[QUOTE=Greensprout;980727]I saw a guy recently in the squat rack, squatting 225 while standing on an inverted bosu (round side down).
225 squatting to depth? Just saying mad props to that individual. I wouldn't ever do the circus type shit but come-on, some dumb stuff just looks cool; like a 50 year old full beard full belly biker flying down the freeway at 70 with one foot on the seat and no hands (for real I've seen that) doing like an airplane pose from the Titanic movie.
My personal one almost cost me my gym membership, back when I went to one. I was squatting a new record when this asshat waltzes up to me and tries to take the barbell off my back. When I clocked him in the jaw with it by standing up suddenly, he looked put out and said "I just wanted to help so I could rack up for benching." "The bench press set up is over there. I'm in the squat rack. Get lost or I'll let you offload my barbell from your foot."
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I second the chicks randomly waving the 2kg dumbbells around. I saw one girl on Sunday whose 2kg bicep curls where so hopeless awful, I very very nearly said something to her. She looked bloody miserable, no wonder.
Constant gym fails - the bros 'spotting' each other, the chunky guys working tiny muscles in isolation and wondering why they aren't ripped, the chicks on the treadmill who come in with a full face of makeup.
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
There are TONS of these. I hate seeing all the crap that goes on in the gym, but especially the bad things that trainers have clients do. I'll never understand taking some frail old overweight lady who clearly is a novice and having them do complex moves with a high risk of injury. Start with the basics!
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.
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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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", 48, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135.
Starting bench press: 30lbs. Current bench press: 75lbs.
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.