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Do any of you have gym pet peeves that just make you ragey? Mine are people that do arm curls in the power racks or squat racks. People that do circuit training and have to drag 100 things out to do it and then leave the sh#t laying around after they are done. Excessive grunting/screaming also pisses me off.

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Some guy always hits the emergency shutoff on the treadmill and leaves... so people dont use that treadmill because they think maybe he is coming back.

 

Normally not a big deal but we only have 4 treadmills and at lunch time they can get backed up.

 

 

 

Our gym is in the first floor of our office building so 95% of the people are average people who dont workout that hard, so it is a good environment normally.

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Don't get much curling in the rack where I train. I don't think I've ever seen someone do it. Though it would be annoying.

 

I guess the supersetting or circuit training people who like to lay claim to multiple pieces of equipment at a time. That's just not right.

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I do a lot of supersets of two exercises. I've had people carry off my dumbells that I don't rack between sets. Irritates the heck out of me since I try to maintain a 2 minute rest period and I only do 2 sets so I'm not really using the weights for long. A 3 minute rest period is a big difference and I can't tell if I'm gaining and should up the weight for the next week. I guess the most annoying thing to me is people wearing earphones in the weight room since I can't yell at them when they try to use my equipment.

 

Reracking weights, removing cable pulley handle and moving the pin to the top is good gym etiquette to indicate you're done with the equipment. People like to leave 45 lb plates on the bench press but I always warm up starting with JUST the bar. Helps to enforce good form as well as warming up. People rerack dumbells but not straight bar weights so I just give a cursory look around before starting to use them. If someone is using it they can yell at me but usually sheepishly tell me that they were using it or move on :laughpound I wouldn't do it if people just reracked weights.

 

Some old guy in the gym used to use the only 25 lb dumbells to do some cardio type exercises for 20 minutes. He was never pushing himself enough to break a sweat so I thought it was silly that he couldn't just do the exercises faster with lighter weights such as 15 lbs which the gym has many.

 

Grunting is a funny one since a guy in the gym likes to grunt loudly when lifting and even running on the treadmill. I got used to it and tune it out but it seriously bugs a friend of mine to the point it chases her out of the gym.

 

I'm guilty of doing the straight bar curls off the safety bars in the squat rack but I know everyone that does squats so I relocate. I like the squat rack because it is close to the bench where I'm supersetting with tricep curls. I don't have to yell across the room at someone carrying off my tricep dumbells while I'm doing curls. Yea, it happened. Someone else's bad behavior is driving mine. I try to encourage people to power clean weight off of the floor when shoulder pressing instead of using the squat rack because you know, the squat rack is for SQUATTING!

 

I was impressed one day when I noticed one of the olympic bars was bent. I knew deadlifting 405 wouldn't permanently bend the bar. Found out some genius was doing shoulder shrugs but was dropping center bar onto a bench. I suspect it was the Shrek looking guy with overdeveloped traps who also was the one that told me how the bar got bent ("by some guy"). I couldn't figure out how to delicately tell him how ridiculous he looks but did tell him his upper body is totally out of balance.

 

Dropping weights is annoying. Usually people trying to deadlift. One day I was not really dropping the weights but they were making some noise. One of the girls that works in the gym got on my case. I've learned how to deadlift so that I sometimes barely kiss the floor each rep. It actually makes it easier. Kind of like compressing a spring on the way down by keeping everything tensioned. If I can get the first rep in I can get the rest. Also, I don't want them to outlaw deadlifts :ahhhhhhhh

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Someone who gets on the treadmill, is barely walking and has a magazine or book they are reading but occupy the machine for an hour while getting literally no benefit while others would really like to exercise.

 

Oh....and people who leave their crap spread all over the locker room making others step over it.

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Oh let me count the ways...

Mine's mostly weight related since I prefer outdoor solo cardio. I'm kind of OCD about gym edicate, not the unwritten rules but the common sense stuff.
- People who don't re-rack their weights when they're in high demand, or they are going to be taking an extended break (which they usually forget and never come back for).

- People who do lifts while standing no more than a foot or two away from the dumbbell racks, other people use those weights too bud.

- People who stand in the in the middle of the path of travel through the gym and won't move, pay attentions to your surroundings please.

- People who sit down on an used piece of equipment that I need on because they worked "hard" and are tired, unless you just blasted your legs on squats or the sled stand up and walk around or stick to your bench/platform.

- Just people lifting stupid in general; swinging while doing curls for the entire set, bouncing the bar while benching, not controlling the weight through the full ROM, rounding your back on bent over lifts! It doesn't make me mad really, I just want to tell them they're not getting the full benefit, but they didn't ask...

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People that decide to take a 15 minute break between reps on a machine/equipment and then get mad when you decide to step in. Gets a quick "f#*k off" from me.

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People that decide to take a 15 minute break between reps on a machine/equipment and then get mad when you decide to step in. Gets a quick "f#*k off" from me.

Had that experience last week. Guy is a regular and probably the strongest person in the gym, but he takes inordinately long breaks. I was scoping out this adjustable bench while I finished up my lift to see if anyone is on it because it has a towel thrown at the foot of it. Nobody is near it for a couple of minutes and everyone is using a piece of equipment so I figure somebody just forgot their towel, because if you were saving it you'd probably place your towel on the bench right? So I start my lift on the bench and he comes over all pissed off like and swipes his towel out from under the bench and pouts off muttering something (I have head phones in). He just glares at me the rest of the night, and he never even used a bench after that. It was pretty entertaining, but I would have apologized if he didn't act like a little 3 year old.

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There was a guy at my gym that used the community hair dryer to dry his nut sack and ass crack after showering. Can't say I appreciated witnessing that.

 

As far as in the gym, when 2 or more muscle heads are lifting and they are doing weird sh#t like slapping each other in the face and screaming at each other to get pumped up to bench 375 one time.

 

 

Other than that, I usually just mind my own business.

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People that decide to take a 15 minute break between reps on a machine/equipment and then get mad when you decide to step in. Gets a quick "f#*k off" from me.

Had that experience last week. Guy is a regular and probably the strongest person in the gym, but he takes inordinately long breaks. I was scoping out this adjustable bench while I finished up my lift to see if anyone is on it because it has a towel thrown at the foot of it. Nobody is near it for a couple of minutes and everyone is using a piece of equipment so I figure somebody just forgot their towel, because if you were saving it you'd probably place your towel on the bench right? So I start my lift on the bench and he comes over all pissed off like and swipes his towel out from under the bench and pouts off muttering something (I have head phones in). He just glares at me the rest of the night, and he never even used a bench after that. It was pretty entertaining, but I would have apologized if he didn't act like a little 3 year old.

 

Ah yes. the classic "death stare from the big guy in the weight room" dilimma. I'm like "dude, you cant even move your arms. Might wanna back off". LOL

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People that decide to take a 15 minute break between reps on a machine/equipment and then get mad when you decide to step in. Gets a quick "f#*k off" from me.

Had that experience last week. Guy is a regular and probably the strongest person in the gym, but he takes inordinately long breaks. I was scoping out this adjustable bench while I finished up my lift to see if anyone is on it because it has a towel thrown at the foot of it. Nobody is near it for a couple of minutes and everyone is using a piece of equipment so I figure somebody just forgot their towel, because if you were saving it you'd probably place your towel on the bench right? So I start my lift on the bench and he comes over all pissed off like and swipes his towel out from under the bench and pouts off muttering something (I have head phones in). He just glares at me the rest of the night, and he never even used a bench after that. It was pretty entertaining, but I would have apologized if he didn't act like a little 3 year old.

 

I can understand taking long breaks. Hell, when I'm going heavy I take about 8 minutes between sets. Less rest will almost guarantee me not getting my next set.

 

But if someone wants to work in the rack I'm using, go for it. I'll even help you unload and load the bar if you want.

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People that decide to take a 15 minute break between reps on a machine/equipment and then get mad when you decide to step in. Gets a quick "f#*k off" from me.

Had that experience last week. Guy is a regular and probably the strongest person in the gym, but he takes inordinately long breaks. I was scoping out this adjustable bench while I finished up my lift to see if anyone is on it because it has a towel thrown at the foot of it. Nobody is near it for a couple of minutes and everyone is using a piece of equipment so I figure somebody just forgot their towel, because if you were saving it you'd probably place your towel on the bench right? So I start my lift on the bench and he comes over all pissed off like and swipes his towel out from under the bench and pouts off muttering something (I have head phones in). He just glares at me the rest of the night, and he never even used a bench after that. It was pretty entertaining, but I would have apologized if he didn't act like a little 3 year old.

 

I can understand taking long breaks. Hell, when I'm going heavy I take about 8 minutes between sets. Less rest will almost guarantee me not getting my next set.

 

But if someone wants to work in the rack I'm using, go for it. I'll even help you unload and load the bar if you want.

 

I mean I understand it but from someone who isn't training for raw power, over 5 minutes of rest seems wasteful. It's like the difference between being strong and functionally strong to me.

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The dropping the weights thing can piss me off. We've had plenty of weights broken at my gym. Kind of stupid. I don't get too worked up about it though. The gal that works at the gym gets pretty pissed.

 

I do a lot of super sets but it's usually just different exercise with the same equipment though I do some bouncing around sometimes when the gym isn't so busy. A lot of people at my gym know they can hop in for a set. I'll come back to it. It doesn't bother me a bit. If I walk away from it, then I'm obviously not in too big of a hurry to bust out my next set. I don't let it ruin my day.

 

 

I don't like noisy people much I guess. If I got my usual crew of friends in there we get a little loud bit not overly. Mostly working but having fun too. I have been known to grunt a bit when I'm really pushing out the last heavy reps or so. Not ridiculous like some though.

 

I guess the little high schoolers or the 160 pound "badasses" we get through the door every now and then. They can be fun. Especially the recent group that came in and did the same stuff everyday. They literally would bench press everyday. Just killing themselves and never adding weight. So they come up to one of my good buddies that bench presses 435 and they say "how do you bench so much?". He says....."stop freaking doing it everyday"......they looked absolutely dumbfounded.

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There was a guy at my gym that used the community hair dryer to dry his nut sack and ass crack after showering. Can't say I appreciated witnessing that.

 

As far as in the gym, when 2 or more muscle heads are lifting and they are doing weird sh#t like slapping each other in the face and screaming at each other to get pumped up to bench 375 one time.

 

 

Other than that, I usually just mind my own business.

Really dude?

 

Time to find a new gym. WTF

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I'm fortunate enough to be able to workout between 10:30 and noon most days I go and there are rarely more than 10 people in the gym working out. None of which bother me or have strange lifting habits. There is often a 30 something mom who runs on the treadmill. She runs at about an "8" speed with her hips about 2" from the front bar and her arms flailing above her head. At first I was laughing to myself but she runs like that for 30 to 45 minutes and now I have to leave before I get arrested for videoing her so I can show her how stupid she looks.

 

And the 70 something guy in the shower who uses half the soap in the dispenser everyday by lathering himself till he looks like a snowman.

 

Another humorous character is the 80 year old guy who lives in his "82" Chevy camping van year round and comes to the Y for free coffee and cookies. He came in to where I was working out last monday to watch tv and told me he was moving back to California soon so he could umpire games in a college softball city league where they pay $150 per game and he plans to do 6 to 8 games a day. He also played pro baseball and ran a 10 flat 100 yard dash in high school.

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My biggest issues stem from the people that have no damn clue what they're doing! Pay a trainer to show you how to do the exercises or GTFO! The teenage bada$$es drive me nuts too. One guy was doing these wrestling takedown moves with his porn stache. Was all I could do to keep it together.

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People that decide to take a 15 minute break between reps on a machine/equipment and then get mad when you decide to step in. Gets a quick "f#*k off" from me.

Had that experience last week. Guy is a regular and probably the strongest person in the gym, but he takes inordinately long breaks. I was scoping out this adjustable bench while I finished up my lift to see if anyone is on it because it has a towel thrown at the foot of it. Nobody is near it for a couple of minutes and everyone is using a piece of equipment so I figure somebody just forgot their towel, because if you were saving it you'd probably place your towel on the bench right? So I start my lift on the bench and he comes over all pissed off like and swipes his towel out from under the bench and pouts off muttering something (I have head phones in). He just glares at me the rest of the night, and he never even used a bench after that. It was pretty entertaining, but I would have apologized if he didn't act like a little 3 year old.

 

I can understand taking long breaks. Hell, when I'm going heavy I take about 8 minutes between sets. Less rest will almost guarantee me not getting my next set.

 

But if someone wants to work in the rack I'm using, go for it. I'll even help you unload and load the bar if you want.

 

I mean I understand it but from someone who isn't training for raw power, over 5 minutes of rest seems wasteful. It's like the difference between being strong and functionally strong to me.

 

Functionally strong? I've never understood that term. Strong is strong. Functionally strong sounds like a justification for not getting stronger IMO

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There was a guy at my gym that used the community hair dryer to dry his nut sack and ass crack after showering. Can't say I appreciated witnessing that.

 

As far as in the gym, when 2 or more muscle heads are lifting and they are doing weird sh#t like slapping each other in the face and screaming at each other to get pumped up to bench 375 one time.

 

 

Other than that, I usually just mind my own business.

Really dude?

Time to find a new gym. WTF

Yeah. I don't go there anymore. My wife had even stranger experiences than I did.

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People that decide to take a 15 minute break between reps on a machine/equipment and then get mad when you decide to step in. Gets a quick "f#*k off" from me.

Had that experience last week. Guy is a regular and probably the strongest person in the gym, but he takes inordinately long breaks. I was scoping out this adjustable bench while I finished up my lift to see if anyone is on it because it has a towel thrown at the foot of it. Nobody is near it for a couple of minutes and everyone is using a piece of equipment so I figure somebody just forgot their towel, because if you were saving it you'd probably place your towel on the bench right? So I start my lift on the bench and he comes over all pissed off like and swipes his towel out from under the bench and pouts off muttering something (I have head phones in). He just glares at me the rest of the night, and he never even used a bench after that. It was pretty entertaining, but I would have apologized if he didn't act like a little 3 year old.

 

I can understand taking long breaks. Hell, when I'm going heavy I take about 8 minutes between sets. Less rest will almost guarantee me not getting my next set.

 

But if someone wants to work in the rack I'm using, go for it. I'll even help you unload and load the bar if you want.

 

I mean I understand it but from someone who isn't training for raw power, over 5 minutes of rest seems wasteful. It's like the difference between being strong and functionally strong to me.

 

Functionally strong? I've never understood that term. Strong is strong. Functionally strong sounds like a justification for not getting stronger IMO

 

 

Not an excuse, just a difference of philosophies. Stamina and strength go hand in hand. You can bench 350, great! But if you can't get back under the bar in less than 5 minutes and push out more than a couple reps it seems a little overrated to me unless you're a power lifter.

 

Functionally strong probably has a lot of different meanings depending on who's using it, but to me it's; being able to have the coordination/balance, flexibility, stamina, and strength to complete tasks in a reasonably short time.

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There was a guy at my gym that used the community hair dryer to dry his nut sack and ass crack after showering. Can't say I appreciated witnessing that.

 

As far as in the gym, when 2 or more muscle heads are lifting and they are doing weird sh#t like slapping each other in the face and screaming at each other to get pumped up to bench 375 one time.

 

 

Other than that, I usually just mind my own business.

Really dude?

Time to find a new gym. WTF

Yeah. I don't go there anymore. My wife had even stranger experiences than I did.

 

Like some lady drying her balls with a hair dryer?

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People that decide to take a 15 minute break between reps on a machine/equipment and then get mad when you decide to step in. Gets a quick "f#*k off" from me.

Had that experience last week. Guy is a regular and probably the strongest person in the gym, but he takes inordinately long breaks. I was scoping out this adjustable bench while I finished up my lift to see if anyone is on it because it has a towel thrown at the foot of it. Nobody is near it for a couple of minutes and everyone is using a piece of equipment so I figure somebody just forgot their towel, because if you were saving it you'd probably place your towel on the bench right? So I start my lift on the bench and he comes over all pissed off like and swipes his towel out from under the bench and pouts off muttering something (I have head phones in). He just glares at me the rest of the night, and he never even used a bench after that. It was pretty entertaining, but I would have apologized if he didn't act like a little 3 year old.

 

I can understand taking long breaks. Hell, when I'm going heavy I take about 8 minutes between sets. Less rest will almost guarantee me not getting my next set.

 

But if someone wants to work in the rack I'm using, go for it. I'll even help you unload and load the bar if you want.

 

I mean I understand it but from someone who isn't training for raw power, over 5 minutes of rest seems wasteful. It's like the difference between being strong and functionally strong to me.

 

Functionally strong? I've never understood that term. Strong is strong. Functionally strong sounds like a justification for not getting stronger IMO

 

 

Not an excuse, just a difference of philosophies. Stamina and strength go hand in hand. You can bench 350, great! But if you can't get back under the bar in less than 5 minutes and push out more than a couple reps it seems a little overrated to me unless you're a power lifter.

 

Functionally strong probably has a lot of different meanings depending on who's using it, but to me it's; being able to have the coordination/balance, flexibility, stamina, and strength to complete tasks in a reasonably short time.

 

I guess that's the difference. Time. It doesn't make sense to me to relate strength to time, at all. Strength and stamina go hand in hand in that, all things being equal, the guy who's stronger probably has more stamina too. It's never bad to be stronger.

 

If you can bench 350 5 times, you're stronger and than the guy who can bench 200 10 times. There's no doubt about that IMO.

 

Being stronger is always better than not IMO. Being able to rep out a lighter weight more times with less rest doesn't really get you much stronger.

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There was a guy at my gym that used the community hair dryer to dry his nut sack and ass crack after showering. Can't say I appreciated witnessing that.

 

As far as in the gym, when 2 or more muscle heads are lifting and they are doing weird sh#t like slapping each other in the face and screaming at each other to get pumped up to bench 375 one time.

 

 

Other than that, I usually just mind my own business.

 

Really dude?

Time to find a new gym. WTF

Yeah. I don't go there anymore. My wife had even stranger experiences than I did.

Like some lady drying her balls with a hair dryer?
Well the lady didn't have balls but it was used in a similar fashion. And she was like 70

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On a regular day on the bench I do 4 sets -10 reps of 225. Usually on the fourth set I only get 7-8 but I just go to exhaustion. I max 335 on the bench. Two things I've never heard of in my life til' reading this thread is functionally strong, and I've never heard of five minute rests. Honestly, if you're resting five minutes I'm gonna go out on a limb and just tell you now that you're not putting your muscles under a whole lot of stress. Hard to build stamina that way also. I'm no expert though. Just my opinion.

 

Of course, all of these things depend on your desired result. Still, if you're lifting weights, there's really no purpose of doing it if your not going to stress the muscles, get the acid pumping into them and burning them up a bit. Five minute rests doesn't do that.

 

I just looked into this five minute rest thing and that long of rest is only suggested if you are doing extremely heavy weight (your maximum) with only 1-3 reps. I guess I wouldn't know anything about that because even on my heavy days I do weight I can rep between 5-6 times.

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There was a guy at my gym that used the community hair dryer to dry his nut sack and ass crack after showering. Can't say I appreciated witnessing that.

 

As far as in the gym, when 2 or more muscle heads are lifting and they are doing weird sh#t like slapping each other in the face and screaming at each other to get pumped up to bench 375 one time.

 

 

Other than that, I usually just mind my own business.

Really dude?

Time to find a new gym. WTF

Yeah. I don't go there anymore. My wife had even stranger experiences than I did.
Like some lady drying her balls with a hair dryer?
Well the lady didn't have balls but it was used in a similar fashion. And she was like 70

 

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I just looked into this five minute rest thing and that long of rest is only suggested if you are doing extremely heavy weight (your maximum) with only 1-3 reps. I guess I wouldn't know anything about that because even on my heavy days I do weight I can rep between 5-6 times.

If you can hit your reps with the amount of rest you are taking, then awesome. Keep doing that.

 

My point was that when training for strength, the most important thing is to get your reps. If you need to rest longer to do that, then do that. That's all.

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I just looked into this five minute rest thing and that long of rest is only suggested if you are doing extremely heavy weight (your maximum) with only 1-3 reps. I guess I wouldn't know anything about that because even on my heavy days I do weight I can rep between 5-6 times.

If you can hit your reps with the amount of rest you are taking, then awesome. Keep doing that.

 

My point was that when training for strength, the most important thing is to get your reps. If you need to rest longer to do that, then do that. That's all.

 

I haven't really researched the rest period except I do remember reading a recommended rest period of 1.5 to 2 minutes. I do 2 minutes because when I finish a set I just have to note the second hand on the clock. After 1:50 rest I'm starting to get back into position for the next set. I tried 1.5 minute rests but the additional calculation of subtracting 30 seconds always messed me up and I wasn't hitting a consistent rest period. I think it was because my sets usually are around 30 seconds or 5 seconds per rep give or take 10 seconds. I'd like to do a 1.5 minute rest just to make the workouts shorter but being more consistent in the rest period is more important to me since I notice a big difference between a 2 minute rest and 3 minute rest. Longer rests beyond 4 minutes seemed to make the sets independent meaning the last set was not much more difficult than the first set. With 8 minute rests I would tend to skip workouts when free time becomes scarce simply because the workouts take too long. Also I wouldn't want to tie up a piece of equipment for 25 minutes because someone would want to "work in". I don't like to alternate sets with someone because invariably I'll miss my 2 minute rest and then I can't judge whether I'm gaining from previous week. I'd rather tell someone that they can have the equipment in 5 minutes since I do a strict 2 minute rest. Nobody seems to have a problem with that. Someone "working in" probably is not an issue for you since you don't notice a difference between a 7, 8 or 9 minute rest. Your rest period would impact me since I don't like to work in and I would patiently wait 1/2 hour for you to finish. The heaviest I lift is 4 x 4 @ 6 RM weight and with 2 minute rests I have gained considerable strength going from Novice to Intermediate/Advanced. If you're in the Advanced/Elite category my experience may not apply.

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Grunters.....people who slam their weights on the floor.....mirror posers...creepers/women stalkers and last but not least....guys who come in wearing their little brothers t-shirts in attempts to try and look bigger

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I guess I could post my annoyances. To each their own, but if we're into judging people...

 

  • The guy who wears tanks that are way to big so you can see the meat display. /oswalt
  • People who mean mug and aren't generally courteous.
  • Bench bro's. All bench. All the time.
  • Guy's who bench with their ass a foot in the air.
  • Half and quarter squat guy. I guess generally, half rep guy.

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I like the guy who comes over to offer advice...

ha! Unsolicited advice guy is awesome. I hear some real doozies from these guys sometimes.

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I guess I could post my annoyances. To each their own, but if we're into judging people...

 

  • The guy who wears tanks that are way to big so you can see the meat display. /oswalt
  • People who mean mug and aren't generally courteous.
  • Bench bro's. All bench. All the time.
  • Guy's who bench with their ass a foot in the air.
  • Half and quarter squat guy. I guess generally, half rep guy.

 

That is considered a legal lift in the powerlifting community. It is almost like they are doing decline bench when they do that.

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I just looked into this five minute rest thing and that long of rest is only suggested if you are doing extremely heavy weight (your maximum) with only 1-3 reps. I guess I wouldn't know anything about that because even on my heavy days I do weight I can rep between 5-6 times.

If you can hit your reps with the amount of rest you are taking, then awesome. Keep doing that.

 

My point was that when training for strength, the most important thing is to get your reps. If you need to rest longer to do that, then do that. That's all.

 

 

True. And when training for physique, take as few breaks as possible and rep out sets until failure. Massive bloodflow to the muscles you're working, causing them to tear. And in addition, you're burning a lot of calories since your heart is pumping faster.

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My biggest pet peeve is the guy who is using the machine/station I want to use, does 2 reps, and sits at that machine/station for 5 minutes, does 2 more reps, repeats, for 20 minutes.

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My biggest pet peeve is the guy who is using the machine/station I want to use, does 2 reps, and sits at that machine/station for 5 minutes, does 2 more reps, repeats, for 20 minutes.

Yeah, those five minute rest guys wouldn't last long at my gym. There'd be an uprising.

 

I'm assuming anyone doing a workout routine like that is either at a very large gym with a lot of free weights and machines, they're at a gym that literally nobody else goes to, or they work out at hours nobody is there or something.

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I just looked into this five minute rest thing and that long of rest is only suggested if you are doing extremely heavy weight (your maximum) with only 1-3 reps. I guess I wouldn't know anything about that because even on my heavy days I do weight I can rep between 5-6 times.

If you can hit your reps with the amount of rest you are taking, then awesome. Keep doing that.

 

My point was that when training for strength, the most important thing is to get your reps. If you need to rest longer to do that, then do that. That's all.

 

 

True. And when training for physique, take as few breaks as possible and rep out sets until failure. Massive bloodflow to the muscles you're working, causing them to tear. And in addition, you're burning a lot of calories since your heart is pumping faster.

 

Yessir. That's how I do it anyway.

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I guess I could post my annoyances. To each their own, but if we're into judging people...

 

  • The guy who wears tanks that are way to big so you can see the meat display. /oswalt
  • People who mean mug and aren't generally courteous.
  • Bench bro's. All bench. All the time.
  • Guy's who bench with their ass a foot in the air.
  • Half and quarter squat guy. I guess generally, half rep guy.

 

That is considered a legal lift in the powerlifting community. It is almost like they are doing decline bench when they do that.

 

In most federations, no, it's not legal. Here's the rules for for IPF (page 17) as USAPL (page 30).

 

Now there are about a billion "federations" out their with their own rules, so whatever. But generally ass in the air is a no no in most every legit federation and also can unnecessarily increase risk for injury.

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I just looked into this five minute rest thing and that long of rest is only suggested if you are doing extremely heavy weight (your maximum) with only 1-3 reps. I guess I wouldn't know anything about that because even on my heavy days I do weight I can rep between 5-6 times.

If you can hit your reps with the amount of rest you are taking, then awesome. Keep doing that.

 

My point was that when training for strength, the most important thing is to get your reps. If you need to rest longer to do that, then do that. That's all.

 

 

True. And when training for physique, take as few breaks as possible and rep out sets until failure. Massive bloodflow to the muscles you're working, causing them to tear. And in addition, you're burning a lot of calories since your heart is pumping faster.

 

Yessir. That's how I do it anyway.

 

Is training for physique like body building? I don't claim knowledge but wasn't Chaddy into this? I remember him saying that he never went to failure and made it sound like a bad thing.

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I just looked into this five minute rest thing and that long of rest is only suggested if you are doing extremely heavy weight (your maximum) with only 1-3 reps. I guess I wouldn't know anything about that because even on my heavy days I do weight I can rep between 5-6 times.

If you can hit your reps with the amount of rest you are taking, then awesome. Keep doing that.

 

My point was that when training for strength, the most important thing is to get your reps. If you need to rest longer to do that, then do that. That's all.

 

 

True. And when training for physique, take as few breaks as possible and rep out sets until failure. Massive bloodflow to the muscles you're working, causing them to tear. And in addition, you're burning a lot of calories since your heart is pumping faster.

 

Yessir. That's how I do it anyway.

 

Is training for physique like body building? I don't claim knowledge but wasn't Chaddy into this? I remember him saying that he never went to failure and made it sound like a bad thing.

 

Basically, although for people in my case it's trying to cut off the fat without sacrificing the muscle I have now. As oppposed to trying to slap more muscle on for the lucky skinny people. I do know that Chaddy took his lifting pretty seriously and he gave me some advice before, and he had good numbers strengthwise. Going to failure isn't really a bad thing, you just need to be smart about it. Obviously have a spotter, but make sure that your form is staying correct through out the lift. If you can't complete the rep with correct form that is also failure and the rep doesn't count.

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I like the guy who comes over to offer advice...

ha! Unsolicited advice guy is awesome. I hear some real doozies from these guys sometimes.

 

I guess I'm that guy but only if I see bad form where they might injure themselves. Maybe it's my approach but almost everyone appreciates the advise and asks questions. The guy doing the half or quarter squats with way too much weight? I leave him alone if he isn't hurting himself. I see a lot of curious stuff but at least they are in the gym doing something.

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I like the guy who comes over to offer advice...

 

ha! Unsolicited advice guy is awesome. I hear some real doozies from these guys sometimes.

I guess I'm that guy but only if I see bad form where they might injure themselves. Maybe it's my approach but almost everyone appreciates the advise and asks questions. The guy doing the half or quarter squats with way too much weight? I leave him alone if he isn't hurting himself. I see a lot of curious stuff but at least they are in the gym doing something.
I hear ya. I just tend to wait for them to ask. I'm not their babysitter. Unless it was a real young kid or something.

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I guess I could post my annoyances. To each their own, but if we're into judging people...

 

  • The guy who wears tanks that are way to big so you can see the meat display. /oswalt
  • People who mean mug and aren't generally courteous.
  • Bench bro's. All bench. All the time.
  • Guy's who bench with their ass a foot in the air.
  • Half and quarter squat guy. I guess generally, half rep guy.

 

That is considered a legal lift in the powerlifting community. It is almost like they are doing decline bench when they do that.

 

In most federations, no, it's not legal. Here's the rules for for IPF (page 17) as USAPL (page 30).

 

Now there are about a billion "federations" out their with their own rules, so whatever. But generally ass in the air is a no no in most every legit federation and also can unnecessarily increase risk for injury.

 

Here is an article about it. http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/most_recent/fake_strength_stop_arching_the_bench_press

 

I don't agree with it but it is how a lot of powerlifters do their bench.

 

I am not a believer in raising your ass in the air to bench heavier. To me, it is cheating and is a fake bench. A friend of mine that powerlifts arches his back enough to raise his ass off the bench and that is how he goes about it. He said it shortens the route of the bar and makes it easier to lift heavier. Like I mentioned earlier, it is almost extreme enough that it looks like they are doing decline bench instead of FLAT bench.

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I just looked into this five minute rest thing and that long of rest is only suggested if you are doing extremely heavy weight (your maximum) with only 1-3 reps. I guess I wouldn't know anything about that because even on my heavy days I do weight I can rep between 5-6 times.

If you can hit your reps with the amount of rest you are taking, then awesome. Keep doing that.

 

My point was that when training for strength, the most important thing is to get your reps. If you need to rest longer to do that, then do that. That's all.

 

 

True. And when training for physique, take as few breaks as possible and rep out sets until failure. Massive bloodflow to the muscles you're working, causing them to tear. And in addition, you're burning a lot of calories since your heart is pumping faster.

 

Yessir. That's how I do it anyway.

 

Is training for physique like body building? I don't claim knowledge but wasn't Chaddy into this? I remember him saying that he never went to failure and made it sound like a bad thing.

 

 

Pretty much. My reason for doing so is that lifting really heavy weight is bad for your joints, and I really don't have any need to be strong. Football players need to be able to lift heavier weight, but for a person like me who only plays pick-up basketball once or twice a week, there's really no need for me to lift lots of weight. I'm just trying to stay in shape, build some muscle, cut fat if I can watch my diet better, and essentially LOOK better. I like to break my lifting days up into working opposing muscles in the same day. For example, one day is quads, calves, and hamstrings. Another day is biceps and triceps, and another is chest, back, traps, lats, and shoulders. I usually work light abs in all 3 muscle group days just to tone up, and occasionally, I dedicate one day primarily to abs.

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I guess I could post my annoyances. To each their own, but if we're into judging people...

 

  • The guy who wears tanks that are way to big so you can see the meat display. /oswalt
  • People who mean mug and aren't generally courteous.
  • Bench bro's. All bench. All the time.
  • Guy's who bench with their ass a foot in the air.
  • Half and quarter squat guy. I guess generally, half rep guy.

 

That is considered a legal lift in the powerlifting community. It is almost like they are doing decline bench when they do that.

 

In most federations, no, it's not legal. Here's the rules for for IPF (page 17) as USAPL (page 30).

 

Now there are about a billion "federations" out their with their own rules, so whatever. But generally ass in the air is a no no in most every legit federation and also can unnecessarily increase risk for injury.

 

Here is an article about it. http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/most_recent/fake_strength_stop_arching_the_bench_press

 

I don't agree with it but it is how a lot of powerlifters do their bench.

 

I am not a believer in raising your ass in the air to bench heavier. To me, it is cheating and is a fake bench. A friend of mine that powerlifts arches his back enough to raise his ass off the bench and that is how he goes about it. He said it shortens the route of the bar and makes it easier to lift heavier. Like I mentioned earlier, it is almost extreme enough that it looks like they are doing decline bench instead of FLAT bench.

 

Yea, it's ridiculous and dumb. Looks like we're on the same page. ;)

 

IMO, you should bench with a "chest up" position, but keep your ass on the bench.

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I just looked into this five minute rest thing and that long of rest is only suggested if you are doing extremely heavy weight (your maximum) with only 1-3 reps. I guess I wouldn't know anything about that because even on my heavy days I do weight I can rep between 5-6 times.

If you can hit your reps with the amount of rest you are taking, then awesome. Keep doing that.

 

My point was that when training for strength, the most important thing is to get your reps. If you need to rest longer to do that, then do that. That's all.

 

 

True. And when training for physique, take as few breaks as possible and rep out sets until failure. Massive bloodflow to the muscles you're working, causing them to tear. And in addition, you're burning a lot of calories since your heart is pumping faster.

 

Yessir. That's how I do it anyway.

 

Is training for physique like body building? I don't claim knowledge but wasn't Chaddy into this? I remember him saying that he never went to failure and made it sound like a bad thing.

 

 

Pretty much. My reason for doing so is that lifting really heavy weight is bad for your joints, and I really don't have any need to be strong.

You might disagree 10-15 years from now.

 

Doesn't it make sense that getting stronger now would actually be good for your joints by strengthening the muscles that support them?

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I just looked into this five minute rest thing and that long of rest is only suggested if you are doing extremely heavy weight (your maximum) with only 1-3 reps. I guess I wouldn't know anything about that because even on my heavy days I do weight I can rep between 5-6 times.

If you can hit your reps with the amount of rest you are taking, then awesome. Keep doing that.

 

My point was that when training for strength, the most important thing is to get your reps. If you need to rest longer to do that, then do that. That's all.

 

 

True. And when training for physique, take as few breaks as possible and rep out sets until failure. Massive bloodflow to the muscles you're working, causing them to tear. And in addition, you're burning a lot of calories since your heart is pumping faster.

 

Yessir. That's how I do it anyway.

 

Is training for physique like body building? I don't claim knowledge but wasn't Chaddy into this? I remember him saying that he never went to failure and made it sound like a bad thing.

 

 

Pretty much. My reason for doing so is that lifting really heavy weight is bad for your joints, and I really don't have any need to be strong.

You might disagree 10-15 years from now.

 

Doesn't it make sense that getting stronger now would actually be good for your joints by strengthening the muscles that support them?

 

You can build the muscles around the joints and strengthen them, but for the most part, the cartilage and ligaments that support your joints and allow them to move freely can't get stronger. Excess weight will especially wear down the cartilage that pads your joints and eventually cause arthritis.

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