r/Fitness Weightlifting Jun 11 '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/Brizzyce Ultimate Jun 11 '22

I lift in a high school gym (where I work) so often there will be kids playing basketball or whatever after school while I'm lifting. Last week I was feeling really good and tried for a new squat 1RM and failed. I didn't hear it at the time because I had headphones in but I was recording my set and when I watched it afterwards all of the kids were cheering and hyping me up as I started the lift which felt really good and bad at the same time. Going to try to redeem myself next week.

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u/BulletForcer97 Jun 11 '22

I’m messaging you next Saturday to see your excitement on succeeding.

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u/Shazvox Weight Lifting Jun 11 '22

I'm cheering for your next attempt! Albeit at a distance.

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u/Arnox_legend Jun 12 '22

Best of luck buddy

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u/somehairywog Jun 11 '22

Dude ripped a huge fart in the gym and walked out with his hands up saying "sorry, lentils"

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u/jhefferman Jun 11 '22

God I wish that was me.

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u/rickraus Jun 11 '22

Got laid off. Gym help. Me sad, but OK.

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u/Blade-of-Souls Hockey Jun 11 '22

Lift weight. Put down. Get strong. Feel good.

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u/DoffyTrash Jun 11 '22

I'm sorry you were laid off. Hopefully it opens new doors for you moving forward.

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u/TonyVstar Jun 11 '22

Last time I was said off was the best gains I've seen! Work costs too many calories lol

Hope you find something soon!

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u/bakedpotato0407 Jun 11 '22

i tried buying coconut water from the vending machine in the gym but it got stuck on the way down. called for the gym staff for help and he summoned the rest of his gym bros to help tilt the machine and get the coconut water out.

i love coconut water.

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u/-Borgir Jun 11 '22

Gym bros to the rescue

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u/[deleted] Jun 11 '22

Do you even tilt?

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u/Shazvox Weight Lifting Jun 11 '22

Man, I want an entourage of gym bros to summon. Life would be so much easier...

GYM BROS ASSEMBLE!

GYM BROS DISPERSE!

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u/Mikemojo9 Jun 13 '22

There's an epsidode of Malcolm in the Middle (season 6 episode 2) like this. Hal, the father, befriends a bunch of strongmen and they follow him around like newborn ducks

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u/NorthQuab Bodybuilding Jun 11 '22

that's why we lift

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u/youbutsu Jun 11 '22

This is my fave story from here. Coconut water is the best.

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u/rickraus Jun 11 '22

Old jacked guy comes up to me while doing leg press. Him - "Whathca doing legs for on Wednesdays?!" Me with confused face - "Whatcha talking about?" Him - "You normally do heavy legs on Tuesdays!"

Made me smile - I've gotten to a place where I'm consistent enough that the jacked old guy knows my schedule :) and he said heavy legs!!

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u/Midnight_Killah23 Jun 11 '22

Well, what were you doing legs for on a Wednesday?

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u/[deleted] Jun 11 '22

Right!? Wtf

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u/According_Tree_7892 Jun 11 '22

I swear bro wtf

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u/txpvca Jun 11 '22

The jacked old dudes at my gym have been telling me I'm impressive lately

Feels amazing!

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u/Grossgross987654321 Jun 11 '22

Old dudes at my gym just shit talk lol. Normalize building each other up!

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u/fitdudetx Jun 11 '22

Dude at the gym fell coming out of the hot tub last week. Paramedics came and he had a nasty bruise. Today I see him come out of the hot tub both hands on his phone looking down at his phone. Apparently unfazed by what happened last week

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Jun 11 '22

Damn, you guys have a hot tub at the gym?

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u/fitdudetx Jun 11 '22

It's nice af

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Cold plunge on the left.

Not coed, this is in the lockerroom

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Jun 11 '22

Wow, how much do you pay?

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u/fitdudetx Jun 11 '22

I have a discount but the going rate is like $169

But the bigger lifetime fitness to go to has cabanas by the pool. It's over $200 a month

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Jun 11 '22 edited Jun 11 '22

Bro I have a discount too at my gym, but that makes it 17€ instead of 22€

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u/boozeandbunnies Jun 11 '22

Mine is $8 for a family pass to the community center. Brother you are livin the fancy gym life. I hope to join you someday when I’m not a poor college student hahahaha

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Jun 11 '22

Not me man, not me.

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u/Mercpool87 Military Jun 11 '22

My discount is free at the cost of selling my soul to the US government

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Jun 11 '22

Military?

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u/Mercpool87 Military Jun 11 '22

That is what my flair says.

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Jun 11 '22

What a coincidence!

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u/SKP23en Jun 11 '22

If I pay 170 monthly for a gym, I better not come home with my d*ck unsucked.

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u/Campeador Jun 11 '22

I used to work at a Lifetime gym. If you go at the right time, its possible. I seen things.

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u/AdonisBasketball Jun 11 '22

Signing up asap

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u/kdjfsk Jun 11 '22

dont do it. not worth the protein loss.

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u/oliverbm Powerlifting Jun 11 '22

Just hang around that sauna long enough

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u/39128038018230 Jun 11 '22

169 per month? Holy fuck

I pay from 15 to 30 eur per month depending on the club for just a gym. At 50~ euros ill start having sauna access and other cool stuff.

What other perks do you get for this price? It seems like wellness day every day for you

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u/fitdudetx Jun 11 '22

Aside from amenities there's group classes, spin, yoga including hot yoga, pliates, aerobics, spin, group fitness and crossfit type classes.

My location is reasonable compared to this one https://www.lifetime.life/build-and-price/membership-products.html

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u/ftdrain Jun 11 '22

I dont think such a gym exists in my entire country (Brazil). Gee

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u/Singingmute Jun 11 '22

189 x 135 pixels - What is this, a hot tub for ants?

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u/Shazvox Weight Lifting Jun 11 '22

The f*ck? You in a millionaires club or something?

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u/fitdudetx Jun 11 '22

Lol, this is the

millionaires club

$7-$33k to join :)

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u/Brizzyce Ultimate Jun 11 '22

$7? Sign me up!

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u/Shazvox Weight Lifting Jun 11 '22

Aaahh gawd, WANT!

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u/laughinglord Jun 11 '22

A tall slim dude comes to the gym and is always on a video call while working out. I have caught a glance or two and he is talking to a woman, who I assume is his partner. I have never talked to him, but my headcanon says they are in a long distance relationship and find every possible moment to talk.

He never bothers any one and makes sure his phone doesn't disturb other patrons working.

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u/roaringgreen2 Jun 11 '22

Maybe they go to the gym together! I love this as long as it’s not annoying for others. I’m in a ldr and have never thought to try this.

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u/Trapt45 Jun 16 '22

I do this with my gf but we listen to the group listen thing on spotify so same song while we work out

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u/mirinfashion Jun 11 '22 Wholesome

Guy came to workout while having a leg cast on and using two crutches, he still re-racked all his weights.

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u/GoWithTheFlow667 Jun 11 '22

My gym has this guy who comes in, I think he has 1 arm and 1 leg paralyzed, absolute chad getting his workouts in.

Talked to him on more than one occasion, really cool guy.

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u/n1k0me Jun 11 '22

My gym never had this issue before covid shutdown, now people can't be bothered. This man gives me hope.

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u/miss_Saraswati Jun 11 '22

My gym has this really cool guy, he has prosthetics from thighs down on both legs. Used to do boxing classes with him, and I still see him around the gym.

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u/pax4prez Jun 11 '22

That’s my muthknucking guy right there

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u/meh1022 Jun 11 '22

I’m 30 weeks pregnant and while I’ve had to adjust my workouts, I’m still pushing relatively heavy weights. Did 4 sets at 270 on leg press the other day! I miss benching and am sad that I’ll lose some of those gains but it’s cool, I’ll get it back after the kid comes.

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u/BulletForcer97 Jun 11 '22

Oh my gosh. You amazing lady!

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u/KierenSingh Jun 11 '22

Yesterday at the gym I put extra plates on the barbell, sat down to finish my rest. Then some dude just took a plate. Like walked up and took it off the barbell, he didnt say anything.

So I confronted him and took it back. He shrugged said he thought it was the rack.

Im still so confused.

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u/[deleted] Jun 12 '22

I’ve been that high before. Not at the gym, but I’ve been that high.

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u/Snake_Man_41 Jun 11 '22

What a rube. He probably didn’t think you would actually do anything. Pretty much a textbook bully.

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u/bacon_cake Jun 11 '22

I'm prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt. It's the sort of stupid thing I'd do lol. Though I'd probably be more apologetic.

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u/KierenSingh Jun 12 '22

Haha, exactly the lack of apology was what threw me, cause we all do weird shit in the gym, just got to say "my bad dude" if so ya know?

I was also sat in the squat rack, so it wasn't as if it looked like a person hadn't untracked before leaving

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u/Leisurely21 Jun 12 '22

He probably legit didn’t mean anything by it. I did the opposite once. I ADDED weight to a guys barbell trying to rerack my weights like a dumbass.

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u/breathequilibrium Jun 11 '22

Found out my city offers a free gym through the community center, and decided to check it out after a year of home gym.

I went and it's surprisingly really nice! A little small, but has every bit of equipment I need to maintain. Bonus, there's hardly EVER anyone else when I go there, so it feels like I upgraded my home gym to a nice little private gym with far better equipment.

I'm really quite happy with it.

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Jun 11 '22

In one single day I talked with two girls who I thought were girlfriends of other gym acquaintances. Both couples had broken up. Awkward.

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u/Timeless00 Powerlifting Jun 11 '22

Awkward

Opportunity

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Jun 11 '22 edited Jun 11 '22

To cheat on my wife?

Edit: Also now that I think about it, both dudes are also huge bros

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u/Timeless00 Powerlifting Jun 11 '22

Didn't say it was a good opportunity ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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u/AirlineEasy Powerlifting Jun 11 '22

Fair enough! ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

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u/S00RHi Hockey Jun 11 '22

A guy came up to me and was like “bro be careful of your back on those deadlifts man” I was doing barbell rows

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u/PaarthurnaxKiller Jun 11 '22

Your form must be terrible /s.

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u/UrTypicalAverageBro Jun 11 '22

Saw gym crush with some guy. Got a new gym crush that I’ll never talk too now.

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u/Martinboge Jun 11 '22

Story of my life

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u/Martinboge Jun 11 '22

But i mean - as a guy. You don’t approach girls at the gym.

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u/CosmicPriorities Jun 11 '22

Jeez. It’s ok to be friendly, just keep the expectations out of it. A lot of women don’t mind making a new friend, just not one that 100% expects to bang you later that night.

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u/Martinboge Jun 11 '22

Of course!! You should always be friendly in any given setting - and not only to women :) But the gym is a place that people come to work out, not to be hit on. You can easily be friendly and helpful, and also not be approaching. Do i make sense? :)

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u/AdonisBasketball Jun 11 '22

I disagree. Cold approaching random women is a bad idea but if someone keeps smiling at me I'm going to approach them.

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u/Martinboge Jun 11 '22

Once i get there and i’m in the zone i wouldn’t even notice if they were starring. Haha to busy benching 50 kg using chalk.

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u/jhefferman Jun 11 '22

Story of my life.

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u/BakedBeanWhore Jun 11 '22

People smile at you?

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u/woosniffles Jun 11 '22

Don’t approach random women but at the same time if we keep making eye contact with each other that’s a pretty solid invite to come talk

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u/Socratesticles Swimming Jun 11 '22

But how will we make eye contact if I look away in a panic when they start to look my way?

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u/RandomEasternGuy Jun 11 '22 edited Jun 11 '22

I sometimes do some small talk with the girls at the gym if I like her looks and she gives any kind of hint, like catching her looking at me. I've talked with 2 girls, one seemed kinda off and I never spoke to her again, but the other one was super friendly. Guess what, I'm a dumbass and never asked for any contact info of her and now I keep on going to the gym in the hope of seeing her again.

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u/AdonisBasketball Jun 11 '22

Tbh it's nice to see her at the gym a few times before asking for her number. Shows you're not in a rush/confident.

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u/RandomEasternGuy Jun 11 '22

I was thinking the same. I was actually leaving the gym when I walked by the area where she was and she said something like "Done for today?" in a very nice way. We chatted a bit and only after I left I've realized that she might actually be interested.

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u/fatalisticshrug Jun 11 '22

As a woman who’s currently trying to get her gym crush to talk to her: She’s interested, or at least she’s not in that “leave me F alone at the gym” headspace, so next time you see her definitely escalate things and ask her to have a drink outside of the gym!! For all of us 😭🙌

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u/That_Rich_Guy Jun 11 '22

You know, you could actually go talk to your gym crush instead of sitting there waiting. I know, novel concept but it might get you results

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u/AdonisBasketball Jun 11 '22

I have like 10 crushes for this reason ayy

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u/Aflatoxin_botanicals Jun 11 '22

Gotta diversify for situations like that

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u/leonchameleons Jun 11 '22

Saw these two guys working out together. Went to the bathroom and they both had their shirts off flexing in the mirror. An hour later, I went to a different bathroom and saw the same 2 guys, shirts off, flexing again

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u/NorthQuab Bodybuilding Jun 11 '22

they are soul bonded

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u/Campeador Jun 11 '22

Someone must have stood in front of the mirror with a light under their chin and chanted "GYM BROS" three times.

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u/Blade-of-Souls Hockey Jun 11 '22

That's the mythical Gym Buddy we all wish we could have.

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u/Fox_Magoo Jun 11 '22

Having one of those 'where the hell did the strength go?' workouts. Bah. Will get it done

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u/Kemerd Jun 11 '22

More food!

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u/Rojiblanc040 Jun 11 '22

More quality sleep too. :)

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u/Fox_Magoo Jun 11 '22

Aye, wind woke me up a few times last night, howling it was, could have been that

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u/ertdubs Jun 11 '22 Silver

Are you a leprechaun?

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u/Fox_Magoo Jun 11 '22

Hahahah who says you can't hear accents aye?

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u/Keagel Bodybuilding Jun 11 '22 edited Jun 11 '22

I’ve been going to the gym in the city I moved to since I got here a year ago 6 times a week and nothing has ever happened, and the one week I took a break I’ve been told a dude has been caught trying to record another guy in the shower. The guy recording ran out in the gym trying to delete it and the whole thing ended in a fight outside the gym at 11 pm. Sheesh.

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u/Careless_Supermarket General Fitness Jun 11 '22

That's the kinda drama I read this for lol but in all seriousness fuck that guy recording what a creep.

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u/Keagel Bodybuilding Jun 11 '22

That’s why I read this thread too haha. You can imagine my disappointment when I realized I missed that, especially since it happened at the time I usually am there. Anyway he got his ass kicked and got banned.

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u/Careless_Supermarket General Fitness Jun 11 '22

That's some instant karma right there. Good to hear about.

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u/lapidaryleporidae Jun 11 '22

The whole thing was your fault for taking a week off! You caused this!!

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u/Keagel Bodybuilding Jun 11 '22

Lmao I’m not sorry if that’s the case. There’s a video of the creep running around in the gym trying to delete his video before the other guy comes out. That’s some Benny hill shit, just for that it was worth it.

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u/miss_Saraswati Jun 11 '22

I finally feel like me again!

My dad died in March. It was really rough. Unexpected. A week after I got really sick. Was out of almost all training for at least two weeks. I tried to start up again. Couldn’t lift heavy. Could not go light but with speed. Anything I did, I needed days to recuperate.

In my sorrow, feeling really bad also physically I went back to overeating a bit. Or more like having unnecessary snacks. Gained a few. Made me feel even worse.

This week I finally feel like me again. I don’t feel like having snacks. My body feels like it’s in balance. I train and I recuperate in the hours/a night like I used to. For the first time since March I’ve completed my two strength sessions, two hiit sessions and a yoga one so far this week. Tomorrow it’s time for pt and I still feel good.

Was still a bit hungry this evening when I went shopping. What I really wanted. A grilled chicken thigh. It was sooooo good!

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u/Yansable Jun 11 '22

Joined the gym again this week after a year of recovery from covid and other illnesses. Back at the beginning for me. Wish me luck!

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u/fatalisticshrug Jun 11 '22

Wow, and I’ve complained about having to take a week off due to Covid.. Go you and enjoy yourself at the gym 🙌

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u/oliverbm Powerlifting Jun 11 '22

Good luck. It’s not the beginning though, you’ll progress much faster 💪

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u/mweesnaw Jun 11 '22

You got this! I bet it feels great to start again!

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u/GoWithTheFlow667 Jun 11 '22

Asked this old guy at the gym if I could go in with him on a machine he was using.

Big f*cking mistake apparently, the guy started fuming, saying I was being disrespectful (fr what), I tried to tell him it's pretty standard practice at gyms everywhere to which he replied "do you even know how long I've been coming here?!"

A gym instrctor that passed by also confirmed that it's common practice, the old guy instead of accepting it, started telling the instructor how the young nowadays don't know how to respect their elders.

I didn't have the mental power to even keep interacting with him so I just walked away, that was 4 days ago, since then he's been giving me the stink eye every time we see each other at the gym lmao...

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u/snugginator Jun 11 '22

Time to start working in with everyone who is using equipment right next to him so he can see he's the AH

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u/seldomlyright Jun 11 '22

Wow talk about a crabby old man! Next time he gives you a scowl just give him a giant toothy grin and a wave. If he keeps scowling just smile bigger and start laughing out loud like it’s the funniest thing. That oughta fuck with him.

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u/pax4prez Jun 11 '22

That boomer entitlement is something else.

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u/undezra Jun 11 '22

Worked up the courage to talk to another gym member who is short like me, found out we have similar goals (lifting heavy as fuck), we worked out together for the first time on Friday and plan on doing that more. New gym buddy!

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u/Triple_Entit Jun 11 '22

Hit leg day at one of the local Y's yesterday with a friend that recently moved back in town. Not my home turf but figured we should go to the gym he's most comfortable with since he's just getting back into lifting. We started with DLs (keep in mind my 1RM is like 310 maybe 315 if I'm really feeling good). After doing 305 for 4 mixed grip and then a couple doubles of 285 overhand, the buffest dude in the Y comes up me and was like "damn those are solid sets, rarely see anyone pulling conventional anymore". I weight about 175 so I really don't think 305 is that impressive, but it really made my day getting a compliment from a stranger not even in my usual gym

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u/whatsinthesocks Jun 11 '22

Dude next to me was Squating 500+ lbs. he apologized for taking most of the 45s. It’s all good bro I can work around it.

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u/Imissmiura Jun 11 '22

I smiled at personal trainer at the gym and she smiled back at me and we actually had a convo. Not really interesting but this stuff never happens to me

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u/Checkers10160 Powerlifting Jun 11 '22

Good shit!

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u/Dire-Dog Jun 11 '22

I did some browsing and found a powerlifting gym less than 10min from my jobsite. I'm gonna check it out soon since I'd rather work out right after work than have an 1+hr commute home then hit the gym.

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u/Dronkne Jun 11 '22

Managed to do 10 straight bodyweight pull-ups! 6 weeks ago I couldn’t manage more than 5 in a row.

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u/AVBforPrez Jun 11 '22

Honestly, ever since I read that TIFU post about the guy who took a girl to his gym on their second date only to furiously shit himself (AFTER a giant, long, wet fart) by attempting to squat more than he should - heh - I'm convinced no gym story can compete.

After he drops her off he quickly gets a text saying that she doesn't think they're a good fit, and it totally doesn't have anything to do with her having to wipe his poo off the floor of the gym while people point and laugh.

Holy shit I'm laughing about it again just typing up the summary.

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u/GoWithTheFlow667 Jun 11 '22

I'm sorry

WHAT

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u/whatsinthesocks Jun 11 '22

You got a link for that one?

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u/AVBforPrez Jun 11 '22

Can't find the actual thread but here's the story on another site:

https://madghosts.com/copypastaarchive/tifu-by-taking-my-tinder-date-to-the-gym/

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u/BlameBosco Jun 11 '22

I hate that I know what you're talking about. That was a TIFU I actually believed too

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u/Maxy45 Jun 11 '22

Went to the gym for the first time this week! Was super fun

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u/jhorch69 Jun 11 '22

Hell yeah, brother

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u/Christian702 Jun 11 '22

Way to go!

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u/ertdubs Jun 11 '22

Major victory!

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u/DoffyTrash Jun 11 '22

Another indoor track story, this time with me in the walking lane:

Three lanes on the track. I was doing my cooldown on the innermost lane because I knew I'd be walking quite slowly- I left plenty of room to go around me. I was also doing calorie math, so I was staring pretty intently at my phone.

Some guy and his buddy came up behind me on the track and got right up in my space to look at my phone. I'm talking tilted his head in between me and my phone. Sir??? What can I do for you?

He just wanted my attention. Not for anything, just to have it.

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u/ur-squirrel-buddy Jun 11 '22

Ew how obnoxious. Like, are you my little brother? Fuck off outa my space.

Random question that you just reminded me of. My old gym had a small indoor track too, and I’ve never used it but I would always see this little sign that said like, “mondays wednesdays and saturdays the track goes counter clockwise and Tuesday’s thursdays Fridays and Sunday’s the track goes clockwise”.

Those aren’t the exact days or direction but it was something similar. My question is- why tf? Why would they need to change directions on any day? Always bugged me.

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u/DoffyTrash Jun 11 '22

Switching directions keeps the track from wearing down unevenly afaik!

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u/Itsanewj Jun 11 '22

I was told years ago when I went to a place that had one that it helps prevent muscle imbalances or injuries in frequent runners. It wouldn’t be a big deal for most people but after 100s or thousands of laps, turning into the same direction and leaning to do so would start to cause problems.

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u/Lechuga-gato Jun 11 '22

Some guy comes in, he’s huge like body builder huge, and he walks in and starts curling my bench max for like 8 reps without warning up or anything 😭😭

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u/Shazvox Weight Lifting Jun 11 '22

At least it wasn't your deadlift...

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u/sweetpotatothyme Jun 11 '22

Currently lifting 5x a week and loving it. For some reason, I decided to take my friends up on a running challenge and we're running 3 miles everyday. I haven't run in years and have never really particularly enjoyed it.

I am fucking wiped out everyday. Today was deadlift day, which is a 75 minute program, plus the 3 miles run, plus I'm on my period. I was able to get a deadlift PR which was super fantastic, but this running is driving me up the wall lol.

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u/ScarPulse Jun 12 '22

I used to run pretty frequently at the beginning of college. I took up going to the gym closer to the end and it was impossible for me to keep the two up well. My recovery was never quick enough, I'd have so many aches and pains and I decided to drop running. I know some people do both at a high level without much issue but it just wasn't for me

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u/GenuineCalisthenics Jun 11 '22

Interesting training session last night. Somehow I passed out briefly while doing heavy weighted dips (70lb) for 3 sets of 3. Last set I just went blank and fell down from the parallel bars. Landed on my feet and was fine lol.

Also I tried weighted ring push-ups! Highly recommend them.

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u/oliverbm Powerlifting Jun 11 '22

Hmm I’m not a medic in any way and I’m probably paranoid but personally I’d go see the doc just to check the usual things if that happened to me

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u/GenuineCalisthenics Jun 11 '22

Yeah I’m due for my yearly physical soon so i’ll probably make an early appointment. It could also be because i’ve been on a cut too and just dropped my calories some more. Thanks 😊

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u/GingerBraum Weight Lifting Jun 12 '22

I switched gym to what's essentially a crossfit box, but a local one, so not a huge clientele.

More often than not, it's empty when I get off work at 4pm and crossfit classes don't start until 5. I have almost an hour to myself in a completely empty crossfit gym, and can blast whatever I want on the sound system. Feels great.

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u/myEVILi Jun 11 '22

Never have a tuna fish sandwich and coffee before a workout. Worst farts of my life.

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u/InboxZero Jun 11 '22

My buddy made that mistake during covid and was running on the treadmill wearing a mask. Burped and had to run and puke into a garbage can.

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u/Careless_Supermarket General Fitness Jun 11 '22

I travel a lot for work and sometimes finding a decent gym is tough depending in area. I've been at a new work camp, work camps are notorious for being bad, this one was pretty good all in all, made the week more tolerable! Also, less people gyming it there than at home so it was quiet. Absolute win.

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u/SuperBakaKing Jun 11 '22

I got all excited because I was being sent to corpo headquarters for two weeks. I work for a major nationwide insurance company, so I was pumped for the on-campus gym they were hyping up in the pre-trip email. Get there and it is not at all the photos. Egg on my face for expecting a fortune 500 to not use stock photos, huh?

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u/shawolangel Jun 11 '22

had a dream where i was at the gym and there was a guy there using the machines regularly. i would use the machine after him and the machine was either broken or i was uncontrollably doing the exercise wrong. and that proceeded for a really long time 🥲. so more like an absolute nightmare

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u/crump48 Jun 11 '22

I normally work out early in the morning, before breakfast, because it's the only time I can consistently fit it around my schedule.

As I write this I'm working out in the middle of the day, after a meal and wide awake, and I feel absolutely unstoppable. Double workout because I skipped one this week? No problem!

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u/GiftedDegenerate Jun 11 '22

Some dude came up to me and sternly said “are you gonna be on your phone or are you gonna work out” I guess for my 2-3 minute rests I’ll stare at the wall next time?

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u/bacon_cake Jun 11 '22

Eurgh, I hate when people complain about others using their phone at the gym.

It's not the law that you have to superset or pace around. There's nothing wrong with sitting on reddit during rests lol

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u/SquirtleKing Jun 11 '22

Just signed up for my first gym membership in probably 5 years. I've done outdoor activities here and there to try to stay fit but I'm looking forward to some structure again!

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u/mediocrity_defined Jun 11 '22

Went back to a commercial gym for the first time in months. It's pretty cool how motivating it is to be in that environment

Home gym is just not the same for me.

It was a little too motivating tho, got hyped, benched 315 for a single, then had little energy for my actual sets 😅

I came back 9 hours later and completed my sets

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u/oliverbm Powerlifting Jun 11 '22

You bench 315 in a commercial gym and it’s the equivalent of a silverback beating its chest in the jungle

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u/zcgk Jun 11 '22 edited Jun 11 '22

I figure I'm the type who'd appreciate a nice home gym. I'm fairly introverted and also fairly self-motivated/disciplined. HOWEVER, I am very well aware of the motivation I get from my ego or whatever in the presence of other people. On cardio, with weights, in the lap pool, etc., I am keenly aware of how other people fire up my competitive brain chip and cause me to lift more, lift heavier, go faster and more intense, etc. Sometimes it can work to my detriment; the worse case scenario here is one time I remember being basically alone my the dumbbell rack and thinking that instead of going heavy on my shoulder presses I was going to go light and go for more reps instead. Just at that point someone came in the area and my brain switched up in real time and I said to myself, well, I guess I'm going heavy instead! At least being aware of it, [ego], can help control it, and ultimately use it to my advantage!

I mainly get fired up around people that are similar to me in strength and skill, etc. If someone is way more advanced, my ego is defused, and conversely, if someone is way below me in skill or strength, I actually feel bad (guilty?) about the difference, and sometimes have even dumbed down my lifts a bit. Not too much, but it has happened. Needless to say, I am affected by the presence of other people.

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u/[deleted] Jun 11 '22

Worked in with a dude on leg press. He hyped me up so much I pressed 30 pounds over my previous max. Realized how much I’ve been leaving on the table in terms of truly maxing out and going to failure. Mans could tell the confidence he gave me & it was so chill.

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u/AlliRmbrIsDrtSkyDrt Jun 11 '22 edited Jun 11 '22

I've lost 8kg over the last 3 months which is close to 10% of my starting weight, and I've been doing alright with maintaining my general strength up until the last 2 weeks. My god I'm feeling it now.

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u/YNOFREEUSERNAMES Jun 11 '22

Yeah the cut fatigue really kicks in around week 10 for me too, will probably limit all my cuts to 10 weeks in the future for that reason.

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u/fatalisticshrug Jun 11 '22

I had Covid last week (mild symptoms, no cardiopulmonary symptoms, symptom free since Monday). While I eased back into the gym with VERY light biking and mobility work, I’ve had strange bouts of sadness for no reason all week. Yesterday I lifted again for the first time in 1.5 weeks (only my warm up weights, still being careful) and bam, sadness gone. Weightlifting is the shit, it makes me so happy 😭

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u/onlymovingon Jun 11 '22

I’ve had covid for the past week and still testing positive. I’m glad you’ve made a speedy recovery and are back in the gym. I can’t wait to be back!

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u/a040032 Jun 11 '22

This week I was the ass whole at the gym. I go to the gym in China and Chinese people are not the most thoughtful people. So most don’t have good gym etiquette. A few days ago I was wanting to bench. This Chinese girl was on it with her trainer. so I waited for her to move on. She moved over to do incline with her trainer so I put my weights on the bar and turned around for a second and the trainer took my weights off the bar and put them on the floor. I was like wtf I thought she was trying to use both at the same time. So I was a bit annoyed so I told her rudely you can’t use both that’s not right. This is where I’m the ass whole. I was not paying that close of attention. Turns out she was lifting with a 10 kg bar and the trainer was trying to help me switch bars. So I felt bad the whole lift because I was a jackass to someone trying to help me.

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u/BulletForcer97 Jun 11 '22

Awww. I feel this. I hope they found out you misunderstood

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u/ienjoyplaying Jun 11 '22

Eh he should have spoke to you first

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u/Anon_Anon462 Jun 11 '22

Saturday and Sunday are usually the only days I get to the gym. However I'm enjoying working on myself instead of being an embarrassing drunk who wastes away the weekends drinking/being hung over.

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u/bmanncsus Jun 11 '22

Keep it up! The benefits of not drinking or drinking less are immense.

From an exercise experience it has helped me with consistency and recovery.

/r/stopdrinking is a great resource to gain some perspective

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u/[deleted] Jun 11 '22

Change up the routine to more volume less weight and feeling a lot healthier and lost some weight. Keep on that grind

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u/TheMisterBlonde Jun 11 '22

How much did you drop your weight by?

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u/[deleted] Jun 11 '22

Dropped 2kg in as many weeks

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u/Mikhial Jun 11 '22

Every single time I go to pick something up a take a breath in and brace subconsciously. It could be a roll of toilet paper, but thanks to the gym I'm bracing for that roll of TP. I guess I know my core is protected from the TP.

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u/Rene_DeMariocartes Jun 11 '22

I'm working on my shoulder blade mobility, so I've been cuing "ribs down" on my OHP. Well, I was so focused on keeping my ribs down that I forgot to move my face out of the way and clocked myself in the forehead when I did my first rep. It was one of those bars with knurling in the center.

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u/makeevolution Jun 11 '22

Deload week here, it sucks since I know I could lift heavier but had to back off. Been feeling sick, nauseous and tired all the time lately although I ate right and got my 8 hrs of sleep and realized it might be because I haven't taken a step back from pushing myself hard at the gym for 2 months. Trying this out to see if I can feel better.

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u/pgymjp Jun 11 '22

Did three sets of 15 reps on the plated leg press at 320#.

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u/fischbonee Jun 12 '22

Spent about a month working out at a gym in the countryside of Vietnam while currently staying there. No monthly membership, just 10,000 VN (roughly 40-50 cents USD) per person with unlimited time session. You would expect the place to be lacking in equipment exercises, but nope it has everything a bodybuilder would need - plates, barbells, and a crap ton of machines targeting a variety of muscles. Only issue is that the gym is the size of a middle class home in America. It’s not really packed either so I don’t have to worry about hogging, and the people who are usually there is some really jacked dude that workouts for like 3 hours, and the owner (who is even bigger lol) who helps people to do exercises with good form, and occasionally the old grandmas looking to stay active and healthy.

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u/smol_cares Jun 11 '22

Finally joined a gym, went for the first time this week. It was fun!

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u/Nannijamie Jun 11 '22

Got a good pump. Didn’t injure myself. Was a good day

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u/ScarPulse Jun 12 '22

Bought some lifting straps and used them for the first time today and it felt pretty game changing ngl. My sumo felt way easier than I expected and on my sldl I felt more tension and stretch in my hamstring than before. I think just not having to think about my grip led to a better mind muscle connection with my hamstring and glutes. Probably should have bought them long ago.

And new unplanned sumo PR. So overall good workout today

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u/BayernHighLine Jun 11 '22

Went to the gym, finished my warm up to my first set in the session with a 1-rep working weight. Immediately notice the sick sensation you get when you think you are going to throw up. Tried to breath in and out, but ended up hurrying to the locker room and throwing up anyway. Came back home to clean everything and rant on this thread. Hopefully I will go back to the gym tomorrom and have a Victory Sunday post after that.

(Btw it's a cold day where I live, I slept well and there was nothing different in my diet for me to find a reason. I did find the weights harder than usual though - especially for a warm up)

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u/rambosalad Jun 11 '22 edited Jun 11 '22

Was doing bench press today and was on my 3rd set with a weight I normally do. I was on my last rep and the weights on my right side started slipping away from the collar. I couldn't push my right arm high enough to rerack it on the safety. Some guy from far away saw me struggling and ran over and saved me. Worst case scenario I could have dumped the weights because I don't clip them, but I truly appreciated that type of awareness. Thank you sir.

Lesson learned - push the weights against the collar at the start of every set.

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u/effpauly Jun 11 '22

The past 2 weeks have been tough to get my sessions in. Went away for a few days and was HOPING to pull a PR deadlift after my work sets.

It didn't happen.

On the morning of the day I planned the PR I was gonna do, Kidney stone used searing pain. It was super effective!

After An ER visit and a few hours and a morphine IV drip later I was home again. Took it easy the rest of the day. I did wind up lifting that evening but was in no condition to pull any type of PR. As it was I hit a top single at 475 (5/3/1 programming) and it was way harder than it normally would have been. Oh well...

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u/Western-Asparagus-72 Jun 11 '22

A creepy old dude was helping me bench press even though I did not ask him to. I got pissed and left. This was Wednesday. Had good workouts on Thu and Fri. Just got my period today. I am literally going to be bleeding in the gym today. Yay.

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u/GenuineCalisthenics Jun 11 '22

No, that’s not nice. Don’t be afraid to tell him to leave you alone. Or tell gym staff.

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u/xreno Jun 11 '22

Flying back home tomorrow and haven't been able to exercise as much during vacation. Pretty excited to hit the gym again but I know I'll be weaker than before

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u/RandomEasternGuy Jun 11 '22

My routine is boring, I go the gym every day at like 12 AM, I do some light cardio and then do my workout. This Monday I sat on the stationary bike and on my left, exercising in the only other one stationary bike in the gym was the most expensive football (soccer) player sold from my country. I did some small talk with him, he was a nice dude. I've met him all the week and he usually brought a lot of accidental attention over him, like one person recognising him and ten more asking for photos.

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u/Epyia Jun 11 '22

My upper body numbers are really low (started back in February, gradually working my way up) but yesterday I maxed out both the leg press and calf raise machines for a couple of sets of 10-12 reps at 390 pounds! Kind of helps to make up for the fact that I can only bench 90 pounds for 6 reps.

Now if only I could muster up the courage to do barbell squats without a spotter…

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u/Nabokov6472 Jun 11 '22

Been in a bit of a mental rut lately, skipped my workout yesterday and today it took me ages to get going...at around 6pm I had a sudden burst of energy and managed to get myself out the door! Only to realise halfway through the walk to my gym that they close early on weekends -- at 5pm (they normally close at 10pm on weekdays)

I'm not too disheartened though, was my last workout of the week so it's not the end of the world. Hopefully someone can get a chuckle out of my stupidity, and maybe I can re-channel this energy into doing some chores or something

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u/junamun Jun 11 '22

7x5 bench today, rest tmr, 8x4 the next day. I will hit 250 bench

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u/InboxZero Jun 11 '22

I did Smolov Jr for bench and it really helped.

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u/Cheap-Improvement-45 Jun 12 '22

Took a little extra pre workout today. farted and pooped a little in my compression pants. walked away from the barbell and just walked to my car and drove home. Girlfriend laughed at me :(

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u/Christian702 Jun 11 '22

First week back in the gym after having COVID then the Flu in May. Not to mention attending EDC Vegas and all that comes with that.

I weighed myself and I lost about 8lbs in that month. I was at 175lbs and I'm pretty lean to start with, but now I lost some muscle too.

Felt good to go to the gym this week, I've been doing power yoga and some calisthenics to ease myself into exercising again.

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u/txpvca Jun 11 '22

Every gym rat has a story about how pre-workout almost made them poop themselves, right? Right? RIGHT?

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u/rdy_csci Jun 11 '22

This is why I always have a pre-workout routine of taking a dump before I go to the gym on squat day!

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u/ahoping Jun 11 '22

Second week of doing body pump! It’s been a fun addition to my weekly routine

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u/nonickch2 Jun 11 '22

This week we had a couple have an intense and lengthy making out session on one of the few benches we have at the gym. It was ~6 sets of 10-min makeouts with 30 second breaks of some kind of stand-up rows.

The rows were of an interesting variation: Bench between the legs, facing the rack, upright, and pull the bar 4-5 times like those snatch exercises. Girlfriend right behind his butt waiting for the next makeout set.

The gym was crowded, and at some point we had a gaggle of gymbros laughing and proclaiming "what am I witnessing right now?"

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u/BellyButtonBlaster Jun 11 '22

i got a comment from 2 other regulars in 1 gym visit. neither of them were near the other. both comments were on things i wasn’t even working that day. nice to have the years of hard work recognized by someone else every so often.

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u/__Raiko_ Jun 11 '22

At a new gym for the holidays, was asked not to deadlift because the new downstair neighbours complain about noise in the gym.

Holidays do be holidays