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What Makes My Blood Boil At The Gym Pt. 2 of 2

December 12, 2009 by Joey Vaillancourt · Leave a Comment 

Part 2 now…’Blood Boiler Series’
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In case you missed Part 1…
Part 1

The ‘Its Mine’ trainees
I’ve got news for anyone who goes to the gym. You don’t own squat. You are a ‘partner’ and partner’s must share.

I am a pretty softspoken guy and I dont like to be rude or arrogant towards others.So when I want to use a piece of equipment and someone else is there,  I usually go about in a nice way. And normally I get a good response.

But every now and then someone says something like ‘Well I am using it’

That’s cool. Because sometimes people are doing very short rest periods and I wouldnt want to interfere.

But sometimes when I ask them how long there rest period is, they are hesitant to say because they know that I could easily fit in a set while they are resting.

If ever you encounter someone like this, just be polite, keep smiling and be persistent in asking questions. If you have the time to go through with it. It may not be even worth the time, but the more you do it the more they will learn.

The ‘Close lifters’
Like I said, I workout in a relatively smaller gym compared to the bigger ones out there.

Sometimes when I setup a bench in the free weight area and I make sure that there is no one else on the benches beside me, I will more than likely encouter someone that feels the need to sit right beside me even when there is 10 other free benches available.

C’mon now!

If the gym is crowded I can understand, but use your brain and position yourself somewhere that will give you and the other people around room to workout.                              

The ‘Broadway Lifters’
What’s a broadway lifter? A person who looks like they are auditioning for an upcoming role in the next ‘Pumping Iron’. I dont mean that in a good way.

I am all for people putting in an effort at the gym, but a real effort! Dont fake it, there is no one to impress and you look like a fool.

I constantly see people who are making an obvious attempt to ‘look’ like they are working super hard.

They are screaming louder than everyone else, they are using exagerrated movements, they are grinding their teeth…all while curling 10lb dumbells or squatting an olympic bar without even breaking a sweat.

They give a hell of a show with nothing to show for it in the end.

The ‘Haven’t Got a clue, but Ill pretend I do’ lifters

Of course one could argue that the ‘Broadway Lifter’ is very similar to the ‘Haven’t got a clue lifter’ and you would be right. But there are key differences.

These lifters often lift WAY BEYOND their capabilities in hopes to either look very strong or in hopes that by lifting heavier, they will make BIG gains.

Listen, form should be #1 when lifting. If you are breaking form while lifting a heavier weight, you are not really progressing!

Also, if one week you do a full squat with say 225lbs and the next week you load the bar to 300lbs and only squat one inch down then back up, that is not a 75lb increase in your squat! That is a cop out and not a progression.

These people should be lifting within their means and with good form, and they would see better results.

The ‘Experts of the Gym’ lifters
So many times while I am at the gym, I see these ‘experts’ at the gym giving advice to everyone who doesnt have headphones on. I like giving advice to those who ASK for it.

The majoriry of the time, people dont care for advice. They dont want to be embarressed by seeming like they dont know what they are doing.

Time and time again I see it. They like to think of themselves as the guru.

It really bothers me when someone is playing the hero role around they gym.

I have even had another personal trainer come up to me once and asked what exercise I was doing.

I was doing deadlifts at the time. He then explained that to properly do a deadlift, you should not bend your knees at all. This was about 5 years ago and I was confused. I knew there was two different variations of deadlifts that you could do but he made me doubt myself.

I later learned that I was RIGHT. There is a straight leg deadlift, more for your hamstrings and there was another one working more your whole body.

Straight leg vs Regular Deadlift. and this came from a personal trainer.

MY last example is I once heard someone go up to another person while he was doing incline bench press and tell this peron that they shouldnt do that exercise if they were trying to build their chest. They explained that the flat bench was better.

Can you imagine? The nerve of this guy to tell another person he shouldnt do that exercise, then recommend what he thought was better?

I was happy to hear the dude’s response when he said that he actually was working on his upper chest and thats why he was doing incline instead of flat.

He knew what he was doing, eliminating the need for the bozo to give him advice.

Ok thats all for my rant…

How about you guys? Anything get on your nerves while at the gym?

Feel free to share.

Joey Vaillancourt

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