Gym & Misc Irritating people/things that annoy you in the gym II

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Lees old home gym was sick as, but I think he moved and didn't have the room for it all, so had to sell most of it and downgrade, think he said he only has a power rack and Ironmasters these days if he can't make it to gym.
Size unfortunately is going to be a limiting factor for most.

I think your setup is close to perfect in terms of covering the body with the major compound movements.

Even at gyms that have all the equipment that allow you to cover the same muscle but hit it in different way, how many people are really using it effectively?

If you could add a couple of cable set up, that would be awesome, but that would heavily set you back, those things are expensive.
 

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Size unfortunately is going to be a limiting factor for most.

I think your setup is close to perfect in terms of covering the body with the major compound movements.

Even at gyms that have all the equipment that allow you to cover the same muscle but hit it in different way, how many people are really using it effectively?

If you could add a couple of cable set up, that would be awesome, but that would heavily set you back, those things are expensive.
Can get ok plate loaded pulldown/hi-low pulleys for around $700-750, probably cost about a grand once shipping/delivery fees and a couple of cable attachments come into it.

They're ok I guess, but would rather pay up for the best option for my immediate and future needs. Powertec Leversystem or ATX Triplex for example are great allround stations and highly unlikely I'd sell if I moved and only had a much smaller area to use, they'd be the centrepiece I'd build around with a dumbbell set. Ironmaster sell a cable tower too which plugs into their bench, can use their dumbbells as the cable weight too instead of plates so that's another good option for limited room.

But anyways

I use my bands alot for overhead tricep extensions, face pulls, stiff arm lat pullovers (both standing and lying down) and incline bench banded pulldowns, though for those pulldowns I'll do them towards the end of a workout normally in a superset as they're nothing more than a warm-up option if I do them early on. I tried doing crossovers with the bands but they're not great, hard to fully extend out and get good time under tension, biceps aren't great either with them, but got plenty of dumbbell/barbell variations for borh of those.
 

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I always rate my workout on feel, never on weight.

Same as a run, pace actually doesnt really matter to me (now) I used to crank out PBs on days when i felt like sh*t.

Ironically a mate at an AFL club said they do the same thing as part of the monitoring workload and welfare. I used to keep a log but dont anymore.
 

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I always rate my workout on feel, never on weight.

Same as a run, pace actually doesnt really matter to me (now) I used to crank out PBs on days when i felt like sh*t.

Ironically a mate at an AFL club said they do the same thing as part of the monitoring workload and welfare. I used to keep a log but dont anymore.
When your livelihood does not depend on your gym performance, I think the best approach to training is as you said on how you feel, both physically and mentally. I will at times drop weight or reps or sets, depending on what is going on. While I never hit failure, I go to within one or two reps of it, with the goal in mind of increasing the rep range all the time over a period of time.

With running, I made sure to make it fun and enjoyable. For me it has to be sustainable in the long run. I try and use the gym as a "vehicle" to enhance my lifestyle.

While I use my Fibit to track (I dont view it as 100% accurate but it gives me a measure to compare workouts with), I am keen on eventually properly logging all my weights, reps and sets.
 

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When your livelihood does not depend on your gym performance, I think the best approach to training is as you said on how you feel, both physically and mentally. I will at times drop weight or reps or sets, depending on what is going on. While I never hit failure, I go to within one or two reps of it, with the goal in mind of increasing the rep range all the time over a period of time.

With running, I made sure to make it fun and enjoyable. For me it has to be sustainable in the long run. I try and use the gym as a "vehicle" to enhance my lifestyle.

While I use my Fibit to track (I dont view it as 100% accurate but it gives me a measure to compare workouts with), I am keen on eventually properly logging all my weights, reps and sets.
Yeh I’ve bailed on workouts when I wasn’t feeling it and when I just wasn’t in the headspace for it. I would have pushed through in the past but it’s just not worth it for me now.

If it’s just that general lack of motivation I’ll do my warm up, 90% of the time I’m into it then but gym sessions and running are as much about mental health than physical health for me.
 

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Yeh I’ve bailed on workouts when I wasn’t feeling it and when I just wasn’t in the headspace for it. I would have pushed through in the past but it’s just not worth it for me now.

If it’s just that general lack of motivation I’ll do my warm up, 90% of the time I’m into it then but gym sessions and running are as much about mental health than physical health for me.
Whenever I dont want to go to the gym, I keep my goals simple. Warm up, do 30min workout then leave. Its actually never happened as almost always once into a session, I go the distance.

However, I do read myself well, whenever I have felt drained or sapped where even getting ready is too much, I wont go in. This is more so to prevent an injury from happening. With all due respect, when most guys in here lift heavy weight, you need to be alert. One major f**k up and you can screw your training for months.

The pandemic f**ks me off, because you never know when things may shut down.
 

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Whenever I dont want to go to the gym, I keep my goals simple. Warm up, do 30min workout then leave. Its actually never happened as almost always once into a session, I go the distance.

However, I do read myself well, whenever I have felt drained or sapped where even getting ready is too much, I wont go in. This is more so to prevent an injury from happening. With all due respect, when most guys in here lift heavy weight, you need to be alert. One major f**k up and you can screw your training for months.

The pandemic f**ks me off, because you never know when things may shut down.
I do think the Pandemic would have smashed peoples motivation and will likely lead to some going HAM when they get back in there and then burnout. Its tough at the moment.
 

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I do think the Pandemic would have smashed peoples motivation and will likely lead to some going HAM when they get back in there and then burnout. Its tough at the moment.
In SA when the gyms shutdown for 3 months, I was fortunate to have purchased literally the last weight set from Rebel Sports online. I think that coupled with walking daily and beach runs kept my motivation up.

My beach runs was awesome, I did them in the evenings when the beach was basically deserted. It really cleared and healed my mind.

Gyms would have lost a lot of regulars IMO from this pandemic. Many would have given up and claiming its too hard.
 

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Gunna get huge DOMS I reckon

Biceps were already feeling it this morning off a 12 hour turnaround and all I did for them was close grip pulldowns, scapula area feeling it now from 18-19 hour turnaround, the lats will be next

Normally I feel it 24-36 afterwards.
 

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2nd lockdown did me in. been back on and off over the past month but its a real struggle to get going consistently again
Its actually easier for me to train 6/7 days a week than it is to hit it 3 times only.

My body likes consistency and routine.

Aside from reps/sets/weight, I duplicate every workout so its like second nature to me, ie breathing.
 

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Gunna get huge DOMS I reckon

Biceps were already feeling it this morning off a 12 hour turnaround and all I did for them was close grip pulldowns, scapula area feeling it now from 18-19 hour turnaround, the lats will be next

Normally I feel it 24-36 afterwards.
Youve mentioned this before.

Can you tell me do you use the long bar for pulldowns or the one for seated cable row?

I almost always get DOMS, predominately, traps, lats, triceps, hams and forearms.

DOMS is fine as long as it doesnt interfere in your next workout for that muscle group. 36hrs afterwards is impressive. You must be blowing them up when you train.
 

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Its actually easier for me to train 6/7 days a week than it is to hit it 3 times only.

My body likes consistency and routine.

Aside from reps/sets/weight, I duplicate every workout so its like second nature to me, ie breathing.
I tried that once and I was f’ed by the end of the week. My body craves recovery time. Used to really sh*t me when I was younger. Not so much these days.
 

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I tried that once and I was f’ed by the end of the week. My body craves recovery time. Used to really sh*t me when I was younger. Not so much these days.
I did 8 weeks of 6 days a week with 1-2 BIG days each week, I reckon the body adapts. I thought it would be a battle but I was right into it by week 3-4
 

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I tried that once and I was f’ed by the end of the week. My body craves recovery time. Used to really sh*t me when I was younger. Not so much these days.
Look I make damn sure, the first three days Push/Pull/Legs are done with intensity and a lot of energy. When I repeat the cycle, I make sure I enjoy it and have some fun and not be too upset if the load or reps are reduced.
 

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I did 8 weeks of 6 days a week with 1-2 BIG days each week, I reckon the body adapts. I thought it would be a battle but I was right into it by week 3-4
Truth be told, the biggest challenge isnt working out 6 days a week, its the campaigners/newbies that delay the workout or make it harder for me to get in and get out. Couple that with the PT whose sole goal is to make sure they get as much money out of a client with their mostly bs training regimen.

I have no issues when someone is using properly equipment, weights etc, thats totally fine and I respect that totally.

Its the people that basically are f**king around and playing that have sh*t gains from having no idea what they are doing.
 

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Truth be told, the biggest challenge isnt working out 6 days a week, its the campaigners/newbies that delay the workout or make it harder for me to get in and get out. Couple that with the PT whose sole goal is to make sure they get as much money out of a client with their mostly bs training regimen.

I have no issues when someone is using properly equipment, weights etc, thats totally fine and I respect that totally.

Its the people that basically are f**king around and playing that have sh*t gains from having no idea what they are doing.
Home gyms ftw agaib
 

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Home gyms ftw agaib
I actually dont mind the training on the weekends when there is no staff, I think newbies/campaigners in the gym are a lot more careful to not f**k off someone so they are a lot more mindful of their behaviour and what they are doing.

As much as I b*tch and moan, truth be told, I have never missed out on an exercise during a training session due to someone else. Even if there is a delay, at most I would say its taken no more than 10 minutes longer to get a workout done.

If anything I become inventive and look for work arounds to get the job done.
 

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I have received another warning from gym management. I requested a sit down with the gym owner, and this will take place as soon as he gets out of prison.

The problem is they rearranged all 3 calf machines into the corner of the gym. Before that they were spread out. Now, they are positioned so close together that if there's someone doing calf raises, you are literally rubbing shoulders if you want to use the donkey raise.

It's not an arrangement conducive to a good calf workout, to say the least

Another problem is they stuck them in the corner where there's a roller door.

They opened the roller door on the day in question, as I requested all fans be turned off before I commenced my workout. I end all workouts with 4 sets of calf training.

i actually don't mind a cool summer breeze blowing through the gym via the roller door, but I can't train with a metre wide drone hovering over my head, freezing my joints with a helicopter strength down draught.

I walked over to the calf machines where a really nasty person was already stationed. I politely asked if I may train next to him. He nodded and grunted.

Unfortunately, the strong breeze blowing in through the open roller door right next to me was annoying, so I closed it.

The entire gym turned around (I think the bloody door guides need a spray of wd40 because it was loud) and gave me a dirty hate-filled look.

The pig headed bloke next to me went right off! "You fu**en get all the fans turned off and now you close the roller door...it's fu**en boiling in here!"

I told him to pipe down or he could accompany me to the carpark if he wanted to go on with it.

Can't have imbeciles thinking they can throw their weight around and intimidate me.

Of course, he dobbed me in to reception.
 

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I have received another warning from gym management. I requested a sit down with the gym owner, and this will take place as soon as he gets out of prison.

Unfortunately, the strong breeze blowing in through the open roller door right next to me was annoying, so I closed it.

The entire gym turned around (I think the bloody door guides need a spray of wd40 because it was loud) and gave me a dirty hate-filled look.

The pig headed bloke next to me went right off! "You fu**en get all the fans turned off and now you close the roller door...it's fu**en boiling in here!"

I told him to pipe down or he could accompany me to the carpark if he wanted to go on with it.
Trying to play devil's advocate here.

The owner of your gym is in prison. Well to me that says tread carefully when you have your discussions.

When you closed the doors and the guy responded, IMO you should have kept quiet and ignored him. He didnt threaten you, but you suggesting to take it outside could be construed as a threat.

Dont get me wrong, I agree with your actions of closing the door if you found it cold, some people are dumb as f**k training in "cold conditions" as it can lead to an increase likelihood of injury.

I think the bottom line is that you want your gym to be like a sanctuary. Not a place where there can be issues, its not great for your overall mental health.

Just my opinion. Im sure others will have there's which Im curious to hear.
 

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Youve mentioned this before.

Can you tell me do you use the long bar for pulldowns or the one for seated cable row?

I almost always get DOMS, predominately, traps, lats, triceps, hams and forearms.

DOMS is fine as long as it doesnt interfere in your next workout for that muscle group. 36hrs afterwards is impressive. You must be blowing them up when you train.
Used both the long wide grip bar for wide and then the close neutral grip for close grip

In the past I've used the short straight bars too, not much difference between them and the short neutral.

Yeah I dunno why it sometimes takes that long for them to kick in, but anyways.

Normally my chest gets DOMS the day after every chest workout though.

I normally like splitting upper body 2-3 days apart from each other, never do consecutive upper body days anymore, gotta look after the shoulder girdle, big fan of training back 2 days before chest though, kinda feel primed for chest. Another problem with chest Mondays back in the day if I had a big weekend or a sh*t Monday at school/work I'd go into the workout not 100% and it'd feel like a big waste of time, much prefer starting the week with back or legs, far easier to work into the workout and finish strong.
 

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I tried that once and I was f’ed by the end of the week. My body craves recovery time. Used to really sh*t me when I was younger. Not so much these days.
For me- as long as I'm doing something, I reckon all good imo.

Cant make it to gym, idk clean the house that actually burns alot of calories. Dance, go walking outside, swim, rock climb whatever.


Having said that... i dont have a job! Ill be in the gym at 10am this morning, then going to a movie. :thumbsupv1:

/and i hope they got the air con up HIGH BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR feel dat cold!!!!
 

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I have received another warning from gym management. I requested a sit down with the gym owner, and this will take place as soon as he gets out of prison.

The problem is they rearranged all 3 calf machines into the corner of the gym. Before that they were spread out. Now, they are positioned so close together that if there's someone doing calf raises, you are literally rubbing shoulders if you want to use the donkey raise.

It's not an arrangement conducive to a good calf workout, to say the least

Another problem is they stuck them in the corner where there's a roller door.

They opened the roller door on the day in question, as I requested all fans be turned off before I commenced my workout. I end all workouts with 4 sets of calf training.

i actually don't mind a cool summer breeze blowing through the gym via the roller door, but I can't train with a metre wide drone hovering over my head, freezing my joints with a helicopter strength down draught.

I walked over to the calf machines where a really nasty person was already stationed. I politely asked if I may train next to him. He nodded and grunted.

Unfortunately, the strong breeze blowing in through the open roller door right next to me was annoying, so I closed it.

The entire gym turned around (I think the bloody door guides need a spray of wd40 because it was loud) and gave me a dirty hate-filled look.

The pig headed bloke next to me went right off! "You fu**en get all the fans turned off and now you close the roller door...it's fu**en boiling in here!"

I told him to pipe down or he could accompany me to the carpark if he wanted to go on with it.

Can't have imbeciles thinking they can throw their weight around and intimidate me.

Of course, he dobbed me in to reception.
Perhaps you should wear a track suit to the gym if your delicate joints get cold
 

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