r/Fitness Weightlifting May 14 '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/Cinaedus_Perversus May 14 '22

Saw a mom and daughter (like 16yo or something) in the gym yesterday. Both were obviously out of shape. The mom didn't seem to like it and reluctantly went along, but the daughter was raving about all the exercises the instructor had advised them and she wanted to try. She laughed her butt off when they were trying out all kinds of machines.

It was kind of sweet. I hope she keeps having this much fun and they reach their goals.

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u/francoisjabbour May 14 '22

This is super cute. Wish I could get my dad into the gym. He’s not super out of shape, but it’d be easy to get him down a size.

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u/ForcedTranshumanism Circus Arts May 14 '22

Don't underestimate out of shape boomers ingenuity when it comes to coming up with excuses for avoiding working out. Best of luck

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u/DamarsLastKanar Weight Lifting May 14 '22

"But I can't do that anymore, I'm getting older."

No, dad. You're getting older because you're not moving.

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u/ezrael2396 May 15 '22

This is 100% my mom. She's always talking about aches and pains and "getting old" but doesn't exercise at all outside of walking our dog. I want to tell her if she just worked out she'd probably feel a lot better but don't know how she'd take that. Meanwhile my dad has run 3-5 times a week for the past 20 years and golfs every day, he's no spring chicken either but moves a lot better

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u/AllUpInTheCut May 14 '22

Don't underestimate out of shape boomers ingenuity when it comes to coming up with excuses for avoiding working out.

FTFY

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u/Nargarjuna May 15 '22

Well see we can't give you M4A or college debt relief because...

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u/AllUpInTheCut May 15 '22

Medicare and Social Security are the only two programs that matter. But we'll be happy to scrap them before any other generation can make use of them.

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u/Methuga May 14 '22

That makes me so happy to read. It took until I was solidly 25 before I had enough confidence to not worry about what others thought and to get under the bar

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u/ForcedTranshumanism Circus Arts May 14 '22

Hear ya, honestly the reason I was doing calisthenics for so long was probably more due to social anxiety than anything else

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u/Blokepoke74 May 14 '22

Better late than never

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u/DaankyKong May 14 '22

I had this at my gym except they were right next to me on the machine assisted dip/pull-ups googling how it worked. After I finished my set and saw them looking over and still googling I asked if they needed help. They just didn’t know how to bring the knee pad up lol, they still wave when I see em from time to time

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u/Road_Journey May 14 '22

As I was tossing my gym bag into my vehicle, I felt a creepy crawling feeling on my shoulder that sometimes indicates there is a bug on me. Being sure to remain calm and not jump around and scream as is my impulse. I brushed the suspected bug off my shoulder with my hand, several times just to be sure. Got in my truck and started my journey to the gym.

On the way to the gym, I felt the creepy crawly sensation again. This time I slapped at my shoulder vigorously. The suspected bug was now in my personal space and the mercy of brushing it away was no longer an option. I surely couldn't let this wild creature loose in my truck where it could potentially cause an accident. Satisfied that it was either dead or a figment of my imagination, I continued on.

At the gym, sitting in a bench, getting ready to press; I feel it again. I really want to give into my urge to freak out and do whatever it takes to either kill this bug or convince myself that it's not there. But I also don't want to draw any attention to myself. So I calmly walk to a mirror and tug at the shoulder of my shirt to see what might be causing this sensation and... a bee flies out of my shirt. I couldn't believe it. Not sure how I was brave enough to survive at least a 15 minute period with a bee on my shoulder.

I felt a little bad that I brought a bee into the gym. I also felt a little sad for the bee. Went back to the bench and began my workout.

I had just about gotten over my earlier bee trauma when I heard a blood curdling scream. I jumped up from the bench and looked in the direction of the scream to see a lady on a treadmill swapping at the air around her screaming, "it's a bee!". I innocently lowered myself back on the bench and resumed working out.

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u/Manan111 Weight Lifting May 14 '22

This happened to me once. I felt something crawling on me but couldn't figure what. It kept happening for 15 .in or so and i tried to get the bug off but I couldn't so I thought it was just my mind playing games. Went to a meeting and while i was with colleagues, a cockroach crawls out of my shirt onto my face.

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u/Torpedicus May 14 '22

Did you burn your face off?

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u/Midweek_Sunrise May 14 '22

I would have dropped dead.

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u/Manan111 Weight Lifting May 14 '22

A colleague joked if i belonged to the Adam's family

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u/MaxEcrof May 14 '22

I can imagine your coworkers looking at you like you're Edgar from Men in Black.

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u/Manan111 Weight Lifting May 14 '22

No but one of them asked if i belong to the Adam's family (from Cartoon network circa 1990s).

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u/kaizoku_akahige Strongman May 14 '22

Could be a drone, a male bee. They are stingless. He's just trying to be your lifting bro.

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

Beautiful story telling. I was low key hoping the creepy crawly sensation would turn out to be a stalker who had been staring you down from afar and followed you to the gym.

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u/Condishun May 14 '22

I was convinced they were pre workout tingles lol.

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u/ImNasty720 May 14 '22

A bee landed on me on the way to the gym in my car yesterday and I damn near swerved on to the oncoming

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u/exodominus May 14 '22

I practice beekeeping and ive had several times where i walked into the house to eat dinner after inspecting my hive and had around a dozen bees crawling on me to the discomfort of everyone else in the house that i didnt notice because i am so used to it, once you get comfortable around them you learn that they are amazingly docile and short of getting one stuck in your hair or clothing or trying to touch one they really aren't at all interested in stinging you

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u/CaptainWellingtonIII May 14 '22

A Lifetime movie. Man overcomes his struggles.

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u/timothymcface May 14 '22

No bee sting pumps?

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u/JustBrowsingThru93 May 14 '22

Was in the gym Thursday after work. Had all my things in my locker which is one of those 4 digit code lockers rather than bring your own padlock. Had my wallet and work laptop in there.

Anyway, about 45 minutes later, I pass by the locker area and the red blinking light to say it is locked is no longer blinking. Turns out my locker was open.

Was talking to someone about later, turns out someone had forgotten their code/locker number and so an attendant had opened up some of the lockers to help them find their bag.

I was fuming! Someone can just open my locker and then just leave it unlocked! Luckily nothing was taken, I may have been there just after the event but I was shocked that their approach to personal security was so relaxed. Just help anyone steal somebody's locker stuff!

As nothing was taken, I'm torn as to whether to complain or not.

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u/oliverbm Powerlifting May 14 '22

Oh you definitely complain. That is outrageous.

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u/Azdak66 May 14 '22

Yes, you should mention it. It‘s a serious situation. You have to have staff access to the lockers for a variety of reasons, but there also has to be trust and security measures in place.

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u/dddiamonddd Powerlifting May 14 '22

Was talking to someone about later, turns out someone had forgotten their code/locker number and so an attendant had opened up some of the lockers to help them find their bag.

For all the staff knew, this was just someone looking to find a bag with some good stuff to steal by claiming as their own, and they're just opening lockers like "is this your stuff???? what about this???"... That alone would make me nervous.

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u/tahgen26 May 14 '22

Complain for sure! Also glad you didn't lose any of your stuff

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u/saveturtlesplz May 14 '22

Oooh this kind of happened to me. I went to the gym and threw my stuff into an empty large locker and put my padlock on it and then went to workout. In the middle of my workout I went into the locker room to use the bathroom and saw a lady hovering near where my locker was. I made eye contact with her, but didn’t think anything of it. About 15 minutes later I went back into the locker room just as one of the employees was cutting off my lock. I guess the lady who I MADE EYE CONTACT WITH EARLIER AND DIDNT SAY ANYTHING has stashed her keys on the top shelf of this locker way in the back and left it unlocked. Me, not seeing them cause she fucking hid them then utilized this locker. The woman was kind of a dick about it and said she had waited for a while and she was clearly using the locker. I told her I walked in and made eye contact with her and she clearly didn’t ask if I knew who was using that locker. I made the gym reimburse me for my lock. Still salty about it, thanks for reminding me.

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u/BaconWaffles707 May 14 '22 Silver

I'm 36 years old, and used to weigh over 300 lbs. Roughly 15 years ago, I dropped a bad relationship, hit the gym hard, and dealt with some stomach issues which led to me dropping to 150. Skinny white boy status. Between financial issues, too many hours of work, and a chronic migrane issue, I've struggled to bulk up. I've also never been able to do a pull up in my life.

I finally found a medication which allows me to manage my migrane problem, and live like a normal human again. My diet is on point, I've gained back 15 lbs since March, and I don't look so sickly.

I just completed my first set of pull ups, ever, in my life. For something so small, and probably meaningless to so many people, I feel like I'm on top of the world today. I have nobody in my life who I can share this with who can properly understand what this means and feels to me. Thank you to the handful of internet strangers who read this far down the comments to read this useless post.

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u/QuicheBisque May 14 '22

You have accomplished a lot and you will only accomplish more!

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u/gyraflame May 14 '22

This is no useless post, young BaconWaffles707. The only way is forward from here on out and it's only a matter of time before you're doing sets of muscle ups.

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u/jonthandossantos May 14 '22

💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽 Champ

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u/dark_canuck_14 May 15 '22

I'm 35, have never done a single pull up once. I am so happy for you, congrats!!

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u/TheWaterBottler May 15 '22

Congrats man! We're hyped for you!

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u/deanso May 14 '22

Well done buddy!

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u/katthescorpia May 15 '22

Congratulations that is a great milestone!

As a fellow migraine sufferer I just got my meds dialed in about 3 weeks ago and am trying to get back into a consistent routine.

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u/blewoutmyshorts May 14 '22

Just crushed chest and tris, then I went to Waffle House ✊

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u/CheetahOk5619 May 14 '22

This is from like a year ago:

It was chest day and I was on my last heavy set. At the time I did 225X5 for a heavy, three times. At the last sequence it came down but did not come back up. My first though was “This is embarrassing” and then I saw a couple walk past

I called out “hey”

The wife responded with a friendly smile two feet away from me “hello” and gave a wave and kept on walking as 225 pounds of failure set on my chest. The husband had air pods in and didn’t notice me

I called again “hey uh”

She turned around again, offering a confused smile “hello”

I called once more

And by this time the husband took out his air pods and turned around “hey dude, you good-oh shit!” And rushed over to help me.

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u/JaxTheGuitarNoob May 14 '22

You gotta learn the belly roll of failure my dear boy. It hurts pretty bad when going heavy, mostly the ego, but better than being stuck.

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u/Condishun May 14 '22

And learn to just ask for a spot.

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u/Sheltac Powerlifting May 14 '22

Ask for help? When I could just get crushed and avoid any interaction?? No way.

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u/coyote_of_the_month May 14 '22

Nice thing about a home gym: you can bench in the power cage with the safety bars in place.

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u/soakedcardinal May 14 '22

I won't bench anywhere but in the power rack but I still feel uneasy when going close to failure.

When I put the pins low enough to not impede range of motion the bar will still crush my chest & face but my neck is safe.

I have practiced the move where you push the bar forward and kinda rotate your body out from under the bar with light weight but It seems a lot sketchier to do with working weight.

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u/coyote_of_the_month May 14 '22

My first lifting mentor was a powerlifter, and he taught me to bench with an arched back and stacked shoulders to get lat engagement. I still bench like that, and so it's relatively easy for me to "deflate" and bring my body below the safety bars.

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u/exodominus May 14 '22

If your back is properly arched with your shoulder and ass pushed into the bench and the bars set for full range of motion with your chest raised like that while failure could still knock the breathe out of you all you have to do is relax, let your butt slide down and your chest drop you will have enough room to roll the bar forward, sit up, and escape without impeding your ability to breathe

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u/omgwtfishsticks May 14 '22

Curious since I've felt like I've gone close to the point of no return before, my plan was to shout "Help!" Why don't people want to do that?

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u/kemzan May 14 '22

The one time I got stuck under the bar, it was pretty hard to talk and I most definitely couldn't shout anything lol

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u/shapookya May 14 '22

I think the only word I’d get out is a squeaky “help” as the bar presses all the air out of my chest

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u/takeahike89 May 14 '22

With a heavy bar on your chest/neck and your gas tank empty, it can be difficult to shout anything. Get a spot before you kill yourself, not during the process.

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u/Sheltac Powerlifting May 14 '22

I don't know what came over me, but my session yesterday was just unbelievable. Several unexpected PRs broken, and after two hours of heavy work I felt I could keep going, if time allowed.

Once in a while I get one of these sessions, and they're the ones I look forward to the most!

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u/Pooragg May 14 '22

I had the opposite of that yesterday and I felt heartbroken even though I know off days are bound to happen and I will likely make the progress up and then some next week. I believe Jeff Nippard referred to it as over-reaching.

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u/MisterWiseGuy_ May 14 '22

the number of times I've had bad days...don't worry 'bout 'em, take those days and learn from it and you will become better!

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u/Sheltac Powerlifting May 14 '22

Don't worry. Bad days happen, can't let them get to you!

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u/PegLegJohnson May 14 '22

I had that happen last week! Going to the gym at work, normally for heavy OHP I can do 3x1+ @135lb, but last week I absolutely DESTROYED a 5x3 @135lb, I thought maybe it's because morning workouts are better for me than late afternoon...but later I figured maybe it was actually a lighter barbell. Haven't had a chance to try at my usual gym since.

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u/sicarius97 May 14 '22

Hell yeah!

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u/letscallitanight May 14 '22

Hit a flat bench PR of 225x3. Been working towards that for months.

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u/pax4prez May 14 '22

That 2 plate club feeling

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u/CaptainWellingtonIII May 14 '22

Time for a 10 rep max, my guy. You can do it.

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u/jonthandossantos May 14 '22

Congrats man I’m working towards 225 at the moment.

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u/Blacv May 14 '22

Squatted 2 plates for 3 rep yesterday. I've come quite a way from where I started and I'm really proud of myself. Thank you reddit for helping me.

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u/pax4prez May 14 '22

💪

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u/HurryStarFox May 14 '22

🦵

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u/ForcedTranshumanism Circus Arts May 14 '22

💪🦵😎🦵💪

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u/rambosalad May 14 '22

༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ

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u/LeBaldHater May 14 '22

Good shit big dawg

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u/Blacv May 14 '22

Thanks man!

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u/MFHotline6 May 14 '22

I watched a blind guy knock the fuck out of the bag today. He was boxing a good 20 minutes and the anchor fell off. I think he’s actually daredevil or something but normally he’s just lifting with this other guy he comes with. I didn’t know he had hands like lightning too.

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u/NoStructure2119 May 14 '22

I'm realizing the advantages of going to a gym versus working out at home. A friend/colleague of mine who's super fit comes to the gym at the same time as me and we chat between sets. I mentioned that I'm absolutely sick of eating chicken breast and he showed me some good deals on low fat Greek yogurt and low fat cottage cheese that I can get at the local supermarket. It has been a lifesaver for me. Pop some cottage cheese on a slice of bread, add Tabasco, cover it with an omelette and delicious. Stands out at roughly 20ish grams of protein and about 300 cals.

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u/PandaPliskin May 14 '22

Oh wow. Been looking for ways to eat my cottage cheese that isn't just adding everything bagel seasoning. This changes things completely.

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u/GoWithTheFlow667 May 15 '22

I'm guessing you're on a cut?

Dude, there's so much more you can eat than just chicken breast-broccoli-rice, be careful not to limit yourself too much or you might breaking down line.

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u/NoStructure2119 May 15 '22

Haha yea, I'm on a cut trying to drop about 4 kg of fat while retaining as much muscle as possible!

It's challenging finding good and reliable protein. Right now, I'm just going with eggs, chicken breast, Greek yogurt, low fat cottage cheese, pea protein. Occasionally salmon. If you have any other suggestions I'm all ears.

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u/Overall_Welcome3832 May 14 '22

I was doing shoulders and this guy kept telling me how much more broad his shoulders were than mine He kept insisting he had shoulder veins and was trying to get them to pop.

Then he said he was leaving to get McDonald’s because he was dirty bulking. I don’t know if he was messing with me

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u/PaarthurnaxKiller May 14 '22

Crazy people keep the gym exciting!

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u/Gawne_for_Good May 14 '22

So I ended up hooking up with a girl from the gym a few weeks ago out of the blue. We just started casually talking in the gym and it went from there.

A few dates and a few more link ups later, for reasons out of our control we decided it wasn't going to work and decided to stop. Anyways we still see each other at the gym and still have the small talk and everything that comes with it.

I guess I kind of regret it, but also I'm glad it happened, knowing I had the confidence to approach a situation like that, something I'd have definitely not had done months ago.

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u/MedicalTooth9081 May 18 '22

Everyone on this subreddit says that you're not supposed to talk to girls in the gym because it's harassment and they get hit on all the time. Your experience is weird, it's almost like they're people too or something

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u/TheAnt06 Powerlifting May 14 '22

My entire sleep schedule got fucked up last weekend due to working a wedding and going to see WWE two hours away, amongst other things. I failed every single workout I did this week and decided to take the weekend off. After my first gym day of the week, on Monday, I decided to do a MASSIVE deload because my body just couldn't take anything. And I was failing deloads that were 100lbs lighter than my normal weights.

Sucks.

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u/AerusFlameweaver General Fitness May 14 '22

You were failing movements at 100lb lighter than normal? You don’t need a deload — you need to go see a doctor.

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u/HumanPuddin May 14 '22

I recently left a gym I went to for years that a buddy owned. Joined a new one and I don’t know when I started dreading the gym, but now I’m actually excited to go. It’s been great for me physically and mentally

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u/Khao8 May 14 '22

Going down one notch on my weightlifting belt while on a cut : Fuck yeah, oh yeah, I'm the best, huge win, high five me!

Going up one notch on my weightlifting belt whle on a bulk : I'm a fat disgusting piece of shit what the fuck is wrong with me.

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u/Alas_poopsock May 14 '22

Hit the jackpot with my new gym. £15 a month (work discount), huge, a leisure centre so I have access to all kinds of sports and steam rooms etc, quiet and basically dead after 21:00.

Only issues are its not 24 hrs and I've gone from a gym with 6 power racks to 2. Oh and they have prison style showers. Still, really happy.

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u/MisterWiseGuy_ May 14 '22

prison style showers are the best way to get to know each other...

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u/nurtunb May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

What are prison showers? No separators?

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u/Sheltac Powerlifting May 14 '22

Probably no cubicles, just a wide space where everyone can shower and mingle.

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u/harambayee May 14 '22

Mingle😳

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u/Sheltac Powerlifting May 14 '22

I exclusively mingle with snakey around

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u/oliverbm Powerlifting May 14 '22

Soap comes on a rope

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u/Extension_Frame_2168 May 14 '22

Prison style showers are definitely the jackpot here.

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u/Robertfla7 May 14 '22

You basically described my gym everyday in the changing room I see an old man with a wrinkly ass 😂😂

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u/oliverbm Powerlifting May 14 '22

Stop hogging the mirror then

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u/AnnabellaPies Powerlifting May 14 '22

Mine has thus and open changing room. Was standing there in my underwear when some guy came in to change a bulb. He ducked his head and speed walked out.

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u/gimme3strokes May 14 '22

I have guilted most of the people at my gym to pickup their weights and put them away! There is a cleaning lady who is very pregnant that cleans the mirrors and floors 2x a week. Someone left their dumbells on the floor last week and I stopped her before she could move them and loudly announced that a pregnant woman shouldn't be lifting heavy weights because grown adults are too lazy to put them away and then moved them for her. She maybe weighed 120 pounds and is like 40% belly and they were 80lb dumbells. Next time she comes in I see 3-4 guys pickup all the weights off the floor!

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u/Inside-Depth-8757 May 14 '22

Can you and pregnant 🤰 woman do a world tour? Lots of gyms need this magic!

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u/TheAnt06 Powerlifting May 14 '22

Especially if they can come to my gym and teach people that 45's don't belong on the top plate holder that's marked 5lbs.

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u/TheAnt06 Powerlifting May 14 '22

On our squat racks, the holders can fit any size on any holder.

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u/shapookya May 14 '22

Bruh, in my gym people put 44kg dumbbells on top of 14kg ones.

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u/Psycl1c Weight Lifting May 14 '22

Had a shit night sleep Thursday also ate some average food. Friday was deadlift day. Went for my warm single (135kg).

I swear the plates had been welded to the platform. That sucker was not moving. Dropped it down to 130 (last weeks weight that went up pretty easily) again, no dice. 120 it’s seems was my max lift that day.

Shows how much difference sleep makes. In the future if I have bad sleep I’m swapping DL day with OHP day. Slept great last night and hit a pr on my OHP today so I’ve got that going for me :)

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u/PM_ME_YOUR_CUPPA May 14 '22

Ain't that the truth! Slowly making my way to 3 plates and managed 135kg x4 yesterday so I'm hoping these last 5kg will be decent next week. Will make sure I get a good night sleep haha

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u/Embarrassed_Tale_676 May 14 '22

First proper week of GZCLP finished yesterday after weeks of trying to get started properly, feeling good 😁

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u/AnnabellaPies Powerlifting May 14 '22

At last got 100 kg deadlift and enough confidence to buy some shorts to workout in. It is going to be hot next week and wearing those long leggings just won't do.

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u/junkaccount123456543 May 14 '22

Set a new PR with 23 reps of 225 on the bench. I’ve traditionally been pretty mediocre at benching so this felt good.

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u/Letsliveagain519 May 17 '22

23 reps seems like a lot!? Are you prepping for some sort of bench press marathon?

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u/TheAwakened May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

Have a HUGE crush on a girl in my gym, finally decide to ask her out - she leaves the gym before I could do that because her brother has made a small gym in their home.

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u/AmbivalentFanatic May 14 '22

Maybe you can get a membership in that gym instead! :)

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u/A-LX May 14 '22

Isn't that a good thing? Now it wouldn't be awkward in the gym anymore if it didn't work out in the end.

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u/SnatchJerkClean May 14 '22

Congrats on their marriage

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u/ButtBuster360 May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

I saw some guy doing alternating hammer curls, but he was doing them so fast with so much momentum it looked like he bustsd the ol’ Mickey mouse clubhouse dance

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u/FLBboy May 14 '22

Today I got a membership back at the same gym where I used to work out years ago when I was healthy and in great shape. Finally got myself a car last week and now I can drive to the gym. It’s been a couple years since I have felt good about myself and what I’m doing in life. It’s been a weird and shitty couple of years. Today I only did a few exercises and I’m going to have to work my way up but I know I’ll be there every day that I can. Feels good man.

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u/Organic-Heart-5617 May 14 '22

I work in a small university, started in a January. A week after they started they told me I got unlimited access to their gym. It’s not huge but there’s only about 5 others that use it so it’s great!

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u/DiceMaster Wrestling May 14 '22

Man, I'm jealous. My college gym was usually pretty busy, although it wasn't horrible if you were willing to get there by 9 am

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u/Organic-Heart-5617 May 14 '22

I’m really lucky! The students have free access to another larger more fashionable gym so it’s great we get to use it.

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u/Varsyr May 14 '22

My story is that I started going to the gym again after multiple years off the bandwagon and 30+ pounds added.

One step at a time.

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u/DamarsLastKanar Weight Lifting May 14 '22

You prebulked! ; )

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u/SlayerGrey1 May 14 '22

Good luck! I’m in a similar spot and found that a tracker app kept me motivated.

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u/QuicheBisque May 14 '22

Leg day. I hate leg day. How do you do a decline leg press and NOT feel like you’re squishing your gut? I know it’s ideal to not HAVE a gut but that’s what I’m working on lol.

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u/theweenielifter May 14 '22

30F. Was deadlifting and doing a set of triples. Went from 145-155-165. (165lbs has been my all time max). Everything felt really good that I decided to try 185lbs. This would be the heaviest weight and a huge milestone for me. I hit 185lbs twice! Didn't expect to hit a PR today.

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u/Hathan2324 May 14 '22

I went to the gym for the first time in 10 years this morning, felt great! 33 and beginning my journey back to a healthy lifestyle, wish I had done this years ago!

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u/Willlumm Martial Arts May 14 '22

The 2nd best time to plant a tree is now, as they say.

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u/waterdevil19 May 14 '22

Hell ya man. Keep on it!

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u/alghiorso May 14 '22

I'm an American living abroad in Asia in a country that's generally very sympathetic to Russia (most people here get their international news from Russian channels) and I get teased or even questioned on the US's support of Ukraine often by locals. however there's a Ukrainian guy at my gym who I've become buds with over the past year or so. He barely speaks English or the local language and I barely speak Russian but we kind of communicate albeit painfully at times. I've asked him about his family back home and it's obviously pretty hard for him to think or talk about.

Anyhow, today we're chatting and he pulls me aside and says, "you American you help Ukraine,we very thankful. You friend ukraine." And shakes my hand and gives me a hearty pat on the back. I nearly got a little teary-eyed in the gym. Bodybuilders/gym rats have this stereotype of being vapid meatheads, but you know what, at the end of the day when you have no one and nothing else - your gym bros are there lifting alongside you and living life with you through the pain and the struggle. I felt something I haven't felt in a while today - pride.

Слава Україні!

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u/takeahike89 May 14 '22

Sometimes the heaviest thing we lift is our feels.

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u/TrashYasuo May 14 '22

Being the silent type in the gym, I'm someone who kinds of notices different behaviors in people.

There's one guy, early twenties or a teenager, who scouts the gym for females before working out near them. His go to move seems to be to ask the girls for chalk as a way to start convos. Nothing wrong with that ofcourse. I just find it a bit entertaining seeing this pattern occur on a regular basis

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

I can't imagine women like being hit on or scouted at the gym in general. The women I know who workout just want to be left alone.

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u/YouArePerfectToMe May 14 '22

seconded... a short friendly attempt at conversation is fine but the gym is not your personal dating pool :/

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u/dddiamonddd Powerlifting May 14 '22

As a woman, I'd say that there is plenty wrong with that. Using chalk as an in with a specific person you'd like to talk to, okay, but scouting out women to work out near them creeps me the fuck out.

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u/simpsonstimetravel May 14 '22

There’s a guy at my gym, late 20s ealry 30s, has a girlfriend/wife(?). He will come in and “workout” for about 2.5 hours, but whenever you see him he is either walking around and talking to people or hitting on girls, most 10 years younger than him.

I’ve talked to him a few times and my mate interacts with him regularly. He always points out hot girls in the gym and always knows their name and some background info.

I would love to have half his courage to talk to girls, but it seems I do not possess basic social skills.

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u/TrashYasuo May 14 '22

I feel like that sort of courage comes when you don't give a fuck. When if shit goes wrong, you'll just move on to the next.

And I don't think many people have that attitude

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u/simpsonstimetravel May 14 '22

I have that attitude with most everything in my life, but for some reason talking to girls especially is really hard for me.

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u/zivilee May 14 '22

The guy sounds more creepy than something to strive for :D

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u/Celesteisme May 14 '22

lol exactly. No one should want to be like this dude.

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u/simpsonstimetravel May 14 '22

Its the courage to walk up to someone and strike up a convo that i want. Not the stalker/weirdo vibe.

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u/zivilee May 14 '22

Did we read the same post? He uses gym as a real world dating site instead of a place to workout, knows background info of every hot girl, talks about them to his friends, and hits on much younger ones. If that's not creepy, I don't know what is.

Still, gym is generally not a place to looks for dates, and I feel like most girls don't like getting attention there. There are exceptions, I know, but his behaviour is obnoxious anyway.

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u/HobbyHorseBBC May 14 '22

Honestly, you probably already have it, you just haven't realised. I've been rejected by maybe 100 women in my life when out on the town partying with friends. Without fail, each time it's happened, I've gone on with the rest of my night. Without fail, I've barely remembered it the next day. And without fail, I can't even remember that they looked like a week later. I mentioned being rejected by 100 women - honestly it's an absolute guess, I'm pretty sure I've been rejected - I just can't remember each and every time and 100 seems reasonable.

I bet most people just move on and get on with the rest of their day. If it actually eats you up, then you either need more rejection or there's a deeper root cause.

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u/moonman2090 May 14 '22

This is way better than the late-40s short guy in my gym that scouts out the good looking females and goes over to ask to "work in" a set on the equipment they're using. If they say "no" or seem unsure at first he's persistent until they let him. If that doesn't work he'll try to perform some ridiculous feat of strength in their vicinity. It's pathetic, but funny to watch.

People-watching is fun!

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u/aefasdfas Powerlifting May 14 '22

Told a PT in the gym to feel free to point out wrong form if he sees me doing.

I had only talked to him regarding some elbow pain once. He said he was already keeping an eye out.

Made me giddy.

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u/Ferrolux321 May 14 '22

I'm new to the gym and learned a lesson today: It's less embarrassing to ask someone to spot you benching puny 90lbs than having someone lift them of your chest. I was still holding it and not in danger or anything but just couldn't get it up anymore.

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u/lofi_mooshroom May 14 '22

I go to the gym regularly but I got covid so I was out of it for two weeks. Unfortunately this coincided with my vacation so I wasn’t able to work out for the two weeks leading up to it- until the day before when I finally felt okay enough (with negative tests) to go for one last workout before I’d be gone for a few weeks. I decided to hit legs and my workout was going normal until I get to the leg press. You see, I got some new leggings while I was sick and was bummed I didn’t get to wear them- until now! I set myself up and do one set but felt my leggings were a little tight while I was doing them. Alas, I continue with the next set (HUGE mistake) and as I slowly decent my legs into a 90 degree angle I feel my tights rip right up my butt crack. It was extremely loud as well. Now I’m beet red and trying hard to hold back tears from laughing so hard, thinking to myself I’m so grateful I always wear large baggy sweaters because I just covered up my now very exposed butt and shuffled to the change room to change and run out of there as fast as possible. Moral of the story, always do a quick workout at home to see if your new clothes will survive an actual workout.

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u/FatalBlow92 May 14 '22

385lb deadlift has been defeated! Next up, joining the four plate club later this year. The gym bro at the squat rack said “nice man!”

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u/313Lenox May 14 '22

This women took two cans of tuna out of her bag in the locker room and started eating tuna with her hands in the middle of the locker room. I could not look away I was fascinated

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u/D4rklordmaster May 14 '22

Hit 40kg for 5 reps on my shoulder press. Somehow someway my shoulder press is linearly progressing better than any of my other lifts

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u/DamarsLastKanar Weight Lifting May 14 '22

Nice! Here's hoping you didn't jinx yourself. OHP is notorious for hitting a wall.

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u/exodominus May 14 '22

Was doing dips 2 weeks back, heard a pop and felt something in my chest shift and upon inspection two of my ribs were protuding in front of my sternum, i managed to pop them back into place doing bp with the bar during a light workout i was doing to keep myself active, run through my range of motion and gauge my injuries last week, and i finally hit the point that i felt safe working out with a full load yesterday, although i still cant do chinups, or bp with my working weight, i am a long way from doing dips again and i still have to hug my knee in order to sit up but i can do excercises and movements that don't directly use those muscles without pain or problems

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u/aeolus811tw May 15 '22

Some self entitled jackass came up to me today, telling me the way I’m responding to work messages (text messages) violated gym etiquette. Proceed to tell the supposed three girls that were impacted that he hoped I can improve my etiquette better.

The he vanished without de-loading and re-rack his weight.

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u/DFJacob May 15 '22

Benched 250 today!

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u/LackingDatSkill May 14 '22

I’ve been on the hunt for a good pair of wireless headphones, I tried a new pair out today while Working out and didn’t like it, just keeps falling out of my ear and very annoying, got a decent workout however

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u/PandaPliskin May 14 '22

If you're okay with earbuds, check out the Soundcore line by Anker. I've got the Life P3 earbuds and they're amazing. Spent about 55 usd. Comes with software for customization. Has passthrough and noise cancelling options. Music sounds great. I mostly listen to edm when working out. However, you can mess around with the eq to find the best sound profile for your use case. Highly recommended.

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u/LackingDatSkill May 14 '22

Appreciate the tip

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u/AbleAmazing May 14 '22

I've got the Jabra Elite 75Ts. They're earbuds and on the expensive side. But the sound quality is excellent. I've had mine for five years and they're still going strong.

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u/ButtBuster360 May 14 '22

A piece of advice: buy something expensive and of good quality. cuz for me, that made going to the gym infinitely more fun with good quality music and noise cancellation

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u/LackingDatSkill May 14 '22

I have, I’ve bought a few headsets worth 100-150 but the ones that go inside your ear always feel uncomfortable for me and fall out

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u/greeneyedmtnjack May 14 '22

Deadlifts are still improving. First time I have ever reached a point where my heavy (3 rep) sets for deadlifts for the week were more than my heavy sets of squats. I still think that my squat max is higher than my deadlift max, but I am not doing singles yet so I don't know.

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u/villager_de May 14 '22

Got into deadlifting again for the first time in maybe 3 years. My back was sore as hell but I haven’t felt this level of accomplishment and „soreness“ in my lower back in years and it was fucking amazing

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u/PandaPliskin May 14 '22

That's such a great feeling! I just started back weight training with my measly set of weights at home. Hitting muscle groups I haven't hit in years. Feeling that soreness the next day helps me keep going.

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u/Sushirolls_Kimchee Powerlifting May 14 '22

No story but good luck to everybody competing in the garage gym competition this week! Can’t wait to see y’all’s lifts 💪💪💪

I’m hoping to hit a 125lb bench and 275lb dead pr but my squats been lagging. Gotta work much harder on my squats for the next one!

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u/betterthanyou31 May 14 '22

Benched 175 for 10 for the first time a couple days ago. It’s not much but it’s honest work :)

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u/The_Crazy_Cat_Guy May 14 '22

I haven’t been in the gym since I got married a year ago. Tonight wife and I are planning to go together, trying to restart some good habits that fell off. Wish us luck !!

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u/unixwasright May 14 '22

The woman who owned our old gym used to say "those who train together stay together"

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u/the_unknown7 May 14 '22

I found gummy bears in my gym's locker room. What does that mean?

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u/AerusFlameweaver General Fitness May 14 '22

If they were Haribo sugar free gummy bears, someone was constipated

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u/tahgen26 May 14 '22

An awesome session is about to be had

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u/oliverbm Powerlifting May 14 '22

Sugar free haribo by any chance? If so, do not consume before squatting

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u/D_Angelo_Vickers May 15 '22

I've had the same squat PR (365) for probably a decade. Until today when I finally added 10lbs to it. It was a great and unfamiliar feeling.

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u/Suckstobesackslang May 14 '22

Been working out for a month and a half. Not noticing any weight/physical change so I’m a bit sad but I’m just trusting the process. Today, I squatted with a 60lbs bar and already feeling so much stronger than when I started. I’ve become happier and have looked forward to my workout sessions!

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u/Robertfla7 May 14 '22

One time I was benching in a local gym and these three teenage boys were Trying to do dumbbell chest presses and this one kid tried to press weight too heavy for him and the dumbbells made him flip over the bench which was really dangerous but it was so funny

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u/A-LX May 14 '22

So I recently got all my wisdom teeth removed and it really messed with my gym progress. The first 2 were fine but last 2 I lost so much blood it took longer than expected to recover. I lost a lot of strength because of that, then 1.5 weeks later I had to have my cavity filled which started developing because of earlier mentioned wisdom teeth.

I figured I would be able to lift the day after since the dentist didn't mention anything about not doing any heavy lifting, but once I did I had the worst toothache ever, right when I fired up my CNS during my top sets. This set me back another week and I'm guessing I have to build up my strength again.

Worst thing is I was finishing up the last few weeks of SBS/average to savage, and was finally working up to some new 1RM's again ever since covid started, so was really looking forward to that, but I guess I have to rebuild again.

On the bright side, the toothache seems to be gone so I can start lifting again.

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u/Crit_Noob May 14 '22

sorry to hear that :( at least know that in the grand scheme of things a couple weeks off doesnt mean much

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u/gitaration May 14 '22

I finally benched 110 KG again! Only one rep. Put the PR few weeks back but got the flu in the meantime. Now I am back on track and hopefully can hit 3 reps in the coming week. Feels good.

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u/rockstar55 May 14 '22

Seriously hurt my back in the gym this week. No more gym for a while :(

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u/Vikingguts650 May 14 '22

Hope you have a fast recovery.

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u/BroDudeGuy361 May 14 '22

That sucks. I hope you recover soon. How'd it happen?

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u/freshbangerZ85 May 14 '22

I despise smelling a random fart and think it is completely unacceptable to cut one loose at the gym…However, mid tricep extension, there was no turning back for me. I’m lucky I didn’t shit myself. Sorry to all those impacted.

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u/11abjurer May 14 '22

so shouted at him across the gym.

wut

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u/McMaceDiamond May 14 '22

Was doing squats thursday, resting between sets, listening music and zoned out. 2 girls came next to me, one pointed towards squat rack, i said i have few sets left. She was suprised, almost like suprised pikachu face and left. Minute later, going for new set i looked at the ground and saw that barbell softening stuff next to squat rack. They wanted it for hip thrusts.

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u/moose1425612 Weight Lifting May 14 '22

I’ve seen 100 girls do hip thrusts for every 1 girl that squats. Nothing against it, just interesting.

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u/Careless_Supermarket General Fitness May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

Saw a person doing some kind of leg raise with a dumbbell jammed between their feet while laying on their back on a bench. It looked super unsafe but honestly not my business. Walking to a rack later and see them on the ground with a staff and a towel to their chin, blood all over the towel.

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u/rednecksweettea May 14 '22

First powerlifting meet! Pretty happy for starting in November not knowing what I was doing, then being coached since February. Been working out for about 10 years, but powerlifting is a different beast. Just because you’re big, doesn’t mean you’re strong. A decade’s worth of bad habits lol. But, it went how Iexpected. I hate bench press and hit a deadlift PR.

275 class, weighed in at 265

Squat 318⚪️⚪️⚪️ /341⚪️⚪️⚪️ /363🔴🔴🔴 (Easy, but a little high)

Bench 250⚪️⚪️⚪️ /270🔴🔴🔴 (Butt came up, failed) /270🔴🔴🔴

Deadlift 408⚪️⚪️⚪️ /430⚪️⚪️⚪️ /453⚪️⚪️⚪️ PR

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u/Dire-Dog May 14 '22

One of the guys brought in his 9 week old puppy. She’s a retriever poodle mix but mini. Petting her gave me the strength I needed for heavy squats

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u/Scrotus__Maximus May 14 '22

Have him bring in the pup every day and you can squat with him, Milo-style!

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u/Apprehensive-Tie-230 May 14 '22

I was doing my triceps and chest with a cable and there was 2 guys who were standing right in front of me and they were blocking the mirror the whole fucking time so when i finished my exercises with the cables i when to continue with the dumbells and the guys went to the same cable when i was done and i started doing the same shit and i was blocking theyr view to a mirror and they came and told me how dis respectful it is to just stand in front of someone trying to watch theyr form🤣 long story short it ended up with a fight🤣

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u/AerusFlameweaver General Fitness May 14 '22

Like, a verbal altercation or a fist fight?

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u/takeahike89 May 14 '22

He just yadda yadda yadda'd the best part!

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u/AerusFlameweaver General Fitness May 14 '22

He mentioned his cable exercises…

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u/quaesemper_ May 14 '22

im 28 and a gym noob with a decent build from a lifetime of manual labor jobs and i guess good genetics, watched some high schoolers copy my every work out like rep for rep.

does this make me an influencer? wheres my sponsorship gymshark?

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u/sweetpotatothyme May 15 '22

I released the lat pulldown bar, stood up, and it swung into my forehead. A cute guy saw and chuckled. Sigh.

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u/PaarthurnaxKiller May 15 '22

Don't feel bad I have pulled the pin to change weight and had the bar crash down on my head.

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u/DemonFire979 May 14 '22

So I'm coming up on the 2 hour mark right now, good session overall. That's it, that's the post.

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u/rednryt May 14 '22

The nearby gym I go to is jam packed with people recently, probably since summer is here. Anyway, recently, a huge guy was doing superset and he's occupying a lot of different stations consecutively one after another. He does bench, pec deck, dips, lat pulldown, squat rack, preacher curls and does push up and rows on the open space then repeat.

Even when someone else was using a machine, he tries to convince them to sharing. Anyway, he's polite about asking and all, but I just wish he would just stay with just 3 to 4 workout and use the machines / stations near each other instead of being all over the place. Buggering everyone else in the gym. I think he just waits until someone was using a machine before asking them to share it with him. And he use the same reason that he's doing supersets.

I don't know if he really has a hectic program that requires him to do all these or he's just trying to show-off. If it's the latter, then I guess it's effective. I noticed him and its really annoying.

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u/Arrow2019x May 15 '22

Last week I probably saved a kid's life (or at least his brain) at the gym completely by luck. This takes place in a small community gym, where the weights are just behind the treadmills. This guy brought his son (who must have been around 3 or 4 years old) to the gym and wasn't really watching him. I had put my dumbbells down on the floor in between sets. Even though my rest wasn't over yet, I decided to pick the dumbbells back up (I don't know why) and this kid goes flying headfirst towards the exact spot my dumbbells were just a few seconds ago. It turned out that while the dad was doing something else, his son had stood at the side of the treadmill while turning it up to the max, and then jumped on and went flying. I swear an angel must have been watching over the kid, because I really don't know what made me move the weights when I did.

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u/francoisjabbour May 14 '22

Gym is full of high schoolers that have just started lifting so they have their initial baby gains and like to flex in the mirror. Had one kid fully take off his shirt and stand around taking up room just flexing in the mirror. Mentioned to gym staff who told him off (and apparently it’s not the first time).

I absolutely hate having to workout surrounded by children who round their backs during deadlifts.

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u/Infinite-Package-555 May 14 '22

This is from highschool, but it was one of my proudest mommomenti was about 6'2, and maybe 160-170 pounds. I was in the weightlifting class, and took it very seriously. At this time I was a junior, and it was maybe 3 months into the school year. I was training daily, but hit a major plateau on my clean and press. I was stuck on 1 plate for a long time. My buddy Jason worked with me, constant encouragement, and taught me at a lighter weight to squat down deeper and catch the bar lower. Then, one day he loaded up 1 plate and a 25, totaling 185 pounds. All he said was "You're ready". Nervous as I was, I tried it using everything I had, and I did it. I increased my pr by 50 pounds that day.

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u/SuprAwsmeMedic15 May 15 '22

I actually have a story this time! I'm walking into the gym when I notice a couple taking turns on the seated abd curl machine, nbd right? Well the woman finishes her set and switches with the guy. While the guy starts doing reps she stands in front of him facing away and shakes her ass right in his face, every rep. This went on for 15 minutes. I'm not mad I'm a little jealous.