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

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I had a mate, that legit looked exactly like Ivan Drago, Russian too. Built like a truck and could fight, as he trained in various forms of martial arts.

Nobody ever, ever f**ked him around.

(I know the actor isnt Russian!)

Irony he was the most calm relaxed guy I knew too. I think back at the number of times I pissed him off, he never once clocked me, lol.
 

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I made the mistake at my last gym of going out with a girl from there, I wont do it again. Even if I could.

A bit like the saying goes, Dont sh*t, where you eat.

For the most part I enjoy the gym, I dont need the inevitable dramas in my life that will follow a post break up.
Unless you live way out in Hicksville with no other gyms around for hours, surely it's a fairly low risk scenario compared to say the workplace or Uni or something?
 

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Unless you live way out in Hicksville with no other gyms around for hours, surely it's a fairly low risk scenario compared to say the workplace or Uni or something?

Its interesting Ive spoken to a few guys about this actual topic from a different gyms, they felt the same.

Mind you with single mothers and or those over 30, they didnt seem to care as much, as those relationships were just casual.
 

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Unless you live way out in Hicksville with no other gyms around for hours, surely it's a fairly low risk scenario compared to say the workplace or Uni or something?
invariably one would think that should break up occur, one of the parties alters his or her attendance times/days so as to avoid awkwardness or a fight (perhaps a dead lift challenge)
 

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Its interesting Ive spoken to a few guys about this actual topic from a different gyms, they felt the same.

Mind you with single mothers and or those over 30, they didnt seem to care as much, as those relationships were just casual.
How old are you just curious?

I'm 33, so I guess I fit in with that cohort you mentioned
invariably one would think that should break up occur, one of the parties alters his or her attendance times/days so as to avoid awkwardness or a fight (perhaps a dead lift challenge)
Yep that too

Morning warrior vs late arvo/early evening gym rat
 

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How old are you just curious?

I'm 33, so I guess I fit in with that cohort you mentioned

Yep that too

Morning warrior vs late arvo/early evening gym rat
Im in my 30s too, its just that Ive heard many stories and it doesnt matter what gym be it a Club or old fashioned one, many guys have told me that when the relationship turns pear shaped it inevitably leads to one or the other needing to leave.

Thats not to say it cant work out and lead to something meaningful or if the relationship ends there is mutual respect of moving on, but at least for me and my perspective, I prefer to not meet a potential partner at the gym.
 

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Im in my 30s too, its just that Ive heard many stories and it doesnt matter what gym be it a Club or old fashioned one, many guys have told me that when the relationship turns pear shaped it inevitably leads to one or the other needing to leave.

Thats not to say it cant work out and lead to something meaningful or if the relationship ends there is mutual respect of moving on, but at least for me and my perspective, I prefer to not meet a potential partner at the gym.
Fair enough

I've had many a gym and cricket club over the years, so leaving wouldn't bother me much, just go to next best available closeby or the next club that I know I'd get a game at.

Falling out with my footy club when I was in my early 20s was a tough pill to swallow though, gave it up for 2 and a half years before a half arsed return elsewhere for a handful of games then my back injuries hit, so gave it up permanently afterwards. I could've got a clearance and played for a rival when I fell out with them as a couple of my mates played over there, but I didn't want that, confidence was rock bottom too.
 

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Im in my 30s too, its just that Ive heard many stories and it doesnt matter what gym be it a Club or old fashioned one, many guys have told me that when the relationship turns pear shaped it inevitably leads to one or the other needing to leave.

Thats not to say it cant work out and lead to something meaningful or if the relationship ends there is mutual respect of moving on, but at least for me and my perspective, I prefer to not meet a potential partner at the gym.
Perhaps in the membership agreement/T&Cs there could be a clause that if a brakeup occurs, the member with the longest tenure stays. OR if both joined at the same time, perhaps split the house 50-50 (aka equipment)
 

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Our standing calf machine has a pin system and then bars to add plates once you've maxxed out the weight stack.
People who take plates off the machine rather than just lowering the weight with the pin system ouss me off.
 

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Fwiw (and I realise the convo about the breakups is in jest).

the Vcat member slammed my gym for their clause about the refund and essentially said any change in circumstance (moving house, broken leg, mental health) is ground for a refund on memberships.
 

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Best to scope out potential gym-sourced relationships I think is when you're doing a workout off your normal schedule :) Then no stress on the breakup as you're already going at separate times (at worst). It's great having a gf that loves going the gym as much as you, though; not common to find those who are single, though, in the gyms I attend.
 

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Our standing calf machine has a pin system and then bars to add plates once you've maxxed out the weight stack.
People who take plates off the machine rather than just lowering the weight with the pin system ouss me off.
I wish we has a calf raise machine, of any description.
Weird for a large gym not to have one - especially considering they've put in both an adduction and an abduction machine, right next to an overly complicated glute isolation machine nobody uses.
 

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Our standing calf machine has a pin system and then bars to add plates once you've maxxed out the weight stack.
People who take plates off the machine rather than just lowering the weight with the pin system ouss me off.
I wish we has a calf raise machine, of any description.
Weird for a large gym not to have one - especially considering they've put in both an adduction and an abduction machine, right next to an overly complicated glute isolation machine nobody uses.

Then you will have to remove multiple plates from the machine, at my gym we have campaigners with "literally" no calves loading up with multiple 20kgs plates either side and think because they are using momentum and their body weight to lift the machine, that they are doing heavy calf raises. :drunk:
 

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Then you will have to remove multiple plates from the machine, at my gym we have campaigners with "literally" no calves loading up with multiple 20kgs plates either side and think because they are using momentum and their body weight to lift the machine, that they are doing heavy calf raises. :drunk:
ive seen blokes arch their back and basically use their quads and glutes to push up.
 

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ive seen blokes arch their back and basically use their quads and glutes to push up.
Bench Press?

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I do arch my back and get leg drive, but nothing ever pronounced like above. lol

Like the image below but even to not that extent, but I wish I could get more arch like him.

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I wish we has a calf raise machine, of any description.
Weird for a large gym not to have one - especially considering they've put in both an adduction and an abduction machine, right next to an overly complicated glute isolation machine nobody uses.
Yeah, I'm pretty lucky. Got a seated calf doohickey as well, which is good for my chicken legs.
 

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Yeah, I'm pretty lucky. Got a seated calf doohickey as well, which is good for my chicken legs.
I'd be happy with just a seated calf machine. I generally do standing single-lag calf raises with a step and a kettleball, twice per week.
High calf contacts means my calves are pretty small. Sprinting helps a bit too but I've often got DOMs which means I don't get out for those sessions that much anymore.
 

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I'd be happy with just a seated calf machine. I generally do standing single-lag calf raises with a step and a kettleball, twice per week.
High calf contacts means my calves are pretty small. Sprinting helps a bit too but I've often got DOMs which means I don't get out for those sessions that much anymore.
Should do a combination of seated and standing as they hit different muscles in the calves.

Ideally the standing is better. Mind you, you can do them with dumbbells and dont need a machine.
 

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Should do a combination of seated and standing as they hit different muscles in the calves.

Ideally the standing is better. Mind you, you can do them with dumbbells and dont need a machine.
As a very rough rule of bro-science thumb:
Standing - gastronemius
Seating - soleus

I do try and do some bent knee accessory calf raises. Not always in the gym, often around the house when I've got a minute or two to spare.
 

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As a very rough rule of bro-science thumb:
Standing - gastronemius
Seating - soleus

Not really bro-science. The gastroc crosses the knee and the soleus doesn't, so bent knee slackens the gastroc and makes the soleus take more of the load.
 

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They can also be a useful accessory for your squat as they can help with ankle mobility in the bottom portion of the movement.

Stretching your calves the way people normally do targets the gastroc more, but if your ankle mobility is an issue in the squat it's going to be in the bottom portion when your knees are in flexion so the soleus is more likely to be the limiting factor of dorsiflexion.
 

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