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  • #16
    Is it fail to do partial movements such as quarter squats and rack pulls if they actually do increase strength and/or keeps you from getting injured? Is it fail to do biceps curls in a smith machine if they are adding inches to your arms? In my opinion, "Fail" is when you're spinning your wheels in the gym or getting injured.

    You pretty much need a person's training journal to see if he is doing it right. If there's progression (and no missing entries because of injuries) then obviously he's on the right track.
    Yeah, my grammar sucks. Deal with it!

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    • #17
      OK, I feel like an ass at Cross Fit because I am a complete moron when it comes to anything more complex than a push up or simple squat. Yesterday we did some kind of lift with a kettle bell and then you squat. There was literally so much for me to think about that I am pretty damn sure 90% of the squats were not anywhere near parallel. Thinking about what my back was doing, the grip, trying not to whack myself in the crotch....

      There is a learning curve to this stuff, and at least these people got off their couches. Seriously, the woman that gets on the treadmill in make up and lifts 2 lb weights is STILL better off than the one on her couch.

      My local paper had an article yesterday on fit people. 8 fit people. The comments took me aback, mainly that "you can't work, have kids and work out". So many people don't even try. So I give props to all the people inadvertantly half assing it. They will likely learn.

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      • #18
        I stopped by the gym today in search of paperwork. I am not a member and have never been inside. I was absolutely shocked at all the people on treadmills and other machines. It was a gorgeous sunny hot day! We're by the beach with miles of trails and bike paths right there, plus the beach itself. It was about 20 degrees hotter inside the gym than outside and it was about 80 degrees outside.

        And I'm with ya, Magnolia. I take this exercise class and some of these things they have us do are so complicated it takes me half the round before I've finally figured out what I'm supposed to do with all my limbs and in what order.
        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by magnolia1973 View Post
          My local paper had an article yesterday on fit people. 8 fit people. The comments took me aback, mainly that "you can't work, have kids and work out". So many people don't even try. So I give props to all the people inadvertantly half assing it. They will likely learn.
          The idea that you have to work out 5 or 6 hours a week to be in good physical condition is so prevalent that many people do give up. I think that is where books like Body By Science can do so much good for people. I know if I had to be at the gym an hour a day 5 days a week I would likely stab myself with a fork.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Goosejuggler View Post
            And gym sads: The chick actually doing some decent weight work who is huddled in the corner by herself, presumably because she's intimidated/doesn't want to be stared at by all the bros
            Oh, erm... that used to be me... it's not so much that I was intimidated as I didn't want to be bothered. In high school I was the only girl in the weight room with all the football players. I would do handstand pushups and bodyweight stuff in the corner (on the mats), then hit the machines - I could bench my body weight +10lbs when I was in high school!

            as for Gym fails?
            There's a popular chain gym (I have a friend with a membership that allows him unlimited guests) that has pizza parties, doughnut mornings, and always gives out tootsie rolls (I think there's more junk food than just that, but I'm not looking it up, dangit!)... you're not allowed to grunt while lifting or throw weights down... and the dumbbells only go up to 60lbs. I've seen all kinds of specific fails at that gym, I just can't think of any of them right now.

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            • #21
              I saw a guy at my gym doing reverse wrist curl in the power rack with two 5lb plates on a light bar. I asked him to move because I needed to squat.

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              • #22
                Thankfully someone had a phone to catch this guy on video..
                A man’s bizarre workout at the gym — Video : theCHIVE

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Miscellangela View Post
                  I saw a guy at my gym doing reverse wrist curl in the power rack with two 5lb plates on a light bar. I asked him to move because I needed to squat.
                  Lol nice! What did he say?
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                  • #24
                    He gave me the "girls don't lift weights" look, then stared at me throughout my entire warmup and work sets. An.noy.ing.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by slowcooker View Post
                      Thankfully someone had a phone to catch this guy on video..
                      A man’s bizarre workout at the gym — Video : theCHIVE
                      He was just practicing for his conjugal visit with Bubba later.
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                      • #26
                        I just joined a gym last week and am 3 sessions into Starting Strength. The gym is actually a squash club first, but they have a weight and cardio area, as well as a crossfit area, etc. But since it's primarily geared towards squash players, they mainly play squash for fitness and the rest of the gym is pretty quiet/not crowded.

                        The other day I went in to do my SS session and there was a guy who setup a chair in the power rack (unfortunately the only rack in the gym). He proceeded to do some wierd set of half-presses (bent elbow to start), then would take a break and sit in the chair and leaf through a magazine for a minute or two, then do the movement again. He literally did sets of these for about 15 minutes and finally I walked up to him and asked him how long he was going to be. He said he had two more sets.

                        Mind you, this guy was grossly overweight, and here he was doing some half-assed bastardization of a movement...I'd have felt bad for him if he wasn't such a jerkoff for hogging up the rack.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Goosejuggler View Post
                          I the chicks on the treadmill who come in with a full face of makeup.

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                          I dont get why everyone hates on this. I have no problem looking at pretty girls. Lots of people start relationships at the gym, mite as well try to look good. Do you hate when girls put on makeup to go to the grocery store? You never know who you will run in to. I go to the gym with my hair styled. Is that bad too? Maybe its just all the ugly people that have a problem with it. Everyone should just wear super baggy sweatpants, not brush their teeth or comb their hair ect...

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                          • #28
                            I try not to be critical of what I see in the gym since everyone's goals are different and there is always more to learn in terms of the most effective way to exercise. If someone is making an effort they're still getting some benefit from being there. I sometimes don't understand why someone would choose an exercise with a high risk of injury (like barbell squats on the bosu) and not much benefit over safer alternatives.

                            That being said, here's an interesting one:

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Velocity J View Post
                              That being said, here's an interesting one:

                              my spine is crying right now

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                              • #30
                                It's not so much girls in makeup that bother me - it's the ones who have co-ordinated every last detail of their (designer) workout gear, have so much makeup on that if you hit them on the back of the head it would fall off like a mask, and spend more time preening in front of the mirror/getting in the way than actually working out...

                                I'm four weeks into a 5X5 program and am training with my hubby. I am regularly the only girl in the freeweights area, some of the guys look at me like I'm a freak, but it's when I get on the pullup machine that it really seems to bother people!

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