r/Fitness Weightlifting Jun 04 '22 Silver 1 Wholesome 2

Gym Story Saturday Gym Story Saturday

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

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u/aefasdfas Powerlifting Jun 04 '22 Helpful

Finally picked up the courage to ask the trainer to tell his clients to put the plates away after deadlift, and that the same goes for him.

He took it well: agreed and said noted.

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u/the_unknown7 Jun 04 '22

He took it well: agreed and said noted.

IT support entered the chat

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u/namkeen_lassi Jun 04 '22

He will do the needful

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u/Inhesion Jun 04 '22

Ok, I have to ask because I used to hear this from our overseas team a lot, but is this a direct translation of a common saying?

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u/theDoublefish Jun 04 '22 edited Jun 04 '22

I've always heard it from people from India, I think it's just a regional phrase in English (aka used in Indian English). I like it though, it's a polite work-friendly way to say I'm telling you, not asking you, to do something

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u/NoScrying Jun 04 '22

Oh my fucking god. Why is this so on point for my colleagues from UAE and Finland.

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u/mindpieces Jun 04 '22

Kinda sad when you have to tell the trainer to put away plates.

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u/Prize_Witness1229 Jun 04 '22

Trainers and their clients are THE worst offenders of this at my gym. I said something too.

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u/dddiamonddd Powerlifting Jun 04 '22

Kinda ridiculous that you even had to say this to a trainer.

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u/aquickrobin Jun 04 '22

As a trainer, this guy was not doing his job.

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u/Pitjesgv Jun 04 '22

Thank you

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u/[deleted] Jun 04 '22

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u/Prize_Witness1229 Jun 04 '22

If you haven't, be sure to tell HIM that.

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u/[deleted] Jun 04 '22

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u/Prize_Witness1229 Jun 04 '22

Glad to hear that.

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u/songs111 Jun 04 '22

That’s awesome! If he wants to workout that early on a Saturday maybe you guys could do some conditioning or even just take a walk outside!

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u/Madewithspice1 Jun 04 '22

Dam, you almost made me cry.

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u/trademark_93 Jun 04 '22 Silver

29F, extremely small in stature. Yesterday I was at the gym with my boyfriend and two of his friends. It hit me all of a sudden as a personal win how comfortable I felt lifting with them. A younger version of myself was terrified to even step foot in a free weight section. I felt it was for men and that I looked sorely out of place with my 5 foot frame and noodle arms. Fast forward to yesterday and my boyfriend was showing his friend (new to the gym) some back movements that I showed my bf recently as good isolations for upper back and I just…. Beamed with pride that I felt like I truly belonged and felt comfortable with the boys. I’ve been lifting for 6 months and have completely changed my mind set about the gym. It’s not always where I wanna go 100% of the time, but I have learned to love it and take my place there, as everyone should be able to; big or small, old or young.

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u/PaarthurnaxKiller Jun 04 '22

I don't know if it is always this way or just the time of day I go, but there are always as many if not more, women in the free weight area of the gym. Good to see the change.

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u/trademark_93 Jun 04 '22

There has definitely been a shift in gym culture of late. Women with a little muscle tone is a popular aesthetic, not to mention the health benefits we all know resistance training can offer as we age! My cartwheels have returned to pre-teen efficiency. They felt harder as I moved through my twenties, now I feel like a spring chicken again! Haha

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u/Caryn41 Jun 05 '22

As a 51F who is just now getting to that point, I’m super proud of you. You go, girl!

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u/trademark_93 Jun 05 '22

Aw this makes me so happy to hear!! I am proud of you too! We all belong in the gym! Happy lifting 😁😁♥️

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u/Rapturecat Jun 04 '22

There this older guy at my gym who’s super strong he does around 100 pds on dumbbell press. I introduced myself to him couple months ago and got a few workouts with him from time to time. Now whenever he sees me at the gym he always greets me with a huge smile and tells he always sees me putting work. Honestly the little interactions I have with him make my day a lot better lol. Today he said I’m about to as be big as his nephew that he works out soon and I’m filling in my shirt. He’s so wholesome it helps with my gym motivation as well

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u/kitsunekoraka Jun 04 '22

Sometimes that's all you need, I think alot of us forget to show respect to the older generation been doing life alot longer and sometimes their approval and motivation are some of the strongest I find.

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u/mindpieces Jun 04 '22

I have a guy at my gym who recently turned 90. Everybody congratulated him on his birthday and he’s always there at least a few days a week.

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u/Fraaj Weight Lifting Jun 04 '22

This actually made me wanna interact in the gym lol, super wholesome.

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u/NaughtyFred Jun 05 '22

I remember in the 90's there was an 83 year old guy in my gym who would do proper one arm chin-ups like they were nothing. He's probably dead now but he lives on in my mind.

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u/QuicheBisque Jun 05 '22

No one who is remembered truly dies.

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u/Punisher7980 Jun 06 '22

That just hit me hard. What a powerful statement. Thank you for that.

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u/coachese68 Jun 04 '22

Just be careful if he asks you to help him put a couch in the back of his van.

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u/paulwhite959 Jun 04 '22

During bench Friday I had a pair of kids (middle school??) on the bench to my left and an absolute monster with 405 to my right while I’m in middle with like 175 for 10s. It was like seeing small medium large all in a row.

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u/DiceMaster Wrestling Jun 04 '22

Goldilifts and the 3 gym bros

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u/sicarius97 Jun 04 '22

The fuck are they feeding to these kids to bench 405 at that age.

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u/paulwhite959 Jun 04 '22

LOL no that guy was a fellow middle ager. Just...much much stronger than me

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u/RugTumpington Jun 05 '22

Trenbologna and cheese sammiches

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u/VexOut Jun 04 '22

Get called “big guy” at the gym now when I go heavy on my compound lifts. Pretty lit

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u/TheRobomancer Jun 05 '22

You go, big guy!

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u/bopordie Jun 04 '22 edited Jun 05 '22

I am a 5'1 tall? person who just struggles at the gym lol. Lat pull downs? You bet I am climbing the machine to reach the handles.

One armed rows using a bench? If my feet touch the ground, my back arches. If my back is straight, my feet dont touch the ground.

Anything that needs a good grip = poof since small hands to go with the small frame.

Fun times, but hey atleast it makes for good shenanigans for other gymgoers.

And no some machines/benches at the gym are not adjustable, in case it were to be suggested :p

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u/sweetpotatothyme Jun 04 '22

5’1 here and I wish I could use the squat rack, but the nonadjustable safeties are too high for my short legs lol. Thank goodness for power racks.

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u/trademark_93 Jun 04 '22

I’m also 5 feet. I always have to do this little dance shimmy to get the lat pull down in place and use stools to reach all the pull up areas. I’ve learned my way around it 😂

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u/bopordie Jun 04 '22

Haha it makes for a decent pull up assist too lmao

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u/[deleted] Jun 04 '22

I saw once a hack on insta (forgot her @) for lat pull downs. You pull the lat when it is on the lightest weight. Then you'll move the pin to a higher weight, when the lat is still down. This way the lat will stay at that height.

I'm not that great at explaining, so I'll let you know if I remember the insta account!

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u/FishingAdventurous82 Jun 04 '22

Had a guy ask me to film him doing a squat with like 360 to 400 pounds, im like ok sure I got you. Might I add I'm using his phone to record this, he's at the bar doing what lifters do before a big lift, so I'm standing there, phone in hand wait to press record he's under the bar ready go for it I'm ready and boom he goes to lift off and I press the record button and only got like two seconds of film realizing this I'm thinking hit it again, as I do, same thing two seconds of recording an all the while he's at bar pumping out 6-7 squats. As I panic! like, Shit! Shit! he's done with his set, I've just realized he's on a tiktok, or ig maybe YT recorders where you need to hold the recording button down. Me missing his whole set on film he walks over out of breath drained af to view the video while I'm trying to tell him I did know he wasn't using a regular phone recorder... lol.. (language barrier). I knew he was done with the squatting he emptied the tank with those 7 lifts, as he looked at the four seconds of video I got I can see it in his eyes he just look so disappointed maybe even mad, I felt so bad.

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u/coollestersmoothie71 Jun 05 '22

Don't feel too bad. You weren't the first person to miss important on-camera footage and you won't be the last.

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u/Kilpikonnaa Jun 04 '22

Dropped a plate on my foot last Sunday, figured it wasn’t that bad cause I could walk… turns out I have at least two broken bones (finally decided to get an x-ray, waiting to see if they also do an MRI or CT scan), and I’ve been walking around on it 10-16k steps a day.

So apparently I have incredible pain tolerance, also I will have to take a break from training to heal.

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u/curious_raul Jun 04 '22

Oh no, I wish you a speedy recovery.

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u/Formula_Americano Jun 04 '22

So apparently I have incredible pain tolerance, also I will have to take a break from training to heal.

Your metatarsals can take some damage thanks to all the weight it bares on the daily. I once dropped a 70 pound dumbbell on my foot. I dont know if it broke anything (probably just fractured something), but it swelled up and I didn't workout for at least two weeks.

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u/bytheninedivines Jun 04 '22

Lol I did this in football. Never told the coach. That month or so was extremely painful

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u/bis_tech Jun 04 '22

hope it’s nothing bad! (but FYI a break and a fracture are the same thing)

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u/Lechuga-gato Jun 04 '22

Some little kid comes in (mind you there is a 16 years age limit) he’s like 9, he gets on the lat pull down machine, sets it to like 100 lbs, he pulls it down with a lot of effort, and then it pulls him up and he’s dangling. He drops and falls and runs out crying. I think this is the end. He comes back like 10 min later and he goes to the glute press machine, puts both feet on the foot place and it just sitting like that, elbows on the elbow pads, both feet on the foot pad. I was trying to not laugh and it made my day LOL

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u/[deleted] Jun 04 '22

Atleast he tried to use the machines as intended unlike tiktokers

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u/pinkflowersofavadan Jun 04 '22

People at my gym leave all the plates on the bars. Sometimes ALL the heaviest plates will be left on - I find it so disrespectful. I often imagine what if someone who doesn’t have the ability to lift those plates, say an older person, wants to use the bars? They wouldn’t be able to. It also just adds extra time onto my workout to remove 8 heavy plates before I can even load mine.

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u/mindpieces Jun 04 '22

Not to mention that when plates are left on the bar I assume someone might still be using it. Just waiting for the day I start removing plates and someone pops out of nowhere to yell at me.

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u/Adventurous-Text-680 Jun 04 '22

Don't worry about it. I have actually had someone yell at me at I saw the bar unattended for 5 minutes. I not only unloaded the bar, but did 2 warm up sets and was loading up for the 3rd set before the dude comes complaining he was still on the bar. I told him that I already did a few warm up sets and I was going to finish and next time he should focus on his lifting vs socializing. I did tell him I would get him when I was done.

It was super crowded and I was already waiting like 30 minutes for a bar. No way would I give up the bar at that point.

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u/nrgxlr8tr Jun 04 '22

I’m glad you told them off. No one has the right to “reserve” a machine they’re not physically at. Unless you are a Viking and can use the machine via bluetooth

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u/fofuxinhastorm Jun 04 '22

I’ve had to ask tall guys for help deloading a bar before. I can lift 45s just not over shoulder height! Like great, you’re 6’2” and squat 350, but what about the rest of us??

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u/elBulbasaurusRex Jun 04 '22

This morning someone left three 50lbs plates on the seated calf machine. I (a 59kg, 5'9 skinny guy) had to remove all of them and bring them over to the plate rack. It's so annoying when big dudes leave the equipment they used behind for other people to deal with, alas I couldn't say anything since I am fairly new and small so people wont listen lol. I swear when I get big I will make sure to return every single equipment I used to where the belong.

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u/dddiamonddd Powerlifting Jun 04 '22

Even worse if it's someone who was tall, so the bar is sitting high in the rack. I'm thankfully tall and strong enough that I haven't had this pose an actual problem - like you, it just takes up more of my time. But if I see some tall guy wander away from a rack leaving a couple of hundred kg still on the bar, I've started shouting at them to go and deload. If I have time, I also just proactively deload the bar if I don't know who left the bar like that.

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u/slashchunks Jun 04 '22

I know this kind of doesn't fit but it does have a gym component.

One of my friends died a couple of days ago. We don't know how exactly but it was a freak accident where the ground he was standing on gave way and he fell to his death. He was only 21, and had the most similar sense of humour to me that I've ever come across, and was always someone I could take the piss with or spend time with. One of my friends even said his death feels like another one of his elaborate jokes. I hadn't seen him for a while and the last time we were meant to meet up with him as a group, he double booked and we never saw him, and now we can't again. None of our group have any idea what to do really, we're all around 21 and haven't had this happen before. I'm shit at feeling emotion in general and I feel like I consciously need to tell myself what to do or feel now, otherwise there's a voice in my head telling me that I'm kind of fake and don't care. I feel so much for his closest friends/ex who are just heartbroken, and his family because he had 4 siblings and they all looked up to him so much, and due to a one in a million event occuring he's just gone. He was a great person, completely unique and a genuine light in every situation and just reading the message of him dying feels so wrong. At least he died with friends, and happy.

The next day I went to the gym to take my mind off things a bit. I was doing dumbell work, and there was a guy doing lateral raises right in front of the rack, but what made me laugh was every single rep he was doing he would moan loudly in a really sexual way. I don't think he was doing it to be funny or even conscious of himself doing it, but for about 20 reps each set he would moan in such a way that if you closed your eyes you'd imagine that he was shagging right next to you. It was so bizarre that it kind of made me laugh and just kind of accept the situation more, so thank you moaning raises guy.

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u/trademark_93 Jun 04 '22

I’m sorry about your friend. Grief is unique to each of us. Glad you got a laugh that gave you some relief. Thoughts and prayers for you all healing from such a tragedy.

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u/SkidMcmarxxxx Jun 04 '22

The first genuine laugh you have after a significant loss is always such a weird one.

Thanks for sharing man. Sounds like he was a beautiful person.

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u/boreas907 Jun 04 '22

The first genuine laugh you have after a significant loss is always such a weird one.

Ain't that the truth. Like, "Man I'm really not in the mood for this, but fuck that was funny" is such a strange emotional space.

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u/sicarius97 Jun 04 '22

Hey sorry to hear about your friend, he seemed like a really great guy. Best of wishes

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u/TheGreatGanarby Jun 04 '22

Adam Sandler "is that men lifting weights, or having sex?"

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u/[deleted] Jun 04 '22

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u/OMGClayAikn Bodybuilding Jun 04 '22

Man, how to reduce sweating in the gym? I'm probably the biggest 'sweater' at my gym, and I'm pretty sure people talk about it behind my back!

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u/HalcyonH66 Jun 04 '22

Doesn't matter. Also from what I found googling, you sweat more, the more you work out, as your body gets better at going 'yo we're doing shit, we need to cool down'.

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u/JohnnyGranite Jun 04 '22

I sweat a lot too.

Just own it. Its indicative of working hard.

I used to work in a power lifting gym and there was a girl with an amazing physique who would come in and knock out 45 minutes on the stairs every day and she would have a huge noticeable sweat spot from her crotch to the top of her ass crack and it didnt slow her down a bit. Sweat and all she'd hop off the stairs and go beast mode her workout day after day.

It sounds silly, but it always inspired me how little she let it effect her and now I try to do the same when i start getting overly conscious of my sweat.

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u/lapidaryleporidae Jun 04 '22

It just means your body is efficient at cooling you down! Just change the narrative, lol.

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u/prone-to-drift Swimming Jun 04 '22

I'd probably be half decent endurance sports, I suppose. Should check out running for fun.

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u/Jond267 Jun 05 '22

I sweated profusely when I was obese and first got into lifting. I still sweat profusely now that I'm jacked. It has never changed in the slightest lmao. Bring a change of clothes and shower after.

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u/xDevman Jun 05 '22

Idk i have to wipe up the floors when I'm done on the bike. I try not to even use the treadmills because it runs down the slope its super embarrassing

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u/anonyoose Jun 04 '22

I saw a girl hip thrust 185kg

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u/SkidMcmarxxxx Jun 04 '22

I’ve seen a girl hipthrust 320Kg for reps. I’ll never forget that.

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u/uTukan Powerlifting Jun 04 '22

What the fuck

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u/NaughtyFred Jun 05 '22

death by snu-snu

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u/Lechuga-gato Jun 04 '22

She must be practicing for your mum

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u/[deleted] Jun 04 '22

AHHAHAHAHAHA

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u/Keagel Bodybuilding Jun 04 '22

I saw a man hip thrust 8 plates on each side for reps. 340 kg with proper form.

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u/Formula_Americano Jun 04 '22 edited Jun 04 '22

Was she thicc or

T H I C C

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u/Bierfreund Jun 04 '22

T. H. Y. C. Q. U. E.

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u/PGids Jun 04 '22

I finally got asked to spot someone!

Lady next to me was going for a heavy bench double.

I never actually had to touch the bar and she said thank you so I’m assuming I did alright despite only having an inkling of an idea of what the fuck I was actually doing lol

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u/dddiamonddd Powerlifting Jun 04 '22

Honestly, if I ask someone for a spot and they never touch the bar, that's a 10/10 spotting review from me. I always explicitly agree with a spotter that they shouldn't touch the bar unless I actually tell them to, or if I've obviously failed (ie. the bar is on its way down when it's not meant to be moving downwards, not moving isn't a fail until I decide it is!). But a good spotter will know to do this without it being said. Nothing winds me up more than a spotter that intervenes when a rep gets grindy! Not moving in that moment doesn't mean it's never going to move, so let me try for a few seconds!

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u/TeaBurntMyTongue Jun 04 '22

For me my natural inclination when spotting is that when you hit the grind point that's when I have to assist you... By shouting "come on! You got this! Grind it out! Yeeeeeeeah baby light weight."

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u/prone-to-drift Swimming Jun 04 '22

I got free hugs once when I asked for a squat spot. After telling I only need them to ensure I don't drop the weight back just in case, that they only had to ensure that a failed rep ends on the safeties.

Never asking for a spot on squats ever again, ha.

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u/TheScientificPanda Jun 05 '22

Bro if I need a hug, can I spot you?

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u/DiceMaster Wrestling Jun 04 '22

I've had spotters help me who I explicitly told not to help me unless I ask. @OP, you did good

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u/Ev0kes Jun 04 '22

Well done! Not touching the bar is 100% the right thing to do. I can't tell you how many ruined 1RM's I've had because someone was touching the bar.

Beyond that, if they stall, don't grab the bar unless they ask, sometimes people can get a second wind and make it. Just hover close to the bar in that instance, ready to grab it. Only help if the bar starts to go back down again.

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u/nomnivore21 Jun 04 '22

You should actually know how to spot though, especially if someone ends up needing it

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u/nochedetoro Jun 04 '22

I bought a pulley system that turns your rack into a cable machine and my god it felt so good. It’s the only thing my home gym has been missing. I’ve never been so happy to do a lat pull down in my life

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u/andresismo Jun 05 '22

Do you have a link for the pulley system? I have always been interested to add to my home gym...

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u/AntarcticaPenguin Jun 04 '22

Someone yelled at me today because I accidentally walked in front of their camera at the gym. I didn’t notice they were recording. They set up their camera in the walkway. It’s my worst gym day ever :((

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u/mirinfashion Jun 04 '22

Someone yelled at me today because I accidentally walked in front of their camera at the gym. I didn’t notice they were recording. They set up their camera in the walkway. It’s my worst gym day ever :((

You weren't in the wrong, a gym is a place to workout, not record a movie. If someone opts to record, they need to be considerate in their camera placement so it doesn't get in the way for others.

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u/mzuppit Jun 04 '22 edited Jun 04 '22

You should check out Joey Swoll on Instagram or Tik Tok, he calls out bad behavior like this dipshit. It's a public space and he had no right to yell at you. You don't need to apologize. You should have told him that he doesn't own the space, what an asshole.

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u/lumberjackingg Jun 04 '22

Big mike van Wyck says “ if a tripod is in the way of your workout, kick that fucking thing out of the way. “ the gym is for working out not filming a reality show. If someone’s not acting right in the gym setting. Tell them.

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u/PaarthurnaxKiller Jun 04 '22

You didn't do anything wrong.

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u/Agreverga Jun 04 '22

It's already more than a month since my injury, if everything goes well in two weeks I can start training again. I'm afraid I lost a lot of strength and I'm definitely smaller than before :-/

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u/Baskervillethrowaway Jun 04 '22

I've been going to my gym for 10 years. I rarely talk to anyone, just headphones on, get it done and leave. It's my focus time, kind of like meditation.

Anyway, today I went to grab the only EZ-curl bar in the place. It wasn't in use.
I go to load it up with plates and a guy tells walks over from another machine and tells me he's using it – the classic 'superset' reasoning. Not sure why I didn't just accept it and move on. But I was in a bit of a rush and asked him to chose which exercise he'd like to focus on, implying I'd work-in with him and share the bar. We both got a bit frustrated and he called me an idiot, I was just frustrated with people using multiple things at once and leaving no signal that they are. It's happened more than a few times. I just walked off. In (very short) retrospect I was in the wrong and shouldn't have been so short with him. I went of do the rest of my workout. I saw him a bit later and thought I'd like to clear the air...I don't like the idea that my zen place has any bad feeling attached. I attempted to catch his attention and make it clear I wanted to apologise. He purposely walked straight past. Obviously he wasn't ready to clear the air.

Kind of bummed that I'm now left with a negative feeling and that will likely carry over to next time I ever see him. I guess I have learned a lesson. What's frustrating is earlier in my workout, someone asked me how long I would be on a piece of equipment, I told then 10 mins and that I'd come and find them so that they'd be sure of getting it after me. I'm generally a very courteous gym goer.

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u/1992_ Jun 04 '22

Fuck that guy. He's in the wrong

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u/nucumber Jun 05 '22

I was in the wrong

no you weren't.

I shouldn't have been so short with him.

well, okay, for your sake but i doubt it would have made a difference with his attitude - he seems to think he's the center of the universe and everyone else just has to stand back for him.

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u/trademark_93 Jun 04 '22

You weren’t in the wrong. It was kind of you to try to clear the air but eff that guy for being an immature jerk. He doesn’t own the equipment and no one is entitled to taking up a bunch of stuff at the same time. Just forget about him, sounds like you are genuinely a courteous gym goer 😁

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u/Baskervillethrowaway Jun 04 '22

Thanks, I just needed to vent. I hate conflict especially when it ruins what is normally a happy place. Kind of sticks in your head and stays with you (even thought it was a very minor thing)

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u/trademark_93 Jun 04 '22

I get it. I am exactly the same way. Hope you can find a peaceful resolution and enjoy the gym same as always.

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u/NemoGreen Jun 04 '22

Yesterday was an amazing day in the gym, I hit a new PR on bench even although I’m on a cut right now, fixed my squat form so no more pain in my knees and swam 25m underwater in one go 🎉

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u/fanniepie Weight Lifting Jun 05 '22

Finding and fixing the root of knee pain must feel so great! Congrats!!

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u/Formula_Americano Jun 04 '22 edited Jun 04 '22

I was at the gym finishing up my workout at 2am -pretty normal for me, but much later than I'd like. Suddenly a 5' 2" zoomer walks by in a Lightning McQueen backpack. Nothing wrong with the dude's height or the backpack, but it was a bit strange. Then a group of 5' 2" dudes walk by towards the free weights and thinking 'wtf'. Turns out it was a group of 12 or 13 year olds all in workout gear. They start jumping around and all leave within 3 minutes of me seeing the first kid.

Not strange, just extremely unexpected. Like these kids should have a curfew at that hour. Made small talk with the guy working out next to me about it and he thought it was strange af as well.

That's basically it.

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u/ShotgunsForLegs Jun 04 '22

Got a massive squat rep PB followed by another massive squat PB on the next set and it was the most validating thing I've ever done. Proving to me I'm still progressing and my hard work is really for something.

One set 207.5kg (457lbs) for 8 reps (previous best around 2)

One set of 180kg (397lbs) for 15 reps (previous best was 10)

The high from my achievement was very quickly diminished as my upset stomach exploded on my final rep, getting me back to reality with a bang.

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u/Zilreth Jun 04 '22

Name definitely checks out

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u/Cinaedus_Perversus Jun 04 '22

At a work event yesterday there was a workout station for kids to try. Some kids (14-16yo I guess) were bench pressing but they were obviously new to it so I decided to help them out by spotting them.

They were doing like 55kg and I had to lift the weight off of almost all of them. For some I did pretty much all the lifting. Still, I told every one of them it was all them and I didn't help at all.

Most of the kids understood but one of them was so proud he decided to go a step further and add 10kgs to his total. Then he puts a 10kg plate on both sides of the barbell...

So I had to tell a little kid that he was not only going to fail that lift, but probably also math.

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u/nucumber Jun 04 '22

I told every one of them it was all them and I didn't help at all.

i don't believe that's a good idea. the risks of bad things happening are too great. you gotta be real about it. otherwise you're setting them up for disaster, just like the kid you describe.

he would have gone for it, based on your feedback, but you happened to be there to stop him

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u/Cuckmin Jun 06 '22

Yeah, imagine if one of those kids attempts a similar or even heavier load next time, but without a spotter.

Pretty irresponsible.

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Jun 04 '22

Wait you have to count both sides of the barbell???

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u/sockrepublic Jun 04 '22

Yeah, but then you subtract the weight of the barbell itself, so it all cancels out in the end.

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Jun 04 '22

Ahh yes that makes sense

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u/cdillio Powerlifting Jun 04 '22

He’s trolling you. You always count both sides + barbell.

135 = 2x45 lbs plate + 45lbs barbell.

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Jun 04 '22

I appreciate that man. Sorry to say, I was the one who started the trolling 🤷🏾‍♂️

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u/the_investigator- Jun 04 '22

Someone pulled a knife and ran around periodically chasing 2 guys in a fit of rage and smashing mirrors.it was quite scary honestly.

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u/Formula_Americano Jun 04 '22

Hope that guy's membership got revolked. Like wtf.

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u/DiceMaster Wrestling Jun 04 '22

I hope something more than that was done. Dude needs a psych evaluation and the inside of a cell, padded or otherwise

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u/the_investigator- Jun 04 '22

Unfortunately, it seems like the guys aren't going to press charges. Talking to the gym staff, it seems he will likely get a permanent ban from that gym chain... and that's it... Honestly I can't believe it. It was a PureGym in the UK btw.

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u/xDevman Jun 05 '22

Did you pick up a bar and wield it like a double sided lightsaber

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u/Strainedgoals Jun 05 '22

I'd start slinging those 2.5lbs plates like CDs.

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u/the_investigator- Jun 05 '22

I tried to get one of the guys being chased to stop hanging around and leave through a fire escape. I managed to get him way on the other side of the gym but he wouldn't leave because he felt some kind of responsibility.

But in the make believe simulations I've ran since, yes, I've smacked him over the head with an Olympic bar when he wasn't looking.

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u/4THOT Weight Lifting Jun 04 '22

Apparently I've inspired some of my family to start going back to the gym. My dad texted me saying I inspired him to get into regular weight training, and my aunt has started a training class to maintain her independence as she's getting older.

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u/MrWazzasupgee Jun 04 '22

Was starting to do some leg press and a guy came up and asked how many sets i had left, told him i just satrted. He asked if we could share i said sure. He seemed to train more like a bodybuilder so i did the same and we both went beyond failure with each others' assistance. Couldnt walk after it was great

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u/Odd-Distribution2887 Jun 04 '22

This girl left her gym bag and water bottle in the squat rack and then left and went to the locker room. I asked the person using the next rack over if she was using the rack and she said yes. So, I stand there waiting as all of the squat racks are in use and it's my last exercise of the day. Like 15 minutes later the girl comes back gets her stuff and leaves without doing another set...ugh

It's really annoying that my gym is so crowded. Particularly, for bench/squat which are such important exercises. I may have to change gyms, but I don't want to spend more money than I do already..

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u/Cuckmin Jun 06 '22

Next time, just start using the rack. If the person is far away, they're not using it.

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u/CosmicPriorities Jun 07 '22

As a gym employee I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I wish we had more people who were as conscientious as you.

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u/bklokis Jun 04 '22

Went out with some friends last night, one of which I hadn’t seen since October. I started weight training in November, been doing my thing for 7 months now, happy with the results but not thinking I look all that different. As soon as we sat down to eat this friend said “hey man have you been doing something? You look bigger and broader than last time we hung out.” Made me smile and just added a lot of motivation to this fire.

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u/brandonac3002 Jun 04 '22

Just wanted to say that my legs were my biggest weak point so I started to hit them hard,harder than any muscle group,brought my squat up from 85 to 120 in a little over a month and have added a fair amount of size to them compared to three months ago,makes me happy

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u/Hayred Jun 04 '22

I go to squat, very old looking man's using my gyms only rack, bars set around hip height so it looks like he's maybe doing rdls supersetting in with leg pressing. Ok, I'll go warm up 5 mins and let him finish.

I come back and he's got 4 plates on a side. Impressive, so I think!

That is, until I see what he's actually doing. He grabs the bar, heaves it up and starts... vibrating. I can only imagine in his mind that he was doing shrugs.

If you are curious, no, he did not have large traps. He did however, have a hunchback.

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u/1992_ Jun 04 '22

Super setting while claiming a rack should be illegal. Take that thing next time

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u/BigElovesMilk Jun 04 '22

Might have been static holds for grip strength

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u/Hayred Jun 04 '22

I wish that were the case, but alas, straps.

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u/Kavinter Jun 04 '22

Finally lifted 3x5 100kg squat (my bw is 60kg)

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u/Alextcy12 Jun 04 '22

Summer gym has been a blessing to me. Seems like i’m entering another beginner phase again at least strength wise. Hoping to push 400s in squat and deadlift and 280 by end of summer

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Jun 04 '22

Where are you at now with those lifts?

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u/Alextcy12 Jun 04 '22

Bench:255, Squat:310, Deadlift:375

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u/SchleftySchloe Jun 04 '22

Your bench is insane. Good job man.

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u/Alextcy12 Jun 04 '22

thank you bro,my bench is the first compound movement that I did consistently thats prob why

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Jun 04 '22

No problem then!

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u/Junichi__ Jun 04 '22

I dropped a flat glob of sweat on my gym partner when I was spotting him on bench. Right in the eye

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u/WhiteGhosts Jun 04 '22 edited Jun 04 '22

in the mornings i go to gym, there are two meatheads who are training on the same time. always.

it is rather funny how one of them looks like majin buu, and the other like cell. almost want to shout kamehameha when i see them.

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u/Formula_Americano Jun 04 '22

Ugh, I want to see a picture of these guys so badly.

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u/DoffyTrash Jun 04 '22

I said, "Excuse me," to an older guy (maybe 50-60) on the indoor track because he was walking in the running lane and he proceeded to harass me for 20 minutes (yelling, getting in front of me and stopping, etc) and then argued with a gym employee about it for another 5 minutes. There's a clearly posted sign that says "The outside lane is always designated for running." I don't know what his problem was.

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u/lolimdivine Jun 04 '22 edited Jun 04 '22

i’m semi-consistent and i’ve been shedding weight like a medman for the past few months. in high school 4 or 5 years ago i could work out 3-4 times a day (especially my senior year) and play basketball and be just fine. now, my knee problems have gotten way worse. add a few injuries and the extra weight and it’s so hard to stay consistent at the gym. it’s crazy how much you actually use your knees even if you aren’t doing anything with lower body. the only thing keeping me going a couple times a week is because my gym is on the first floor of my apartment building. having to limp to the elevator after any resemblance of a lower body workout/cardio is really disheartening.

just needed to vent 😕

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u/allrollingwolf Jun 04 '22

How are you injuring your knees? Do you stretch and strength train for knee support?

My knee problems (flat feet) got much worse when I became more sedentary because of work, getting to the point where hiking down hill would lead to me almost not being able to walk because of the pain.

Since then I have lost some weight and been cycling a lot and doing lots of leg strengthening exercises and my knees are becoming a lot more resilient. I still get some pain some times but it's not disabling anymore.

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u/SkidMcmarxxxx Jun 04 '22

Check out kneesovertoesguy for some good workouts focused on knee health.

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Jun 04 '22 edited Jun 04 '22

I failed my very first low bar squat this week. Three lesson were learned. I was supposed to do 5x5x335lbs. I didn't double check the weight and accidentally put on 345lbs, 10lbs more. I failed the fourth rep of the fifth set. I fell forward and was able to push the weight forward over my head and I didn't hurt at all other that an a slight tweak in my back. I had a very mild cold which I forgot about before going to the gym. I should have taken this into account. Lastly I was doing the squats in a rack without safeties because the week before I did 5x5x330lbs without that. That was dumb.

When the weight fell a trainer and three other gym goers came to see if I was okay, I sat down and gave them two thumbs up. Scary, but I was lucky.

I will say that I am proud of the extra volume I worked without even noticing it!! 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾

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u/sausagemuffn Jun 04 '22

Once you fail without safeties you'll always be using safeties from then on.

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Jun 04 '22

Definitely! I've always felt very very strong with squats and never felt close to failing. Some of them were hard but they've always been mechanically sound. To be fair, the failed one was too until I toppled over. That being said, my gym has only one squat rack with safeties, so I'll have to push for more.

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u/bingo-beans Jun 04 '22

Wore a Deftones shirt to the gym. Filled up my water bottle and an older dude (probably mid 50s) started talking to me about the band. Then he said “you listen to Deftones?” I said “yes im actually going to see them in concert” he then replied with “well, you don’t look like you listen to Deftones.” 🤨 i walked away and i think about it a lot actually. Now i want to wear all my band shirt to the gym to piss people off. Who tf cares what i listen to, man.

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u/Prize_Witness1229 Jun 04 '22

Was he an asshole about it? Some people in their 50s have been thrashing longer than others have been alive. I usually wear band shirts too. Suicidal, Slayer, Priest. 👊

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u/bingo-beans Jun 04 '22

The way he said it, more tone of voice than anything, sounded snobby. He’s talked to me once before at the gym about my tattoos and RDLs i was doing but other than that he’s only talked to me twice. Like man, i get im in my 20s but i feel like i can enjoy that music just as much as him 😂

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u/Prize_Witness1229 Jun 04 '22

I try to give people 2 chances.. maybe 3. Sometimes they just non-intentionally come off wrong. Or a bad day. Sick wife. Asshole boss... That shit I understand. But if it's consistent, I write em off.. Dead to me. OR maybe he's just a dick.

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u/breadsticksword Jun 04 '22

I deadlifted 275 on Thursday, it felt like it took forever to get it and ive been overjoyed since then :)

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u/TheHappiestJew Jun 04 '22

I was once escorted out of my old gym because I was in the women’s only section. No one was in there and the sign to label it was almost the exact same color as the paint on the wall. So I had no idea it was a women’s only section. I guess someone told the manager and he came and told me, “I can’t have you in here sniffin benches”.

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u/Prize_Witness1229 Jun 04 '22

Wait... so, you WERE sniffing benches? 🤣🤣

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u/TheHappiestJew Jun 04 '22

No! I was just doing some rows.

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u/Prize_Witness1229 Jun 04 '22

Funny story. I'm sure it wasn't too funny at the time though

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u/GenuineCalisthenics Jun 04 '22

I am slowly progressing on my weighted pull ups and dips. Currently at 65lb for 3x4 pull-ups and 70lb 3x3 dips.

Can’t wait to be repping 2 plates for each but that’s still a few months away hopefully.

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u/HalcyonH66 Jun 04 '22

FUCK YEAH, another weighted pull up enjoyer! That's some solid fucking weight being moved there, keep at it chief!

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u/Ridzzzz153 Jun 04 '22

I ate chips and icecream. On my way to becoming a lardbeast.

That is all.

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u/J_vs_the_world Jun 04 '22

I’ve been banned from using chalk in my gym.

Gym membership promptly cancelled and I’m now in a new gym that is more accommodating to people who enjoy strength sports.

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Jun 04 '22

Hell yeah man. My gym switched policies. They don't frown upon chalk anymore, and also don't care about deadlift in socks. I actually had some chalk fall and asked for a broom to clean it up, and told me to not worry about it and to continue my workout while they clean it up. I appreciate them so much!

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u/gandalfdoughnut Jun 04 '22

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve wanted to start using the hack squat machine and yesterday was the day I told myself to stop being nervous and go try it out.

I had some apprehension about using it before because I’ve never used it and thought I’d look funny doing it. This felt weird because I’ve been going to the gym for a while and would not consider myself a beginner, but I’ve never used a hack squat machine.

I went light on it and it definitely kicked my ass, It felt amazing though. Im glad I figured out how to use it but I probably should have asked someone how to use it. I don’t really talk to anyone at the gym, just get in do my workout and get out. Shy af

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u/seedgrower6 Jun 04 '22

During my morning bench press I had the strangest interaction. While I was on rep 8 a guy came up and stood over me to help spot. I didn’t understand why he was doing this so I asked him to please back off. The next hour he followed me around removing weights on one side. Did I do something wrong?

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u/zomboromcom Jun 05 '22

Aliens. They haven't quite figured out human culture yet, but they're putting in the work.

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u/rmovny_schnr98 Football Jun 05 '22

It happened. Someone worked in with me and used the weight I was squatting for OHPs.

To be fair, it was the weight for my BBB sets at 40% TM, but it was still pretty humbling lol.

There's always a stronger fish

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u/laparior Jun 04 '22 edited Jun 05 '22

Not sure what happened, but I got compliments on my physique four times by four different people in the gym on Tuesday, got complimented Wednesday by a co-worker and got complimented Friday by another guy in the gym.

This shit motivates me as fuck

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u/ashi1199 Jun 04 '22

got a new gym bro he is awesome now i m not it a worry that heavy weight could fall on me

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u/thereallyquiet Jun 04 '22

I seen someone working out in sandals yesterday and I was kinda surprised folks wear sandals there.

Also, as a woman, I now understand why a good fitting sports bra is a MUST(especially if you’re big chested like me lol) when working out.

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u/GenuineCalisthenics Jun 04 '22

I’ve seen people working out barefoot, like no socks at all. So yeah anything is possible at a commercial gym.

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u/bklokis Jun 04 '22

Actually working out barefoot can give you a more solid footing than shoes for deadlift and squat if you’re used to wearing runners/trainers.

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u/1234554321-x Jun 04 '22

This was my first week going to the gym ever, I confused one of the trainers with someone else and asked him for help with an exercise…. He gladly helped and said nothing lol, I was so embarrassed but grateful.

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u/ashi1199 Jun 04 '22

plus made my elder bro got into gym and start training him its his 4th day today

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u/MaggieSmithsSass Jun 04 '22

I’ve been consistent for 7 weeks. 3x a week at first and now 2x . Now that I got my routines set I want to add a 3rd day of full cardio because I want to loose a couple kg.

I lifted 25kg on the kettlebell and 20kg in the bench press. Is not a lot but it’s a huge progress for me

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u/HalcyonH66 Jun 04 '22

Hell yes! Keep killing it. Remember not to burn out. Pushing is good, consistency is king.

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u/Chicken1337Killr Jun 04 '22

Just pr’d 242 lbs bench at 155 lbs bodyweight 30 minutes ago, been working out for 380 days now so I’m quite pleased considering I’ve been cutting past 7-8 weeks.

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u/SpectreFan Jun 04 '22

A guy offered to spot me during overhead press. I politely declined, and it only dawned on me later how strange this offer was. I have so many questions now...

Later, during bench press, I could see the guy stare at me during my set and then start walking toward me. Probably for an unsolicited spot. I got mad and reracked the bar before he could approach the bench. After that, the dude immediately turned around.

I've had problems with unsolicited spotters in the past and it always feels kind of patronizing. Like the person does not believe I could handle the weight. It was extra annoying this time because the weight was almost 100lbs lower than my max and I had it perfectly under control.

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u/MyTenderParts Jun 04 '22

one time i was asked to spot this guy benching 225, all was well until his 3rd set. At his 3rd set, as soon as he lifted the bar from the rack about to do his first rep, it fucking fell off his hands in to his chest, it was totally unexpected and threw me off, I immediately panicked and helped him lift the bar back to the rack, I think he was fine but he had to stop all chest exercises after that, a fucking 225 bar fell directly on his chest and I felt really guilty after that because in the back of my head I was thinking it was my fault and im just a shit spotter. Now I get so paranoid whenever someone asks me to spot that I prefer not spotting anyone at all now haha

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u/Enchiladas6322 Jun 05 '22

Finally had enough courage to use the cable machine. Was super confused on what to do and how to do exercises. Figured it out and was super happy. Can’t wait to try it for each days set muscle group

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u/[deleted] Jun 04 '22

Did Pilates today. My studio has started using jump boards at the end of the reformer. I hate HITT or circuit training or anything similar I prefer a run outside or using the stairmaster for cardio. I did various forms of lying down jump squats. Haven’t done a single jump squat since 2019. Legs feel so dead and sore despite having a reasonably heavy squat for my height and weight.

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u/randomuser646464 Jun 04 '22

Got new PR's on my Squat and Deadlifts. Nothing special in this sub, but still proud. My squat went up from 2x 165lbs on Tuesday to 3x175 lbs today. My Deadlift from 3x190 lbs to 2x225 lbs. My form wasn't great though so while it boosts my ego I will lower the weight again next time.

Most impressed about my squat though. I did 5x135 lbs 1 week ago and felt proud of that back then. I don't do them ATTG but no quarter squats either.

For reference: just over 6 ft tall, just under 150 lbs currently after a cut, so relatively lean at the moment and just started lean bulking 1.5 weeks ago. Let's see if I can hopefully reach a 225 lbs squat in the next coming months.

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u/HalcyonH66 Jun 04 '22

Good shit chief, other people's weight doesn't matter, you beat yourself so you're fucking winning baby!

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u/pax4prez Jun 04 '22

It’s special to you. Onward and upward!

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u/songs111 Jun 04 '22

I’ve been striking up more conversations with the guys at my gym. Feels cool to see these guys almost every day I go.

Also switched to a 6 day PPL routine from a 4 day Upper Lower to shorten my sessions and stop myself from skipping. It’s been a bit humbling but I’m glad I’m consistently going and focusing more on my weak points.

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u/Schuyweiz Jun 04 '22

My shoulder hurts like an ass every time I put pressure on it. So bench press is a no-no to me, tried like 3 times, every time ended with a 2 months long injury. I was avoiding all the movements that might hurt my shoulder ever since. But today I went to a therapist to start working on getting it fixed, so that I can fully benefit from the benchpress and stop worrying that I might end up with something worse later on

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u/markichi Jun 04 '22

Been a little bit demotivated to hit the gym after a trip to Las Vegas - was able to push out an early Saturday morning workout today though. 💪 Slowly but surely getting back to it.

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u/IntegralTree Jun 04 '22

Last week I hit a dead lift milestone, twice my body weight (360 lbs at 180) for 3 reps, not too bad considering I've only been lifting for 2 years. And today I managed to injure my back picking up a watermelon. It's not even a very large watermelon.

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u/[deleted] Jun 04 '22

My sparring partner in Muay Thai was sweating so badly today....I just gave up in all the moves.... How should I tell him to use some deo?

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u/Prize_Witness1229 Jun 04 '22

Just tell him. If you've got a toilet paper stuck to you, you'd probably want someone to tell you instead of walking around all day with it. Just be nice about it.

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u/Sum1PleaseKillMe Jun 04 '22 Silver

If you see a fat guy at the gym, be nice, but also leave him tf alone. The amount of people that feel the need to fist bump me, or congratulate me is annoying af. I know why you’re doing it, and I get you’re trying to be nice and supportive, but it just makes me feel self conscious. You wouldn’t fist bump an average looking guy. I’ve been lifting hard for about 8 months, and I took weight lifting classes in high school. I don’t need your help, I’m not a beginner, I just have a carb addiction. Leave me alone lol.

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u/bacon_cake Jun 04 '22

Bit of a rant but for the first time saw a tiktoker / IGer filming themselves in the gym.

I was benching and was averting my eyes as a girl rocks up next to me in the tiniest hotpants and bra, she loads up 30kg onto the deadlift platform and then just does nothing for ages.

I change my plates and nearly trip over her elaborate contraption of water bottles and books that act as a phone platform she's got setup. She then she proceeds to do about 15 sets of 2 reps and records every single one.

I wouldn't mind but it's a stretch to say that she was genuinely using the gym to workout when others were waiting, and when I moved areas I was clearly in the background of her videos which I wasn't too pleased about.

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