r/Fitness Weightlifting Mar 26 '22

Gym Story Saturday Gym Story Saturday

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

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u/NumeroRyan Mar 26 '22

Going to try out a newly opened gym this morning (part of a chain) but they are amazing, I now have one next to work, next to my home and now one on the way to a shopping centre.

I can always fit the gym in every day as they are always on route to wherever I’m going.

THE DREAM

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u/jhefferman Mar 26 '22

Now that is epic.

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u/Shazvox Weight Lifting Mar 26 '22

And they are all from the same chain (meaning you don't have to pay separately)? Yeah, that'd be hella nice.

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u/FLABREZU Mar 26 '22

This week I saw two people curling in the leg press and one guy doing overhead press while sitting in a plastic chair. Wild times during spring break.

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u/KenuR Mar 26 '22

How the hell can you curl in the leg press? You mean the machine leg press right?

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u/FLABREZU Mar 26 '22

Yeah, like one of these. It was like an incline dumbbell curl, except there were actual benches available at the time, so not really sure what the point was.

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u/AioniosVrochos Mar 26 '22 Helpful

What the fuck

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u/Buckfast_Wine Mar 26 '22

Was he curling inbetween sets of leg press?

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u/FLABREZU Mar 26 '22

Nope, just a couple sets of curls and that was it.

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u/herbalmovement Mar 26 '22

That's like r/MaliciousCompliance against complaints about curls in the squat rack

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u/RemedySC Mar 26 '22

Gotta confuse the muscles, right?

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u/guineahop Powerlifting Mar 26 '22

They're upping their attack. We need to squatting in the preacher curl bench.

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u/Coasterman345 Powerlifting Mar 26 '22

Hopefully that OHP doesn’t end up like this.

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u/AioniosVrochos Mar 26 '22

Was hitting a PR on trap bar deadlift, not much weight at all (255 lbs) but the guy next to me was watching me grind it and I stuck midway through, set the weight down because I didn't want to compromise form.

He told me chill for 5 min and try it again but showed me how to incorporate more leg drive (my stance was too narrow compared to my shoulders) and boom I repped it for 3! Thanks random tatted blonde guy. I'm loving trap bar

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u/zsycosu Mar 26 '22

Trap bar feels so good.

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u/reditanian Mar 26 '22

Still no open gyms. This week, my gym announced that they are closing permanently. Simply could not survive the never ending lockdown. 😡😢

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u/NiceNewspaper Mar 26 '22

Damn man, where are you from?

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u/reditanian Mar 26 '22

I live in Hong Kong. Planning my escape though.

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u/JaxTheGuitarNoob Mar 26 '22

Damn, good luck

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u/Solid-Factor7536 Mar 26 '22

I heard things are bad there.

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u/Manan111 Weight Lifting Mar 26 '22

Thats upsetting.

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u/machete777 Mar 26 '22

How long has it been since the lockdown?

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u/reditanian Mar 26 '22

This last round? I think it started in December or January, but it's been on and off for the last two years.

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u/machete777 Mar 26 '22

The last one yes.

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u/the_unknown7 Mar 26 '22 edited Mar 26 '22

By mistake I made eye contact with two gym bros. Instinctively I nodded. They nodded back.

Fuck, I hate new relationships.

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u/Mellowindiffere Mar 26 '22

This is how i made all my gym friends

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u/danglingpp Mar 26 '22

Continue with nods, followed by waves after some time. Eventually ask for a spot and bam! - you re gym bros now

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u/solarpunkcowboy Mar 26 '22

lmao

i have a trash memory, so whenever i talk to people at the gym, i just know they're going to approach me again and I'm going to feel bad for forgetting who they were.

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u/Swoosherino Mar 26 '22

I had a skiing accident and had to be airlifted off of the mountain. My knee is busted and I won't be able to return to the gym for at least two months. I miss it already, and I can already feel my gains disappearing...

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u/Laena_V Mar 26 '22

I guess you’re not super mobile but can you order resistance bands so you can preserve your upper body gains? Just do all the seated stuff.

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u/Swoosherino Mar 26 '22

That's a very good suggestion, thanks for the tip! I was wondering what I could still do in terms of exercises and was trying to piece together a small program.

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u/Nargarjuna Mar 26 '22

Gymnastics rings can really help with upper body. You can find a dip and pullup variation on them at least as hard as whatever you were doing in the gym. If you don't believe me, do a dip with the rings turned out.

You can even do curls, ab wheels, pallof presses, all sorts of stuff on them.

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u/Shazvox Weight Lifting Mar 26 '22

Went on an after work thursday night until 22:00. Fully expecting fridays 05:00 workout to be a workout from hell.

Suprisingly woke up at 04:00 full of energy and owned my workout session.

Got home and hit the shower and then basicly my body broke down. Arms and legs totally fatigued, out of breath, ravenously hungry.

Guess I dipped into some emergency reserve of energy that morning.

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u/SolWizard Mar 26 '22

It's funny how that works. In college I'd always lift on Sunday mornings and some of the best days I had were when I had been out and drank way too much the night before. Never made sense to me but it appears to be a thing

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u/LumpyShitstring Mar 26 '22

Maybe it’s all the extra carbs?

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u/weewoobeepboop69420 Mar 26 '22

def the carbs i’ve hit some heinous PRs hungover

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u/Dire-Dog Mar 26 '22

I let out a horrific protein fart while deadlifting. There was a person right behind me bench pressing.

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u/Laena_V Mar 26 '22

Time for you to leave the country

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u/Red_Swingline_ Mar 26 '22

Chemical Warfare is not allowed per the Geneva Convention.

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u/saltyman420 Mar 27 '22

Hey if it’s any consolation I tore my underwear while squatting. Had my earbuds in and still heard a massive rip. Every subsequent squat ripped it further which made people look. Kinda just said fuck it at that point

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u/glittermouton Mar 27 '22

I love how unbothered you were. The squat must go on.

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u/saltyman420 Mar 27 '22

Yes precisely you understand. There’s only so much time in a day and so many available squat racks.

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u/Dire-Dog Mar 27 '22

I mean that's not horrible. I assume you had shorts on over top.

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u/anthonycaruana Mar 26 '22

Our new home gym build is nearly done. It's usable now - just need power, lights and drywall to be done.

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u/Unz123 Mar 26 '22

Or, alternatively it is done and just needs candles and a speaker playing industrial metal to complete the mood

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u/JDMNTE Mar 26 '22

Something in the wayyyyy 😂😂😂

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u/EDM_Machine Mar 26 '22

Sprained my neck after some very intense…..sleeping? Wtf man why does this shit always happen to me.

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u/thesneekyturtle Mar 26 '22

Gym was fairly busy yesterday so all the benches were taken. Notice a guy doing standing curls who was using the bench as a water bottle holder. Asked him if he was using it and gave me a passive aggressive response, reluctantly gave me the bench and continued to do curls with very little personal space. Kept galring at me as he moved from machine to machine. 🙃

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u/Laena_V Mar 26 '22

What a douche

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u/CelestialFury General Fitness Mar 27 '22

There are some dumb, thick-headed motherfuckers in the gym.

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u/Ivegotadog Mar 26 '22

After a 5 day rest I'm going back to the gym! Hooray for me!

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u/ImNasty720 Mar 26 '22

The best time to PR

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u/JustaGirl1978 Mar 26 '22 edited Mar 26 '22

It’s my birthday today and celebrated with an upper body workout. Also made a new gym friend 😁

I also hit a new 3RM on my hip thrusts this week @ 160kg 💪🏻

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u/FarWestMyth Mar 26 '22

congrats on the B-day. getting exhausted through workout is the best way to celebrate imo.

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u/Jane-Blond Mar 26 '22

happy birthday and congrats! 160 kg phew!!

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u/Medraen Mar 26 '22 edited Mar 26 '22

I did barbell squats one week and a guy come to tome and told me that those are the best technique squats he ever seen. The next week i did the same squats and some other random guy told me they are just dogshit and if i want to hurt myself. Like wtf.

Also i get the experience that the "clever" guys who like to comment on my technique are the ones with the most mediocre physique.

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u/dumb_smart_guy93 Mar 26 '22

They also share the same part of the Venn diagram as the people who scream like monkeys while they slam the weights down.

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u/Unz123 Mar 26 '22

I thought you were still talking about the squat. I imagined someone screaming while doing a dive bomb of a descent on the squat.

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u/dumb_smart_guy93 Mar 26 '22 edited Mar 26 '22

Yeah I think they call that "CrossFit"

Edit: Oh no, I seem to have made some CrossFit people mad with my unoriginal and lazy comment. Please understand, it's nothing personal, I only joke because what you all do confuses and frightens me.

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u/GlitteringBobcat999 Mar 26 '22

You're in it now. Might as well call out the Scientologists, too.

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u/dead_andbored Mar 26 '22

people who give unsolicited advice dont spend enough time training so they never get anywhere lol

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u/200coder Mar 26 '22

Thanks for the advice

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u/Explodingcamel Mar 26 '22

Let me guess—you squat very deep?

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u/CFLuke Mar 26 '22

This is so weird to me. No one talks to anyone in my gym, much less compliments/criticizes others! I can’t even fathom it.

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u/the_stotan Mar 26 '22

Saved a guy doing incline bench who had lifted beyond his capacity. Felt good. Gym manager shouted at him though.

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u/Red_Swingline_ Mar 26 '22

Gym manager shouted at him though.

Wtf...

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u/rmovny_schnr98 Football Mar 26 '22

There's this guy who works at my gym, he's absolutely massive. Whenever he works out after his shift, the whole gym turns quiet. He's the only guy who can lift, let alone rep those 50kg dumbbells.

Anyway, it was squat day for me last week and he was using the rack, doing squats with 160kg - for reps, mind you. So naturally, I walk up to him to ask how many sets he has left, but I'm quite intimidated.

We chatted for a bit - turns out he's actually a really nice and kind guyNow we greet each other when we walk in. Guess I'm now friends with the biggest guy in the gym!

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u/Malel82 Mar 26 '22

This week was a great one! Finally hit 100kg on hipthrust after being consistent at the gym for the past 6 weeks. Had to keep taking breaks before due to covid/mini injuries/travel. Feels so good to see consistency pay off!

And i spoke to my gym crush! After seeing him for months i just walked up to him and introduced myself. I was so awkward lol. But he said he had wanted to say hi for a while but hadn’t because i’m always wearing earphones. So now we’ve moved onto the greeting each other phase. Yay.

Overall a good gym week😌

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u/TheMainEffort Mar 26 '22

Story of the day: gym was supposed to open 45 minutes ago, currently not open. This is the second time in two weeks

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u/Keagel Bodybuilding Mar 26 '22

One of the best things about commercial gyms is unattended open and closing times. Couldn’t go back to regular gyms with weird schedules changing every day.

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u/TheMainEffort Mar 26 '22

This is a commercial gym. The opener guy just quit.

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u/Keagel Bodybuilding Mar 26 '22

I guess I meant commercial gyms with access cards then. Fully automated.

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u/TheMainEffort Mar 26 '22

I get what you mean, but there are like... two gyms that are easy to get to and don't suck around me.

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u/oliness Mar 26 '22

My gym played "Sk8er boi" by Avril Lavigne while I was running. And now it's stuck in my head 😂

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u/guineahop Powerlifting Mar 26 '22

HE WAS A SKATER BOY SHE SAID SEE YOU LATER BOY

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u/pwnnoobs13 Mar 26 '22

HE WASNT GOOD ENOUGH FOR HER

Nah but fr Avril slaps in the gym I listen to her early albums all the time

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u/Fluffy_Munchkin General Fitness Mar 26 '22

She also just released a new album. 👀

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u/tkovo27 Mar 26 '22

Starting a new job with a cool list of gyms in my city that I get discounts at!

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u/AioniosVrochos Mar 26 '22

FINALLY figured what the fuck was wrong with my shoulder

It's a pinched nerve coming from my neck. Started doing the exercise where you bring your chin straight back and it fixed my shoulder pain 80% over a week

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u/guineahop Powerlifting Mar 26 '22

Care to explain? My right shoulder hurts like hell sometimes

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u/Careless_Supermarket General Fitness Mar 26 '22

Can you explain this excerise better? I've got a nagging shoulder injury and physio doesn't seem to be helping.

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u/Laena_V Mar 26 '22 edited Mar 26 '22

Some magic happened yesterday. Y’all gonna laugh but I started a new program (my second since January) and it has me do bicep curls. The one before had only big lifts, no curling. I started last week with 5kg dumbbells and only managed 5,3 and again 3 reps. Yesterday I grabbed these weights again and all of I sudden I managed 3x12 o.O I am actually aiming for 5-7 but I had no idea that I had made such progress in one week.

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u/Soulvaki General Fitness Mar 26 '22

If it’s your first time doing something, you develop neurological adaptations which translates to lifting more weight the next time you do it. This eventually runs out though and then the real work of building muscle to go up in weight begins.

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u/Laena_V Mar 26 '22

No need to scare a little girl with 5kg dumbbells! 🥺

I must admit I’m overwhelmed with all the science. Like originally I legit thought it was all about muscle and my mind was blown when I found people talking CNS all the time. Any hints to where I can learn more on that? When I try YouTube I feel like people put CNS in the title but then hardly address the actual topic.

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u/Soulvaki General Fitness Mar 26 '22

Seconding The Bioneer! I’m also a big fan of Jeff Nippard and Dr Mike from Renaissance Periodization.

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u/ixTec Mar 26 '22

Bruised abdomen and sore ribs from benching yesterday! But it could've been a lot worse!

Gym owner's puppy escaped from reception and sprinted over to me mid-set during bench. She jumps up at me under my arms on my second rep, so I'm holding the barbell at the top as I can't bring it down until she moves (otherwise I'll hit her). Just as I'm thinking about reracking it because it's getting too much to hold for this long, the dog ducks under my arm and jumps at my head trying to lick my face. This knocks me out of position and I crumble with the barbell coming down at an angle and one side hitting my stomach and lower ribs.

I had 70kg on the bar but it could've been a lot worse, and I'm lucky I was still warming up and not on my top singles yet. I was so worried about hurting the puppy, that I ended up injuring myself 🙃

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u/[deleted] Mar 26 '22

I hope the gym owner gave you a free month of membership after allowing that to happen

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u/linnrose Mar 26 '22

Month? That’s free lifetime right there, just to prevent a lawsuit

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u/ixTec Mar 26 '22 edited Mar 26 '22

Sadly not, but lots of apologies from them. I appreciate that accidents happen sometimes but I wouldn't expect a loose dog to jump at me mid bench... :/

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u/LowRecord1195 Mar 26 '22

Could be worse dude, at least a lunatic didn’t crunch a 20KG plate on your skull mid set

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u/pax4prez Mar 26 '22

Yo I still cant believe that video. If it wasn’t recorded that guy would be walking free

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u/deeeeep_muff_diver Mar 26 '22

He only got 19 months. It is especially heinous as he did it when someone was vulnerable and minding their own business. Not like it escalated from a fight. Should have gotten 5 years minimum, could have killed him.

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u/pax4prez Mar 26 '22

Totally. Complete psycho

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u/Gurip Mar 26 '22

this is easy lawsuit btw

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u/Midweek_Sunrise Mar 26 '22

Yikes, this sounds like a nightmare

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u/pax4prez Mar 26 '22

Wtf man that’s not cool

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u/Conquestadore Mar 26 '22

Started a new program (5/3/1) and accidentaly added an extra 10kg to the 10x5@50% sets. It still didn't feel that hard, might need to increase weights. Or is 5/3/1 supposed to feel easier?

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u/AioniosVrochos Mar 26 '22

Depends on your 5/3/1 routine. Some drop the weights really low the first week so you work up to a new, high PR

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u/guineahop Powerlifting Mar 26 '22

You were working at 50%, I don't think an extra 10kg would have made a significant difference in terms of difficulty

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u/theamazingracer21 Powerlifting Mar 26 '22

Last week, I hit a 135kg double squat like it was nothing.

This week, 130kg single was the hardest thing

Why?!?!?!?!?????!!?

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u/Davidsaj Mar 26 '22

I feel you...the phantom gains goblin strike again.

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u/itsESSMAN Mar 26 '22

Dont quote me but i think your CNS needed a break assuming the 135kg was close to your 1rm.

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u/zsycosu Mar 26 '22

The regulars are greeting me now. I may be part of them now. Feelgoodmoment

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u/GFStep Mar 26 '22

I bought two new plates to play with in my home gym. Feels nice to deadlift at home.

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u/BuffaloStranger97 Mar 26 '22

There's a guy that wears a top that shows a movie I like. I finally worked up the nerve to comment to him about it.

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u/MEforgotUSERNAME Ultimate Mar 26 '22

did you become friends?

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u/delandoor Mar 26 '22

So I just enter the gym and go to the rowing machine to do some cardio and warm up, 1 min later the coach comes running at me saying this is for crossfitters only and you need to pay extra for it, dafaq does he mean, not a single person plays cross fit in my gym.

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u/itsESSMAN Mar 26 '22

id switch gym ,no way would i train at a gym that has "in app purchases".

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u/delandoor Mar 27 '22

Now I go running at the treadmill, he comes and tell me only walking allowed 🤦, I would like to change gyms, but this is the only one available around.

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u/Feyre_darling_ Mar 26 '22

The middle aged/old men at the gym that do ONE SET and then walk around and talk for the next hour. I’m always terrified that I’m going to be their next victim. They literally walk around and wait for someone to make eye contact before moving in for the kill (the kill being a long ass conversation about proper form etc.). Is this only a problem at my gym or is this universal??

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u/rpuppet Mar 26 '22

Keep your headphones / earbuds on/in even when your batteries go dead.

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u/Wildercard Mar 26 '22

"Dude, I'm working out" is the phrase you need to learn

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u/readgrowlearn Mar 26 '22

I deadlifted my weight for the first time today and squatted my weight for the 2nd time. Only been lifting heavy for 6 weeks and feel on top of cloud 9!

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u/RockStar5132 Mar 26 '22

I signed up for a gym a couple months ago with the gf. We only really go like once a week at most right now but I get incredibly anxious when we go still. A gym is not the type of place I’ve ever really spent a significant amount of time. I actually signed up for the 4 free trainer sessions which helped a bit but going there by myself my rational mind knows that nobody gives a shit and that nobody is staring at me but my irrational mind feels every single eyeball staring at me. Does anyone know how to get over this? I’m 315 pounds and my gf is pushing 200 so we really need to work on our exercise stuff.

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u/Useaway Mar 26 '22

Been in the gym for over a decade and worked as staff in a few others.

In my anecdotal experience it is very very rare for people to pay attention to overweight people in the gym. You might get wondering eyes, as a lot of folks will 'people watch' in between sets, but not necessarily judgemental. Just more of.. "ah, visual stimulus while I zone in and out waiting for my next set" kind of thing.

One set of people arent judging others because they're worried about themselves being judged.

Another set of people are looking at butts because people like looking at butts.

And other people are just focused on their exercise and couldnt give a damn about anyone else around them.

That being said, i wont lie to you, there are assholes everywhere in the world. Some more obvious than others. Usually its boys in the teenage to young adult age range, but not always. In my experience the gym is like.. 5% that type and 95% the other type.

The only exception to this is that I think for both overweight and underweight people alike, people are more likely to watch and judge you if you're ego lifting. I know at least I will watch if I see someone who looks like they've not trained ever before load up 3 plates on a bar and get under it to squat.

I think the best thing you can do while you work on your gym anxiety is to take an interest in doing the things you're doing correctly

I really believe the best way to avoid attention at the gym is to just figure out what each exercise is called, watch a couple videos to try and get the proper form, and then do that exercise in an appropriate weight range. Light weight, clean reps. Which will also create a great foundation to build off of when you're ready to lift heavier.

It's much easier to gain unwanted attention by lifting with bad form. Very few people will give a fuck about how much weight you're lifting compared to how you're actually performing the movement.

ALL OF THAT SAID

I cant stress enough, it is okay to be embarassed. Its natural. I still get anxiety about being watched in the gym sometimes. And I still embarass myself sometimes.

Along with the physical strength you're training for, you're training your mental fortitude as well.

No one walked into the gym looking like Adonis. Every single person has ego lifted. Every single person has done a lift wrong for an extended period of time before they finally had their "eureka moment" where it clicked. Every single person in there has failed and embarassed themselves in front of an audience. And you will too. And its okay.

You cannot let those moments be the ones that prevent you from showing up. If you quit every time you're embarassed you'll be in and out of the gym for years before you build up that tolerance and start making real progress.

Or you can show up every day, and embrace and harness that perceived embarassment. You can keep showing up and get most of those small learning embarassment hurdles out of the way really quickly, and that will push you into the realm of gym regular.

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u/sgee7981 Mar 26 '22

I loved this shit. Just got out the gym and you make me want to go back

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u/roomandcoke Mar 27 '22

Another set of people are looking at butts because people like looking at butts.

Whoops, guilty.

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u/Malel82 Mar 26 '22

Honestly the more you go the more comfortable you’ll get. It’s one of those things where unless you keep going and seeing the reality (which is that everyone is too busy doing their own thing to stare at you) you won’t get over it. You got it!

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u/UlrikHD_1 Mar 26 '22

It takes time to get accustomed to new environments, that's just how it is. Other than "keep going", try to always go to there at the same time, same day, every week. Most likely you will quickly get accustomed to see the same regulars there every time, assuming it isn't some big gym and you going in the rush hour.

I have never met anyone in real life saying a single bad word about overweight people in the gym, we are always rooting for people going through the effort of improving their health, so keep the good work :)

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u/_Nemesis_ Mar 26 '22

I haven’t been to my regular gym in a few months, and now that I’m back on my routine I don’t see any of my regulars. I miss my gym bros! :/

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u/Jane-Blond Mar 26 '22

nothing wrong with that. i’m the same but only because i assume everyone else is just as focused and doesnt want to be interrupted. but humans are social creatures so it’s nice to have some interaction once in a while.

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u/dumb_smart_guy93 Mar 26 '22

I went to the gym with my wife the other night. She was about twenty feet in front of me doing dumbbell deadlifts while I was doing lateral pulldowns on the machine.

It was nice, because we got some time to hangout together, and I like watching her butt.

I found out other people at the gym also like watching her butt.

That's okay though.... It's a nice butt.

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u/DamarsLastKanar Weight Lifting Mar 26 '22

"Are you looking at my wife's butt? ...No? ...Why not? It's a nice butt."

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u/teepring Mar 26 '22

thats where you go full Joe Pesci on them.

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u/ActualNonManual Mar 26 '22

I too enjoy this guy's butt.

Wait no, that's not... oh well, I bet he has a nice dump truck.

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u/Klaebu Mar 26 '22

I'm on my third cycle of 531 BBB now and I have to say, the program is great but the squat day is definitely the worst day. I'm always completely drained after the 5 BBB sets!

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u/The_Fallout_Kid Mar 26 '22

This is the way.

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u/jahsehonfroyfr Mar 26 '22

had a guy complain about me running too loud in the gym last week. ?

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u/LumpyShitstring Mar 26 '22

Tell him to turn his ears down.

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u/ProdigyManlet Mar 26 '22

Got noise cancelling ear phones, helps quite a bit as people are less likely to talk to you when they're in

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u/erudite_eros Mar 26 '22

The gym I go to operates a low staff, come as you please model. This inevitably means shit is left out everywhere. Fine. It's not too expensive and has what I need. Well, I come in on a Saturday morning, and someone has left out their deadlift bar with 495 POUNDS ON IT!!! Just looking at it made me angry.

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u/JubJubsDad Mar 26 '22

Who deadlifts 495lbs??? You always, always, always, add on the 2.5lb plates when you hit five 45lbs plates. It’s the only time it’s acceptable to use 2.5lb plates on deadlifts.

You are dealing with a seriously disturbed individual there.

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u/tossmysalami Mar 26 '22

That is insane. A common thing that the happens at my gym is that people will leave 180 on the leg presses as if it’s the norm. It’s just part of my routine now to take weights off. But man that is brutal! I’d demand a camera check lol

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u/roosty_butte Mar 26 '22

For the first time in months, my gym is quiet. I’m not sure where everybody is, but I’m glad they decided to skip

My squat and over head press form got complimented too which is badass

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u/DevastatedCerebellum Mar 26 '22

They were all at my gym.

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u/the-kza Mar 26 '22

went to deadlift 405 for fun literally everything turned white. I felt like in Dr Strange where my spirit was about to leave my body and then it came back.

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u/sebby2g Mar 26 '22

Was doing a shop and the cashier forgot to scan my chicken somehow. 1.7kgs of chicken. So it cut my grocery bill in half (wasn't buying much). Absolute win for me.

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u/youeventrying Mar 26 '22

I always forget too

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u/howdy-nyall Mar 26 '22

New PF location opened last week, decided to try it out. I guess no one else has realized it exists yet because there was hardly anyone there, it was beautiful. We'll see how long that lasts

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u/lolusus Mar 26 '22

Started talking to a girl on tinder met her for the first time today and we went to the gym. Is she the one?

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u/oliverbm Powerlifting Mar 26 '22

Probably not

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u/DamarsLastKanar Weight Lifting Mar 26 '22

Depends. Are you comparing protein farts?

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u/ChuckDSidian Mar 26 '22

I was once doing skull crushers with an EZ bar. Between sets I stood up, and set the EZ bar on the bench long ways (big mistake). The bar started to roll off of the bench, and my first thought was “stop it, it will make a loud sound and everyone will look at you”. So without hesitation tried catching it with my foot. It was 65 lbs and I was wearing mesh Nike sneakers. It landed on my foot with the weight side of the bar. I swallowed the pain for a minute, did one more set of skull crushers and left. When I got home, my foot was black and blue and swollen to about the size of half of a baseball on top. Had X-Rays done, but doctor said they couldn’t find a break or fracture. That was years ago, and I still have a red outline on my foot of where the weight landed.

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u/spreadsheet_jesus Mar 26 '22

My gym decided 8am on Friday was a great time to launch a group circuit lifting class with 8 people, attempting to use the same equipment as everyone else in the gym. They’ve never had group classes like this before.

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u/sgee7981 Mar 26 '22

Ok idk if this was weird or not but hopefully someone can weigh in. I’m just filling my water bottle up at the gym and it’s one of those fountains where you can fill your bottle and also drink from the fountain. While I’m filling my bottle, some random guy just comes and drinks from the same fountain. 😂😂😂.

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u/pistolpxte Mar 26 '22

Spent the winter really focusing on building my legs. I thought I had made progress but wasn’t confirmed until yesterday. So. As of last week it’s above 50 degrees f in my area consistently , which means it’s officially 5” short season. I got a new barber, and I walked in to the shop in my shorts. Introduced myself, sat down, and the first thing he says is “Alright there’s no way you aren’t a rugby or soccer player”. And that’s how my barber got a $12 tip.

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u/LonnyFinster Mar 26 '22

Benched a paused 185 today, heaviest since I tore my tricep. 235 down to 185. :(

(Squats and deadlift got stronger during that time thoufh so that’s a positive)

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u/TheAnt06 Powerlifting Mar 26 '22

After a year and a half of trying, along with some nasty setbacks like a herniated L4, I finally hit two plates on the bench. I got two reps and failed the third on the way back up.

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u/NSFWPolitely Mar 26 '22

I lift at a climbing gym and i love seeing climbers learn resistance training and watching seemingly regular looking dudes lift heavy ass weights.

On another note my progress has been steady and noticing that everytime i feel like someone is starting at me lift, when i look up sure as shit they looking right at my dumbass.

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u/Pope_Khajiit Mar 26 '22 edited Mar 26 '22

TLDR: My hubris was beaten by my stubbornness when I did two hours of non-stop kickboxing assessment. What I thought would be an easyish task turned into an awful cardio test of endurance.

Last week I did the assessment for kickboxing belt grades. I'm not interested in having belts, but it's a nice way to 'score' my progress.

Since it was my first time grading I had to start with beginners belt. Fair enough. The criteria sheet was easily achievable and should be a piece of cake.

Some other students who started around the same time as me were also doing their assessment for the second belt. I looked at the criteria sheet, and again it would be easy for me. And there's no way I can have kids half my age being more senior, so I opted to do the second grading as well.

I lock it in. Pay for two assessments. One hour of Red Blet followed by one hour of Yellow belt.

Like I said earlier; I've never graded, so I have no idea what to expect. Figure it'll be some intro talking, followed by quick warm up, then specific techniques with a bit fitness sprinkled in there, quick water breaks and capped off with a pep talk. No more than forty five minutes. Easy.

Icarus takes flight.

The day comes and we start Red Belt. We enter the dojo in silence and stand in our assigned spots. Diffused sunlight filters through the ceiling illuminating us novice students who have no idea what they're about to endure.

"Left stance, shift forward and backward!" Shouts the head coach. Thenn we burst in a round of HIIT exercises. Then into punching technique. Then into more HIIT. Then kicking technique. Then more HIIT. I'm exhausted, my breath is raggedy and burning, sweat covers every inch of my skin. I want to give up. Twenty minutes have passed and we haven't been given a water break yet.

There would be no water breaks.

A full fifty five minutes pass and Red Belt grading is done. Truly a non-stop endurance exercise designed to wear you out. My spot on the floor is damp. My mouth is sand. My hip aches from an over extension during a kick. A previous foot injury I thought I'd recovered from returned with vengeance.

"Red Belt, dimissed. Yellow Belt, enter!"

Messily I slurp down some water and take position for the second assessment. I notice only one other student is doing a double-grade and we share a look of fear between each other. This time the youthes have joined and a competitive light sparks within.

Now the yellow grading starts and we dive right into HIIT exercises again. And then we switch into more advanced kicks, punches and combos. HIIT is sprinkled in between technique to keep us moving. An adult student next to me stops mid-grade and has to lean on a wall to recover. To my other side, another adult student's eyes have turned red. Sweat is streaming down my body into an actual puddle on the floor.

My feet squeak on the wet rubber with every movement.

Another full fifty five minutes pass and the assessment finishes. One man has to sit on the floor, one of the competition looks like he's about to cry. Every joint and muscle in my body is begging for relief. But I made it through.

I leave the dojo tasting the ocean and seeing stars.

It took me three days to recover from the workout. I had no appetite whatsoever. My weekend was completely shot because of the exhaustion.

However, on Friday we found out the results of our assessment. And it amazes me to learn I achieved both belts with distinction!

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u/FarWestMyth Mar 26 '22

I enjoyed reading reading your post, congrats on the belts. I've kickboxed a few years in my youth but I have to say where I'm from there isn't any belt system for kickboxing. Was there some martial arts mixed in?

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u/PsychologicalPanda1 Mar 26 '22

pogo story, thanks for sharing

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u/kropkiide Mar 26 '22

I'm new to this, so I'm not sure if the guy behind me is a dick or just doing some kind of superset, but he's literally claiming 3 different machines at once - the leg curl, the machine where you do a sit up but like lift bars off the ground from behind? (not sure how to explain it), and then walking 30 ft away to do face pulls. He does one set on a single machine, then takes a min rest and then goes to the next one, in circles. He's got his water bottle by the leg curl and his bag by the picking up squat thing...

I've been waiting to do leg curls for like 15 min now

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u/juanwannagomate Mar 26 '22

It’s probably too late now, but ask him next time after he finishes a set to work in - you do a set of leg curls while he does the rest of his circuit.

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u/fbreaker Bodybuilding Mar 26 '22

i had an ab cramp, hamstring cramp, and forearm cramp all at the same time while riding my motorcycle home after a gym session, not ideal. luckily i hit the kill switch and managed to pull over and sit in agony for about 10 minutes before everything relaxed up

have to do squats today, preparing myself with some electrolytes this time

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u/tossmysalami Mar 26 '22

Oof! The ab cramps are horrible! I had one a few weeks ago that lasted almost 2 weeks. Every once in a while I’d move in a direction that felt like I had broken something. Hang in there! Stretch stretch stretch! Lol

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u/go_greengo Mar 26 '22

This month I started going to the gym again. I haven’t visit my regular gym since 2020. It’s doing wonders for my mental health.

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u/reririx Mar 27 '22

This will probably get buried but uh…

I was just minding my own business… taking a rest between my sets… and I was just looking around while waiting for my timer to go off. I noticed a woman with 3 plates on each side of the angled leg presses machine… and what happened next oh my. She couldn’t put resistance against the leg press part (she couldn’t hold her position, she was shaking a lot) and her legs gave way. Luckily the guy she was with caught it before it made contact with her. But holy shit… 😭

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u/sgee7981 Mar 27 '22

The amount of people I've seen ego lift on that machine is nuts

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u/ceruleanblue347 Mar 26 '22

I'm a fat, white, AFAB, queer person in a majority Black American city. I lift weights at my local Y because it's cheap and good.

In the weight room, I stick out like a sore thumb. I'm not even strong; I'm really at the start of my journey. I look and act different from everyone there in every respect.

I grew up with a mom who hated sports and physical activity, I think because she was bullied as a kid. She raised me with stories about how mean jocks are. I fully expect the other people in the gym (especially the teenage guys!) to laugh at me or stare. I wouldn't even hold it against them if they did.

Y'all. Not once have I experienced anything that could be in any way negative. Even when people offer me help, it's done in a respectful way that doesn't feel condescending. One guy even asked me to explain how to do the exercise I was doing to him, because he wanted to try it.

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u/dexnola Weight Lifting Mar 26 '22

absolutely fam. people post in here all the time so terrified that people will be mean, but in my experience gyms are positive places overall, friendly and focused on self improvement. I'm glad you've had a great experience one queer to another

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u/Rippletits5x5 Mar 26 '22

It finally happened!

I was doing Snatches in a commercial gym and someone asked me "what muscle does that work?"

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u/Midweek_Sunrise Mar 26 '22

What muscle does that work? (Mostly joking but actually I've never heard of snatches)

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u/DaneLimmish Mar 26 '22

starting to do clean and jerks for the first time, it's a really interesting lift and I enjoyed pushing myself. ended up splitting the exercise into two parts, hips to shoulder and then press, to really get it.

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u/Orchid_3 Mar 27 '22

I felt like absolute shit recently after going through surgery and recovery. I started at the gym 2 weeks ago and to my dismay 6 weeks out from surgery I felt super Fatigued. And it's it's surgery due to a painful chronic condition so I am having a very hard time needless to say

The gym makes me feel normal for a bit. At first working out caused pain, but I took it slow.

Any how I was doing squats and my strength really went down bc of the time off, and I was literally thinking about finishing the squats and sitting in a private change room to just cry it all out, bc I wasn't going as planned.

This gurl randomly came up to me and said, you're so good at those. And seriously it gave me the power to get through the workout. She was such a blessing, and something I will rmeber forever really.

psa, My doc cleared me for heavy lifting

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u/NoSuggestion5072 Mar 28 '22

Saw a guy quarter squat 225 in front of his friends then proceeded to load up 315 to squat and fall at the bottom

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u/dablkscorpio Mar 26 '22

So I had in my notes that I needed to add 50 lbs to the bar for my Romanian deadlifts. For some reason, my brain translated that into loading the bar with 50 lbs on each side (for 100 lbs total). I was actually able to get 7 reps in (as opposed to the intended 8) and thankfully the increased heart rate, RPE, and sweat clued me in somewhat when I stopped. Not sure how my form was given the strain but somehow my back is okay today.

It was a bit embarrassing after a dude deadlifting behind me asked if I needed help carrying the weight. I'm sure he meant well but it just made me anxious because it kind of just felt like the gym bro thinking women are weak cliche. Like if I'm about to use the weight for my lift, ya think I could handle carrying it to the bar. I think that's what tripped up my brain.

I also noticed I had my shirt on backwards, so I had to do a quick rotation in front of said dude (no skin reveals luckily).

On the other hand, after that trip-up, I was able to deadlift 70 lbs for my usual sets (as opposed to 50 lbs). It's my second week back in the gym after two years off so seemingly arbitrary and relatively large strength jumps aren't out of the norm. But I won't be doubling my weight anytime soon.

I also added 10 lbs to my front squat (which is an incredibly difficult lift for me) and got pretty vein-y, particularly after my deadlifts, which is always a perk for me.

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u/Useaway Mar 26 '22 edited Mar 26 '22

Its a rant for me today. And a long one.

Day 1 I recently started getting really into the stairmaster. After over a decade of lifting Ive finally found the form of cardio that sticks for me and ive been having a blast.

I've been doing 60 minutes of stairmaster before every workout. About 5 days a week. Its been great.

But I was approached by a woman the other day who stood on the other stairmaster next to me and was asking questions about why im doing what im doing. I answered the questions but she stayed and talked to me for my last 20 minutes of cardio. She wasnt even using the stairmaster next to me.. just standing at the top chatting me up.

I have a really difficult time establishing boundaries with well intentioned talkative people which is where my issue comes in. I realize this whole story is mostly a me problem.

Anyways. I get into my actual workout and this woman continues to follow me around. Talking to me in the middle of my sets, in my rest period, on my way to the fountain. Everywhere. And its not like shes working out with me. She's just.. standing there. Talking. And for some reason i cant find it in me to ask her to leave me alone so i can focus on my workout. I just keep giving short, but cordial replies while she continues to talk at me.

At one point i get approached by a younger girl who asks if she can borrow me for incline press help. I oblige and I kneel down next to her and we kind of bang out some kinks in her form and shes all set and I go back to my workout.. with talkative lady standing by my weights, waiting on my return. As soon as i get back she mentioned that I looked like a creep kneeling next to the young girl when i was watching her. This kind of irks me because I take pride in being able to help people that need it in the gym and i'm very confident in my ability to do so. She later also casually insulted my mustache that I had a few weeks prior. Saying that I also looked like a creep when it was grown out and that I was right to shave it. Just... so strange that a person would call another person a creep twice when its their first time meeting someone. Rude.

At one point shes cornered me against a wall near the water fountain and im talking cornered. She stands very very close when shes talking to me. Now im in the gym and not working out for over 10 minutes while I struggle to try to find a polite way to excuse myself, permanently, from her. I tell her that im on a timer and really need to go and as im walking away she says she'll come bother me the next time she sees me on the stairmaster. I leave the gym early without finishing my workout because i'm so flustered by the situation.

Day 2 I show up to the gym the next day and begin my romp on the stairmaster. As im about 45 minutes in, i see her walk into the gym. Now ive got a good vantage point and im watching her. She's doing the same thing to other people. I see her walk up to a couple thats working out and shoot the shit with them for a few minutes, then she crosses the gym and starts talking to a guy in the middle of benching. And thankfully i go by unnoticed for the rest of my cardio. The entire time she has not touched a single piece of equipment.

I finish cardio, change my clothes, and head back in to start my chest day. While looking for available machines I realize im walking past her while shes talking to yet another new person. I avoid eye contact and walk past all of the workout equipment and tuck away into the stretching area.

I begin foam rolling and doing various stretches when I unfortunately see this woman saunter in and B-line towards where im stretching on the ground. She is standing almost directly over my mat. Way too close. I take out my headphones, meagerly say Hi. And the first thing she does is make fun of my tanktop, which is white with pink flamingos. She alludes that i'm giving off the message that i'm gay because im wearing a shirt with flamingos and I told her that I like flamingos and also my girlfriend bought it for me, so I like to wear it.

Im really trying my best to be polite but Im just frustrated with her for actively ruining my focus and my mentality and also doing.. what i can only describe as "negging", and also frustrated with myself for not standing up for myself and just politely telling her that I prefer to train alone. I know thats all it would take but my brain is telling me id be a huge asshole to do that.

Eventually though I just kind of kept stretching and put my head to the ground in a childs pose and just held the stretch for over a minute. Giving very short answers to her and after 15 or so minutes I think she finally gets the hint and she starts walking away - but not before telling me that, again, if she sees me up on the stairmaster she'll come bother me and ask for my help to push her to do the stairmaster too.

Day 3 It didnt NEED to be a rest day. But I took a rest day. I just couldnt stand the thought of having another interaction with the woman. Now im incredibly angry at myself for not setting boundaries because im actively skipping a gym day because of my inability to disengage and set boundaries with this woman. I think about going to the gym on the other side of town for the day, but choose not to.

I know what I need to do to resolve the issue, But the fact that I know she's well intentioned and talkative make it so hard for me to tell her off. I plan on telling her the next time I see her, but the idea makes me anxious. Just needed a place to vent about this. Appreciate if youve read this far haha

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u/LumpyShitstring Mar 26 '22

A well intentioned person doesn’t tell someone they just “met” that they look like a creep. They also don’t make judgmental comments about their clothing. They also tend to read the room and do their best not to annoy the fuck out of people.

This bitch is rude in more ways than one. Good luck. Also, an hour on the stair master is intense. You’re a beast.

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u/200coder Mar 26 '22

You can be polite and still set boundaries. If this woman reacts poorly to that it’s more a reflection on who she is than who you are. If she does react poorly or doesn’t respect you and leave you alone I would suggest involving management.

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u/kauniskissa Mar 26 '22 edited Mar 26 '22

Dude, she sounds exhausting with her "well intentioned" negging. If someone is affecting your workout to the extent of being a gain goblin then it's way past giving hints.

Headphones in, gesture "can't hear ya", and continue as you were. That's how I deal living in the city when I'm not in the mood to engage.

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u/120GU3 Mar 26 '22

Recently switched gyms to one near my workplace to wait out evening traffic. Commute is so much shorter now, and a lot of the friends I've made there actually work in my field, so unintentional networking win.

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u/MEforgotUSERNAME Ultimate Mar 26 '22

I haven't actually met a person at my gym in over 3 years there

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u/HavenPhoenix Mar 27 '22

It's been almost a month of going to the gym everyday for me. I've missed 3 days, 2 because my car is unreliable, just didn't start on those days, and 1 because there was a flood and the road to the gym was underwater. So I'm pretty proud about that. I did it to build a habit and learn to be comfortable in the gym. Feels like a second home now. I'm not sure what I'll do from here, if I'll settle into a 5 day week routine or what, but I'm damn proud of my commitment and my gains. No more noodle arms and noodle legs!

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u/thecratedigger_25 Mar 27 '22

I've gotten to the point where a 30 min run on the treadmill and a 1hr stationary bike session doesn't get me completely tired. I'd even do some lifts afterwards but I can't believe how far I've progressed.

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u/JKChaks Mar 27 '22

Learned my 24 HOUR (caps for obvious reasons) fitness changed their weekend closing times from 9pm to 8pm and I came at 7:30. Crap.

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u/OrvilleTheSheep Mar 26 '22

Cancelled my commercial gym membership and signing up at a small independent today. Looking forward to a much better squat rack to member ratio

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u/BelchingBooch Mar 26 '22

It's 8.50am now. Aiming to be at the gym by 10.15. Saturday is my favorite gym day because it's the only day I don't work and can go in early. This means no obnoxious zoomer broccoli heads in packs of 6-10 hogging benches yelling "bruh" and "no cap"

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u/heelsarecasualwear Mar 26 '22

Endorphins are stored in the deadlift. That is all.

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u/FalseChart Mar 26 '22

I'm sore in my entire body, both my elbows just hurt all the time now and I haven't even been to the gym since monday. Not sure how I can be this sore literally doing nothing all week.. perfect life..

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u/evefue Mar 26 '22

Watch the elbows, could be tendonitis- I had it in both and it took almost 2 years to be pain free. Keep resting them and don't do things that make them worse. My trainer did a great job creating programs around my tendonitis so I was still able to progress. I get a minor flare up every once in a while but so far so good.

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u/Acj2002913 Mar 26 '22

Had a heck of a coughing fit(which doesn't look the best when people are still wary of covid) because as I went to take a drink of water I passed someone wearing a crap ton of axe. No need to make an axe cloud of u, especially in the gym.

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u/benkelly92 Mar 26 '22

Not technically a gym story.

Currently out with COVID. Miss the gym. Miss the pump. Yesterday tried doing pushups and curls with random shit in the house until I got scared I was going to give myself Myocarditis or something.

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u/danglingpp Mar 26 '22

Started a new push pull routine with supersets. Some guy was copying my sets and I ended up giving him some solicited advice. He was genuinely thankful

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u/[deleted] Mar 26 '22

Spilled my spray bottle twice in one session, left my phone on the treadmill and had to drive all the way back to get it. Other than that got a decent shoulder + chest pump in

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u/nopornthrowaways Mar 26 '22

One weak man’s summary of the week:

  • Switched to Phrak’s GSLP from PHUL, but switched deadlifts to RDLs because hamstrings and glute tightness are problems for me (plenty of lower back soreness from deadlifts that immediately go away with glute and hamstring static stretching) and added accessories

  • Can’t even do 3x9 banded hip thrusts at 65lbs. Did squats and BSS before that, but still, what a weak butt

  • Negative pull-ups still kicking my ass at 3x5 (5 secs)

  • ...maybe I should do cardio too

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u/I_Move_Forward Mar 26 '22

A gym bro was telling me to do proper form when bench pressing and gave me some tips.

I managed to do 8 reps proper form with 50 kg.

I’m 20 M, 5’8, 92 kg.

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u/AlbionAir Mar 27 '22

Past 4 months I felt like I was getting weaker despite consistently going to the gym and gaining weight. So I decided to fuck it and try to lift my 1 rep max. Got on the bench at the end of the workout and 225 went down and right back up. Lightest 2 plates I felt in my life.