Gym Types (Every gym seems to have them)

  • vike

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    Feb 28, 2008 7:34 PM GMT
    The badly out-of-shape guy spending all his time on grip strengthening exercises (or other specialized stuff when he so obviously needs to train the basics such as legs, chest, ...). Don't you want to sometimes step in and give some advise (but I don't)?
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    Feb 28, 2008 7:38 PM GMT
    I was grateful to the guy who came up to me and told me that I was swaying and using momentum while doing curls. He showed me how to keep my torso still and to use just my arms for the exercise. I felt the difference immediately. Now, I've given the same advice to others who were doing what I was doing. Each, too, has been grateful.
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    Feb 28, 2008 7:56 PM GMT
    To be honest I never offer advice even when it looks like they're going to do themselves an injury.

    Gym types:

    Muscle mary - usually gay/australian

    Straight bloke - lifting weights that are too heavy so he can impress the ladies

    Old bloke - we all ignore him

    Young thing/sylph-like 22-year-old who does hardly anything and talks about going to G.A.Y.

    Shower guys. Just there for the eye candy in the changing room.
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    Feb 28, 2008 8:00 PM GMT
    There are so many eccentric gym archetypes I am sure we could make a tarot card deck out of them all.

    And I am grateful whenever someone gives me unsolicited help when I am about to injure myself.
  • dionysus

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    Feb 28, 2008 9:01 PM GMT
    i only give advice if they're smaller than me. that way that can't be like, "well look at you dude, what do you know?" stupid bastards.
  • GQjock

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    Mar 02, 2008 12:19 PM GMT
    I love the screamers...
    No not the effeminate twinky types

    The big slightly overweight steroidy beefy guys who pack on five or six plates on each side of a weight bar and scream loud enough to scare birds a half mile away for each rep
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    Mar 03, 2008 11:29 PM GMT
    It seems, at my gym, that there's always a few people (of all ages) that "hop" from one machine to another. One set, and they move on. How is that supposed to produce progress?
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    Mar 03, 2008 11:33 PM GMT
    GQ - Those guys make my day. Sometimes I have to put my weights down and laugh a bit before I can keep going.

    I work out in a college campus rec center, so our types arn't too diverse... there are a few that really stand out though.

    1) Chatty girls. They love taking up all of the cardio equipment, especially the treadmills, just to go at a super low intensity and talk for an hour.

    2) Muscle head frat boys. They're the ones you see swinging the weights around. The ones that think they're awesome because they just lugged that 95lb dumbbell across the gym, only to find they can't curl it.

    3) Scared skinny guys. They look terrified of the equipment, and spend 5-10 minutes reading, and rereading, the instructions... and still manage not to get machines set up properly. Too scared to ask for help, but really appreciate it when it's offered. Usually disappear from the weight room within two weeks.

    4) Creepy locker room troll. Being a college campus, there are a lot of hot guys... the trolls seem to do nothing but sit in the sauna and take showers. Usually are old, flabby, and have a talent for not blinking.
  • jarhead5536

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    Mar 03, 2008 11:52 PM GMT
    My personal favorite - guys that are all arms and chest with a FAT GUT, lifting too much weight with dreadful (probably dangerous) form. Dude, I am so impressed with you! not...
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Mar 04, 2008 12:10 AM GMT
    "It seems, at my gym, that there's always a few people (of all ages) that "hop" from one machine to another. One set, and they move on. How is that supposed to produce progress?"

    Maybe I'm being charitable, but perhaps they're doing circuit training? Go through one set each on 6 machines, then repeat the cycle a few times?
  • geebus

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    Mar 04, 2008 7:54 AM GMT
    GQjock saidI love the screamers...
    No not the effeminate twinky types

    The big slightly overweight steroidy beefy guys who pack on five or six plates on each side of a weight bar and scream loud enough to scare birds a half mile away for each rep
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    You mean the Gym gorillas with the traits: strong aversion to shirt sleeves, drops weight ensuring maximum noise, screams as if he's giving birth during each rep?

    Yeh, they're hilarious to look at ^_^
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    Mar 04, 2008 8:12 AM GMT
    Old guys doing thighmaster machine...but perhaps the groin work staves off the incontinence.

    Spandex boys (er, men), still sporting the mullet.

    Hiss-through-the-teeth lifters. Seriously, breathing is important, I hear.
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    Mar 04, 2008 9:10 AM GMT
    One species that currently interests me is the Guy-Of-A-Certain-Age-Who-is-Still-Wearing-His-1970s-Gym-Clothes.

    Typically characterized by Jim Fixx era running shorts (with side stripe) that are a bit too short short, over-the-calf tube socks with team color rings at the top, and always, always TUCKING the t-shirt into the shorts so as to highlight the ring-o-fat that pours over the tight waistband.

    These types often top it off by a frighteningly colored hair piece.

    But damn, they all seem smiling and proud to be at the gym, and I gotta give em serious props for it.

    "Honey, you look fabulous in that! Fo shore, mmmmmmmm MMMM!!"

    K

    (PS My first post, and I'm dissing already. Oh Lordy.)
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    Mar 05, 2008 12:58 AM GMT
    There's always at least one in every gym during every workout I've ever had. . . the guy who drops/releases the weight on his last rep and an unbelievably loud earsplitting crashing sound shakes the gym and shatters your eardrums. And he does this on every machine, every set.

    And then there's the scantily-clad middle-aged woman who should not be scantily-clad.





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    Mar 05, 2008 6:09 PM GMT
    Atlazeia saidIt seems, at my gym, that there's always a few people (of all ages) that "hop" from one machine to another. One set, and they move on. How is that supposed to produce progress?


    They are probably circuit training. Very popular training method at my gym, too.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circuit_training
  • NYCguy74

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    Mar 05, 2008 6:28 PM GMT
    Atlazeia saidIt seems, at my gym, that there's always a few people (of all ages) that "hop" from one machine to another. One set, and they move on. How is that supposed to produce progress?



    At my gym they have a 8 station "XpressLine" workout. basically all the basic movements. To quote them "This trainer-supervised free service allows Sports Clubs members of all fitness levels to complete a full-body strength workout in fewer than 22 minutes. XpressLine is the perfect complement to an exercise class or cardio workout."
    There is a trainer watching you for form during a couple hours a day during peak times.

    so do 1 set on each of these 8 machines 3 days a week. Falls under the same category of the bowflex ads, with all the buff people saying "just workout 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week" and you'll see results. Yeah results, but not look like the people in the ads.

    People go in thinking that's all they have to do. Plus they like the be out in under 30 minutes.
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    Mar 05, 2008 6:56 PM GMT
    geebus said[quote][cite]GQjock said[/cite]I love the screamers...
    No not the effeminate twinky types

    The big slightly overweight steroidy beefy guys who pack on five or six plates on each side of a weight bar and scream loud enough to scare birds a half mile away for each rep
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    You mean the Gym gorillas with the traits: strong aversion to shirt sleeves, drops weight ensuring maximum noise, screams as if he's giving birth during each rep?

    Yeh, they're hilarious to look at ^_^[/quote]

    LOL, I like the term "gym gorilla"!! They're quite approachable and gentle once you know them...
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    Mar 05, 2008 7:25 PM GMT
    No... i usually want to tell them they are wasting their time and space and they should just go home and enjoy thier quart of Hagaan Daas and Krispey Kremes. icon_twisted.gif
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    Mar 05, 2008 7:30 PM GMT
    At my gym there are couple people that like to circuit train with free weights. They have stack of dumbbells piled in front of the mirrors, have the squat rack, flat bench, preacher bench and probably a couple other things I missed all tied up. One guy actually spends more time running around telling people he's still using something than working out. "Hey! I'm still using that, and that, and that, and that, and that!"

    And every gym has the fat ass wanna-be body builder with a mullet that goes around giving everyone advice. One of my exes actually had the nerve to tell one that he didn't want to look like him and that he should incorporate dialing Jenny Craig into his workout.

    Every gym I've been to always has at least one woman who bathes in nasty ass perfume and damn near asphyxiates everyone around her. It's usually a cover for twat-rot that doesn't quite get the job done. So now I have puffy itchy red eyes from the perfume AND want to vomit from her nasty girly smell.

    People with such severe Hypergymnasia/bulimia/anorexia that they wear 10 layers of clothing and actually have to place towels around the cardio equipment to contain their lagoon of sweat-funk. Sometimes I want to stand in front of them and eat Ben & Jerry's right out of the carton.
  • vike

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    Mar 07, 2008 9:19 PM GMT
    The lopsided-body-guy who is a regular, but does everything with bad form which seems to result in muscles in the wrong place and an uneven build.
  • kinetic

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    Mar 07, 2008 9:46 PM GMT
    redheadguy said:

    "Young thing/sylph-like 22-year-old who does hardly anything and talks about going to G.A.Y."


    Ha-ha! -I thought the new one they all go to was Profile. Or is that just SO last summer...

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    Mar 07, 2008 9:50 PM GMT
    The skinny guys lifting more weight than I do and asking me why they can't bulk.

    The fat guy who does nothing but abs and wonders why he's getting a larger waist size.

    The guy who does nothing but arms: big arms, tiny waist, pencil-neck, no lower body, no chest, and, arms aside, is in no way attractive.

    The gay guys who do nothing but pilates and the treadmill.

    The old guys who're only there for the steam room.

    The old ladies who run on the treadmill and catch up on gossip for the day.

    The soccer moms attending spinning class while the kids are in school.

    The one fat guy who's like 7'10, does nothing but run on the treadmill, then spends half an hour doing the splits while muttering to himself about how weird teenagers are.

    The juiced, high school football players.

    The skinny, near-anorexic girl who's always working on her abs.

    That one juice head who's always in flip-flops and wears nothing but hollister (at least he's good looking LOL)
  • kinetic

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    Mar 07, 2008 9:56 PM GMT
    Wow, this all makes me wonder as to what category people would put themselves in.
    Lets try an experiment.
    HOW ABOUT CATEGORIZING THE GUY ABOVE YOU!

    I know I'll prolly fall into some twinky category -This could be fun. Lets have it!
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    Mar 07, 2008 10:08 PM GMT
    I'm more concerned now with what some of the guys think of me when I'm at the gym. I just came from there and I don't think I was trolling in the locker room, definitely was blinking, tried not to move from machine to machine.

    OK guys, how about a lesson on how I should act, workout, dress and shower at the gym. Damn, there are a lot of rules you guys have created. I haven't seen any of them posted at my gym!
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    Mar 07, 2008 10:25 PM GMT
    Don't spazz about what anyone else thinks... the whole point of this thread is simply to bitch about anything gym-related icon_wink.gif