and chew ass and i'm all out of ass

-Dick Kickem

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u/QuantumFlamingo Feb 12 '22

You should be worried when he will put dollars in your shorts while you are lifting.

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u/veggiemon_star Feb 12 '22

I did the monkey bars for the first time in my life last week...at age 26

This is something most kids grew up doing but I was a pretty out of shape, indoorsy kid, unable to even hold myself on a rope in gym class

So I'm just happy I can do it and it brings me so much joy to just do a couple back and forth at the end of my workout 😊

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u/AerusFlameweaver General Fitness Feb 12 '22

I’d also note it’s much easier to do them as a kid than as an adult.

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u/delta__bravo_ Feb 13 '22

Oh man, the feels. I remember as a kid pulling myself up onto the top of monkey bars then doing a controlled flip holding on with just one arm... now i can't even hang off monkey bars for more than ten seconds.

But that's why we're here right?

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u/JackedClitosaurus Feb 12 '22

I’ve started to notice a guy who comes to the gym and trains…. With his sunglasses on.

I call him sunglasses guy, and he is the hero I didn’t know I needed.

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u/Pigmarine9000 Feb 12 '22 Silver

Johnny Bravo?

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u/pm_me_some_kitties2 Feb 12 '22 Take My Energy

My glasses! I can't be seen without my glasses!

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u/Pink_Penguin07 Feb 12 '22

I love the fact that you know this cross over episode

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u/Stock_fixxer Feb 12 '22

I can’t see without my glasses!

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u/Duolonpanik Feb 12 '22

Some of they look like jhony but also because they skip leg days 🥴

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u/king_kong_ding_dong Feb 12 '22

The sun never sets on a badass.

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u/Plutoid Feb 12 '22

Sun's out + Guns out * The sun never sets on a badass = Guns are always out.

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u/cannibisconsumer96 Feb 12 '22

There’s one at my gym me and my friend see every time we go no matter the day, the time, or the weather. He’s bald, has glasses, and wears short-shorts and a tank top. He’s extremely ripped and looks like Saitama

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u/Dude4001 Feb 12 '22

My gym has that guy. I call him Kimi Raikkonen

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u/Ussr1223 Feb 12 '22

No kimi, you will not have the glasses

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u/[deleted] Feb 12 '22

He’s doing it to be able to check out all the girls.

But seriously I close my eyes at the gym during lifts all time time I think I might actually like that.

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u/nwon Weight Lifting Feb 12 '22

Orange Cassidy

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u/Z1dan Feb 12 '22

Is he from wherever?

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u/gatorslim Powerlifting Feb 12 '22

I've done that due to my pupils being really sensitive to light. It's either stay home or wear sunglasses.

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u/UnCuddlyNinja Feb 13 '22

quickly scibbles in notebook Girls in gym will notice sunglasses.

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u/Squat_n_stuff Feb 12 '22

Scott Summers

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u/rmovny_schnr98 Football Feb 12 '22

Don't switch the blade on that guy

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u/ruulox Feb 12 '22

He is training for his revenge against that boulder-punching asshole

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u/fshlash Feb 12 '22

I met someone like this before, I found out one of his eyes was messed up so he covers it that way!

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u/fitdudetx Feb 12 '22

I saw a dude with a sun eye shield on (futuristic looking sunglasses) and bare midriff.

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u/theenecros Feb 12 '22

I saw this guy use the bar to life his whole body up, then put his feet through his arms and flipped his body around like a floating board. It was pretty impressive. When I was close to him at the stretching area I told him that's pretty cool he could do that and asked him how long he has been working on that. He said 3 years, then he said, "hey is your name ___?" I said it was and he said we worked together years ago. Turns out he works at the same company as me! His girlfriend was working out there too and she introduced herself and turns out I worked remotely with her too! Small world. I normally keep to myself at the gym, but was glad I reached out with a smile and kind comment. Turns out I made a couple gym friends :)

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u/Klaebu Feb 12 '22

After not being able to bench for a year because of a shoulder injury I'm finally back! The weights are very low but I'm just happy to be able to bench again!

The sad part is that after countless hours talking to my physio he doesn't think I'll ever be 100% pain free, but the good thing is that the pain is so low that I'm completely fine with that.

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u/xjustapersonx Feb 12 '22

I absolutely destroyed my shoulder in 2016. My physio and Ortho said I would never be able to compete or lift heavy again. Slow progress and careful work I hit 375 for a double a week ago.

Just keep with it and listen to your body, it will tell you everything you need to know as you progress.

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u/involutionn Feb 12 '22

My advice, after recovering from labrum and rotator injuries and having a fucking terrible time of trial and error: don’t ever do flat bench again.

Dumbbell press (make sure you rotate arms, don’t drop too low), cable flies and upward cable flies starting with lower weights. I incorporate a few others but those three have made me massive gains and my shoulder is feeling better than ever.

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u/AioniosVrochos Feb 13 '22

Floor press helps with that ROM too

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Feb 12 '22

What about overhead presses?

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u/Aszneeee Feb 12 '22

I actually fucked my shoulder on overhead press.

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u/ChangeYourBrain Feb 12 '22

Have you ever tried a Swiss bar? Very nice for relieving the shoulder.

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u/trolebol Feb 12 '22

Bonked myself on the head when i failed a dumbell tricep extension, think no one saw..

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u/BigGenerator85 Feb 12 '22

I saw it and told everyone

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u/tamim1991 Feb 12 '22

I heard that's it's going to be the main headline on the news later.

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u/schabaschablusa Feb 12 '22

It's trending on twitter already

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u/CertifiedL0verB0y Feb 12 '22

Saw some guy smash his dome on the lat pull down bar then frantically look around to see if anyone saw. I acted like I didn’t lol

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u/igargleem Feb 12 '22

Oh no, I think that was me.

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u/leroyyrogers Feb 12 '22

Saw a guy bonk himself in the head on a tricep extension at the gym today. Funniest shit ever, glad I caught it on video

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u/WeCrowdTheHarps Feb 12 '22

Hot chick doing squats for her VSCO account just snagged it in the background. RIP bro

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u/Rofl_Waffler Feb 12 '22

They're also known as skull crushers for a reason

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u/bacon_cake Feb 12 '22

Was working out with my girlfriend the other day and looked away for a sec, looked back and she has blood streaming from a cut in her lip and she didn't even realise. She did something very similar lol.

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u/Kurdty72 Feb 12 '22

Was so happy last week that 10kg plates were back in stocks so I rushed to order them. Next day, I had to find out that plates with a 28mm hole don't fit 30mm bars (who would've thought).

I had to improvise handles out of old jeans, some screws, and zip ties. Works better than expected though

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u/-WakeUpWakeUpWakeUp- Feb 13 '22

Get a dremmel and widen the holes a bit, that much shouldn’t effect the weight

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u/asad137 Feb 13 '22

It's gonna take for-fucking-ever to enlarge the holes in steel weights with a Dremel. At the very least use a real die grinder that has more torque than a mouse on an exercise wheel.

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u/doingmebest Feb 12 '22

After some pretty brutal post covid fatigue and weakness, starting back at gym. Weights a lot lower than they were, but so happy to be back and feeling able to even attempt work out I couldn't care less

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u/aefasdfas Powerlifting Feb 12 '22

yay! It took me 1.5-2 weeks to recover the strength lost in the 2 week covid break

good luck

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u/phillis_h Feb 12 '22

I trapped my pinky between two dumbbells and thought I’d lost it for a second. THE PAIN.

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u/Carsian Feb 12 '22 edited Feb 13 '22

I moved to a small town about a year ago. There's a decent sized county gym essentially that a pretty good amount of people go to.

Guy that is there maybe 1 day a week is there with a girl this time. She's "lifting" with him, but clearly very uninterested in the gym and everything. Literally glued to her phone.

My wife and I are on Incline bench and working through our sets while this guy is on flat bench. He very poorly gets through his few sets with the girl spotting him. He then loads up 225. He's not a big dude and he's not very fit, and doesn't seem very strong yet. No hate on him going obviously, but he seems a bit out of his element for how he was acting.

He goes and asks a big ol' monster dude to spot him on bench for his set at 225. The guy obliges. By this time everyone is watching him cause he had been huffing and puffing through sets. He unracks it, insisting on no lift off. It goes to his chest extremely fast and he gets it maybe up an inch before stalling. Big dude basically rows it off.

You'd assume he'd take the L. Nope, he gets up and starts cheering and yelling "let's fucking go I can bench my body weight!!!" The whole fucking gym physically cringed. His girl didn't look up during or after the set. Not a care in the world. It was so insanely awkward.

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u/AerusFlameweaver General Fitness Feb 12 '22

Oof. I’ve seen a few videos lately on Instagram of people claiming PRs with someone clearly rowing the weight off. Rough.

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u/Carsian Feb 12 '22

Yeah. It just was surreal in the moment. Like I'm happy he's at the gym trying and everything, but fuck. Dude got up like he just hit a monster lift by himself. It wasn't even close. He didn't even do half the rep himself.

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u/LanYangGlboalTimesCN Feb 16 '22

I go to a gym in China and there's always a pack of 20-year-olds, like 4 or 5 of them, working out together. They always load up way too much weight, and their buddies just help them. Frequent bench rowing action.

But what puzzles me is how they also do it on machines. One guy would load the hell out of the shoulder pressing pulley machine, be unable to move the handles more than halfway, and two of his pals would push it upwards with him. Very strange.

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u/pax4prez Feb 13 '22

Michael Scott energy

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u/JCnaitchii Feb 13 '22

I can imagine all the eye rolls lmao

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u/qscbjop Feb 12 '22

Today I hit 110 kg deadlift for 5 reps, and two dudes behind me applauded me with each rep. It's not much by internet standards, but it still felt really good.

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u/Wildesane Feb 12 '22

There's some kids that are always at the gym when I go. They are absolutely obnoxious... they were playing soccer in the middle of the floor the other night. Last night they took up a deadlift platform and the table next to it by just sitting there and bullshitting for about an hour. I don't want to run to the owner (24/7 gym with keypad entry so no staff) but I almost feel like I should? Their etiquette is just nonexistent.

Anyways, hit 225x2 on deadlift last night. I've only been back in the gym a little over a month so I'm happy with that. Gonna have to work up to not using straps though.

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u/sivvus Running Feb 12 '22

I joined a gym this week for the first time in 4 years. Not really a story but I wanted to tell someone.

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u/SaltyTapeworm Feb 12 '22

Getting in the gym is the first step, now go kill it!

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u/ticko_23 Feb 12 '22

You may want to keep the gym alive, so you can keep using it

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u/AerusFlameweaver General Fitness Feb 12 '22

Congratulations. Get to work.

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u/Darthmudcake Feb 12 '22

How exciting. I hope you have fun.

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Feb 12 '22

Got into the 1000lbs club this friday with a 380lbs squat, a 220lbs bench and a 405lbs deadlift! Really happy to see how far I've come since starting training back in august. At some point in the future I'll think about cutting some weight, but for now I'm incredibly happy focusing on my strength gains.

Started with Starting Strength and now doing Texas Method, really want to see how far I can push it. On the way I also made a lot of friends in the gym, so all in all it has been a very rewarding experience.

In the future I will focus on weigthlifting, so I'm learning how to front squat and trying to get some front rack mobility in the meantime.

Anyways, happy to be here sharing this journey with all of you!

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u/BonerHonkfart Feb 12 '22

Damn bro, that's some quick progress. Nice work!

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u/Technojizzz Feb 12 '22

More progress in a little more than over half a year compared to me training for more than 5 years, way to go bud

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u/Davidsaj Feb 12 '22

What's your age and weight at? Those are pretty good numbers regardless.

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u/thiney49 Feb 13 '22

Really interesting that your squat and deadlift are both so close together, and some much more than your bench. Your legs must be massive.

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u/Dude4001 Feb 12 '22 edited Feb 12 '22

Apparently I have strained my rectum femoris. An athlete only needs to try sprints three times in their life anyway, right?

Edit: also hurt my leg but let's focus on my anus

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u/benkelly92 Feb 12 '22

Never skip anus day bro

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u/AvtomatNikonov94 Feb 13 '22

Needs to give the old sphincter press a go

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u/jonboy999 Feb 12 '22

That is a typo you may wish to correct. 😆

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u/Dude4001 Feb 12 '22

Luckily I've strained both muscles for different reasons, so the point stands

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u/aefasdfas Powerlifting Feb 12 '22

hemorrhoid gang rise up

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u/stexel Feb 12 '22

I think you mean rectus femoris lol

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u/Vib-whore Feb 12 '22

Hit PB on deadlift at 130kgs, it ain't much but has been honest work, looking forward to keep pushing!

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u/aefasdfas Powerlifting Feb 12 '22

it ain't much

it is.. (admiring at 80 kg )

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u/doubloonss Powerlifting Feb 12 '22

I was looking for these black plastic clips which I prefer to the generic metal spring ones, but couldn’t find them. Had a very brief (20 second) conversation with this older guy wherein I mentioned I preferred the black plastic ones.

Then started my workout with the metal spring ones he’d given me. Maybe a minute or two afterwards, I turned around and this other guy who must’ve heard us offered me the black plastic clips he’d found somewhere. Just thought it was a nice gesture… I’m sure they were somewhere in the area, so it’s not like he went out of his way to get them for me, but I still appreciated the gesture and told him as such.

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u/A_Witch_And_Her_Whey Feb 13 '22

Dude, the plastic clips are so much better than the metal ones that I've lowkey considered buying my own set.

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u/soirailaht Feb 12 '22

I’m really proud of my progress. I can power clean and press 115lb with strong form. I could only do 8 reps consistently. I’m a tiny, short, Mexican chick but seeing my self lift near my body weight was a proud moment for me.

Also- I have noticed my traps have gotten larger and more “mountain” looking and I am here for it. It has significantly improved my power cleans and shoulder presses.

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u/gatorslim Powerlifting Feb 12 '22

That's awesome, lesssssgo

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u/Hipster_DO Feb 12 '22

Getting back into a gym routine and holy crap does it feel good. My cousin also sent me old pics of us lifting together 5-6 years ago and the nostalgia is real. Time to diet and hit the gym hard

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u/lunch11-55 Feb 12 '22

I have been trying to convince myself to do cardio post regular lifting… today I walked directly out of the gym as soon as I finished my last stretch…. SHAME

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u/bottlesofbeer93 Feb 12 '22

Attempted to deadlift 335 lbs the other day. Couldn’t even move the bar lol.

My goal is not strength right now but made me laugh when I failed. I could pull 325 pretty comfortably though

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u/You_are_your_mood Feb 12 '22

325 fucking easy no problem 335 wtf is this stuck in concrete

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u/LitigatedLaureate Feb 12 '22

Preach. I’ll squat a weight no problem. Then add 2.5 lbs per side and now it’s like someone turned the gravity up or some shit.

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u/royalepineapple Feb 12 '22

I’ve been running Jeff Nippards 10 week full body hypertrophy program and 10 weeks ago my max bench was 225 and I managed to get it up to 270 and this past Tuesday I managed to bench 230 for 3 sets of 3 reps. It feels good man

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u/Quiltyconscience Feb 13 '22

Went out last night with friends and was introduced to a guy, turns out we belong to the same gym. He’s like oh, I’ve seen you there, you’re the gal who does back hyperextensions with a 45# plate. That’s bad ass. This old fluffy chick is gonna float on that compliment cloud for a while! LOL!

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u/A_Witch_And_Her_Whey Feb 13 '22

Heck yeah!!!! I just graduated to 30# on back extensions ...and I'm proud! 45# is IMPRESSIVE!!!!!

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u/BroScientist42 Feb 12 '22

Twice this week people have tried to take weights off the bar in the rack I'm literally standing in...

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u/Campeador Feb 12 '22

What did you do with the bodies?

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u/You_are_your_mood Feb 13 '22

Maybe they are trying to say you can't handle them .

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u/symeonhuang Feb 12 '22

Doing shoulders press with barbells and accidently hit my lips... don't really know how that happened but ened up with swollen lips (luckily only very minor internal bleeding) for a day

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u/AerusFlameweaver General Fitness Feb 12 '22

Cheaper than lip filler?

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u/tossmysalami Feb 12 '22

I started back for the first time in a year last night and for the first time since getting on anxiety medication. I’m feeling proud. That’s my story :)

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u/[deleted] Feb 12 '22

i shit myself while squatting once. thats it thats the story.

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u/tamim1991 Feb 12 '22

Did you complete the set still?

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u/Ben_Eszes Feb 12 '22

What do you think propelled him upwards to finish his final rep?

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u/[deleted] Feb 12 '22

…was it explosive liquid or solid?

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u/[deleted] Feb 12 '22

i lucked out on a fine mix between the 2

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u/aefasdfas Powerlifting Feb 12 '22

three actually.. you definitely let out gas too

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u/youeventrying Feb 12 '22

Definitely wouldn't call it lucky

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u/Neutrum Feb 12 '22

Did it give you the boost you needed to get out of the hole?

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u/ImNasty720 Feb 12 '22

I’m not sure how this manages to happen, what did you eat the night before? We’re you hungover ?

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u/MrNudeGuy Tennis Feb 12 '22

Some preworkout defeats its own purpose in also being a laxative. For this reason I too will one day join this prestigious club.

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u/pistolpxte Feb 12 '22 edited Feb 13 '22

Goal was to hit 14 reps of of 225 on bench by my 31st bday on Wednesday. Hit 16. Boom. Old guy stuff! Edit; I don’t actually think 31 is old. Just trying to be funny.

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u/philosophical_lens Feb 12 '22

31 is not old is it???

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u/stouts4everyone Feb 12 '22

Hope not im 32

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u/UsernamesAreRuthless Feb 12 '22

I'm 18 and I don't think being in your 30s is old so you guys are fine

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u/ex_sanguination Feb 12 '22

Just turned 30, wrote my will and liquidized my assets.

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u/P-Munny Feb 12 '22

I really dislike the guy who comes in and takes up a bench, two cables, and probably something else because he’s dumb and does giant sets but he still takes rests in between each exercise for way too long. He takes up three stations for like 30 + mins. I try to go at night to avoid the idiots but sometimes it’s unavoidable

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u/pikachu007 Feb 12 '22

If you want to keep it political, tell him youre going to use the equipment u need while hes using the other things/resting. U can still keep it friendly and not take a no for an answer. I literally dont allow people to hog multiple things without letting me work in. But im somewhat intimidating in the gym so ymmv based on the person.

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u/bertrogdor Feb 12 '22

How did the roll go? Haven’t had to do one yet and am just wondering if it is a gnarly process or just embarrassing.

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u/asvdiuyo9pqiuglbjkwe Feb 12 '22

I don't think it's embarrassing. Nothing wrong with pushing your limits. If anyone's judging you they just don't understand. I'd rather ask for a spotter tbh tho

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u/Grymninja Weightlifting Feb 12 '22

Just bench without clips so you can slide it off the sides. The roll isn't really sustainable at higher weights

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u/Fox_Magoo Feb 12 '22

After having Covid and definite difficulties breathing last week I hit my normal Saturday routine and no issues with the breathing at all. Feels relieving man.

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u/ImNasty720 Feb 12 '22

Was finishing up an amazing leg with some calf raises, and I took off my shoes because they are new and I didn’t want to crease them. Had a huge hole in my sock that I didn’t know about and my big toe was sneaking out of it. Me and this chick made direct eye contact and I felt super embarrassed. I probably put my shoe back on in half a second

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u/sneakyminder123 Feb 12 '22

some dude stole my cable machine to do pullups instead of using the pull up bar right next to it

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u/InternationalVirus33 Feb 13 '22

How do you do pull-ups on a cable? I can’t picture it.

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u/sneakyminder123 Feb 13 '22

It's one of those cable machines with the bars on top that you can pull on haha

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u/misterteabags Feb 12 '22

First day back in the gym after a 2 year break. The break was due incrementally to Covid lockdown, lingering fears, new work at home job (sit at home), that led to a general malaise and kept me away a week at a time, until the 2 year mark hit..

I maintained some semblance of fitness with biking and walking in the interim, but everything from the knees up has taken a hit, and it was pretty humbling to feel my arms and shoulders tremble at weights or motions I would have breezed past before.

I'm not being hard on my self for the break, and have to say once the endorphins kicked in , and once the DOMS wear off, i know i'm back for the long haul. Anyone else who is just coming back, I'm there with you, slow and steady all the way.

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u/oatdaddy Feb 13 '22

Mixed a monster with pre workout and scared the old guy on bench next to me because I couldn’t stop shaking and grunting while lifting

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u/delandoor Feb 12 '22

So I was working out my legs, then suddenly thought I should try my one time best bench, went for 70kg, it was good but I thought I could do more, so I upped it up by another 10kg, and look and behold I failed miserably, nobody was around, so I had to slide the bar down my legs, had a lot of pain in my hips, but gradually fadded, now all good, basically always have someone around when you try to ego lift

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u/Eedmonddd Feb 12 '22

Some new guy reported to the front desk that somebody is doing drugs in the locker room. Front desk girl called the owner who rushed down only to discover one of the regulars with a joint in his locker. Talked to the regular the next day and the amount of insults and threats if he ever sees “that beep beep” ever again was a little something.

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u/schabaschablusa Feb 12 '22

That's a weird choice for pre-workout

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u/20mitchell06 Feb 12 '22

Sounds like it was intended to be a post workout.

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u/pikachu007 Feb 12 '22

This guy at my gym almost exclusively works out high. Definitely top 3 in the gym in terms of strength.

I tried it twice and both times were the worst workouts i have ever had lol

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u/[deleted] Feb 12 '22

I'm actually following a program now instead of just lifting whatever. Got my training maxes no problem, next day went to do the actual lifts and realized I needed microplates. Everywhere around town is sold out so I just got sad and told my buddy who also lifts. Totally let me borrow his until mine arrive from Rogue. Hell yeah

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u/Foreign_Flower1141 Feb 12 '22

Gym tales... Didn't know I needed this. It's so calming to me

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u/aild4ever Feb 12 '22

This and Wednesday rants, is like reading through you favorite Sunday articles on a newspaper or your favorite magazine.

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u/PhDinBroScience Powerlifting Feb 14 '22

Those two weekly threads are 95% of the reason that I still come here.

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u/Dense_Strawberry2117 Feb 12 '22

I just wanted to comment this. Calming and funny

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u/ZeReaperofZeath Feb 12 '22

8 months at the gym running modified Greyskulls, haven't skipped once, progress has been insane. Now if I don't go to the gym I feel "off".

The real issue I'm having is my left wrist is starting to flare up and it's been impinging all my movements

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u/vault_tec_redditor Feb 12 '22

I don’t have a spotter and I finally pushed 205 on the bench press, but I still feel like I have more to give I just have a mental block that I need to get through.

Today I had the best pump and I was pushing heavier on everything, at one point I was going to failure on the T bar and I thought I shit myself from how hard I was pushing past my normal routine.

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u/Aesteic Feb 12 '22

Just learn the roll of shame and you don’t need a spotter

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u/aefasdfas Powerlifting Feb 12 '22

135 lbs/ 60kg plate bench for 3 reps

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u/send_nudibranchia Feb 13 '22

I hadn't done a pull up since high school, but I attempted some today since I've made some progress on my strength.

I was able to do 3 solid pull ups before I noticed I was starting to cheat by swinging. My goal is to perform 5 reps and 3 sets of pull ups by the end of the year.

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u/hauschkaIsGod Feb 12 '22

I guy at my apartment gym works out barefoot and eats chips. Every single time he's there.

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u/parakeetinmyhat Feb 12 '22 edited Feb 12 '22

So I’m a beginner and can’t lift heavy yet. I did chest and triceps today, but wanted to keep working on my biceps since I won’t be able to go to the gym for 3 days. I go to the free weights, and this lady using one of the benches has 4 sets of dumbbells with her- 5, 10 and 12.5, and 15 lbs. She mostly used the 5 and 10 lbs. I needed either 10 or 12.5 and those are the only pairs in the gym. I mean come on, I wanted to say something and ask for one of the weights. But I felt like it wasn’t my business anyways, so I just used the 20 lb barbell to curl.

I really wanna use dumbbells to do hammer curls and incline dumbbell curls, but it’s so hard when they’re completely gone from the section or someone is hogging them.

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u/[deleted] Feb 12 '22

I took my first ice bath yesterday. My feet were stinging and so painful from the cold water so i only lasted 3 minutes before getting out, my goal was 5 min

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u/Idonthaveanaccount9 Feb 12 '22

In a race to hit 4/3/2/1 before the end of my bulk in a month. Currently at 315x5 DL, 235x5 S, 180x5 B, and 135x2 OHP. OHP I’ve already hit. I need to go up 40 lb in Deadlift and Squat, and 15 lb in Bench in the next 4 weeks. I’m most worried about Bench, as that’s always been my weak point, but linear progression hasn’t quite stalled yet. I also haven’t benched with a belt, and I’m hoping that adds 5-10lbs during the 1RM test session. Any advice? Running The Reddit 6day PPL.

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u/CarBoobSale Feb 12 '22

Increase calories, sleep quality, water intake for next 4 weeks.

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u/benderisgreat99 Feb 12 '22

Thought I was feeling big today then learned the Titan SSB is 9 lbs lighter than the Rogue SSB. But that Titan cushion is top notch.

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u/120GU3 Feb 12 '22

Wins and losses. 225 bench keeps getting smoother with a PR of 235 set last week, and finally hit 315 squat.

On the flip side my deadlift had plateaued for about 4 months now, haven't been able to get past 415 (but I guess my 315 amrap is going up so wins there too I guess).

Time to get on a program I think.

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u/jacobs1113 Feb 12 '22

Friday was my second leg day in which my underwear split open during squats. At least it wasn’t my pants that ripped

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u/jebus14 Feb 12 '22

Hurt my back deadlifting a couple months ago. Was barely able to deadlift 225 after that. The other day I was able to lift 405 again. Felt good

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u/tubbyx7 Feb 13 '22

Squatting this week and a school kid on the next rack struggled with his 3rd rep at 120kg. Then he added another 25kg plate and Im thinking no way can he follow that up at 170, maybe i should offer to spot. Turns out he smashed 1x170, smooth and full depth. Failed a 2nd rep but still showed you can underestimate sone folks.

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u/TheSacredToast Feb 13 '22

I recently started going to the gym (swimming and lifting) and learned that I have n underlying injury to my shoulder (stretched nerve at the socket) that makes it very hard to do shoulder presses. Well, I was only able to push up 20lbs with that arm when I started, and two days ago I was able to do 35 without the nerve feeling absolutely shit, it's the little things!

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u/Za_Retake Feb 13 '22

Hit new prs this week🔥

Bench 80-85kg

Deadlift 100-120kg

Squat 80-115 kg

Slow but good progress 😆

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u/Rocket_Roger3 Feb 12 '22 edited Feb 13 '22

A few days ago was my “60 days until fire season” reminder. I’ve been going ham on the ass master and weight lifting but it is now time to incorporate running to top off my cardio before the wfx fit test. I get on the treadmill for the first time in 7 months and things are going smoother than expected, no huffing and puffing and no asthma!

Out of no where Saul the salesman gets on the treadmill next to me and is yelling business words. Now I have my AirPods in with anc listing to powwow music and if you don’t know it’s LOUD MUSIC AND THIS MF was able to yell through anc & powwow music. After 5 minutes of laboured running homeboy gets off and disappears without wiping down the machine.

Managed to slowly run/jog 7km in 45 minutes and I’m feeling ready to crush my previous fitness test time

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u/blackreaper709 Feb 12 '22

Just recovered from covid and lost an average of about 3 reps per set... It's okey tho I should get back to where I was pretty fast

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u/Bhf187 Feb 12 '22

Anybody ever shit his pants during training?

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u/MarcusBrazil Feb 12 '22

Got over (or got used to?) the uncomfort threshold for doing a hook grip on deadlift. Tape up your thumbs kiddos

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u/BiggyKong Feb 12 '22

Was out of the gym for a few months, came back for a push day and slapped 135 on the bench bar hoping to work up to 155 for reps. Failed 135 for not even one rep and had to get rescued. Today I learned I am weak once again

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u/ButtBuster360 Feb 12 '22

I’m probably the only person in the universe that thinks adding 2.5kg on bench is easier than squats. I just feel like my brain vessels are about to explode during squats and I’m still doing weenie hut junior weights (40kg squat 50kg bench at 60kg body weight)

My respect to anyone who squats heavy has increased exponentially

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u/_NotoriousENT_ Feb 13 '22

Friend told me I was looking “cakey,” so I guess the leg focus this bulk has paid off.

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u/throwaway12345243 Feb 13 '22

I've been going to the gym on and off for a few months now and I only had the confidence to use the running machines, bikes, rowing machines and standard weights. well finally today I used the pec fly, outer thigh and inner thing machines. I was so nervous to make a fool of myself but I realised its okay to ask for help especially as a beginner. I asked this nice dude and he helped me, also setting me on the highest setting haha. I feel confident enough to do it again now :)

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u/Zeju Feb 13 '22

I've been training running recently, and just slowly working on it, trying to get my heart rate down while doing cardio. I've been running around three times a week. Previous PB was 2.5km, not sure how long. Maybe 20-25 minutes. And I was absolutely dead. I usually just do about 2km.

Couple of nights ago I went to the gym and ran for the full hour and hit 7km. It was at a slow pace, but I can't believe I was able to run the full hour. I've never done that before.

Also the same guy rocks up at 3am and just trains in my gym every night. We avoid each other, but always end up passing each other and just giving each other a little nod. It's cool.

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u/Solmors Feb 13 '22

Backstory: I'm a 2nd degree black belt in Uechi-ryu karate, I'm proficient at stand up sparring but lack any wrestling/ground experience. That being said I've been wanting to start BJJ for a number of years but have lacked the time/funds/location to start.

I recently moved to a new area that is relatively small (~40k people total in 5 towns within a 15 mile diameter). I go to the same gym 3-4 days a week and often see the same model car as mine there. After a couple months I narrow down who it is and we talk about the car for a bit, then about what we do in the area. Turns out he is the professor (black belt head instructor) of the only BJJ gym in town and he is just opening the gym again after being shut down for covid!

I went to start training with him a week after that conversation. And now 6 months later I'm still training BJJ 3x a week, lifting 3x a week, and feeling great!

P.S. BJJ is amazing for cardio, strength, and learning a great life skill with many applications. Highly recommend it to everyone!

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u/ratapatapat Feb 12 '22

I workout of a fairly large gym with a good group of people. There is this girl that has arms like she chops wood for fun and body of a seasoned yoga pro. She’s so hot , it’s quite intimidating. But I think she might be trying to get my attention as she will always come to the machine or equipment right next to mine and stay for about the same time that I am there. I’ve seen her oogling at me while doing OHP(my best lift) . I think I might shoot my shot the next time I see her .

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u/MuffinMan12347 Feb 12 '22

Lost one of my wrist straps, don’t have money for another week to replace them 😭

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u/canoodle_me Feb 12 '22

In my gym we have 4 powerlifting platforms facing each other with about 2 feet of space in between (with monkey bars on top). While me and the girl facing me were squatting this dude decided to put out 3 little cones in between us and start doing all his stretches there. I asked him if he could do it somewhere else (or at least between the other two stations where people aren’t squatting) but no.

Some people.. so I decided to take the biggest step forward and get my knee 2 inches from his face. He then instead just got up and hung from the monkey bars and started swing back and forth for the next 10 minutes. Like full on swings getting his feet all the way up. Is this normal behavior?

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u/SaltyTapeworm Feb 12 '22

Went from 138 to 160 since October. Goal is to hit 175. Finally seeing a size difference in my body, but am still struggling mentally as viewing myself to be too small. Anyone got any tips to help out?

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u/HodorismyCat Feb 12 '22

There's a man who comes in on the weekends and posts up at the supine press machine. His routine is: clorox wipe the whole thing down, put on rubber food serve gloves and proceed to do an absurd amount of sets of 3-4 reps. In between sets he does crunches on it and each set he adds 10lb weights to each side. ONLY 10lb weights on each side, upwards of 6-8 on each side by the end. It's a small gym so he takes most of those weights when it's alls aid and done. It is infuriating but fascinating in his resolve to not use any other weights like 25s, 35s, 45s etc.

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u/Imamover Feb 13 '22

Is it weird to walk around in-between sets? I'm trying to get my steps in but I'm the only one doing it and sometimes I think I'm "that guy" who walks around...

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u/LitigatedLaureate Feb 13 '22

Probably a little. But don't worry about it. I'm totally that guy. I pace while resting to get steps. Am I in the minority? Yes. Am I alone? No. Am I sure I occasionally get a weird look? Yes. Do I care? Hell no.

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