||09-14-2011 08:43 AM
On The Frontline: Observations From Working In A Gym
Thought this might be kinda fun. I'm currently working in a hardcore, weight focused gym whilst I save up for a personal training course and progress with a fitness career. It's not glamorous or exciting, but it lets me train for free (well, I get paid to essentially!) and observe as well as help others train. Which is where this thread comes in: from the comfort of behind my reception desk I get to watch and observe people train, in the non-perverted way of course. Big, sweaty men aren't for me. I think this should be a thread both for my observations as well as what shenanigans all you guys see going on in your local iron house.
Mostly in regards to the bad and funny, obviously.
I shall start with a brief story of my attempt at a 235kg squat after hitting 230:
"Failed my last attempt, which I definitely think was a combination of both the mental and physical. The guys I have spotting me for the first and second lift were awesome and encouraging, one was an older guy who gave me a bit of advice and whatnot, which was awesome. Loved it. Because they left the gym owner who I'm friends with and who was being cinematography guy for the lifts got the only two guys who were in the gym at the time to come over and spot. One of them started banging on about how much he used to squat (ten plates - without a spot, wahay!), which was entirely bollocks ("I only do around 100 now cause I don't do that any more...") and I found the whole thing really distracting, not the right atmosphere to be launching into a potential PB - I want encouragement, shouting, shouted encouragement. So yeah, I lifted the weight from the rack and it just felt... yeah, this isn't going to happen. And yeah, I failed, big time."
He comes into the gym every few days and it's like he moves around in slow motion, never really working hard or anything. You never squatted 220 in your life mate. I just heard him say to another guy that "I work hard in the gym so I don't lose this size" or words to that effect. Dude, you're not big. At all. I can bench your squat. Not sure I've ever seen you dead.
It's not so much the lifts that people do that annoy me, it's the attitude.
So yeah, rant over, but I shall try and update this thread periodically! :D