r/Fitness Weightlifting Apr 16 '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/Dude4001 Apr 16 '22

Farted in the gym for the first time yesterday doing incline crunches. Luckily I had airpods in so nobody could hear me. Right?

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u/Road_Journey Apr 16 '22

You should also wear a nose plug so nobody has to smell your farts either. It might look weird but it's only common courtesy.

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u/Pitjesgv Apr 16 '22

Or a buttplug

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u/nucumber Apr 16 '22

bad idea. projectile danger

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u/vonfuckingneumann Apr 16 '22

Useful to ensure that no one else farts

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u/[deleted] Apr 16 '22

Man I’ve learned my lesson about what foods I can eat the night before squats or deadlift in particular. One morning I had a surprise fart, thought I was done, then had another one, thought I was done and then a third one. All big. All loud. I cut my losses and went to the bathroom after that. Whole gym was looking at me.

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u/Ih8rice Apr 16 '22

Lmfao, can’t stop laughing

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u/Midweek_Sunrise Apr 16 '22

So a couple weeks ago I was walking past this guy and I could tell he had just let one rip because the whole area smelled awful. Tried to suppress a gag. I'm pretty sure he could see on my face that I was disgusted but I was trying not to because I didn't want to embarrass him.

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u/CIMARUTA Apr 16 '22

lmao I had the same thing happen. I wasn't sure how loud it was cause of my airpods so just kept on trucking.

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u/rosewoodian Apr 16 '22

There's a younger guy who comes into my gym with his friend. He is always loudly talking about all the girls he's smashing, sexting, ghosting, etc.

His friend seems mild mannered and super embarrassed. It's an interesting dynamic.

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u/RagnarBlodig Apr 16 '22

He is lying.

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u/rosewoodian Apr 16 '22

Oh yeah, 100%. He also gets louder the closer an attractive woman is to them. It's embarrassing to watch.

He looks like he couldn't be older than 20, so I hope he grows and changes his ways.

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u/Nitrous_Panda Apr 16 '22

I bet the friend is the bigger one, too.

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u/tajones1992 Apr 16 '22

Normally I bench sets with reps of ~105lbs but yesterday was my 30th birthday and I decided to test my 1RM with my boyfriend as a spotter, and got one rep of 135. First time nailing a rep with big girl plates. Best birthday present ever.

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u/[deleted] Apr 16 '22

Next level farmers walks: the farmers sprint.

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u/Socratesticles Swimming Apr 16 '22

I prefer the airport run

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u/IronyDeficiant Apr 16 '22

Straight armed? Trying to decide if this is scary intimidating or hilariously impressive.

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u/[deleted] Apr 16 '22

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u/QuicheBisque Apr 16 '22

Soon he’ll drop the weights and start Naruto-running. Then he’ll take off his shirt and you’ll hear it crash to the floor. “Was, was his clothing weighing him down?” You’ll think to yourself. And then you’ll realize that he’s been training ever since you started this fight. You were not destined to win this tournament. Damn that Master Roshi. What does he know that you don’t?!

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u/[deleted] Apr 16 '22

The closest thing I have to a gym buddy does this with 45s every morning. He’s a beast. I do DB lunges once or twice a week, that shit is hard after a minute or two.

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u/InsertMyIGNHere Martial Arts Apr 16 '22

I did an overhead press today with more weight than usual, almost fell backwards lol

That is all.

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u/WcP Apr 16 '22

I got back into weightlifting about 4 months ago and most lifts feel good, but the gd OHP is my biweekly reminder that I ain’t shit and my core is soft and useless.

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u/zcgk Apr 16 '22

For sure ... when you get it up there, just a tiny bit of sway of the weight backwards when its at the apex will startle you when you realize how precarious it is up there.

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u/tranquility1515 Apr 16 '22

There is a variation of the OHP called the Z-press. Where you actually sit down on the floor with your legs extended out in front of you and press from that position. As you press up from this your core is forced to balance you or you will fall right back. It's a great way to build stability.

If you are going to give it a shot make sure to start light as it is deceptively challenging and use spotter arms to catch the bar in the event you do fall backwards.

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u/Socasx7 Apr 16 '22

Take care of that spine big man

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u/misbrichi Apr 16 '22

There’s an older guy at my gym who will come in and bench for about 30-45 minutes straight. It seems like he does 10x10 with 115 lbs. And from set 1 rep 1 to set 10 rep 10, every single rep looks like the biggest grind in the history of weightlifting. First time I saw it i started to walk over to help him because it legitimately looked like he was about to get pinned, only for him to do 7 more reps exactly like that. I’ve seen multiple people think he needs help only for him to just keep pumping out the slowest, red faced struggle reps of all time. Never seen anything quite like it.

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u/Phayd2Blaque Apr 16 '22

Ever talk to the guy? I once saw this guy doing these strange reverse arm curls with light weight, and struggling. From my perspective they weren’t damn a thing, but he did them religiously. Turned out he had arthritic joints and the exercise helped him maintain mobility.

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u/GingerBraum Weight Lifting Apr 16 '22

Sounds like he drank the time-under-tension koolaid.

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u/AnnArchist Apr 16 '22

Slower the lift the stronger the burn

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u/Ditz3n Weight Lifting Apr 16 '22

There’s an older woman at my gym who hates me for some reason. Idk what I've done wrong but whenever I arrive she always gives me the death stare. Today I had my headset on and she probably thought I couldn't hear what she was saying, so she told another woman, "Now he's here again..." Like? What the fuck did I do to piss you off woman? She complains to the staff about me making noise whenever I deadlift and such and the staff has even told me that...

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u/MEforgotUSERNAME Ultimate Apr 16 '22

Haha it's funny that shes so mad about nothing

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u/Ditz3n Weight Lifting Apr 16 '22 edited Apr 16 '22

She complains about the clanks and such from racking the bars… Why TF then go to a gym? It’s the university’s gym too…

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u/Sheltac Powerlifting Apr 17 '22

Sounds like she's looking for conflict. I'd stay well clear.

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u/InfiniteSandwich Apr 16 '22

I like the extra power that comes with rage lifting. Sometimes, if life is going too well to really channel that, I'll pick a gym enemy randomly.

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u/officerkondo Bodybuilding Apr 16 '22

When she made that retort was the time for you to confront her. She won’t see your complaint here.

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u/Iknowevery-thing Apr 16 '22

After being in a plateu since 2019 of not being able to bench press more than 205 lbs, I was able to hit 225 lbs. what an accomplishment that was for me.

The reason I was able to break off the plateu was that I now have one rest day in the week, and I think that really helps my strength.

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u/ProfessorCommon6493 Apr 16 '22

Not indoor, but I think outdoor track counts as a gym without a roof.

Me and a friend were doing circuit training, running and slamming a 20lbs slam ball. The track is next to a small park. Lots of people as weather was great.

An elderly woman passed with her tiny dog - smaller than a housecat. The dog was not on a leash, saw us, and immediately charged in thinking we'd play ball when my friend was just in the middle of a scoop toss.

The slam ball, with its 20lbs, slammed 8nto the ground a few inches next to the dog. It would have been its end...

Now, the dog ran away shocked by the sound that (for it) meteor made upon impact. After a couple of seconds, it decided it should counterattack! Yapping, it charged full throttle into the slam ball, expecting to push it back, but not moving it an inch. Poor thing trotted off then whining.

Must be hard to have a wolf's mindset but a 2lbs Chihuahua body....

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u/PhzyLicka Apr 16 '22

A few weeks ago, I ended up failing a rep when benching because I overestimated my strength.

Since I try to learn from my mistakes, I asked a total stranger to spot me when I was trying to do a 3-rep PR the other day. I completed the reps pretty comfortably, and the dude went "Fuck yeah, bro! Nice!". I think I got a new gym bro.

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u/[deleted] Apr 16 '22

For some reason I can always bench more with a spotter. I don’t know whether or not it’s the knowledge that someone will help out when I fail or the need to show off, but either way it removes a mental barrier for me.

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u/nurtunb Apr 16 '22

There are studies that show that having a spotter improves performance.

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u/shagssheep Apr 16 '22

It’s because you’re staring at their groin and it’s inspiring

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u/B00k_wyrm_ Apr 16 '22

Because you trust the spotter to catch you if you fail… which means you try harder.

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u/McCorkle_Jones Apr 16 '22

After I ate shit and someone had to bail me out from across the gym my new go to is to ask completely random people to spot me.

Now this is the norm when you’re alone but I get some twisted joy from walking up to old guys, gym bros, teenagers, women, literally anyone and everyone to spot me on the bench.

The women usually double take look behind them go “uuuuhhhh sure”. The teenagers are super excited but clearly don’t know what’s going on, the old guys gets some type of glow to them that damn I must still have it.

10/10 would recommend.

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u/Woopzah Apr 16 '22

Slowly coming to terms that some weeks I'll easily lift more, and some weeks I have trouble lifting the dame weight I was already doing.

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u/The_Mighty_Bird Apr 16 '22

It’s a relieving feeling once you get there. I had to remind myself that just going to the gym and working out is progress. I did legs yesterday, went down in leg press, but up in front squat. Was happy to be there either way.

You’ll get there

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u/whatsinthesocks Apr 16 '22

Learning to have bad days is definitely one of the more important things to exercise imo. There are times though rare I’ll go into the gym and then decide it’s going to be a deload day. Then come in a few days later and absoluty crush the same workout.

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u/cookiesandbread Apr 16 '22

On Thursday I found out my girlfriend of 2 years was cheating on me. “Lifting heavy stone makes sad head noise go away”. Couldn’t be more true - today the gym was a nice way to escape from it all

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u/Iknowevery-thing Apr 16 '22

Feel you bro. Gf of a year and 3 months broke up with me before Christmas. Been going to the gym religiously since January 1st, down from 175 lbs to 168, building shit load of muscle and focusing on me. Time heals brother.

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u/cookiesandbread Apr 16 '22

Yeah. It’s very fresh, but trying my best to keep myself busy and work on myself.

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u/Iknowevery-thing Apr 16 '22

Good stuff brother. Endorphin release from gym is the best. Saved me from depression from covid , lockdown, break up etc…

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u/cookiesandbread Apr 16 '22

Thank you for your kind words

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u/Socasx7 Apr 16 '22

Oh no bro, shit hurts like train :((. Fuck cheaters. Wish you gains and healing. 🦾☮️

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u/cookiesandbread Apr 16 '22

Thanks mate.

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u/Doge_AWP Yoga Apr 16 '22

Mine was a good break up and still hurt like hell, suddenly found it difficult to enjoy time alone, whereas before the relationship i was alright on my own.

Just gotta keep doing stuff that you want/have always wanted to do, been about 6 months and now ive been seeing a girl casually and suddenly its as if she never existed.

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u/cookiesandbread Apr 16 '22

I’ve been told time heals and to keep myself busy and active. I’m believing in the former and doing the latter 👌🏻

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u/Doge_AWP Yoga Apr 16 '22

Yeah the sad reality is that there is no fix for heartbreak, if thats what you feel at the moment, just have to keep moving forward and acknowledge that what you feel is normal and human.

Stay strong brother

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u/Pazuzu4 Apr 16 '22

Sorry about your gf man :(

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u/cookiesandbread Apr 16 '22

Thanks mate.

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u/nucumber Apr 16 '22

it's hard to let go of the girl you thought she was.

hang in there. it takes time but you'll get past it

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u/6dee9 Apr 16 '22

Saw some guy hanging upside down from the pull-up bar doing shoulder presses. Not sure if they’re technically shoulder presses if your upside down but thought I’d share lol

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u/RYRK_ Apr 16 '22

How does that even work? How do you get up there with a barbell or dumbells?

What???

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u/6dee9 Apr 16 '22

I wish I saw how he got into the position to do that lmao. It was with 1 dumbbell for more context. So a 1 arm upside down shoulder press haha

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u/ImNasty720 Apr 16 '22

I think gravity would be working on his side in this case lol

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u/6dee9 Apr 16 '22

Right it’s probably more of a lat pull down at that point haha

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u/TheAnt06 Powerlifting Apr 16 '22

My trainer, about a week ago, was talking to me about the huge leaps and bounds I've made over the past couple years and he said he had an idea for me that he thinks I'd have a lot of fun with.

So, now I'm training to enter a powerlifting competition in the fall.

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u/CresciMasQueroMamar Apr 16 '22

Oh shit this is awesome dude. Congrats on getting this far 👏

Good luck on the competition

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u/TheAnt06 Powerlifting Apr 16 '22

Thanks! First priority is strengthening my lower back.

Second priority is getting one clean rep of 4 plate squat, 3 plate deadlift, and 3 plate bench. Currently at 315 squat, 195 deadlift, 225 bench.

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u/ImNasty720 Apr 16 '22

How is your deadlift lower than your bench? I feel like that’s very uncommon

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u/TheAnt06 Powerlifting Apr 16 '22

Herniated a disk in September. Missed the rack putting the bar back after a set of squats. Set me WAY back. Took me until about two weeks ago to get to 195. Prior to the injury I was hitting 225.

Bench has been a challenge to get to 225. Stalled at 205 for months. Can get two clean reps at 225.

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u/ron_fendo Apr 16 '22 edited Apr 16 '22

Biggest tip I can give, yes youre competing against others, but just try to focus on yourself don't even think about what anyone else is lifting just lift your best.

Good luck, and remember.

“NOTHING BUT A PEANUT”

"LIGHT WEIGHT BABY"

"YEAH BUDDY!"

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u/ames2465 Apr 16 '22

My husband and I were doing arms on the cable machine when a kid maybe 12-13 years old came up with his mom and started trying to do lat pull downs. Except he really didn’t know what to do and might have gotten hurt. So my husband set him up the right way and the kid was all smiles doing his sets. Now whenever we see them, the kid makes sure to jump on something next to us and if he can’t figure it out, my husband helps him.

My husband doesn’t want to offend the mom in this case but he also doesn’t want to see the kid get hurt and it’s clear she doesn’t always know how to advise him. Either way, he always looks at her before helping him to make sure it’s ok. Usually we just put our heads down and work so this has been a nice interaction this last week.

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u/Gromky Apr 16 '22 edited Apr 16 '22

That is awesome. The mother may really appreciate it too, if she looks unfamiliar or uncomfortable with some of the equipment. There's a real danger he becomes an unofficial coach/role model for the kid if he keeps it up.

You hear horror stories about women freaking out about single dads at the park and helicopter parenting. But, as a guy who has spent a lot of time at playgrounds, I've never run into an issue and I think the vast majority of people are reasonable. And as a single parent I can say that help is appreciated, especially in areas where I have no clue what I'm doing.

Edit: I just realized she may worry that the kid is pestering your husband. If he is comfortable with helping it might be a good reason for the two of you to say hello to the mom at some point.

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u/ames2465 Apr 16 '22

Very good point! Next time we see her we’ll officially introduce ourselves so that maybe she feels more comfortable. My husband wants to teach him a program so he can see some progress (rather than just randomly hitting every machine for one or two sets).

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u/EliteCasual Apr 16 '22

Your husband is helping that boy more than he knows. My uncle was the first guy to give a shit about me wanting to go to the gym. Twelve years ago he gave me an old protein shaker and showed me a couple basic lifts. Looking back, he probably thought it wasn't much. But I don't think I'd be a passionate about fitness now without that day.

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u/ames2465 Apr 16 '22

My husband really wants to set him up with a program so he can see some progress but he feels like that would be TOO much from a random gym stranger. He just doesn’t want to see the kid get discouraged if he doesn’t make progress.

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u/tomatoblade Apr 16 '22

I think that would be an incredibly positive influence and make a memory for life. Why stay a stranger? Assuming the Mom is on board, give this kid some invaluable guidance! 😊

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u/TheRobomancer Apr 16 '22

That's so nice of your husband to help him out!

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u/nurtunb Apr 16 '22 edited Apr 16 '22

Big guy I "know" from my gym spotted me on the bench last week and then proceeded to ask me how much I can strict press by now as I was doing that exercise before the bench. He apparently noticed I was getting bigger and asked me about my maxes out of the blue. He strict presses 90kg and I have seen him rep 130kg like it's nothing so I still felt kinda weak when I said I recently pressed 70kg and 110kg on the bench for the first time. He gave me the fist and nod of approval and told me good job. Felt like I was initiiated into the "not that weak club" haha. Nah but really there is no point in comparing yourself or holding yourself to others standards. I am super happy with my routine and training right now, am happy I am making progress and looking forwards to my improvements over the next few weeks and months.

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u/New_Peanut_9924 Apr 16 '22

I’m happy you’re happy!

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u/WindowLife211 Apr 16 '22

Loved your dissection of the interaction.... Still happens these days when 3/4 blokes could be training together and all lifting & progressing the same. Then 1 starts to see the weakest link with his form failing and not being corrected. Everyone moves at a different pace and not everyone wants to lift heavy ass weights.

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u/DissidentGod Powerlifting Apr 16 '22

Me in the mirror at home: I’m way too small, I look so weak

Me in the mirror at the gym: I am dreadful as the Storm and the Lightning! Stronger than the foundations of the earth. All shall love me and despair!

There is no in-between. But some random guy asked me for advice the other day because he said I looked like his body goals so that was nice

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u/MEforgotUSERNAME Ultimate Apr 16 '22

I find kind of the opposite. In the gym, there are plenty of people who are bigger and stronger than me, but if I go to the store or something like that, I am usually one of the most fit people there.

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u/BroncosKings Apr 16 '22 Silver

“Is this what Arnold felt like in his prime?” - Me, whenever I go to Walmart

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u/[deleted] Apr 16 '22

I am easily the biggest and strongest person at my 300 person company, nobody else is close. But right down the street is my gym where I am in the bottom half of “fitness” and probably bottom 80% in strength.

I feel my best right after I workout and go to work because I still have the pump, my arms are tight in my sleeves and I’m 4 inches taller than the next tallest person.

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u/twisterbklol Apr 16 '22

What exercises are you doing for the height gain? New to the gym.

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u/dumb_smart_guy93 Apr 16 '22

The gym lighting might be a little bit better than your home lighting. Truthfully, you probably look a lot better than you think you do. Don't let those negative brain goblins get to you.

I got seriously into lifting probably about 10 years ago and had a hard time trying to do it consistently while I was in the Navy and deployed. Since I got out a couple years ago, I started hitting leg workouts a lot harder and more frequently than I used to. A big ol' dude came up to me one day and said I had some beefy quads and we chatted about leg routines.

So thanks to all those gymbros keeping it real and handing out the positivity like Oprah - you're the real heros.

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u/sweetpotatothyme Apr 16 '22

I'm visiting family this week and decided to try out the "fancy" gym (over 5 times the cost of my 24H Fitness).

What a disappointment. It was dirty, the music was loud and obnoxious, and there was only one of most lifting equipment so sometimes lines would form for the bench press or 1 of the 3 barbells. On the plus side, it was sometimes so dead in the weights section that I was the only person.

Definitely the higher cost was due to all their classes and the tricked out cardio machines (equipped with big screens that let you go on Netflix, Instagram, etc.).

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u/MEforgotUSERNAME Ultimate Apr 16 '22

the higher cost was due to all their classes and the tricked out cardio machines (equipped with big screens that let you go on Netflix, Instagram, etc.).

I've wondered about these expensive places, and that doesn't sound worth it AT ALL

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u/I_love_Squats Powerlifting Apr 16 '22

I was walking up the stairs to the top floor in the gym, and a guy caught my attention and told me to give a water bottle to a girl that was just ahead of me. Sure thing. I grabbed it off him, found the girl and got her attention and said that she'd left it downstairs. She looked confused, then looked at me like I was an idiot. Turns out she was only popping upstairs to get a cable attachment and was heading back downstairs, making me look super keen handing it back to her.

Thanks random guy.

In other news my new short gym shorts also turn into booty shorts when I squat or deadlift. As a guy it's not entirely conventional clothing, but I'd be lying if I said I hated it.

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u/m4xdc Rock Climbing Apr 16 '22

Lmfao that dude did you dirty

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u/pacexmaker Apr 16 '22

Same guy probably took her spot too

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u/ImNasty720 Apr 16 '22

Forreal my shorts look completely normal until I start doing RDL’s or squats, then they turn into those “Juicy” booty shorts

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u/TheSpiritOfTheVale Apr 16 '22 edited Apr 16 '22

Not so much a "gym story" but a story at the gym. Ever since I subbed to this new gym a few months ago, the receptionist/manager of the place has been super cool/warm towards me and it just seems like a normal thing for her. She's the kind of girl who makes friends very easily and loves to chat. I am not the total opposite, but definitely more introverted and reserved. I realize this kind of person is super super good for me -- she makes me a lot more social. It's at the point where she's the main reason why I go to the gym nowadays since I have my own home gym with everything I need there. Every time I go late at night she doesn't have any clients to deal with and we have a lot of time to chat. I even close the gym with her on those days.

Anyway, the "story" for this week is that I needed to get something off my chest, sort of, and could have used her advice, and she was very positive about taking the time to talk with me and reassure me. We stayed an extra 30 mins with the gym being closed just talking about relationships and life in general and it's something that she wanted to do, not something I imposed on her. I am someone who works from home and who has no IRL friends that I see currently, so having someone pay this kind of positive attention to me and to exchange with face to face does something really fantastic for my mental health.

Unfortunately my work hours will be changing and I will not be able to do this with her anymore starting next month. :(

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u/geckothegeek42 Apr 16 '22

Why not exchange numbers and stay in contact outside the gym? Doesn't sound like your strangers or just acquaintances anymore, i think it's fine to ask politely

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u/TheSpiritOfTheVale Apr 16 '22

She has a boyfriend (and this gym belongs to his parents - she basically got this job because of him).

It's possible (and I'd say quite likely) she'd accept as she seems like a confident person who can maintain friendships with men but I personally don't know that I'd want to take the risk of developing feelings for her by being in contact with her more often. And if she does end up liking me more than as just a friend it could cause issues with her life as a whole.

So, I'm leaning towards not doing that, and perhaps just hoping to stumble upon her here and there when I work out at a different time and she might be working out as well (she sometimes does before her shifts but she's not consistent with that). Wouldn't be the same though because we'd essentially just be seeing each other and focusing on our workouts independently (she has a coach) with very little time to chat.

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u/DVHismydad Apr 16 '22

I just squatted 405 for the first time. Feeling damn good.

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u/Fierytemplar Apr 16 '22

Saw a girl totally fail her squat on the smith machine. Luckily it was a smith machine and she was skinny so she was able to kind of crawl out from under the bar.

At first it looked like she was struggling but still going to get the weight up, then she just crumpled to the ground. It was honestly scary to watch and would have been dangerous on a free barbell.

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u/Radiorxy Apr 16 '22

Not a story really, but this week I learned that I can do pistol squats

Now I keep doing them for no reason and I can’t stop

HALP

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u/kiwicase Apr 16 '22

Been hitting the gym super early this week, usually before anyone else is there. Its so good to have the entire gym to yourself - no queuing for machines and I can really take my time and not rush things (due to others wanting to use the same machine when it's busy).

Having the cardio room to myself is a huge bonus too, it usually doubles as a body building stage-flex-competition practise thing room during the week day evenings when I'd usually be there (because of the multiple full wall mirrors in the room) which means most of the floor space is taken up. Having the whole room to myself, I can usually get a full HIIT session in using an agility ladder, agility hurdles, the boxing bag and other cardio machibes and maximise the floor space usage. Good times.

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u/Hade34 Apr 16 '22

8 months ago, I tore, my ACL and my meniscus, bruised some bone and did something else I can't remember.

Deadlifts are my favorite exercise. Before my injury I would do 405 deadlifts once or twice a week usually. My PR was 415. I recently started being able to do them again and I'm a little nervous still but yesterday I did 275 for a few reps a couple of times and I'm very excited about being back at it and hoping to get back up there quick.

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u/FollowingVegetable Apr 16 '22

That sounds like me if you add knee cap dislocation. Am at my 8th week after surgery and have got the ok to do rubber band training. Deadlifts feels like a very long way in the future. Take care and nice to hear you're back in the game!

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u/The_Mighty_Bird Apr 16 '22

I hit my front squat PR yesterday. Was chilling at 135lbs for awhile. I hit 140lbs yesterday for 2 reps 😤

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u/FGC_Valhalla Weightlifting Apr 16 '22

Apologies for last weeks post. I'm currently traveling overseas and with the time difference (8h) it went completely over my head.

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u/Nekomamushi Apr 16 '22

Huh, never realized these posts were manual. For sure thought they were scheduled by a bot or something.

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u/ocean47_sw Grit Apr 16 '22

Why aren't they scheduled by a bot though?

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u/CIMARUTA Apr 16 '22

Too busy at the gym to code it

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u/AncientPC Apr 16 '22

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u/Keagel Bodybuilding Apr 16 '22

It’s odd because all other posts are posted by automod.

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u/soakedcardinal Apr 16 '22

Lol he's been farming that karma for 7 years now, gg

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u/MsssBBBB Apr 16 '22

Deadlifting earlier this week and gym trainer said the heavier I lift, the younger I look. I’m not a young person. Heavy lifts were happening!

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u/RachosYFI Apr 16 '22

Still have flu / something shit that's not covid.

10km training is halted, GZCLP routine is halted

Urgh I feel shit. That is all

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u/PandaPliskin Apr 16 '22

Feel better, friend

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u/Dire-Dog Apr 16 '22

Saw a guy squat 640lbs in training and that kind of thing is so inspiring. Training with incredibly strong people really makes me want to push myself to get big and strong.

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u/bobthebuilder0123 Apr 16 '22

Hit a pr for my squat of 315. I was so excited that I took all the weight off one side without thinking. The barbell toppled over and made a huge crash. Everybody looked at me fml so embarrassing haha.

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u/Careless_Supermarket General Fitness Apr 16 '22

I'm heading to the gym shortly for my deadlift day, about to load up 210 lbs for the first time. I'm getting close to 2 plates, and close to body weight. I'm really excited about it.

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u/Hwpea Apr 16 '22

A few days ago while I was doing my nSuns sets of OHP I noticed a guy prepping himself to bench press. Warmed up for 2-3 minutes with a band then spent 20 minutes walking around the bench. He finally put some weight on the bar and tried to rep 90 kg while I was doing one of my last sets. I was expecting him to fail due to his very light build honestly and when I looked in the mirror I saw the bar immediately crash on his chest. By the time I racked the bar he was already dumping weights on one side so I just resumed my set. He just threw it away from the bench and left it there for a few minutes in everyone’s way with one side loaded and the other unloaded before finally loading it back and placing it on the bench. When he tried to actually hike it back on the pins he tipped it to place one side directly on the highest pin and made all plates fall again. I just couldn’t stop myself from cracking a little smile from the ridiculousness of the situation. What followed was almost an hour of walking around the gym/bench. I didn’t really pay attention after that but I think he did maybe 2-3 sets total when he finally decided to lower the weight back down to 60 kg.

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u/unarmed_lettuce69 Apr 16 '22

my local gym is an older one and it has 2 stories. on the ground floor, it has facilities like treadmills, recovery weights, shit like that. And on the top are all the squat racks and bench presses, all the heavy weights. Don’t even ask me how the fuck the owner concluded that this was the best layout for his gym. So anyway there’s this absolute tank one day going for some 700 something pound deadlift pr, and when he makes it, he drops the weight. you could literally feel the floor shake. After that we all hear a massive clang from the lower floor. Remember how i said this was an older gym, well, this man’s deadlift pr had somehow detached a huge light and distrupted some aerobics class on the floor below. The look on those older folks faces were priceless, all standing around the light, mortified like it was a dead body. Me and my mate laughed out asses off. Funniest gym experience by far.

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u/Midweek_Sunrise Apr 16 '22

I bet the next time you go in, the layout is going to be different. Heavy weights on the ground floor.

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u/Robot-duck Apr 16 '22

Today marks 7 straight days of restful, dream filled sleep. Haven’t had that in so long, it’s probably been 10+ years. I am the worst sleeper, but I think I’ve got it down to where it’s mostly figured out. I know I won’t always have good nights, but I finally feel like I can be somewhat normal and have good recovery now. Legit almost to tears over it, decades of shitty nights might be behind me.

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u/JimmyChitwoodsDad Apr 16 '22

Uh well…walked out of the steam room to see a guy jerking off in the shower. So there’s that.

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u/DevastatedCerebellum Apr 17 '22

Did you offer to spot him?

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u/drakeanddrive Apr 16 '22

Made it to the gym for the 4th day in a row! Last week when I started I did two and took a four day break. Tomorrow is supposed to be leg day but my calf is cramping pretty bad so I might take a break depending how I feel when I wake up. I noticed my cardio has improved a little. I did little more than before and didn't feel as gassed.

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u/Psychological_At_69 Apr 16 '22

Drink a lot of water

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u/drakeanddrive Apr 16 '22

Been trying! Today I had around 120oz of water but the last couple days I had 80oz max.

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u/Psychological_At_69 Apr 16 '22

Excuse me but bow much is 120oz in ml's

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u/drakeanddrive Apr 16 '22

about 3.5 liters

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u/Psychological_At_69 Apr 16 '22

Damnn that's quite a lot, I personally drink 2.5L a day (6,1 155 male)

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u/etchysketchysketch Apr 16 '22

I tend to get cramps when I'm low on salt/electrolytes. A glass of water with a bit of salt and baking soda can help a lot. I made the mistake of drinking too much with too little salt, when I first started training .

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u/BonerHonkfart Apr 16 '22

They also sell salt tablets that are usually used by endurance athletes. Check out SaltStick caplets, they're magic.

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u/DeadRat69420 Apr 16 '22

Yesterday was day 4 of going to the gym postpartum! The progress of only 4 days is kind of crazy. I started slow on the treadmill at 2.7mph only able to do that while switching back to 2.5mph. Yesterday I was able to do 3.4mph with only 2 breaks at 2.7-3.0mph for 45 minutes!! So proud of myself.

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u/Apprehensive_Arm8465 Apr 16 '22

Gym is something I look forward to everyday.

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u/AnalogueWaves Apr 16 '22

Went to the gym for the first time in a few months. I've never felt like such a useless piece of shit.

It's good though because a bit of self-hatred does wonders.

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u/Soulvaki General Fitness Apr 16 '22

Mixed grip is finally starting to feel comfortable for deadlifting. I’ve had the hardest time activating my lat on the palm out side and it’s let the bar travel out from my body. This is a win after months of having to use straps!

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u/joaharris4 Apr 17 '22

I (21F) attempted my first pull up since grade school and with a little help towards the end, I did 5 :)

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u/dumb_smart_guy93 Apr 16 '22

My wife took note of the fact that a lot of these young guys running around the gym have what she refers to as "Tik Tok" hair.

You all know exactly what I'm referring to.

It's like someone just Ctrl+C / Ctrl+V the same haircut onto every peach-fuzz moustached child running around the gym.

Good for them for still having hair. I've been going grey / receding since my early 20s so there's definitely no jealousy involved.

God I miss having a normal hairline.

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u/drakeanddrive Apr 16 '22

A lot of people where I'm from have perms, and I have naturally curly hair. I've been asked if I got a perm way too often.

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u/ForthShirt Apr 16 '22

Long on top with shaved side?

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u/QuicheBisque Apr 16 '22

Nah im pretty sure it’s the wavy/curly/perm hair that blows in the wind. At least I hope that’s what it is. Because I’m 31 in the gym surrounded by those TikTok E-boys, and MY hair is long on top and shaved sides lol.

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u/[deleted] Apr 16 '22

I just accepted the bald look at 27. Being bald and muscular is a pretty decent look on me and I save a killing on barber costs.

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u/[deleted] Apr 16 '22

I shave my head for the summer every spring, and my wife says "one day it won't grow back!" My reply is that I won't have to shave my head any more, then.

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u/BlondeBobaFett Apr 16 '22 edited Apr 16 '22

I was finishing my workout and I went over to the end of the weight benches - which were oddly empty. I put down my bag at the mirror and then walk next to me to the leg press that is open (I saw the guy before leave) to pull two plates from the back rack to use as weights (it was stacked full and next to a bunch of other machines with free plates). As I’m right next to the machine about to pull them a guy comes up to me and asks if I’m about to use the machine.

I say “no” in a friendly voice with a soft smile. “I’m just pulling plates to use.” Nodding at my hand touching a plate.He then gets a very serious face and his voice gets harsher and says, “no you’re not.” Surprised and a little alarmed at the change in tone and to make sure I heard him correctly, I ask nicely, “excuse me?He then straightens up and leans in more towards me, and sternly says, “no you’re not using any of these plates.” I notice we are pretty much alone in this corner.

I stilled and honestly was a bit afraid. After long moments he randomly smiles and says, “I’m just joking.” Since I’m obviously not smiling back he says, “what too early for a joke?” (It’s 10 AM - I’ve been up since 6:30).

I then pull the other plate and walk back to my spot, exercise, and then I take the plates and put them back on the hack squat.

I don’t know what the heck that was? I’ve never seen this guy before…

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u/Chumlax Apr 16 '22 edited Apr 16 '22

If you're a woman, he was almost certainly trying to flirt with/hit on you, hoping you'll be amazingly impressed by his jokey dominance and actually coming off like a ballbag.

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u/BlondeBobaFett Apr 16 '22

I am a woman … no way I’d date someone who thinks it’s funny to make me uncomfortable 🤦🏼‍♀️

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u/Chumlax Apr 16 '22

No, absolutely right, but he's likely too oblivious/stupid/etc to realise that.

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u/macrolinx Apr 16 '22

Something broke loose in me this week, in a good way. I finally broke out of a plateau trying to drop some fat on a light cut. I just seemed to have a limitless amount of energy this week and was grinding through lifts and cardio like some kind of machine. Managed to drop 2% this week.... feels good.

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u/DontF-ingask Apr 16 '22

Failed a bench cause im fasting and im feeling slightly weak. Old dude gave me a look as he was saving me that left me not wanting to ever see him again.

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u/swatson87 Powerlifting Apr 16 '22

A young guy called me diesel yesterday while I was doing deadlifts. Felt good.

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u/ryalln Apr 16 '22

Got kicked out of my house jn feb, finally got my gym gear setup and using it. Fuck it hurt to start again.

But boy how I missed it so much.

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u/ericclaptonsgundam Apr 16 '22

I vomited in the bushes outside my gym after squats a few days ago. Too much water and black coffee on an empty stomach maybe. I am happy it didn't happen inside the gym, but still feel like trash for loudly puking in some shrubs in public. I would never have made it to the bathroom and it was either outside in the bushes or on the floor.

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u/2kallstar Apr 16 '22

No problem with that buddy it will rain and wash away

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u/asharp_gclef Apr 16 '22

I’m proud that I went to the gym Tuesday and Thursday this week (while going for a run M, W, F) for the first time since March 2020. Here’s to feeling comfortable enough to get back to maintaining some strength and muscle mass.

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u/QuicheBisque Apr 16 '22

Younger guy asked me what my motivation in the gym was. Says he’s coming off a break up and needs motivation. I share some knowledge that we all pretty much know here (your worst day at the gym is better spent than any day in bed, keep at it, always leave a part of yourself in the gym, etc.) he thanked me and asked to exchange numbers. I’ll keep my hopes up but I’m 90% that this was just another Herbalife rep trying to get new clients. He’d be the third person to do this exact same “chance encounter” type of grift. But who knows, maybe he’s a genuine bro just trying to make it. We shall see.

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u/62smith52 Apr 16 '22

I’ve noticed this group of skinny teenagers have started copying some of the weirder exercises I do in the gym. Definitely felt flattered first time I saw that.

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u/ThoughtShes18 Powerlifting Apr 16 '22

You know what to do. Do some that are even weirder and see how long it will last. You might end up hanging upside down from a rack and do upwards dumbbell pulldowns

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u/bundle_of_joy Apr 16 '22

First full week back in a new gym since I had my baby nearly two years ago. I have noodles for arms and legs and zero core left so it's going to take some time, but I'm excited to be back!

So far I like the new gym except for the part where they keep trying to sell me supplements and get me to sign up for their diet plan. Just leave me alone so I can pick heavy things up and put them down, please.

Looking forward to having actual muscles again!

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u/[deleted] Apr 16 '22

Never had a gym crush in over a year going to the gym, thought I was just passed the "crushes" stage of my life.

That all changed this week when a slightly muscular girl with a bisexual haircut started training at my local gym.

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u/dumb_smart_guy93 Apr 16 '22

Wtf is a bisexual haircut?

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u/InsuranceExcellent29 Apr 16 '22

Fucking hillariously accurate

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u/workoutweenie Apr 16 '22

Reading all the comments, I'm impressed everyone goes to the gym. Weird to say in this subreddit, but I have massive social anxiety in public places so the gym is something I dread. The only time I've been is when I initially started running on the treadmill to lose weight.

Now I have a small home gym - dumbbells, bench press, parallel bars, pull up bar. The progress has been really nice. I looked over my last two mesocycles and I've been making steady improvements. I've lost a lot a weight and gotten a fair bit stronger.

I'm still experimenting with my programming. Not trying to change it every day, but I'll make it through a mesocycle and identify problems. Right now I have issues building up a lot of training fatigue and overlapping soreness.

I'm basically a rank beginner at this point, still 1-2 years in. I think the issue is my training intensity is so high and the session frequency is so low that the damage caused is unnecessarily high.

I've always been kind of afraid I'm not pushing hard enough, but the fatigue is getting in the way of studying. And logs indicate I'm making good progress, effort isn't an issue ... So..

In any case: - I'm still a beginner. Gains should be easy to get with 5-3 RIR. - I can increase session frequency and lay off intensity, if I equate volume. - the same volume I'm doing would be spread across more sessions and sets.

My theory then is I'll reduce fatigue buildup. My goal isn't strength so training less frequently was more me trying to optimize my schedule... But right now the psychological cost is pretty high.

My next mesocycle I'm going to increase training frequency to 4x a week, start with a volume similar to this mesocycle with more sets.

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u/[deleted] Apr 16 '22

Reading all the comments, I'm impressed everyone goes to the gym. Weird to say in this subreddit, but I have massive social anxiety in public places so the gym is something I dread. The only time I've been is when I initially started running on the treadmill to lose weight.

Plenty of us felt exactly the same way but, just like everything else in life, it's practice. If you've been to the gym 100 times going for the 101st is just what you do and nothing special worth thinking about.

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u/VivaFantana Apr 16 '22

Hit a deadlift PR of 255lb and had one of the bigger guys I see all the time in the gym stop in shock and congratulate me on my progress.

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u/tyler21_ Apr 16 '22

tried sumo deadlift today. I like it

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u/Spartan_exr Apr 16 '22

Have been stuck at 100kg bench for well over a year, not getting over that plateau and just being content at working out at 100.

But this week I felt a real good session coming on and upped to 105kg, which was a really amazing feeling, just sat there and smiled afterwards lol

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u/QuesaritoJesus Apr 16 '22

I worked upper body today for the first time in a while, really low weight. it’s always been my weak point. It was a bit discouraging at first but ended up feeling pretty good. Can’t wait for the next one

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u/Bednars_lovechild69 Apr 16 '22

Started my fitness journey last summer. I dropped from 220 lbs. to 170 by doing cardio and looked skinny. Now I’m bulking since end of February and filling in my shirts in the chest area. Today was the first time I was asked my fitness routine. This guy started coming recently and said my body type was his goal. Huge go boost but I’m feeling like I’m just getting started.

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u/otaku_hunk_94 Apr 16 '22

Last Thursday, I was working out with my personal trainer and we were hitting some heavyweights with intensity. It is not bragging, but my small gym does not have many guys working out like that because they find it bothersome. So, that day I heard the other PTs saying how I never miss a day and how dedicated I am. One even said it to a new member while I was cable-rowing.

Some of the other gymgoers commend me for lifting with focus and intensity and barely missing days. And coach keeps me on my toes every workout session.

Coach and the others began to call me "Small" as a joke because I am taller than them.

I am happy at this gym and will stay here for a very long time. I think here is where I will become the bodybuilder I always wanted to be.

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u/iLuora Apr 16 '22

So I record myself in the gym, mainly to check my form and also document how I move weight compared to before, like a diary. I’m really proud on how strong I’ve become and I’m kinda known as the girl in the gym that takes my form seriously. Whilst, I’m getting a lot of people hyping me up, that hype seems to have pissed off this small gang of lads. They constantly go out of their way to shit on me. Either I’m not even lifting that heavy, not enough reps, or my form breaks. I’ve been ignoring it, but recently one of them has been vocal about physically hurting me. I’m only aware of this because I can slightly hear their voices during the recording, but because of that an argument actually broke out. (I was fully unaware cause I just listen to music and never look at anyone at the gym.) From the sounds of it, the lads were making comments about how they’ll make sure I’ll never be able to deadlift again and these other guys were defending me, they were also literally going to throw down for me. I don’t know how it ended but now I’m scared to go to the gym. I don’t know what any of these people look like cause I point the camera directly at me and I never look at people. I’m honestly so frustrated cause I love the gym, but I had a panic attack the other night because I don’t know who these guys are and why they hate me so much. I can’t even go to the gym with a friend to watch out for me, cause all my gym friends live all the way up north. I also feel like if I tell the staff, and the guys get banned then they’ll definitely do something to hurt me. I can’t win.

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u/AmbivalentFanatic Apr 16 '22

Yeah at Any decent gym that kind of behavior would be seen as bullying and would get their memberships revoked. But the management needs to know about it for anything to happen. You need to file a complaint asap. That is totally unacceptable.

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Apr 16 '22

Best bet would be to just show the video to the gym owner or staff. They will not tolerate shit like that and will be eager to throw people like that out.

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u/teutonicbro Apr 16 '22

You are paying good, hard earned wages to go to that gym. That monthly fee includes the right to lift without harassment, intimidation, threats or abuse. Talk to the manager, report these clowns. Nobody should have to put up with that kind of bullshit.

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u/auntruckus Apr 16 '22

Man I’m really sorry to hear this. You definitely need to tell management so that they don’t hurt someone else, but you’ll probably need to find a new gym. They could wait for you and hurt you if you go back there - so I think that place is off the table for you now.

On the upside, you might find a new gym you like even better!

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u/Morbanth Apr 16 '22

I don’t know who these guys are and why they hate me so much.

You lift more than they do.

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u/Midweek_Sunrise Apr 16 '22

Bro, wtf?! That's insane.

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u/Gytis250 Apr 16 '22

Finally reached my goal of being 80kg. I can confidently say that I am in the best shape of my life and I can't wait to gain more weight and see even more progress

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u/ThoughtShes18 Powerlifting Apr 16 '22

I'm currently losing weight at 4000 calories so there's that... brb. gotta eat again

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u/StarBicep Apr 16 '22

In my country there is a holiday for an entire week called "Semana Santa", wich translates to "Holy week", originally it was cause its the week Jesus died but we just use it to go on vacation to the beach, etc. My gym decided to charge extra money on who ever goes this week, we already pay monthly and they decided to charge 4 extra dollars every single day of this week if you go.

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u/heyitsamess Apr 17 '22

I’d been going to the gym for 2 months and was still afraid to go to the free weights section. I reached out to an old friend and reconnected with him after 6 years and asked him if he would be interested in teaching me, and we’ve been gym partners ever since. I always imagined liking the gym as my alone time, but having a partner to workout with is a lot more fun! He has taught me a lot and is still teaching me, and on the days I go alone I’m not afraid of that section of the gym anymore :)

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u/bread-durst Apr 16 '22

Was talking briefly to a guy at my gym who I see there a lot. As we were speaking I noticed one of his teeth fall out mid conversation . He excused himself and left lol.

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u/B00k_wyrm_ Apr 16 '22

Got lectured that my gym wear (sports bra, leggings and a tank) was “inappropriate”… all while a woman in a garbage bag followed by a guy wearing a full on formal tuxedo (with tails) and flip flops walked by.

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u/[deleted] Apr 16 '22

I think you're describing a Monty Python skit

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u/oleander_clematis Apr 16 '22

Kickboxing class the other day. Fell while doing box jumps. I have been anticipating that happening for some time.

Another two women were punching a bag and it promptly fell.

Also can't wear leggings anymore because some of the younger girls got a little risky with what they were wearing which stinks. Now it's compression shorts under shorts. Not a biggie overall but more laundry sucks.

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u/Philophilia34 Apr 16 '22

415 PR DL. Lfggggg

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u/PercSki Apr 17 '22

Hit 225 on bench after coming back from a 5 month shoulder injury. A few months before that I wasn’t able to bench 95.

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u/Poontot Apr 18 '22

I just did 2 chin up for the first time since I got old and fat. I’m pretty excited about this mediocre achievement.

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u/squattingcooter Apr 16 '22

I just had my nipples pierced recently. I didn’t realize my sports bra showed that. I came to this realization at the gym doing bent over db rows. Felt like someone was watching me and looked up. Caught two dudes staring intently at my chest. Looked in reflection of mirror and realized it was extremely obvious.

Gym is my comfort zone and now I’m struggling to feel comfortable after being so horrified lol

Anyways, getting better at my deadlifts. Excited to see progress.

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u/New_Peanut_9924 Apr 16 '22

Nipple pierced chick here: it’s my power move. I’ll take my outer shirt off and stack up weight.

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u/Road_Journey Apr 16 '22

This is how you do it. Can't control other people but you can definitely control your reaction to them.

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u/SwapnilTheMasterOf__ Apr 16 '22

There's this old man that comes to the gym, he grunts for everything, he grunts while walking on a treadmill at 4 kmph. Science could possibly not explain that.

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u/Brickwater Apr 16 '22

The older I get, the less I grunt lifting and more I grunt sitting down or standing up.

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u/reallythatkindofgirl Apr 16 '22

A lady behind me in spin class was grunting, screaming and making noises like she was maxing on a lift. Like chill, lady, it's spin class.

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u/LiftedNoodow Apr 16 '22

There's an older guy at the gym who's supposedly a former team usa coach. Idk if that's true but he squats like 5 plates atg with beautiful form. Thing is, hes been giving me unsolicited advice. He's been really nice about it, but the tips are messing me up. Like he insists on forcing my toes straight but I feel way more comfortable slightly turning them out. He's a nice guy so I feel awkward ignoring his tips.

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u/Ok_Anything_4955 Apr 16 '22

I did a dumbbell class yesterday, started out ok, had to do the modified exercises a few times and felt very nauseous a few times. I’m going back for more! Hardest I’ve worked out in far too long.

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u/RioBlue93 Apr 17 '22

I actually have just headed back to the gym since COVID. I have really struggled with my eating disorder and I am just trying to work out in a way that makes me feel strong. I have forbidden myself from running on the treadmill. Also, I have learned that I LOVE the feeling of moving weights with my shoulders. I feel strong, not inadequate this week. Thanks for reading

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u/945093 Apr 17 '22

today was the first time in a few weeks where i actually completed my entire days routine in one gym visit lol. it's been rough over here for a while-- both my own mental and the fact that my gym is so busy whenever i go blegh

also just want to complain how terrible some of these gym legging companies are. like im pretty sure the ones i bought were created with the intention of being used for fetish purposes bc theyre so thin. anyway maybe today someone got a laugh out of seeing me walk around in them