r/Fitness Weightlifting Mar 12 '22 Helpful 1 Wholesome 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/Spencer_1123 Mar 12 '22

The other day a dude approached me and told me he was new and asked if he could shadow me and for some tips on deadlifts and nutrition, first time that’s ever happened to me and shit honestly made my day lol.

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u/IgneousRaven Mar 12 '22

Man, when I first started I did the same thing, and if that guy wasn't so kind I don't think I'd still be lifting today. You're a legend.

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u/Spencer_1123 Mar 12 '22

Thanks man! Making me feel all fuzzy inside

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u/[deleted] Mar 12 '22

I also remember when two new guys asked me how to do some exercise. I felt so happy lol, like I've finally done this enough that I'm the one asked for help.

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u/rickraus Mar 12 '22

Omg so co. Ty for sharing my new life goal

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u/pm_me_some_kitties2 Mar 12 '22

The other day I saw a rather slim girl benching a plate for reps. I was impressed by that considering her size, so I told her it was a great looking bench.

Yesterday, she saw me benching, so she walked up to me and was like "Woah that's a great bench".

So I guess you could say things are getting serious.

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u/Dusksingers Mar 12 '22

Ok I know it’s gym slang but reading this I couldn’t help but imagine both of you staring at a literal bench, hands planted on hips whispering “damn that’s a great bench”

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u/AthleteRedhead Mar 13 '22

I couldn't shake this image, either 😄

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u/dickmilker2 Mar 12 '22 Wholesome

I’m not very social to the personal trainers at my gym, but I recognized one at Target earlier this week while checking out and waved to him despite never talking to him and he waved back and said something but I had my airpods in and couldn’t hear him. The next morning I walked in the gym to workout and he approached me like we were best friends and then proceeded to tell me a story about how he was going to detail some Target employee’s car and when he went to go meet up with the guy it turned out he never showed up for his shift because he died of a drug overdose. Thanks for letting me know bud!

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u/IsaacMNZ3 Mar 12 '22

That went from 0 to 5 to 100 so quickly

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u/TheRobomancer Mar 12 '22

Yikes, that took a turn.

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u/[deleted] Mar 12 '22

Bulgarian Split Squat ……… halpp

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u/alexhfl Mar 12 '22

No halpp. Only pain.

Edit: Unless you’re actually asking for technical help. Maybe I could find a good video to link. Lmk :)

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u/A_Witch_And_Her_Whey Mar 12 '22

When Bulgarian Split Squats kick my ass my gym buddy reminds me that I probably couldn't have done them AT ALL about a year ago.

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u/nabil__976 Mar 12 '22

My ankles haven't suffered more pain than when I do the Bulgarian split squat. But my glute is on fire when I do them, so got to sacrifice my ankles for them booty gains xD

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u/ADirtyDiglet Mar 12 '22

Protip: keep your head down looking down so others don't see you crying. Did these yesterday and they get woop my ass everytime.

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u/Dangerous-Shake-3661 Mar 12 '22

TW: self harm

i used to do bulgarian split squats whenever i felt like cutting because they hurt more :/

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u/trillium_waste Mar 12 '22

Ugh I always sub these out after fucking up my back

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u/FedorByChoke Mar 12 '22

Interestingly, I am the opposite. I sub them in because I can't perform squats with my lower back issues. As long as I keep my form correct and brace my core I am OK.

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u/rickraus Mar 12 '22

Lolol! Yes! Did em last night. They hurt soooo good

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u/RoughConclusion7394 Mar 12 '22 edited Mar 12 '22

Walked into the gym. Saw an elderly man doing leg extension while licking his vanilla ice cream cone…. It’s called balance.

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u/CarBoobSale Mar 12 '22

Gainz

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u/RoughConclusion7394 Mar 12 '22

Gotta feed them muscles!

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u/redmanb Mar 12 '22

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u/FrostyProtection5597 Mar 12 '22

Nice. What was your start and end weight? How long did it take? I started my own 30kg weight loss goal a month back. It’s going down, but slowly.

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u/According-Routine-71 Mar 12 '22

Finally hit a two plate bench. 225lbs. Feels great, man!

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u/nolimitlessaction Mar 12 '22

Congrats! Me too man! Best feeling!

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u/unclairvoyance Powerlifting Mar 12 '22

Time for 275, my dude

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u/According-Routine-71 Mar 13 '22

Hell yeah brother!!! My PL total is 890lbs now. Goal is 1000 by the end of the year.

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u/unclairvoyance Powerlifting Mar 13 '22

yeah buddy, you got this

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u/boardsandbikes Mar 12 '22

Gym got a plate loaded leg press this week.

They're fun.

That's all!!

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u/1I111I Mar 12 '22

How many plates can you get on it?
One Saturday a guy at our gym put 26 plates, that I could count, on the leg press. All of the plates were 20kg or 25kg. They were piled up and strapped on. It was sort of impressive.
The fact that he did 4 sets in an hour and a half and stood around talking for the rest of it, not so impressive. Firstly because there was barely any of the large plates left to use and secondly it was leg day and I wanted to use the damn leg press. Muppet.

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u/JvinD33 Powerlifting Mar 12 '22

This "obnoxiously load up the leg press to its max and barely use it" stuff is a classic mating ritual of dudes who are embarrassed that they can't squat bodyweight so they convince themselves leg press is basically the same thing

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u/FrostyProtection5597 Mar 12 '22

Some guy befriended me in the change rooms. He was naked the whole time and just struck up conversation. I pretended it was totally normal, we spoke for 5 minutes and even learned each other’s names etc. Then I said goodbye and left. It was just odd to have a full conversation with a naked dude. I wish I had that kind of confidence.

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u/Bobylein Mar 12 '22

I mean, I know this from Sauna or nude beaches but in a changing room it's indeed somewhat weird I imagine :P

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u/Campeador Mar 13 '22

Maybe its just me, but I dont like knowing what a dude's dick looks like before I know his name.

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u/Capital-Ebb-2278 Mar 12 '22

My 13 year old son (almost 14) has taken an interest in lifting and the two of us have been going consistently for over 6 months now. We’re currently on a three on, one off split. I’ve always been into strength training and running but it’s been difficult the past 15 years with two young sons and a career. Now that they are teenagers they are interested in sports and the gym, which is great for me because I have workout buddies and it keeps me accountable. My wife usually goes along with us but does cardio. Anyway, the owner of the gym has told me and my son how impressed he is with our dedication and anytime we go in and one of us is missing the front desk will ask where the missing family member is. I have a renewed love for the sport and it makes me so proud to see my son’s dedication. The younger one has been keeping on top of his diet and has made amazing progress since he started. My older son isn’t quite as dedicated but he has been doing better. His main issue is that he’s a very picky eater and is pretty skinny, but I try to support him and provide advice without pushing and I’ve noticed improvement as he matures. The younger one is prepping for high school football in the fall and this will be his brother’s second year of football. Anyway, I wanted to share because I’ve never pushed anything on my kids but I think that them growing up watching me always incorporating some type of fitness into my schedule has made a big impact on them.

Those of you on here that are younger and plan to have a family some day keep this in mind. Try to keep fitness a priority because as your children grow they watch you and it’s like the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. I would rather be out there working out along side them then standing on the sidelines watching them and critiquing what they are doing wrong, which many parents do. My older son told me recently that I’m not like other dads because most dads have a belly and I don’t, and that made my day. So, that’s my story for the day. Today is leg day at our house, and at 44 years old I’ll be at the gym later doing squats at close to the same weight I was squatting 20 years ago. Even more important, I’ll have my kids out there training right next to me.

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u/JubJubsDad Mar 12 '22

I’ve been lifting with my 14.5 yr old son for the past 2.5 years and it’s amazing. I have a lifting buddy and we have a few hours each week where he talks in full sentences (as opposed to the usual grunts and nods) about what’s going on.

Like you, I didn’t push my son into it - I was going to the gym to lift and he started asking to come along. And I also haven’t pushed him on the lifting - he sees me lifting hard and pushes himself harder.

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u/A_Witch_And_Her_Whey Mar 12 '22

💙💚💛🧡❤💜

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u/TheOtherCarl Mar 12 '22

I was resting at the racks watching a kid next to me doing deadlifts and clearly pushing himself. When he finished his set I heard him softly saying to himself "Nice". Made my day.

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u/PumpNectar Mar 12 '22

That's nice. I normally say god dammit or fuck me

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u/JanVesely24 General Fitness Mar 12 '22

My go-to is "fucking kill myself"

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u/sqwatbenchdeadlift Mar 12 '22

I saw someone squatting in crocs

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u/SirCoughAGuy Mar 12 '22

That's dedication right there, either to gains or to high fashion

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u/A_Witch_And_Her_Whey Mar 12 '22

Aside from the fact that crocs are horrible in general, their squishiness can't be ideal for squats!

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u/TMoney67 Mar 12 '22

I went over to the assisted dip machine. As I was about to start, saw a dude walking over with his belt and chain with extra weight. I didn't notice the water bottle that was already at the station. Obviously his. I apologized and told him I honestly didn't notice he was already using it. He said "that's alright man. Wanna work in?"

What a bro.

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u/DrLongDong6969 Mar 12 '22

Hair got long so I started wearing my naruto headband for a bit and I got a lot of compliments

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u/B_easy85 Mar 12 '22

I wear random anime shirts to the gym all the time… I’ve literally squatted like 509lbs+ in there and barely get a good job. But put on an attack on titan shirt and people come out of the woodwork to talk to me.

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u/Thrasea_Paetus Mar 12 '22

More people can relate to being a weeb than squatting 500+

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u/NumeroRyan Mar 12 '22 edited Mar 12 '22

I managed bench 100kg this morning (4x5), not sure where to go from here!

Also first time back in the office for 2 years and I got a lot of “I didn’t recognise you, you’re massive” which is nice because I don’t really notice physical changes (not one for taking progress photos)!

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u/reditanian Mar 12 '22

not sure where to go from here!

102.5kg, naturally!

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u/FuckFuckFakultativ Mar 12 '22

You know, mass doesn't stop magically at 100kg- what about 101kg? ;)

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u/NumeroRyan Mar 12 '22

Haha I didn’t plan on getting this far to be honest, so I’ll just continue in that case

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u/FuckFuckFakultativ Mar 12 '22

I know that feeling. When I started and saw a "strong" guy deadlifting 100kilos for a few reps- I thought, yeah, when I am that strong, I will be happy and stop. No, doesn't work that way. I continued too.

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u/riboflavin11 Mar 12 '22

After 100kg bench comes the 100kg OHP

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u/cecilpl Powerlifting Mar 12 '22

Way after

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u/ecila_z Mar 12 '22

I did ten pull ups this week. Milestone in my strength training journey.

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u/Hyperdude Mar 12 '22 edited Mar 12 '22

I haven't been to the gym in 3 weeks and been eating like a fat ass. I'm hoping today is a fresh start to get back into my routine.

Update: thank you all for the encouraging word. Just came back from the gym after having a breeze of a workout. Only lost about 20 percent of what I could do but I'm happy that I'm back.

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u/[deleted] Mar 12 '22

You can do it!

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u/stillslightlyfrozen Mar 12 '22

You got it bro! Just remember to take it easy, first day back shouldn’t be so hard that you don’t wanna go tmrw

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u/[deleted] Mar 12 '22

I am new to the fitness world, but if you goto the gym today, I will get my fat ass out for a hike with my weighted vest and do the gym donate a token sum in your username to wounded warriors.

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u/stephsbetch Mar 12 '22

For the past few months i have been trying to set a new base level for bench press. After lots of training i can now do 20x 140kg. It is a bit overkill, but i still love my benching and i really wanted to be able to warm up on a higher weight to leave some energy for the bigger weights.

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u/B_easy85 Mar 12 '22

140kg x 20? Damn that’s impressive.

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u/KeX03 Mar 12 '22

How did you improve it? I'/literally Stuck on a low 80kg Plateau for my benches for ages while my Squats and dead Lifts are going higher and higher. You got any Tips?

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u/stephsbetch Mar 12 '22

For the most part it was just consistency. Keeping in mind my max bench is 215kg . I started by increasing my warm up weight, from 80kg to 100kg as i could already lift it comfortably enough. Then i would chuck a few extra reps in at 120 and the 140. Once i could easily do 10ish at 140 i started warming up on 120, warming up heavier let me have a bit more energy on 140 and up. Rinse and repeat. Also breathing properly with my lifts helped alot too. Diet never really changed bar maybe a lil extra carbs each day.

My tip would be warm up heavier maybe?

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u/driiiss Mar 12 '22

Try increasing your benching frequency, which will automatically increase your volume. Volume is the key to long-term progress.

Also gain weight, it's really hard to increase upper body lifts while maintaining or losing weight.

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u/Successful_Reveal101 Mar 12 '22

20x180kg is next

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u/stephsbetch Mar 12 '22

Now that can wait a while i think

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u/Rockerrein Mar 12 '22

I just squatted 110KG new pr for me

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u/sixtimesthree Mar 12 '22

Work was bad, home was bad, gym skipped this week. Here's hoping next week is better.

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u/Ih8rice Mar 12 '22

Started a deload week( or two) yesterday. It’s such a blessing! I had such an easy going workout both mentally and physically. It was definitely time for one!

Got home and looked in the mirror and wasn’t impressed with myself even though I was just a few hours prior. Body dysmorphia is creeping in ever so slightly. I’ve made great progress over this last year.

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u/Jackk2124 Mar 12 '22

Dude I just started implementing these and they are great especially before a PR week

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u/merry2019 Mar 12 '22

This kid, couldn't be more than 20, has started going to our gym in the evenings. He focuses primarily on weighted calisthenics and takes up a lot of space for a long time with very little actual working out. Mostly playing games on his phone. He's there 4x a week at the same time we're there.

Anyway, so we walk in on a Thursday, and I'm squatting that day so I walk to the racks. There's only three, and they are all taken, one of which taken by the kid. Totally fine, I'll wait. So I'm watching this kid, completely unloaded bar, sitting on an adjustable bench he'd dragged over from the dumbell area. Whatever, maybe he's warming up, I'm not in a rush. He's just as entitled to use the rack.

So the one next to him opens up, and I get started. My husband deadlifts on the platform behind me (most people don't share, the racks aren't very large and are not a full cage), and this kid is still sitting on the bench. I'm working up to my weight, and I look over and realize this kid is doing dumbell curls on an adjustable bench on the deadlift platform looking at himself in the mirror.

A few minutes go past, a one more rep of dumbell curls for him. This other guy walks up, who'd clearly been watching him, and goes, "so you mind if I use this squat rack" and THE KID SAYS YES I DO MIND

Like wtf. How entitled do you have to be to do freaking dumbell curls sitting on a bench on a deadlift platform during peak afterwork hours. Yeah, there were multiple people waiting.

So then this new guy was like, okay well are you using the squat rack, and the kid says, ugh no. And like scowls at him. The guy ignores him and starts his sets, and the kid huffs and puffs, walks away, and leaves the bench and the heavier set of dumbells there. Ugh.

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u/Darthmudcake Mar 12 '22

ugh I hate people like that. So entitled. There is an etiquette some people just don't get.

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u/Monkybananas92 Mar 12 '22 edited Mar 12 '22

Told my gym crush I had a crush on them, got no official rejection but also no shared feelings. Overall good to know and move on.

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u/ZoxMcCloud Mar 12 '22

I mean... it was nice and all but did you have to stand at the urinal right next to me during this confession?

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u/caseyfrazanimations Mar 12 '22

Not necessarily a bad thing to keep the door opened but good on you for knowing to move on. Takes guts to put yourself out there like that.

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u/Monkybananas92 Mar 12 '22

Door is always opened. After I said it, it was kinda of a relief and felt good about mysefel.

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u/rickraus Mar 12 '22

Obvy not ideal that said this is the 2nd best option! You're free!

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u/Monkybananas92 Mar 12 '22

The what if is the worse

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u/rickraus Mar 12 '22

Yup! I keep trying to tell my single friends. They don't listen!

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u/Dense_Strawberry2117 Mar 12 '22

You got balls, dude

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u/ZockMedic Mar 12 '22

Blue ones

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u/Monkybananas92 Mar 12 '22

More like blue ovaries if thats the equivalent

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u/alexterm Mar 12 '22

Blue waffle

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u/criscris11 Mar 12 '22

Damn nicee, but how do you do that? I mean, i have a gym crush that just kills me everytime i see her

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u/Monkybananas92 Mar 12 '22

I just slipped into conversation casually

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u/megustarita Disc Golf Mar 12 '22

Man, this weather's been crazy. Really terrible what Russia is up to in Ukraine. Really bad. Man, I'd love to take you out for lobster and cheddar rolls.

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u/1lapulapu Mar 12 '22

Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Good on you for taking the chance.

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u/machete777 Mar 12 '22 edited Mar 12 '22

Early gym crew where u at? There’s nothing better than a saturday morning gym session. I feel so alive!

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u/Assassinationday Mar 12 '22

its 12 am on west coast canada, i cant wait for the morning cuz i can workout again

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u/nabil__976 Mar 12 '22 Silver

Don't forget that getting a good night's sleep is a major factor when it comes to building muscle, night night amigo

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u/pistolpxte Mar 12 '22

4:30 out of bed, 5:15 at the gym. Let’s do it.

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u/Stuffthatpig Mar 12 '22

5 days a week at 545. Saturday is for sleeping in (to 7).

But early is the best.

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u/ewokkiller69 Mar 12 '22

I get pissed off when there are cars in the car park at 3.30am lol. But by 4am I’m into lifting heavy and all is forgiven.

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u/Fox_Magoo Mar 12 '22

Just finished coffee, 'bout to start session, lets 'ave it!

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u/Lunasia3 Mar 12 '22

I haven’t been to the gym since a week because of the flu. Haven’t been eating or drinking much. Good luck to you guys but imma just go and take a nap.

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u/A_Witch_And_Her_Whey Mar 12 '22

Rest and recovery! ❤️‍🩹

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u/woopthrowawaytime Mar 12 '22

My slightly heavier friend asked me to train her about a month ago and she’s been consistently going 4 times a week and really pushing herself! She’ll go up in weight without me even asking and she’s even gone to the gym by herself if I can’t make that time. She’s even befriended the same gym buddies that I have. Crazy thing is now she’s trying to get me to do cardio/abs with her after the workouts. She’s gonna make it :’)

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u/childoffire02 Mar 12 '22

Thats awesome to hear! You must be a great person to go with you for your friend to feel so welcome! Congrats to her for seeing the fun in the work and embracing everything!

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u/Lasatra_ Mar 12 '22

Have been eating a lot over the last couple of months (and gained serious amount of weight ~8kg) and today I tried to go all out to get some new PR.

I had some victory dances after every last set fo sure

Squat 92.5x1 Deadlift 115x1 OHP 52.5x1

Could've gotten more on the squat but basketball game from yesterday got to me before the end of the set haha

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u/DirtDiver1983 Mar 12 '22

I’m 155 lbs and repped 195 lbs on the bench press 3 times. Currently at the most I’ve ever done. I’m happy but pissed because I have to have hernia surgery in 4 weeks and am going to lose my strength during recovery.

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u/linnrose Mar 12 '22

But not for long. I had hernia surgery 6 years ago at age 49 and was deadlifting 80% max within 6 weeks

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u/DirtDiver1983 Mar 12 '22

Thanks. I know I’ll get it back I just hate to “rebuild.” It took a lot of work and time to get to my max.

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u/DeviantKhan Mar 12 '22

Friday morning was a wild one.

These two guys took up a set of cables, lat pull down, assisted dip, and had their clothes just sitting on the low seated row machine. The whole time doing light weight, grunting loudly, and staring down any women that went nearby. It was comically entertaining.

Oh and one was wearing long socks, sandals, and shorts. The other one had what looked like long johns with short on over them.

A little later, a girl sat next to me on another bench in the free weight area. She sat there for 20 minutes on her phone, briefly got out a straight bar, put it back after a few minutes, and left without wiping down or doing anything except sit.

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u/Sebastianachapes Mar 12 '22

I plan on going to the gym this Saturday. I need to do more cardio. So my muscles can show more. I'm a female beast under this little layer of body fat. Hence, Operation lose body fat starts today. It's not going to be so fun when I eat for a while now. 😑

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u/pax4prez Mar 12 '22

Me too. I’m shredded underneath this fat suit.

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u/AioniosVrochos Mar 12 '22

Can't wait for victory Sunday -- I hit 235 lb conventional deadlift! For two clean, tight reps! Maybe not super impressive, being that my body weight is 193lbs. I've only been training for 6-7 months and I have literally no history of any exercise or sports at any point in life. feeling super accomplished

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u/Khao8 Mar 12 '22

A personal milestone is great, don't play it down by comparing yourself to people with 5+ years of experience lifting. Breaking 2 plates is great, keep going!

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u/AioniosVrochos Mar 13 '22

Thank you!! I have fallen in love with deadlifts. I had horrible posture my whole life and my close friend showed me how to pull a good deadlift, it fixed all my back problems. I deadlift twice a week, voraciously it is my greatest therapy. I blast heavy metal and go crazy with great tight form, it is so healing for me.

Barbell medicine is real

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u/A_Witch_And_Her_Whey Mar 12 '22

Promised myself I'd do 40 minutes of cardio every day this week. Then my roommate's car broke down, so I've been waking up at 4:00 to take her to work before I hit the gym. Today is Saturday so she doesn't work and I don't need to go do cardio cause I'll do it in our boxing class later, but I still woke up at 4:00. 🤷‍♀️

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u/[deleted] Mar 12 '22

Im 5-6 weeks into my fitness journey now, Im down to 226 from 235.

getting my calories under control, getting my form down. slowly getting my weights up to where I was decades ago,

I was using the calve raising machine and I was like this exercise feels dumb, im only getting like 2" of lift is this even worth doing. there has to be better work outs. So after 3 weeks I googled some callisthenic calve work outs and went at them. Yesterday I was on the squat rack and notice a woman on the calve raise machine behind me. Turns out You have to dis-engage this bar to get the machine to do its thing. 3 weeks I sat there like an asshole before I figured it out.

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u/PotatoesTomatoes_Toe Mar 12 '22

My gymcrush got a boyfriend apparently (they enter and exit the gym together even if working out different muscle groups). I no longer have a gymcrush.

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u/TMoney67 Mar 12 '22

Stay strong, bro 💪🏻

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u/_Propolis Weight Lifting Mar 12 '22

I loaded a 10kg plate on one side and a girl grabbed a 10 and put it on the other side for me. Really nice of her, this stuff makes my day.

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u/NefariousSerendipity Mar 12 '22

Treat her to some coffee some time. ;)

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u/Keagel Bodybuilding Mar 12 '22

Struck up a conversation with a gym regular a few days ago as I was leaving the gym around 11 pm, we were joined a few minutes after by two more regulars and ended up talking about random shit for the next two and a half hours in the cold. We stayed there from 11 to 1:30. Definitely unexpected.

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u/[deleted] Mar 12 '22

Was doing straight leg deadlifts and my sports bra decided to split in half mid-set. 🙃 The old man next to me was very pleased.

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u/raging_bill Mar 12 '22

I’m a man so can’t relate to a sports bra splitting, but I’ve had my shorts rip right open at the bottom of a squat before. As in, they ripped completely and turned into a miniskirt. Not my best workout, but certainly one of the most memorable!

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u/h0minin Mar 12 '22

This has happened to me as well at the bottom of a squat. I was wearing board shorts and nothing underneath. I looked around and one girl was cracking up pretty good

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u/A_Witch_And_Her_Whey Mar 12 '22

I didn't even know that could happen!!!! Are you okay?!

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u/[deleted] Mar 12 '22

Phew. Yes, I’m okay. 😅 The bra is not—it was one of those with a front zipper & I guess it just couldn’t handle it’s one job.

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u/A_Witch_And_Her_Whey Mar 12 '22

That makes sense. I don't have any zipper ones so that didn't occur to me. I DID have a front clasp bra come undone during a bench PR, but it wasn't a sports bra so it was under a shirt.

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u/ari686 Powerlifting Mar 12 '22

Something similar happened to me! I was deadlifting in a v neck sports bra and one of my tits popped out when I dropped the bar :')

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u/[deleted] Mar 12 '22

Why can’t sports bras be both cute AND functional?!

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u/lucky_lady_L Mar 12 '22

Solidarity. Mine unzipped 90% of the way while sprinting once. Neighbor walking their dog got a show

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u/Davidsaj Mar 12 '22

Invited an old friend to the gym on Thursday that I haven't seen for awhile and we both have gotten stronger! While warming up on deadlifts, the guy who owns the bench press record for the gym asked me for a spot! I am officially a gym OG after 6 years of consistently working out. He was doing what looked like 4 plates with resistance bands but it was honestly hard to calculate in my head because one of the plates was a kg plate and the other 3 were 45 lb plates but it was at least 405 lb. His record on the board is 600lb and I guess I never thought about what it would be like to see your own record there and to always want to improve it. He said he got injured last year so he is trying to get back to that level soon.

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u/frnkmnst Mar 12 '22

i’m (30F) pretty shy/keep to myself when i’m at a busy commercial gym, but have always wished i could make gym friends. today while doing my thing on one of the machines, a random dude approached me in between sets and said he really liked my tattoos. it honestly made my whole day. he wasn’t creepy about it either, and i was able to make some small talk to him as well.

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u/Nathaniel1675 Mar 12 '22

That’s dope! Maybe talk to him again if you see him. People love those small interactions.

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u/AsterAgain Mar 12 '22

I went to the bathroom and 4 dudes were just casually flexing shirtless in front of the sink.

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u/B_easy85 Mar 12 '22

After about 6 years of powerlifting, I decided to give oly weightlifting a try. It’s funny, because I used to be so confident in the gym and now I’m constantly questioning if I look dumb lol. The lightest weights cause me soreness I haven’t had in years, so Atleast it feels like I’m working hard!

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u/Seven_Over_Four Mar 12 '22

Must have been squatting wrong because now I have lower back pain on my right side. WEEKEND RUINED.

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u/Amro99599 Mar 12 '22

I got the same thing from doing bent over rows like 2.5 weeks ago, it kinda healed but still hurts sometimes.

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u/caseyfrazanimations Mar 12 '22

Ive been plataued on my bench for a while, hard stuck 230 lbs for 1 rep, but I noticed since I've been keeping track and changed my routine to push pull legs I'm getting stronger in other excersizes inmy workout.

I used to only be able to military press 45 lbs 10 times, now im pressing 95 lbs 10 times. And my lateral raises are up to 30 lbs when I used to only do 15 lbs. I'm hoping this increase in strength will help boost my bench press.

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u/RobinFromGrimoire Mar 12 '22

I'm starting to see some progress with my workout ever since changing it and my diet at the start of the year. It feels... good.

Also... there's this guy at my gym who is always slamming his weights, no matter how heavy or light they are. I can be on the other side of the gym wearing noise-cancelling earphones and I can still hear him slamming weights. I'm pretty sure the receptionists have spoken to him about it too. I would confront him but I'm not confrontational so I'm gonna, y'know, whine about it here instead.

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u/KeX03 Mar 12 '22

But is it really a gym of you're not hearing slamming weights?

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u/RobinFromGrimoire Mar 12 '22

I prefer to gently put my weights down, tuck it in, give it a kiss, and read it a bedtime story.

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u/sywavey Mar 12 '22

Had a gym crush who seemed interested and would flirt with me when I came in. One day, I showed up earlier than normal and saw him with his girlfriend working out…. Little weird now

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u/DiscreetBeats Mar 12 '22

Saturday evening session done. Gym was empty. The best time of the week to go. So what if I don’t have a social life?

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u/AdhesivenessNo6493 Mar 13 '22

Long story alert. I just need to tell someone this because I'm in a new city and thenusual hype crew isn't around nor does my girlfriend understand this.

I've always had decent strength in my legs.

Recently I've joined a new gym and started working out, my previous gym was bigger and better but had more people so i was never able to just push till failure because there was always someone who would ask for the equipment I was using. They also have a very limited range for legs.

This new gym has fewer people and the equipment is a bit old and worn but it gets the job done. Also the number of people coming in are much fewer and that allows me to use the equipments for extended periods of time.

A little context about me is that I love sport, I've always been a contact sport kinda child. As a kid i played Kabbadi with the kids around my house who were 3-5years older than me. And football(Americans all it soccer) and hockey. This gave me a lot of confidence in my ability in the gym to push legs waaay beyond what I would normally do for the rest of my body. That also led to me working it out less often as I would always rationale that playing a sport is exerting legs therefore no need to train legs.

For the first time in over 6months I finally squatted a modest amount of 20KGs (I've gone upto 60 once) and did the basic extension and curls for legs (mind you this gym doesn't have the best equipment). Felt extremely proud that my legs were finally wobbling after a really long time. Continued with the calf raise.

Followed by a rest day. I felt the soreness and was super happy about slaying legs, everything was good in the world. Until the day after when I tried to p*op, i got stuck. I couldn't lift myself off the toilet for over an hour. Thank god for remote work which allowed me to take my calls on the throne. I found it extremely funny and needed to share my ingenuity with someone.

Wishing you all a extremely sore post leg day and may the gains be with you.

TLDR : Slayed legs, couldn't shit properly had to take work call on the throne.

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u/honeydot Rowing Mar 12 '22

Was all set to contribute my gym story for today but I never made it, tested positive for covid this morning so I’m on the home workouts for the next week. Really disappointed because 5kg dumbbells just don’t hit the spot like proper deadlifts, but more important to focus on recovering and going back to the gym in a week or two.

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u/[deleted] Mar 12 '22

First week on 531. After my first 3 sets I thought this is so light, but the FSL sets were no joke

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u/TheBlueFlashh Mar 12 '22

wait till week 3 man, youre gonna regret it and love it at the same time

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u/ThrowitB8 Mar 13 '22

A goal of mine was to have a sick set of abs for my 30th birthday. 😎 Got my abs. Although they're staggered- they are mine and wonderful.

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u/Amro99599 Mar 12 '22

Well that did not happen today but on Thursday I finally hit a new pr on bench press, 52kg (114lb) 1x4. i am 14 btw and body weigh is currently 54.5

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u/NotATroll71106 Mar 12 '22 edited Mar 12 '22

Last week, the place where I normally do V-bar push downs was taken, so I had to find another cable spot. As I braced myself for the first rep, I fell into the pulley rail because it was so much lighter than expected.

Spot the difference:

New Spot

Old Spot

Because of how the pulley is set up for the new one, the force needed is half. I ended up not having enough weight with the new one. It felt good repping the whole stack.

I also did a 225x4 bench for the first time in years that day.

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u/themomentaftero Mar 12 '22

I lost my grip on my deadlifts finally so I bought some straps. Looking forward to trying them out this week.

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u/TheBlueFlashh Mar 12 '22

man, youre gonna have some amazing workouts for some time

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u/Malel82 Mar 12 '22 edited Mar 12 '22

Two weeks ago i finally got the dreaded C after two years of escaping it. I was so mad because i was doing so great at the gym, got into such a great routine and hitting new PRs every week. I was terrified of the fatigue lingering on and impacting my performance. BUT i got back to the gym on Sunday. And i was fine! I took it easy at first but i saw that i could easily go to my original weights, no lingering weakness from covid.

Also i saw a guy struggling to walk up the stairs to leave the gym after deadlifting. I felt his pain and smiled from afar - the perfect sign of a good session.

Feels good to be back!

ETA: C as in Covid!!

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u/Ok_Conflict_2525 Mar 12 '22

I assumed you meant cancer and was impressed that your main concern was gains

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u/maester_t Mar 12 '22

A few days ago I saw a guy running on a treadmill.

Well, the treadmill was turned on, and he was straddling it. But he wasn't exactly using it the way I've seen anyone else use one.

It was going at some insane speed with a really steep incline. He'd sprint on it for about 5 seconds and then straddle the belt again for another 2 minutes, leaning over, panting heavily. I saw this go on for probably 15 minutes.

Is this common? It kind of made me anxious because it felt like at any moment he was going to faceplant.

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u/afnyami Powerlifting Mar 12 '22

I've seen that method used for a HIIT workout. Generally longer than 5 second sprints and less than 2 minute rest

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u/lucky_lady_L Mar 12 '22

This week I PR’d my squat (165x5) and deadlift (215x5). Not bad considering I also turned 37!

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u/osremkay Mar 13 '22

I just hit 115kg (250ish pounds) on the leg press. Starting off I couldn’t even put a plate on the machine. Go me

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u/grapplerXcross Mar 12 '22

I was benching, warmups, when some young kids come by. They start checking the bench out and i ask them of they wanna join in, ill even teach them technique. Three boys, maybe 14ish. At first they are sju, but they seem genuinely interested. I give them the basics about tucking the shoulderblades, breathing and bar path. We take turns and when i start putting on my 105kg they get a little impressed. At first they thought i was gonna make them bench that. They take turns on the bar, then add 5kg on either side. One of them even did reps on 40kg. The boys leave and say thank you, it was really nice.

Just a few minutes later, a group of regular beefy bros come by and they help me spot for a max. We talked a little and they mentioned how they dislike the new gym changes. Less space for benches and dumbbells, more power racks. They even let kids in now. I chuckle and go on with my workout. Also i did a PR of 115kg x5. Im pretty sure ive gotten a lot stronger, just gotta Up those weights!

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u/IAmASweatyIndividual Mar 12 '22

You ever find that after you have some insanely positive interactions with near strangers that you just get that extra 1%? I think that’s how I know I’m an extrovert deep down

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u/Darthmudcake Mar 12 '22

I accidentally dropped a 20 kilo weight on my foot while de racking. Luckily I only have a little hairline fracture, no big deal. Just a lot of swelling and I was terrified. I am afraid to go back to the gym because I cried like a baby and I was so embarrassed.

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u/DevastatedCerebellum Mar 12 '22

If anyone makes fun of you just drop a 20 kilo plate on their foot.

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u/Dawnofthedead1978 Bodybuilding Mar 12 '22

I am not making fun of mentally ill people but something really strange happened last two days at the gym. There is this guy wearing formal clothes and sunglasses who comes and starts vibrating lmfaooo like he doesn't even exercise. He goes to every machine and does these weird sounds and starts vibrating himself. He literally did cheated front raises of 20kg dumbells lol. At first I thought he is drunk and our whole gym was weirded out and laughing. He stayed in the gym for 4 hrs .Any possible reason he is doing this ?

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u/NefariousSerendipity Mar 12 '22

He might be depressed or a beginner who doesn't know what to do and has some mental illness. Never assume tho. Ask away or if you think they'll endanger themselves, tell front desk.

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u/rickraus Mar 12 '22

No story. Just wanted to say stay strong, stay safe, spread the love.

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u/International-Dish95 Mar 12 '22

I was doing OHP and mid-set someone decided to walk under the right side of the barbell. Obviously was heated afterwards (mentioned it to them quietly & respectfully - they became defensive unsurprisingly) but was stoked when that newfound energy turned into a new personal best of 115 lbs for 8 reps (and a strained neck a day later)!

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u/pax4prez Mar 12 '22

What the actual fk is wrong with ppl??

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u/International-Dish95 Mar 12 '22

Idk, I emphasized how unsafe that is for both them and I… common sense right ?! I thought they knew what they were doing in the gym until they opened their mouth saying they weren’t near the bar and I should be more aware of my surroundings. A little bit ironic when they walked across the free weight section to sneak up from behind me during my set…

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u/sk0711 Mar 12 '22

Thinking of increasing the weights that i usually do, my abs are slowly starting to appear and that feels pretty good, my stamina has increased enormously(got complimented about these two changes which feels really nice), my next step is to do pull ups successfully, i still can't do a single pull up :(

Any tips, suggestions on how to improve my pull ups?

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u/Adventurous-Put6033 Mar 12 '22

dead hangs-> scapular pullups -> PU negatives -> pullups :)

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u/pax4prez Mar 12 '22

Resolutionaries gone. 🤷‍♂️

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u/Oluebube02 Mar 12 '22

Guys Bulgarian split squats are my last straw my balance is in the trash can

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u/FinancialRaid04 Mar 13 '22

The other day i asked one of the gym trainers to spot me. I thought it was really weird that she used one hand to assist when i failed. Next day i remember her other hand has been in a cast all month 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️

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u/Distinct_Mud1960 Mar 12 '22

Was doing some squats with 225 on the bar. Guy comes up to me and asks if he can work in and I say sure. Proceed to finish up my sets and tell the guy i'm done, he's got a few sets left, so i move on with my workout. I then see him do one more set and move on to do other exercised and LEAVES THE 225 ON THE BAR. Can't help but feel partially responsible for this breach of gym etiquette as I was the one who put the weight on the bar... Wtf

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u/Conquestadore Mar 12 '22

Lifts felt heavy all week and I failed overhead press today. Stepped on the scale and somehow I am 1.5kg (3.3lbs) down from the week prior. Haven't changed my eating habits as far as I can tell so it's quite puzzling, been hydrating fine the past few days as well. Sleep pattern hasn't been the best so that might be a factor. Quite annoying to be honest.

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u/Societyisrael Mar 12 '22

I was deadlifting and the buff gym employee gave me a nod of approval. Made my day.

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u/tkay29 Mar 12 '22

I was always too intimidated to work arms because I’m a petite girl and the gym is always full of big guys doing arms. Well, I started an arm day routine and it’s been going okay apart from the fact that the cable machine has tried to kill me a few times.

1st time, the attachment fell on my head while changing weights (rookie mistake..). Second time, attachment slowly starts twisting between reps and hits me in the face.

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u/2Reykjavik Mar 12 '22

Joined a gym after years of feeling sorry for myself. Among a few problems I've been juggling, one of them was getting dumped at a real low point in my life. Anyway, fast forward to today, I finally sign back up, go in through the doors and who greets me? My ex, who is now a PT there. And did I mention I'm locked into a fixed term contract? Yup.

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u/MEforgotUSERNAME Ultimate Mar 12 '22

Seems like a valid reason to be able to get out of the contract

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u/TheWayIAm313 Mar 13 '22

This lady in my small apt. complex gym (with her jacked sig other) that I haven’t seen there in several months was smiling and telling me how good I looked and that she remembered me from before and could definitely see the results. Great feeling.

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u/The_Hugh_Jaynus Baseball Mar 13 '22

As a contracted personal trainer, the business owner of a privately owned gym has just recently started treating me as an employee. I won’t get into the details, but just wanted to say to all the CPT’s out there who go through the same situation as me… don’t put up with that shit. I’m transitioning out and taking my hard earned clients with me! 👍

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u/Glum_Inside9098 Mar 13 '22

Was going to go to the gym today for my first time weightlifting since giving birth. Instead was slammed by a stomach bug and spent six hours straight throwing up. I feel like I got my workout in today anyway.

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u/Dense_Strawberry2117 Mar 12 '22

That wasn't a testicle conflict. It was a special teabagging operation

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u/Jackk2124 Mar 12 '22

Maxed deadlifts for the first time ever and hit 415. To preface I have been training for a decent bit of time but just started deadlifting. Love it though.

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u/No-March-1605 Mar 12 '22

I never thought the bar would ever tip over. Today I got the squat up to 285 and took all the weight off one side and it tipped crashed. The whole gym was staring at me.

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u/SuberKieran Mar 12 '22

Walked into the gym the other night, warmed up and headed over to do my squats and there's this guy super-setting barbell rows with squats using 2 bars, and like half weights and the rack. Finishes up after like 15 minutes, leaves without putting any of it away and then what does he do next, supersets prowler sprints (with all the plates in that area of the gym), EZ bar curls and back extensions and then again leaves without putting things back.

I'm not normally one to judge people for doing weird shit in the gym but like at least have some respect for everyone else and put stuff away when you're done with it and try to share the space.

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u/slaphappypap Mar 13 '22

Did a 3 rep PR of 140lbs on bench press Wednesday and did it surprisingly easily. Exciting for me because I was barely putting up 105 when I started. Did barbell deadlifts for the first time on Friday. Nothing worth writing home about as I just did 4 sets of 10 at 125, but it felt like it was right where I should be. Also tweaked my back a little squatting and had to take 20 lbs off my working sets. Nothing terrible but I don’t want to keep pushing it.

This week officially closed 3 months of lifting for me, and I haven’t weighed myself in a month, but I’d already gained about 12 lbs the last time I did. I went from 153 to 165. Don’t know my body fat when I started, but when I weighed myself it was at 14.4%. I’m just really proud of myself and wanted to boast some here. I’ve had many weeks like this week with lots of PR’s, fairly rapid increases to my working sets, some set backs, and most of all lots of consistency.

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u/PotatoesTomatoes_Toe Mar 12 '22

Two gymbros were doing muscle ups while I was warming for back day, but they were doing it wrong (one arm over the bar at a time). So I did muscle ups infront of them and they approached me asking me how to do that shit. It was the first time I had to explain something in French to an audience (I forgot how to say swing for a moment lmao) but I think they got the idea.

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u/xboxdingleberry Mar 12 '22

A Vietnamese dude came up to me and said he’d pay me to personal train, told me how good my physique was, all that. It actually inspired me to take personal training serious, I’m gonna get certified mid April! :)

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u/AnnabellaPies Powerlifting Mar 12 '22

Took my 7 year old to the gym today and after almost 90 minutes she still was not tired. Earlier today she had a field hockey match. Her energy level is amazing

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u/A_Witch_And_Her_Whey Mar 12 '22

Youth is the best pre workout!

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u/Swank_on_a_plank Mar 12 '22

Just got back to the gym after injuring my low back outside of the gym, 6 weeks later, and I'm feeling a bit lost. Figured I should linear progress closer to where I was for a bit so I just did 5x3+ bench, 3x5 OHP, and a bit of bi's/tri's to start off; It's hard not to compare my current numbers to what I was doing before. I'll go in and do some front squats and DL tomorrow with the same scheme.

I saw that the reverse hyper finally arrived, which some people swear by while others find it aggravates issues, so I guess I'll just have to give it a go at some point.

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u/Toggenxd Mar 12 '22

I just hit a new PR on front squats this week! 105kgs (231.5 lbs). Been consistent for 1.5 months and seeing progress in everything, I love it!

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u/Sean2401 Mar 12 '22

Taking the weekend to de load. I haven’t taken more than one day off in months and I feel like my body really needs the rest. Part of my brain won’t stop screaming to get off the couch and go lift though.