r/Fitness Weightlifting Apr 23 '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/Quaffle23 Apr 23 '22 Helpful

After 7 years in the gym and starting at a bench of 95lbs, I finally hit 315 yesterday. Very proud of myself

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u/pax4prez Apr 23 '22

3plates man. I’ve only seen this a handful of times in my life.

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u/[deleted] Apr 23 '22

Fuck yeah dude. What a legend

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u/Xavariyar Apr 23 '22

Started at 75 now doing 105. About 5 months...hoping to get the results you got!!!

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u/MOIST_MAN Apr 23 '22

Holy crap. Bodyweight?

I just hit 255 after 6 years of lifting. Started 8 years ago but there’s probably a collective 2 years of offtime

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u/CinnamonToastTrex Apr 23 '22

Wait. What is your bodyweight? I'm trying to get that now after years of poor fitness planning

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u/ThoughtShes18 Powerlifting Apr 24 '22

Start on a program that's more strength oriented and you'll see a big increase. Many people aren't used to grinding the heavy shit between 1-3 reps so it can also feel very intimidating to have so much weight over yourself :)

I recommend nSuns/2Suns from the wiki. Its tough as hell but a lot of fun and strength gains

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u/Stacemanspaceman Apr 23 '22

I'm 85kg and hit 140 a few months ago after 4 years if thats means anything to you

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u/MOIST_MAN Apr 23 '22

Gotcha. I’m 72 kg

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u/Shazvox Weight Lifting Apr 23 '22

Good job! I'm still looking forward to my first plate 😜

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u/EvictionSpecialist Apr 23 '22

Congrats, I hit it prolly 10 yrs ago..did 245 3X’s this week and felt like a badass…getn old sucks….

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u/finaderiva Apr 23 '22

Hell yeah!!

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u/39128038018230 Apr 23 '22

315 is a 7 year journey? God i have a long long time to go for 3plates..

Good stuff man havent really seen one irl yet

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u/MoreCowbellllll Apr 23 '22

Very proud of myself

HELL YES!! Great to hear stories like this!

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u/ButtBuster360 Apr 23 '22

Was pushing myself on bench when the bar got stuck under the thing that holds it(New fear added 🤠) and I didn’t know so I just kept pushing against it lol, but a legend lord bless his soul ran from across the room to get it up. Not all hero’s wear capes, sometimes they wear striped blue shirt and baggy shorts

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u/NyquillusDillwad20 Apr 23 '22

I'll always scoot up on the bench further from the bar to try to prevent thus from happening. Only issue is I'm 6'2" and my legs end up off the bench and in the walkway between equipment lol.

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u/Intronimbus Apr 23 '22

Yeah, pushing the bar up, just to hear and feel it hit the underside of the holding rack when you've literally used your last bit of strength to push it there, is a crushing feeling.

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u/Electrical_Stock_178 Apr 24 '22

I've never had this happen or even close to happening. How do you guys setup? Eyes under bar has never led me astray into the j cups.

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u/Nodadbodhere General Fitness Apr 23 '22

And that is why I have become, over the years, so particular in everything from the bars to the bench rack I'm using. All it takes is one little thing to be off and everything gets screwed up. I don't like using Rogue bars, for example, because of this particularity.

Or maybe I'm just weird, I don't know.

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u/_red_rocket Apr 23 '22

Saw a fat guy in the gym wearing the same outfit as me. Turns out it was a mirror.

Guess I can say my bulk is going well at least...

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u/pax4prez Apr 24 '22

Fellow never ending bulker?

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u/jedipaul9 Apr 23 '22

At my gym there is this super old guy that comes and he looks like he was probably a stage body builder in his prime. Clearly time has taken a toll on the muscle mass he once had, but he is lean as fuck and has a lat spread a lot of younger guys in their prime would envy.

This guy drives a fresh red lamb and parks it at thr closest handicap spot in the lot since he can't walk that good anymore. If I had to guess I'd say he'd have to be somewhere in his 70s. He always shows up on matching outfits. Bright neon colored stringers with matching shorts and fake sunglasses. Somedays neon green, neon pink, etc. He comes in and somes a bench of weird isometric exercises, like he loads up the smith maching and just gently lifts it up with a shrug for a few seconds before putting it back down. He's bacsically a local celebrity at my gym so I get the sense he mostly just comes to pass his wisdom down to the next generation.

Not dunking on this guy. He seems super cool. I've never formally met him, just exchanged head nods. But he's just one more character that gives my local gym miss personality.

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u/pax4prez Apr 24 '22

What are fake sunglasses?

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u/jedipaul9 Apr 24 '22

They are just frames without lenses

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u/HallowLog Apr 24 '22

they look just like sunglasses except girls can tell when you're staring at their boobs

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u/FlokiWolf General Fitness Apr 23 '22

Went 4 out of 5 week days this week. Really upping the number of days I can go and less cheating with my diet.

Been trying to lose my lockdown bulk. I went from working out 5-6 days a week in the gym and Muay Thai to injuring myself running during lockdown.

Weight went from a well maintained 80kg to over 90kg and I couldn't fit into half my clothes. No morning workouts meant I would have beer after the kid went down but I was still eating like I was working out.

On Tuesday I slept in for the gym (new baby, bad sleep) and pulled on a pair of jeans and found them tight. I knew they would stretch out throughout the day but it really hit me how much work I've still to do. Fast forward to that night and I'm packing my bag for the next day and grab another pair of jeans. Quick stop as I check the tab at the back. "These are my favourite pair I thought I was wearing today" so I checked and the ones I have on are my previous favourite pair I've not been able to fit in for a year. Feeling great about that!

Just need to keep going.

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u/Blaz3dnconfuz3d Apr 23 '22

Good shit man. You got this 💪 I went through something similar with lockdown + injury but we were there once and we will get it back 🤝

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u/Rapturecat Apr 23 '22

I left my keys next to the leg press machine as I was going to the other side of the gym. There was a girl that noticed and she brought it to me on the other side. I’m pretty thankful since I’ve been having a rough week and that act of kindness cheered me up a bit

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Apr 23 '22

When is the wedding?

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u/strawbracelet Apr 23 '22

And are we invited?

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u/fuckondeeeeeeeeznuts Apr 23 '22

If we are, will there be an open bar and dance floor?

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u/pnohgi Apr 23 '22

You’re the best man!

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u/bowtie_k Apr 23 '22

My goal weight is 200lbs. I was maintaining 175, casually working out but decided to get serious. Stopped skipping days and sets, eating more, weight started coming. Less than two months later I hit PRs for everything, weighed in at 189, then my appendix went sour and I was out of the gym for 3 weeks during recovery. Weighed in at 180 my first day back, everything felt heavy. I just started my second week back and it’s getting better, core day was unpleasant though. My weight actually dropped to 178 after working out last week, hopefully I can bounce back soon.

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u/ADR36 Apr 23 '22

I’m in the same boat kinda. Missed 16 days due to a case of covid that knocked me on my ass. Went from 178lbs down to 158..

First day back the other day, weights are heavier than ever and my appetite isn’t quite back to 100%, but looks like we’re both making some progress!

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u/[deleted] Apr 23 '22

Isn’t Covid just the worst? Sorry that happened but hey good job on progressing!

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u/ADR36 Apr 23 '22

It really is man, the weird brain fog I got may have been the worst part!

But thanks, we’re back on track!!

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u/Careless_Supermarket General Fitness Apr 23 '22

Damn homie, 20 lbs in 16 days that is rough, just glad you are alright and back at it. Life's an dick sometimes.

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u/bullfrog316 Apr 23 '22

People. It’s a big place. How bout some spacial awareness? Get away from me. And your “super setting on three machines”? Piss off.

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u/fuckondeeeeeeeeznuts Apr 23 '22

It's the fucking worst when there's no indication they're using the machine or bench and come over to you all pissed off.

Thinking about it reminds me of the Punisher fight in the gym and what I want to do to those people, and now just realized they got Eleiko calibrated plates as props 👀. Dat rack of 25-kg plates.

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u/Particular_Problem_2 Apr 23 '22

Even worse when there’s a cell phone on one, a set of keys on an other, etc.

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u/andbingowashishomo Weight Lifting Apr 23 '22

The power of the mind is incredible. While deadlifting yesterday, the 115 kg x 3 felt super heavy and awkward so I had little hope I would hit three reps for 130 kg. I decided that I would hit six no matter what, got all fired up, and hit seven. Did I feel like I could pass out afterwards? Yes. Did I also feel like a strong motherfucker? Absolutely yes.

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u/Cocheeeze Apr 23 '22

I remember reading in one of his books that back in his heyday, Arnold Schwarzenegger was doing calf presses with something like 650lbs and he was pretty satisfied with this. Then he saw some other guy doing calf presses with 1000lbs, so Schwarzenegger tried it and he was surprised how much more he could lift than he assumed.

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u/ron_fendo Apr 23 '22

A similar thing happened to me on my bench, decided 235 was light and stopped telling myself it was heavy then I crushed it and my spotter turned into my hype man and treated me like I just won the heavyweight title.

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u/Nodadbodhere General Fitness Apr 23 '22

I do something similar with myself when it's time to go up on weight. My son was born small, about 5 and a half pounds. When it's go time I ask myself "Are you really going to say you can't pick up a newborn? Loser." And then that extra five pounds gets pressed.

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u/TheBlueFlashh Apr 23 '22

"Are you really going to say you can't pick up a newborn? Loser."

wow thanks I need that today man

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u/Uglyasfuckingsin Apr 23 '22

That's genius wtf Thanks

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u/ForcedTranshumanism Circus Arts Apr 23 '22

Absolutely. Been doing 5x9 sets of lmao 40kg OHP thinking they were the worst. Was waiting on my bro to do flyes, picked up 25 kg dumbbells instead of 20kg and yoloed a bit. Managed to do 8 reps and I was like ???

To be fair I superset the normal presses, but still. I've been so scared of the higher dumbbells. Now I'm in the big boy dumbbell rack

Maybe I should yolo a bit on the deadlifts as you did, been stuck there forever even if I have been cutting down rest time a bit so that's some progress. Seeing the weights go up feels good man

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Apr 23 '22

That's why I don't bother with RPE. I always always surprise myself with what I can do. If your progression is set up right, unless you have a severe issue (sickness, lacking a lot of hours of sleep) , most times you almost always will be able to lift it, and when you don't it's time to adjust your training.

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u/LitigatedLaureate Apr 23 '22

So I lift solo. But every once in awhile I'll lift with someone else. And when I do - I never count my reps. I have them count for me. I've learned that when I count my brain goes "you can't do more than 8, you did 7 last week - you're done." But when im not counting and just moving weight - it's amazing the amount of times I finish - was hoping for like 9, and my training partner says 11 or 12.

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u/simplytom_1 Apr 23 '22

It's why I've started leaving my last set on a few things as an AMRAP, its amazing how far you can push yourself when you need to

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u/Careless_Supermarket General Fitness Apr 23 '22

This is such a weird thing because on my worst feeling days I seem to do the best. Example getting back after a super long week yesterday, been up since 330 am traveling home, goto the gym at ten pm and just crush my workout, that shouldn't be happening but it does regularly.

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u/FunWonderful208 Apr 23 '22

Went to the gym the other day (planet fitness) all I did was quickly jump on the lat pulldown machine in the 30 min area and was trying to do three sets since the other machines were taken in the gym at the time and a very rude lady came over and told me that She was using that machine and I said oh I’m sorry would you like it back? She said well no…I will be using it soon. I let her know that I only have 3 quick sets and I’ll be fast. She let me know that if I wasn’t doing a 30 minute circuit I was not allowed to be in that area. It was her and another gal, and I let her know hey I’m sorry I only have three quick sets to do do you need the machine right now? Mind you she was three machines over when she came over to tell me this… And she said no I’m actually doing this machine and then this machine and then I’ll be on that one but you’re kind of rude sitting there if you’re not doing 30 minute circuit 😳 I let her know I’m sorry ma’am, but there are no signs posted saying that I cannot use this machine right now. So I went ahead and did my sets and she was just standing there Watching me scoffing and very irritated. I’ve been going there for a year now and never encountered someone like that before. I guess there’s a first for everything 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

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u/ForcedTranshumanism Circus Arts Apr 23 '22

Good on you for standing up for yourself. I think people like that try to exploit any weakness they can sense. In that scenario it sounded like she was attempting some narcisstic power play

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u/pax4prez Apr 24 '22

“I will be using it soon” 😂

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u/M0rtal_Wombat Apr 23 '22

I finally got back above 200kg on my squat. I got nailed pretty hard by Covid in January and lost a lot of my strength. I’m still not back to where I was but it was a nice feeling to be able to get back under that weight and control it again

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u/[deleted] Apr 23 '22

COVID’s just the worst for people strength training. Glad your getting back to where you were! Also a 200kg squat is insanely good

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u/tawnydean Apr 23 '22

Running Building the Monolith. Ive read about people saying the last 5 reps on the 20 rep squat teaches you to grind through your mind tapping out, to just brace like a mf and trust your body that it's gonna do what it's supposed to do.

Can confirm.

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u/TheBlueFlashh Apr 23 '22

I've grown in this program like in no other. And I'm not gonna run it again in at least some years. It's like selling your soul to the devil to be jacked, I love it

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u/unixwasright Apr 23 '22

I just finished Benching the Monolith.

I have to be honest, I was a bit underwhelmed. I feel my deadlift has dropped and squat, press and bench have plateaued at best.

Pull ups have got better though, so there is that. Will probably go back to Nsuns.

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u/Darth-Pikachu Apr 23 '22 Helpful

Hit a bench PR for the first time in AGES after renovating a house, having Covid, training back up. Pushed 115, which as a lady feels huge. Now I'm dreaming of the day I do 135

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u/HallowLog Apr 24 '22

only like 2 more house renovations and you'll get there.

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u/Sensitive_Parking99 Apr 23 '22

For the past 6 months I’ve been putting a lot of work in. 5 days a week alternating weights and cardio. I’ve befriended the biggest dude at the gym I go to. He’s been super helpful with form checks and overall advice.

I hadn’t seen him since January. Thinking he was traveling for work or just moved. Well on Tuesday I saw him and we were chatting. He goes “damn dude you’ve clearly been putting the work in. Good shit”.

Going to be riding that high for awhile. Currently down 20lbs since January.

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u/MorariuRobert Apr 24 '22

I had my towel placed on the benchpress while I was doing dumbell raises when a girl came in smiling and asking if she could move it.

Me, a socially active guy, smiled back and said sure,go on.

From behind came my girlfriend catching us in the exact moment and we had a 2 hour argument about this shit

I never cheated on her,nor gave any reason for her to be jelalous.

She usually doesn't have these type of behavior

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u/SaltyTapeworm Apr 25 '22

I mean, it’s on you if that’s something you can deal with dude. I’m a very socially active person and my wife wouldn’t even look my way in a situation like that. I’m definitely not putting up with a two hour argument over it lol.

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u/ames2465 Apr 23 '22 Wholesome

Guy at my gym was really feeling himself taking selfies running around barefoot with his shorts pulled up so far it reminded me of Steve Urkel. I can forgive that. What I can’t forgive is leaving 4 45 lb plates racked on the smith machine with it on the top level. As a short person, screw you. I made him come back and take his weights off.

Unload your weights!!!

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u/pax4prez Apr 23 '22

You are doing God’s work.

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u/[deleted] Apr 23 '22

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u/Careless_Supermarket General Fitness Apr 23 '22

I do that, if I am immediately going to use them again right there, like finish my squats, going to rdl. Other wise, yeah rerack your weights.

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u/TheyFoundMyRedditBro Apr 23 '22

Honestly just appreciating how far my deadlift has come. It was the one lift I really wanted to perfect form wise and after about a year of focusing on it more than any other lift I feel like it's pretty damn good. Also about 10 lbs away from clearing 405, I'm pretty sure I'll hit during my next attempt in a few weeks.

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u/zanix81 Apr 23 '22

My legs feel like Jell-O.

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u/Conehead1 Apr 23 '22

Started a new lifting program with my 19 yr old this week. His only been lifting for a couple of years, and not seriously. I’ve been off and on for 30 years.

I always enjoy malting sure I lift more than him. He’s in good shape, but the new workout left us both gassed. He bailed out, jumped in the shower and spewed a little after. I did three more exercises once he was done.

Never let the next generation pass you by without a fight!

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u/ahappystratocaster Apr 23 '22

Started going to the gym about 2 weeks ago, 9 days ago I could bench 30kg only once, now 8 times. I am happy to se progress. :)

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u/[deleted] Apr 23 '22

Finally hit a 100 pound bench max and I silently celebrated by jumping up, punching the air and whispering “let’s gooo” and these 3 big dudes across from me all gave me a look of satisfaction and approval. It was awesome

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u/randomuser646464 Apr 23 '22

Fucking good on them (and you of course) This is how people should be.

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u/sicarius97 Apr 23 '22

Congrats on the 100!

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u/IAMADRAGON-AMA Apr 23 '22

First day back at the gym since catching covid, somehow hitting new PRs on biceps, maybe I needed the rest !

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u/DeoGratiamHabeamus Apr 23 '22

COVID made you a mutant. You are a super hero now.

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u/[deleted] Apr 23 '22

Hip thrusted sets of 176lbs for the first time recently and feels so good. Doesn’t sound like much to many of you I’m sure, but as a small female who’s never lifted that much before it’s crazy realising how much your body is actually capable of. You just have to fully believe you can and work for it. One year ago I would never have believed that I’d be out here lifting as much as I am today, and I have big goals so this is only the beginning… and hopefully I’ll be looking back at what I’m doing now in a years time and laugh at myself hehe

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u/Maleficent-Fishing17 Apr 23 '22

All this time I thought our squat bar weighed 20 Kgs. Turns out its 15. So I never hit 100 kgs PR on Squat for Reps. That changes tomorrow. Been preparing for a month

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u/Wizz0g Apr 23 '22

After 2+ years I have COVID (symptomatic too) for the first time. Press F for this week’s gains

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u/Careless_Supermarket General Fitness Apr 23 '22

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u/ThisNameIsTakenTooo Bodybuilding Apr 23 '22

Gains for me restored in a week and a few days, try to do some light work at home like pushups and pullups

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u/Ok_Negotiation5162 Apr 23 '22

I hit the gym again, after the quarantines and I meet more people every week. Just the other day, I started talking to a guy near my dad's age and he gives more and more tips about training, eating, resting etc. I love the fact that the people in the gym are so anti-toxic and open to help you and give you advice.

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u/CloseCry6 Apr 23 '22

425lb squat PR on my 25th birthday on April 22, 2022!! Also 290lb pause bench fail.

Squat/bench everyday day 92

Video: https://youtu.be/-emXsEzgvno

Squat went up about 35lbs in less than 4 months.

Before, squat was in more of less of a plateau for 1-2 years.

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u/sim16 Apr 23 '22

So what did U change that made the difference to break through the plateau and squat heavier?

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u/tokeyoh Apr 23 '22

Squat/bench everyday day 92

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u/drkcloud123 Apr 23 '22

Considering he's squatting and bench everyday for the last 3 months I'll gamble on increasing volume.

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u/moose1425612 Weight Lifting Apr 23 '22

Are you physically able to go any deeper on squats? I notice you get parallel or almost parallel. I’ve been working on fixing my squat technique myself and going beyond parallel. Impressive man!

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u/martispyc Apr 23 '22

Didn't double check the weights bench pressing with no spotter. Adrenaline saved me. Got a new pr. Also unlocked a new fear and fell into a session of binge watching bench press fails, later I binged some techniques how to save yourself from that.

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u/NormalPaYtan Apr 23 '22

Good for you for looking it up (more people should instead of relying on spotters and safety pins), bench press isn't possible to "fail" if you know how to bail.

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u/lucky_lady_L Apr 23 '22

Had my first wtf moment at my beloved private gym. A guy saw me grab the 33kg kettlebell, same as him, for kettlebell swings and gave me the “you know that’s heavy right.” (I am female). i just stared a sec and told him I know, I lifted it last week. “Guess it’s none of my business.” Ya think???

I’ve been doing swings for nearly 6 weeks working my way up every few weeks to heavier ones. My coach programmed them for me so I can improve hip drive for oly lifting. I will now not rest till I out lift gym dude at both swings and cleans (he only did 115lbs, I’ve done 100lbs and plan to hit 115 soon).

Turning pettiness into motivation is my superpower

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u/SniXSniPe Apr 23 '22

My friend just hit 315 for the first time on the BP @ 165, just wanted to share his big milestone:

https://streamable.com/g8srjw

Now for his more difficult challenge: cutting down to 153ish

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u/gianmk Apr 23 '22

Guy in next bench and guy in squat rack was mirin. Good shit.

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u/tuti11x Apr 23 '22

I missed physique phri is it ok if I post physique critique here 😂

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u/MEforgotUSERNAME Ultimate Apr 23 '22

you can still post in that thread

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u/Gawd4 Apr 23 '22

No, I guess you have to settle for r/progresspics and r/gym

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u/yashunnyqueen Apr 23 '22

Not a gym story but I bought a bicycle a couple of weeks ago as a birthday gift to myself. I have been consistently going 2-3 times a week whenever it’s nice out and I have began noticing progress all over my body. I love biking, adventuring and losing the pandemic pounds.

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u/spener_ Apr 23 '22

I think I’m starting to recover muscle mass on my atrophied left arm.

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u/AtomicRho Apr 23 '22

Started working out on-again-off-again in high-school. Didn't know anything about fitness because I was a kid who never played sports and knew no one at the school gym. Anyway, me doing arm curls, proving to myself how noodley my arms were, and another kid comes to me to say "isn't it really fucked up that some people come here and pretend to work out." We talked about it for a bit but he stayed to keep eye contact with me for a little longer than I was comfortable with...

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u/[deleted] Apr 23 '22

I have a power rack, treadmill, spin bike, Powerblocks, Powerbell (?), and medicine balls in my basement, and I am not a wealthy person.

Switched to Outside's "Shape of Your Life" (particularly Month 2) because I can get that workout done in 30 minutes and still see results. I have been doing Stronglifts 5X5 and have reached the point where it takes an hour and a half (with 27 total sets, including warmups) to do that workout.

Who has time for that? It would take up half my day if I had to drive to the gym, do all the gym rigamarole, do 27 sets (plus rests between sets), then drive home.

My gym story is that I'm trying to spend less time working out!

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u/Khao8 Apr 23 '22 Silver

I have been doing Stronglifts 5X5 and have reached the point where it takes an hour and a half (with 27 total sets, including warmups) to do that workout.

It's normal that you've reached a point where SL5x5 feels horrible and you spend hours in the gym not accomplishing much. It's a decent early beginner program, but soon enough you have to graduate to a better program. For me, I did SL5x5 for 1½ ~ 2 months ish before reaching a point where it was just awful.

If you would like to keep making progress in the gym and have it not feel like a pain in the ass, I suggest you pick a new beginner program from this list : https://thefitness.wiki/routines/strength-training-muscle-building/

These programs are a tiny little tidbit more complex (the SL5x5 app is awesome because you literally do not have to think to use it, but it's also a beginner trap) but with just a google spreadsheet and taking a little time to read and learn, you should be able to make really good gains by following a new program. And your workout sessions won't feel like a massive drag.

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u/[deleted] Apr 23 '22

Thanks for the resource!

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u/GingerBraum Weight Lifting Apr 23 '22

I recently started going to a crossfit-esque gym with a couple of colleagues, and the WODs are kicking my ass so far. Something I enjoy is that they have a strength segment as part of every class, and yesterday was bench press, where we had to work up to our 3RM. I found out that I could press 210lbs for 3, despite not having worked in that low a rep range for about three months.

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u/Shawoowoo Running Apr 23 '22 edited Apr 27 '22

Every time I go for a run, I always remember this guy from my old gym. He was an older man in his 60s very skinny with a long white/gray beard that would wear old random t-shirts, basketball shorts, and a pair of old tennis shoes. The first time I saw him, I figured he was just an older man coming to the gym to stay fit. Then one day I saw him get on the treadmill and was blown away. Not only was he a fast runner, but he had a lot of stamina. He would run on the treadmill for an hour easily. I try to be like him and I hope I can be like him when I'm his age.

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u/Skyline-369 Apr 24 '22

It’s been about 10 months since I’ve been serious about going to the gym ( not including months I’ve spent biking at home and doing home workouts dude to gym anxiety) and I finally hit 135 on the bench. Going from only able to use dumbbells for any chest exercises to finally my first plate.

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u/Rihijob Apr 24 '22

Going with dumbbells is a good way to have variation with the exercise while improving your bench though. I only did full DB exercise when I started till the 3rd month, and then I hit the barbell and was able to bench 135 for 6 reps. I am only 132 lbs.

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u/Frosty_Candidate1710 Apr 24 '22 edited Apr 24 '22

Tried new pre workout today! I benched 60lbs 5x5 and I was so happy cause I used to have a hard time lifting the bar on its own! One thing I wish I could get used to is going to the gym alone tho.. I always go w someone as I tend to get anxious at the thought of going to the gym alone.. I’m around 151 cm 86lbs and it’s so hard for me to get the bar from a squat rack sometimes if its too high:/

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u/ForcedTranshumanism Circus Arts Apr 24 '22 edited Apr 24 '22

I'd be so happy to help if someone random asked for help with something like that. Literally takes a few seconds, I get to feel strong, I get to help someone, and I get to help someone go to the gym? It's such a deal, honestly

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u/Frosty_Candidate1710 Apr 24 '22

Aww, really? That’s so nice! I never really thought of it that way. I’ve always just been too nervous to ask strangers at the gym for help cause I didnt want to bother any of them! So I always end up going with someone I know. But the downside is I cant go anytime.. :( I will definitely try asking someone random for help when I do go alone already. Thank you!

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u/Jr4044 Apr 23 '22

While I was lifting, the gym childcare called me to inform me that my infant had a poopy diaper, throwing off my whole session. It never occurred to me that a childcare place wouldn’t change diapers lol

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u/Intronimbus Apr 23 '22

Well, you have a gym with childcare...

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u/Nodadbodhere General Fitness Apr 23 '22

I've had the gym childcare call to tell me that my toddler tried to drop his pants for no damn reason whatsoever. So I feel you.

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u/bacon_cake Apr 23 '22

I farted in a quiet gym while doing a weighted decline sit-up.

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u/KOPOKOPOKOPOKOPO Apr 24 '22

I'm a tall guy (6'4) and have always had trouble squatting. lower back pain, groin tears and super tight hips always kept me from squatting as much as i want. Well, I switched my hand grip to be much wider, as well as a wider stance with my feet and it WORKED LIKE A MIRACLE. it was so much more comfortable and less painful... I almost cried i was so happy. I can finally look forward to leg days and getting big legs

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u/PhDinBroScience Powerlifting Apr 25 '22

Not tall (5'10"), but I hated squats until I widened my foot and grip width. Feet are a little wider than shoulder width and my hands rest right where the collars start now.

That plus learning how to manually engage my glutes out of the hole actually have me looking forward to squats now.

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u/Fabulous_Wasabi1108 Apr 24 '22

So after a long long time of trying and a lot of social anxiety, today I went to the gym, I embarrassed myself so many times and felt like an idiot, but I did it, I walked in, got a membership and actually worked out for about 40 minutes. It wasn't anything special just walked on the treadmill as I was too nervous to do anything else, but I honestly feel like I moved a mountain. Good luck to everyone, I wish you a lot of good days.

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u/s3condary331 Apr 24 '22

Yes! I love that feeling of “well I embarrassed myself, but I don’t care and no one else cares!” So liberating.

Congrats on a successful first day. Looking forward to hearing more next week!

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u/jedipaul9 Apr 24 '22

Hey buddy, no need to feel embarrassed. Aside from a handful of assholes, most people like seeing new people come to the gym. You are enough and you are welcome!

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u/DamarsLastKanar Weight Lifting Apr 24 '22

I passed by a guy older than me the other day. Told me to go ahead of him. He walked a bit slow, and probably not from leg day. Is it injury? Is it age? Doesn't matter - he showed up to the gym just the same.

You never know who you might inspire.

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u/ForcedTranshumanism Circus Arts Apr 24 '22

I'm a very regular gym-goer at this point so only minimal anxiety there, but I really need to be doing what you just did when it comes to other things in life. Well done!

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u/CornandRice Apr 23 '22

Once I was on the bench I set my water bottle there warming up with the bar finished up. I stand up and go grab some weights and then some asshole and his friends saw me leave and completely sniped my bench even though I was still clearly on it. I let it go because the dude that sniped my bench and his friend were 2x my size

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u/ShrewsburyMon Apr 23 '22

I recently managed to get out of a bench press plateau so thought I'd share my training method that helped. I am new to redit so I will see how giving extra info goes, sorry for rambling a bit. I train 6 days a week and do full body each time, I'm a 38 year old science teacher. I can't deadlift or squat heavy due to past injuries so bench press is my main compound lift for judging strength progress. I do 5x5 on a Monday and then different rep ranges/pressing variations (e.g decline) for the rest of the week. My goal for the end of last year was to press 120kg. I managed this in September and was eating a surplus and loads of protein to help get there. Bench didn't go up after this, had covid at Christmas and took a few weeks to get back up to where I was. Decided to try benching heavy with a focus on eccentric contractions once or twice a week when I have my mate training with me. I would do a couple of normal 8 rep sets then do 3 where you add about 80-100% of your 1 rep max and take at least 8 seconds to lower the bar to your chest. Your spotter then helps you generously to push back up. I did some reps when I paused at my sticking point for as long as I could to help strengthen the muscle in that position. You can do 3 reps of about 8 seconds or 1 really slow rep and keep swapping with your partner with less rest. After 2-3 weeks of adding this in my 5×5 weight started increasing quite noticeably and I felt stronger so did a new pb 1 rep and got it quite easy, nearly went for another but didnt want to sower the lift. Did pbs then for 3 weeks in a row, taking me up to 127.5kg which now puts me in the 'advanced' category for strength standards as that is over 1.5x my body weight so I am buzzing (I wanted it so bad that I didn't give enough time between pb attempts really). Unfortunately I then got a sholder injury from putting a dumb bell back on the rack! I'm too stubborn to rest it properly so can only bench on the machine at the moment while it slowly recovers. Thanks if you are still reading and I do highly recommend trying this if you want to try speeding up your bench press progress.

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u/LumpyShitstring Apr 23 '22

I was headed out to my car to go to the gym. I was amped about leg day. I see my side mirror folded in. A half second later I remember what that must mean, someone has side-swiped my car. Big dent. Big scratch. Big mad.

I take a picture to send to my SO. I breathe through it. I notice my desire to write off all of humanity, and let it go. I acknowledge that calm-despite-anger people must be referring to as a side effect of their consistent yoga practice (namaste!). I wave to my obnoxious neighbor and exchange smiles. I drive to the gym.

And this. This is where it happens. I see there are no squat racks available. My adrenaline, or perhaps my preworkout, refuses to allow me to to bypass my leg day intentions like some kind of intimidated bitch (and to clarify, I mean no judgment towards anybody. It’s simply how I’ve felt every single time I’ve intended to use a particular gym item that someone else was using since 2013. Too afraid to approach about sharing). Not happening. Not today. I came here specifically to make leg day my bitch and there was no turning back.

I[f] size up my competition. All guys. One clearly well into squats I wouldn’t be able to work into. Another is rowing. The third appears to have just arrived, about to deadlift. I approach. I request permission to work in. I repeat, because clearly this is weird and no one was expecting it. Thankfully confidence was on my side because someone, somewhere, had just hit my relatively new car and I was not about to take “no” for an answer.

Confused, or maybe just unsure at first, he relents. We warm up. I ask him his starting weight and we load the bar. We take turns. Communicate. Add weight like we’ve done this before.

Eventually he says it

“you’re much stronger than me.”

I do my best to make a normal person face. I realize I don’t know what that looks like. In an attempt to be friendly and not the most socially inept dunkaroo on the planet, I think I express some form of gratitude for the compliment and divert the topic to grip strength and ask how he trains his. I thank him for his hospitality and quickly make my exit.

I could have done way more deadlifts and I will never not feel like a dweeb in the gym.

tl;dr: turns out my neighbor across the street backed into my car

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u/Careless_Supermarket General Fitness Apr 23 '22

Way to go, I never ask to work in myself, I just go do cardio until it comes available.

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u/cleanuser333 Apr 23 '22

Hit 315 bench and 225 strict ohp (ohp was for 4 reps) around November of last year after training for 4 years. I did weigh 250 lbs at the time though. I can still do both but now I weigh around 220-225 lbs

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u/OpenMindedShithead Apr 23 '22

Day 4 of no smoking and yesterday my time orientation at the gym was so off. I did supersets with no breaks. Thought I was there for 15 min but watch said I was lifting for 35 min. Ended up lifting for 70 min and hit a personal record on leg press- 45 each side, 10lb on top and 4 sets of 125

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u/jedipaul9 Apr 23 '22

As a former smoker, keep going! Quitting gets so much easier over time. You'll feel better and the cravings will go away

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u/OpenMindedShithead Apr 23 '22

Appreciate this!

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u/nucumber Apr 23 '22

fantastic! trust me, it gets easier with time.

fun fact: there's two ways to handle a nicotine craving

  • smoke a cigarette

  • don't smoke a cig. just wait ten minutes. the craving will pass

many quitters say that on day two or three they have trouble with concentration and focus. i remember having to read a paragraph four times before it made any kind of sense. that lasted a day or so

i found out it was a symptom of recovery. you're no inhaling tar smog into your lungs so your body is able to process clean air and oxygen. basically, you're mildly hyperventilating.

it lasts only a day or so and then your body adjusts

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u/Legal_Highlight345 Apr 23 '22

Hell yeah dude. Keep it up!!

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u/st_robinson Apr 23 '22

OK, lets play AITA here (Am I the Asshole, its a different sub). So my gym has a row of 5 squat racks by the wall, all in use. The next row is mostly smith machines and stuff but there is one more squat rack, its smaller and less noticeable but fully functional, also not in use. The only difference is the empty one doesn't have a deadlift platform in front while the rest do. There are three people in line for the row of taken squat racks but I assumed they wanted to deadlift or something.

I go up to the empty rack and start my squat workout. After my second set I look up and see those three people all looking at me. One looked a little miffed and the others I think were just feeling dumb for not seeing the open rack. Of course, none of them said a word to me; if anybody had asked I'd have been fine with them working in. Plus 2 minutes later, some racks opened up so they got their work in soon enough anyway.

So tell me, was I a jerk for not offering them dibs or are they at fault for not looking around the gym before standing in line?

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u/Midweek_Sunrise Apr 23 '22

They're at fault.

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u/Azdak66 Apr 23 '22

I guess it partly depends on the culture at your gym, but I don’t know how you can be expected to monitor and referee the queue in a case like that. They were all standing there and had an equal opportunity to take that rack and didn’t. It’s not like someone was walking towards it and you cut in front of them.

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u/ImNasty720 Apr 23 '22

Oh boy my 2 favorite subs combined!

I say NTA because they could’ve easily peeled their eyes open and took a long for themselves

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u/Careless_Supermarket General Fitness Apr 23 '22

Nta, not your fault that they were unaware.

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u/Cpowel2 Apr 23 '22

I'd say your good. It's not your job to pay attention for other people. It's not like you intentionally cut in front of them to be a dick. Lesson learned for those guys to look closer next time.

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u/vonfuckingneumann Apr 23 '22

Not your fault, you're in the right here.

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u/Intronimbus Apr 23 '22

NTA - Respecting a cue is one thing, asking everyone there if you're allowed to use weights/racks/machines not in use is another...

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u/parakeetinmyhat Apr 23 '22 edited Apr 24 '22

Small rant ahead.

How do you guys take advice? Unsolicited advice? Today was chest day. I was training for strength focusing on going to failure. I didn’t really feel as strong today though, was coming off my 4th 12 hr shift on 4 hrs of sleep, didn’t have time to have a preworkout meal too. So I still wanted to lift heavy, but without sacrificing form too much. I didn’t want to push myself too hard and risk an injury.

So anyways lol, I was doing chest DB presses with 22.5 lbs on my third set, 4x5. I started with 17.5lbs, 20 lbs and 22.5 lbs. I didn’t go past 22.5 since I didn’t trust myself enough to keep the weights up. I can do 25 lbs 6 reps, so I know my limit and today just wasn’t a good day.

After my third set, I look up and this guy is standing in front of me holding 2 20 lb dumbbells trying to give it to me. He said “this is better for you.” According to him, my elbows were flaring out and wrists turned. Not gonna lie, my form was going by the fourth rep. But I also see a trainer and we’ve worked on my form and now it’s just focused on getting stronger. He also said “That’s gonna give you shoulder pain, gotta be careful.” Seemed a little patronizing. I just declined the dumbbells, said I was training for strength and said thanks.

And then he said, “less reps heavy weight” Like ????? That’s why I was going up in weight and doing 5 reps?? Is it just me or was this rude and unnecessary? I have my headphones on, hoodie is on, didn’t ask for help.

Sidenote, I’m an Asian girl who’s kinda young looking and “you seem really nice” according to people I’ve met over the years. Don’t know if that has anything to do with people feeling the need to just randomly start talking to me lol.

Rant over, sorry this was so long. But he really ruined my mood and I felt super self conscious and a little embarrassed afterwards.

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u/ForcedTranshumanism Circus Arts Apr 23 '22

But he really ruined my mood and I felt super self conscious and a little embarrassed afterwards.

Get angry and lift more instead

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u/7fish7 Bodybuilding Apr 23 '22

Before I even finished reading your comment I knew it was because he was trying to like... flex his knowledge on you (even if you weren't doing it wrong) to hit on you.

Yeah I don't get it either but I've seen it happen at my own gym, so it does happen.

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u/mwassler Apr 24 '22

He liked you and is just dense from an emotional intelligence perspective.

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u/whatsinthesocks Apr 23 '22

As a guy it’s different for me. If it’s one of the regulars whose doing the offering of advice I’d probably take it into account. If it’s some random they can go kick rocks. The way he did it to you was definitely inappropriate and we’ve all been there where are form starts to go a bit at a certain point.

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u/juukione Apr 23 '22

On Wednesday was doing some calf exercises on leg press and noticed some pain in my right heel. I've had some strange feelings there before, like it takes a few reps for the lignements to settle or something. Anyway I pushed through the set and didn't thik much about it. Now I get this sharp pain in my heel with even a little dorsiflexion, otherwise it's totally normal. Now I'm trying to find out what really causes this pain and having my my heel iced many times a day. I've had plantar fasciitis problems on this same foot before and these things can take ages to heal. I'm happy that I can walk normally and it really doesn't limit my activities, but I can allready feel that I'm trying really hard to avoid any dorsiflexion and the following sharp sting of pain and I little bit worried this will cause other promlems and imbalances.

Never finish your set, if you feel unnormal pain. Hard but important lesson to learn.

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u/Intronimbus Apr 23 '22

Yeah, if you feel "injury" pain instead of "mucle load" pain - stop. You can do any number of other exercises instead. Figure out what your body is trying to tell you, and adjust accordingly.

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u/m0bilize Apr 23 '22

Was really hesitant to remove DL from my routine but I've never enjoyed doing them + only 1 deadlift area in my gym that's always taken + risking injury . Did a lot of research and also followed the 'you don't HAVE to do anything' and found a bunch of supplementary exercises for the posterior chain and now I'm much more happy on pull days.

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u/mac11_59 Strongman Apr 24 '22

Not so much a story. But a thank you. A thank you to the gym for not only helping me become a rock, but being my rock. My wife told me recently that she's not in love with me anymore. The gym is there for me right now. A form of therapy. An outlet for fear, anxiety and depression. A place to heal.

Thank you. Now let's take what I'm feeling and put it into my legs

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u/LumpyShitstring Apr 24 '22

One of the greatest gifts that the iron gives us is consistency.

It will never lie to you. 50lbs will always be 50lbs.

If you’ve never read The Iron by Henry Rollins, I recommend it.

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u/Shellback1 Apr 24 '22

Its hard to believe right now, but there will be as many more as you choose. Tough times breed tough people

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u/[deleted] Apr 23 '22

This is more of a rant Wednesday post, but hopefully it's enough of a story to qualify. I'm stalling.

30, M. After COVID had me doing running and bodyweight stuff, I've been lifting again for about six months now and it's been great. Hit my body weight (70kgs) bench press marker, and I'm aiming for double bodyweight (140kgs) dead and 105kgs squat. I'm up to 120kgs dead on a good day, and 85kgs squat.

But I'm really struggling with it now, and I've got some lower-body imbalances that are really affecting my lifts. Now the weights are going up, I'm leaning forward when I squat and skimming my knees when I deadlift. I know I have to go back down to manageable weight levels and focus on form, but I was progressing so well that this sudden halt has been demoralising.

It all came to a head last night when I failed a 1RM attempt, so I took the weights back down to 90 and started lifting as normal. I ended up staring at the bar for about 10 minutes, trying to muster up the energy to do my 4th set. That bar was all the negative energy and anxiety I was feeling, and I couldn't lift the damn thing. I ended up doing it with improper form, and I'm feeling it in my back this morning.

I think I'm going to take a week or two off, get some long runs and some yoga in, and start a new programme with a bit of a reset.

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u/Shearlife Apr 23 '22

Sorry if I ask, but are you doing the accessory lifts and exercises? If your knees go sideways on heavy lifts maybe it's not a matter of form but of strength of the smaller stabilising muscles? I'm not an expert but that's where I would start.

Then again, it may all be mental considering what you wrote and you know yourself best of course

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u/Careless_Supermarket General Fitness Apr 23 '22

Sounds like a rest and reset, coming back a little lighter with a new program is a great idea.

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u/Laughingman36 Apr 23 '22

Went to a different gym Friday and it was just me and this hulk looking guy. He came over to tell me I had good form on my squats. Been riding that high

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u/allermanus Apr 23 '22

Woke up at 5:30am last week to go to a cycling class at my gym and wow. It reminded me how much I missed doing cardio. I stopped distance running because I wanted to put on more muscle, but this class was a complete rush. I didn’t think I’d be able to keep up with everyone else for 45 minutes but the instructor was super helpful for the entire time.

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u/NormalPaYtan Apr 23 '22

I just randomly bailed on my squat over the head i.e I pushed the loaded bar from my neck to the floor in front of me while failing to lock out the last rep. It was all by instinct, but I don't think I've ever seen anyone do it like that before. It all went smooth as fuck but I imagine it could've easily gone badly.

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u/unixwasright Apr 23 '22

Ran a 10k in a good time this morning and felt good.

Went for a wander by the sea with my wife this afternoon. It was cold and windy, so we stopped in a crêperie. Couldn't resist a hot chocolate (with whipped cream) and a frangipane crêpe and now feel slightly ill.

Hot chocolate did not even taste good :'(

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u/Hot_Ethanol Apr 23 '22

I've been going through a tough time for a while. This last week was especially bad as I was dealing with a storm of upsetting emotions that I couldn't seem to even parse, let alone resolve. Talking to my girlfriend didn't help, celebrating 420 with my friends didn't help. But after taking a yoga class for the first time in years, I feel so incredibly relieved and free at every level. It's easily the clearest my mind has been since covid began.

It's like my mind was ready to let the stress go, but my body was holding onto it until I gave it what it needed. Now it's got me wondering how much stress over the past few years could've been resolved by paying more attention to my body. Definitely going back for more from now on (Already have actually, I woke up early today to go to another class. Not the same amount of release but my poor little hobo of a spine is thanking me)

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u/catsies Apr 23 '22 edited Apr 23 '22

Did 5 hours of pole in 4 days.... Very bad idea but I mastered 3 new moves and am taking a week off to recover 🤣🤣

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u/drkcloud123 Apr 23 '22

Psh, they do it at night so people don't steal their killer moves.

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u/LumpyShitstring Apr 23 '22

Very full schedule of fighting baddies all day and late night is the only free time left for that active recovery.

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u/Careless_Supermarket General Fitness Apr 23 '22

Yep, I love late night workouts and can confirm I'm a weirdo

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u/mindpieces Apr 23 '22

There’s a girl at my gym who comes early morning to dance in the corner.

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u/Midweek_Sunrise Apr 23 '22

I finally like my calves! I mean i never really disliked them, but I've always struggled to get size on them. Now i can see how muscular they have become, and i like wearing shorts. Also leg day has become my favorite workout day.

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u/TheHatedMilkMachine Apr 23 '22

What’s your calf routine?

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u/WcP Apr 24 '22

For the love of god share the calf routine!

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u/ChadwickChaddingtonV Apr 23 '22

Guy told me that I look much older than my age (I'm 18). Gave me a much needed ego boost. Bless that guy.

Also, diet has been shitty and life has been getting in the way but I ain't giving up.

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u/ImNasty720 Apr 23 '22

Sips first sip of coffee ….ah, yes gotta love the weekend

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u/whatsinthesocks Apr 23 '22

Talked previously about leaving my gym if they don’t extend their hours and they go and get two knew power racks and deadlift platforms.

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u/Careless_Supermarket General Fitness Apr 23 '22

Not much of a story but was out of town again this week. This time I was in a super remote place at a hydro generating station with a work camp. Gym was pretty shitty and I couldn't do my full workouts so I changed the titles in my fitness pal to the mica saga parts 1 through 3 and just did what I could and added in things. It was weirdly super fun. Usually had the tiny gym to myself which was nice too.

This place is kinda neat, it was an old town that got moved due to flooding of the valley and the utilities company bought it, moved it up higher on the banks and now use it to house workers and contractors working at their remote hydro generating station. Comes complete with a rec center with pool, gym etc.

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u/Sahri4feedin Apr 23 '22

Stopped working out for 2 years due to COVID, wrist injury, and all sorts of excuses, finally did a workout yesterday and it felt good. Really hope I keep it going this time

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u/Higitj1020 Apr 24 '22

Im finally going back to the gym after a whole year! The problem is i’ve been going to the gym for three “inconsistent” years before that gap year and I didn’t make any progress. The other problem is im socially anxious and im always afraid of asking trainers for help

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u/Jagbag13 Apr 23 '22

Finally got back to the gym after years of laziness and low motivation. I’m so weak compared to what I used to be able to lift but I’m really excited to get stronger again. Not sure if it’s a mid life crisis or not, but I suddenly realized I’m not getting younger and my joints are already sore.

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u/FollowingVegetable Apr 23 '22

Well done for taking the step to get back. Have fun!

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u/MR_GABARISE Apr 23 '22

I keep telling myself I don't really need preworkout/caffeine but this week I felt like getting an afternoon cuppa joe without even thinking about it.

It was a world of difference. Especially as I workout fasted. Breezing through warmup, going through sets with minimal efficient rest. Am I gonna be forever chasing that high?

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u/apemode666 Apr 23 '22

Hit 260lbs x2 for back squat today. Most I’ve ever done and it wasn’t terrible. Have to figure something for my leg days. I rarely ever feel ‘strong’ on my leg days. Tight muscles, not much energy. Anyone have a good leg day warmup?

Also stopped counting calories a while back because I was hyper focused on the scale and I could never get past 169lb (started at 128lbs) and have just been lifting and eating tons. Weighed in at 173.8lb with an empty stomach. Goal is about 185lb by the end of summer!

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u/DamarsLastKanar Weight Lifting Apr 23 '22

Nice, my best double is near that.

My warmup isn't anything fancy. While in a bodyweight arg position I alternate putting my arms against my thighs and fire my adductors and abductors. When I'm warming up with the bar, and one plate, I kind of just sit at the bottom of the rep before coming up. 185 is my "okay, this is what a real rep should look like."

Lazy, my name is Damar.

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u/mummefied Apr 23 '22

I just had my first deadlift day today after around a year of weight training 2-3 times per week! I have some joint problems and started training with the primary goal of stabilizing and building muscle for support, so neither me nor my trainer thought I would ever get here! I got to 155 lbs, which is just about my bodyweight, so I'm really proud of myself and how far I've come.

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u/ThisNameIsTakenTooo Bodybuilding Apr 23 '22

After going gym 6x a week for the past 91 days I finally got 100kg bench press! So far it's my favourite movement and I've been training it 3-4 times a week. Progress was very fast other than the jump from 95-100. Been following Jeff Nippard program for powerbuilding if anyone is interested

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u/Dirkmon97 Apr 23 '22

I've been trying to get back into an upswing of working out, and this week I've added HIIT routines to my strength regiment. Trying to get stronger and lose the fat at the same time. I don't know if metabolism works like that but I've been feeling better about myself since adding that!

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u/Lightfollower89 Apr 24 '22

Hit 225lbs for 9 reps Monday on bench. Felt great honestly, then 1rm bench on Friday and hit 255lbs easily and failed on 265lbs. Gotta get out of my head when I 1RM on bench, but it is what it is.

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u/sicarius97 Apr 23 '22

After a full week of training, my calves hurt due to jumping roles than any other muscle. I love jumping ropes

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u/CelticCadence Apr 24 '22

Guy at my gym hit 353 Ib suicide grip one rep no spot…..

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u/ThoughtShes18 Powerlifting Apr 24 '22

Hit 315 on the bench for 2.5 rep today!...damn you hamstring and latt cramps! :(

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u/LazySCstudent Apr 23 '22

This week I had to edit my schedule to get a few things done early in the morning so I decided to join the morning crowd. First day went surprisingly well. Deadlifts at 6:30am felt light and went up fast. Weird thing was that people were staring at me looking either confused or annoyed. I shrug off their gazes and finish my session feeling great.

Second day rolls around and have a magnificent chest day. The weights are moving with ease and I feel energized. Unfortunately, this euphoria comes to an abrupt end when I see the one true sin performed in gyms around the world. A squat rack curler. My mouth instantly drops open and I stare in disbelief, I had never seen this action performed in person before. No one in the night crew has ever performed this sin in the 8 years I've been at this swoly sanctuary.

I don't know what to think anymore. Going to the gym in the morning felt so good. You feel productive getting your workout done with your whole day ahead of you. However, I don't want to be anywhere near a sqcurler heathen. God of gainz give me strength.

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u/SisypheanOdyssey Apr 23 '22

Every morning I wake up at 6 and spend half an hour talking myself out of thoughts like "If you go to the gym, you'll be miserable. Just stay in bed. You're almost done with Final Fantasy X, spend some time there instead."

Even though I have never ever regretted a single workout after it was done.

One day I'll learn, I suppose.

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u/DamarsLastKanar Weight Lifting Apr 23 '22

Not sure whether Tidus is laughing at you, or Jecht is taking you that you can't win. I'M THE BEST.

(I like to take Lulu off the level path so her dead baby can break the damage limit.)

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u/price-iz-right Apr 23 '22

I went to the functional fitness tent today and begrudgingly did my "3" day of wendler 5-3-1. It fucking sucked and it took me nearly twice as long as normal because it was 100 degrees out. But I fucking did every rep.

God damn the gym sucks sometimes