Disasters at the gym..

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    Jul 29, 2010 4:16 AM GMT
    Im sure youve seen it, those people who use machines and or free weights, with horrible form, or no form at all, wildly swinging equipment while "woking out".

    Do you ever stop them and show them how to do it correctly, or guide them? or do you just pretend you didnt notice them and go on about your routine?
    i cant help but feel like i should show them how to do it properly but i feel as i might get bitched at if i do so.

    Has anyone helped someone who was doing a workout incorrectly? what were the outcomes? were they angry? grateful?

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    Jul 29, 2010 4:28 AM GMT
    sublstyley saidIm sure youve seen it, those people who use machines and or free weights, with horrible form, or no form at all, wildly swinging equipment while "woking out".

    Do you ever stop them and show them how to do it correctly, or guide them? or do you just pretend you didnt notice them and go on about your routine?
    i cant help but feel like i should show them how to do it properly but i feel as i might get bitched at if i do so.

    Has anyone helped someone who was doing a workout incorrectly? what were the outcomes? were they angry? grateful?



    I always just watch from a distance to make sure that if they hurt themselves i can be of assistance.
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    Jul 29, 2010 4:29 AM GMT
    I laugh
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    Jul 29, 2010 4:32 AM GMT
    fucccccccccccccccck
    some of the stuff people doooo!

    theres one guy, i SWEAR to god he just gets fucked up on E and comes to workout. sunglasses... cut up t shirts and industrial goth boots with straps everywhere, he flings the weights around for 20 minutes then leaves...
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    Jul 29, 2010 4:33 AM GMT
    I always find inexperienced people lifting weights to heavy for them and for me it's a huge pet peeve to see them with horrible form... I just want to go over and adjust them, but knowing how most people are they won't be too happy.
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    Jul 29, 2010 4:35 AM GMT
    N8tiveNuYawhka saidI laugh


    Me too!
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    Jul 29, 2010 4:37 AM GMT
    when I first started working out--after setting up my routine with a trainer first--I was working out alone and was doing "tricep kickbacks" with my one knee of the bench. A HUGE bodybuilder came over and politley asked if he could show me a more effective way to get better results. He stradled my body with his and showed me the correct form. Absolutely beautiful...I was more than grateful!
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    Jul 29, 2010 4:39 AM GMT
    Personally, if my form isn't the best and someone comes up and talks to me about it and takes the time to show me, the last thing im going to do is bitch someone out for wanting to help me.

    I've only been working out for a year (well a year in september). I've gained 30 lbs and im stuck. I've tried tricking my body up by doing different routines and such but i don't know what im doing wrong.

    I'm seeing a trainer now and he's kicking my ass. But on days i'm not with him if someone were to come up to me and be like "You know.. I don't want to tell you how to do something, but if you do it like this.. you'll fee it more in the muscle you're trying to target and your form will be alot better lessening the risk of injury"..

    Why would anyone with a brain bitch at someone for wanting to help?
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    Jul 29, 2010 4:50 AM GMT
    Samm77 saidPersonally, if my form isn't the best and someone comes up and talks to me about it and takes the time to show me, the last thing im going to do is bitch someone out for wanting to help me.

    I've only been working out for a year (well a year in september). I've gained 30 lbs and im stuck. I've tried tricking my body up by doing different routines and such but i don't know what im doing wrong.

    I'm seeing a trainer now and he's kicking my ass. But on days i'm not with him if someone were to come up to me and be like "You know.. I don't want to tell you how to do something, but if you do it like this.. you'll fee it more in the muscle you're trying to target and your form will be alot better lessening the risk of injury"..

    Why would anyone with a brain bitch at someone for wanting to help?


    Amen!

    If I'm doing a move and it's not effective and leading me to potential injury, I'd personally find it an effervescent experience to have someone show me otherwise.

    One should ALWAYS take the chance to learn whenever possible.
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    Jul 29, 2010 4:51 AM GMT
    I don't do anything but glance at them, then talk to myself about how bad their form is... I'm amazed at how many trainers let their clients workout with such horrible form.
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    Jul 29, 2010 5:22 AM GMT
    A1EX saidI don't do anything but glance at them, then talk to myself about how bad their form is... I'm amazed at how many trainers let their clients workout with such horrible form.


    I've seen trainers teach bad form. It's hard to go over to a trainer and say, "Hey, I really don't think that's right."
  • tatootim

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    Jul 29, 2010 5:22 AM GMT
    I am personally always grateful when someone takes the time to help me improve my form. I also try to help when I can and have never been bitched out.
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    Jul 29, 2010 5:25 AM GMT
    collegekid2004 said
    N8tiveNuYawhka saidI laugh


    Me too!


    me 3!!! lol
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    Jul 29, 2010 5:27 AM GMT
    sublstyley saidIm sure youve seen it, those people who use machines and or free weights, with horrible form, or no form at all, wildly swinging equipment while "woking out".

    Do you ever stop them and show them how to do it correctly, or guide them? or do you just pretend you didnt notice them and go on about your routine?
    i cant help but feel like i should show them how to do it properly but i feel as i might get bitched at if i do so.

    Has anyone helped someone who was doing a workout incorrectly? what were the outcomes? were they angry? grateful?



    I only tell them if they are getting in other people's way or posing threat to others lol. Most of the time though, I just let them be - gotta teach them to read the damn instructions before working out, make sure they understand that workout is not a joke.
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    Jul 29, 2010 5:31 AM GMT
    theatrengym said
    I've seen trainers teach bad form. It's hard to go over to a trainer and say, "Hey, I really don't think that's right."

    Yeah I know what you mean... my gym is small so I'd never dare to do such a thing. It's "disrespectful." icon_rolleyes.gif
    What really pisses me off though is how some of these people with HORRENDOUS form have such nice bodies.......


    Some trainers just don't care...
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    Jul 29, 2010 5:46 AM GMT
    sublstyley saidDo you ever stop them and show them how to do it correctly, or guide them? or do you just pretend you didnt notice them and go on about your routine?
    Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I'll briefly mention it and go by their receptiveness. Then if they're interested in doing it right, they'll ask and I'll help them.

    Some don't like to be corrected, and just a brief mention of form can determine whether they'll be open to correction or if you should leave it alone.

    Last week there were so many kids (12-16) in there doing it wrong I wanted to go slap their coaches for not grinding it in their heads the proper way. The "trainers" there suck, too, and have no idea what they're doing.
  • zenny

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    Jul 29, 2010 6:16 AM GMT
    I wouldn't mind a hot jock showing me a thing or two.
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    Jul 29, 2010 6:18 AM GMT
    You never know how someone will react... especially the muscle heads who feel they "know it all." So I just don't say anything and let them keep believing that they're getting a great workout.
  • Markebri

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    Jul 29, 2010 6:22 AM GMT
    Nothing wrong with informing someone if they have bad form. I occasionally do my work outs in the exercise room, where all the smith machines are, when my lower back is giving me problems while using free weights. One is bound to see others who are inexperienced with knowledge of how to use the equipment correctly.

    I once noticed a young guy (probably still in high school) who was using a seated triceps extension machine, but he had terrible form and was using far too much weight. His elbows would literally lift off the arm guard, and I could see only his shoulders were doing a majority of the work. I casually approached him and asked if he would like for me to show him how to use the machine correctly.

    At first, he was embarrassed, but I told him that everyone has to start somewhere at the gym. I also recommended for him to take the 'introduction to weight training' class, offered for free at the gym, to teach him the fundamentals of the equipment offered at the gym.
  • maximumrisk

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    Jul 29, 2010 6:24 AM GMT
    I belong to the party that doesnt really like to take advice. I dont think I know it better, but I just need to figure out by myself. I am trying to get my training on since I was a teen and have started and learned the basics various times.

    I came back to the gym last week after a longer break and everything went well, eventhough I know that I may not have a good form on all those machines I didnt knew existed.(Honestly, first thing I thought when seeing the machines in my new Gym was WTF?)

    I kindly thank everybody who wants to give advice, but I try to keep it at that.
  • CarbGoggles

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    Jul 29, 2010 6:25 AM GMT
    May sound harsh but I think the best thing to do is mind your own business. Typically, if they get hurt they won't do it again. Perhaps if you're really lucky they just won't come back to the gym. Depending on the exercise, I may offer a spot or just keep an eye on them incase the bar comes down on them. That's about it though.
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    Jul 29, 2010 6:27 AM GMT
    Runningonempty said...


    I always just watch from a distance to make sure that if they hurt themselves i can be of assistance.

    Bravo! Being the "guardian angel", while also allowing others to exercise free will is love and wisdom in practice. Your approach is exactly what I do as well.
  • aus_Sean36

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    Jul 29, 2010 6:28 AM GMT
    I am far from an expert so would certainly welcome someone offering assistance/advice. If I'm working that hard, then at least let me get the maximum value from it.

    I am a bit of an 'expert' at another sport and understand the reluctance to offer advice, but it's all about the delivery. I will sometimes offer some 'coaching' tips when I see someone who I genuinely think is tying to do it right, but are missing the basics. Like paulflexes says, it's about the receptiveness and your not coming across as some smart arse tool.
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    Jul 29, 2010 6:31 AM GMT
    I don't say anything to them, but I keep an eye on them just in case they look like they might be about to drop the weight on themselves or injure someone else.
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    Jul 29, 2010 6:37 AM GMT
    Samm77 said I've tried tricking my body up by doing different routines and such but i don't know what im doing wrong.


    I´d love to come and trick your body icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif

    Markebri saidNothing wrong with informing someone if they have bad form.


    and if you came and corrected me I´d love it icon_smile.gif

    I have once i think: there was the very cute guy, probably 18 or 19 doing curls by using the whole kinetic chain from his feet upwards. I told him that the exercise was mostly pointless that way and showed him how to isolate and got him to use slightly lighter weights as obviously you can´t lift the same if you are doing it right. I mostly did it as he was hot though icon_lol.gif