Bad gym experiences.

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    May 25, 2011 1:40 AM GMT
    So I'm still relatively new to the whole gym experience. The crappy part is I already scared away my workout buddy. I told him ahead of time that I'm hypermobile and my joints sometimes give me issues. He said it wasn't a big deal so I didn't think much of it. Well when were benching I told him my right shoulder felt off. He told me to just push through it. During my last set as I was pushing the bar up my shoulder popped a good inch out of place. Luckily he was paying attention so I didn't end up injuring myself. He then proceeded to see me pop the bastard in Lethal Weapon style. Apparently, it was too much for him to handle and he said he didn't want to be responsible if anything happened to me. So that sucked.
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    May 25, 2011 2:26 AM GMT
    lol, that does suck. I guess the only thing you can do is find a workout buddy that isn't so skittish, or a trainer that will pay attention and keep an eye on you. It sounds obvious that you're not going to be able to lift heavy weights by yourself in case something like that happens again.

    I have the same issues with my thumbs. Sometimes they just pop out of place due to an injury from my skating days. I've scared away 2 massage clients in the past by having to stop the session to slam my hand down on a table to pop them back into proper place. Some people aren't used to these types of things, lol.
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    May 25, 2011 2:44 AM GMT
    Yeah, I'm just not used to people being so skittish. You would think the guys I hang out with that are filled with massive amounts of testosterone and machismo wouldn't be afraid of a little joint dislocation. Live and learn I guess.

    Just wondering, with your massage clients did they feel your thumbs pop out or did you just ruin the flow of the massage with the hard slam? Either way it doesn't seem like a big deal. You wouldn't scare me away. It'd just make the massage a bit more interesting. Heh
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    May 25, 2011 2:48 AM GMT
    Oh, they'd feel it alright. It was a sudden loss in pressure. I'd joke about it with them too. "You see there? The knots in your back may have won this battle, but they haven't won the war. Give me just a second, I'm going to have to just fix this a bit here... and..." *BAM!* "... okay, we're good to go." They practically always laughed, but some just really freaked out about it. I was busy enough to where it really didn't matter, but seeing some people's reactions were simply priceless. icon_lol.gif
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    May 25, 2011 5:06 AM GMT
    A guy at my gym has a fake leg below the knee. It made him walk with a limp and he covered it up with jogging pants when he left the locker room. Then he had crutches, which made it really hard for him to move smoothly between machines. Now he has one of those metal prosthetics that looks like an arc. He is one of the coolest guys in the gym now and proudly shows it without hiding it when he works out.
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    May 25, 2011 5:47 AM GMT
    Yeah... thats kinda risky. I would be afraid of letting you get hurt too. I wouldn't trust other people to spot me because I don't think they should trust me. I have trust issues due to a traumatic experience.

    One time when I was in college. I went to the gym with my friend. He worked out regularly and I didn't at all. This was like my first time at the gym. He asked me to spot him. I had to no idea what that actually entailed other than helping him lift the bar off the rack and counting his reps so I did. I helped him lift up and barbell and then counted with him. This is how it went:

    Me: "1"
    Him: "1"
    Me: "2"
    Him: "2"
    Me: "3"
    Him: "3"
    Me: "4"
    Him: "4"
    Me: "5"
    Him: "5"
    Me: "6"
    Him: "oozk eEelp meee"
    Me: "7"
    Him: "aAArrgghh! eeeellppp"
    Me: "Huh? I think we're still at 7"
    Him: "uuGHhhh dooood"
    Me: "What?"
    Him: "HEEeeEEllPPp Meee"
    Me: "oh shit!"

    I panicked and pulled the barbell back but I totally missed the two rack bars so it just hit the vertical bar because it was too damn heavy for me (it was like 90 on each sides?) to pull up any higher. It fell right behind his head. he face was bright red afterwards.

    Anyways, never again.

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    May 25, 2011 6:23 AM GMT
    ^ Jeez dude. I'd hate to be in that situation.

    For me when I was working out in my high school's weight room a long time ago, I was practicing my deadlifting, and I was basically only doing the bar. I made one rep and then dropped it, making a loud noise. Because of the acoustics it was louder than it should have been. Being that I'm a big dude and always have been (I probably was 6'7"/280 at the time, but not as lean as I am now), the football players that were in there started to laugh their asses off because I was lifting such a light weight.

    That was the last time I ever deadlifted in the weight room.
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    May 25, 2011 6:39 AM GMT
    Learn your body. Get a real workout partner or a coach. He's just avoiding working out with somebody who is injured so give him a break. You are responsible for your own health - not him.

    You're putting somebody else in difficult situations if you can't:

    a) monitor yourself
    b) decide on your limits and avoid peer pressure to "push through it"

    Own responsibility for your own training.
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    May 25, 2011 12:46 PM GMT
    Outdoor I get what your saying and yes I should be more careful and ultimately I am responsible for my own body. The only thing is I'm not injured. At least not now. I'm not sure what my limits are yet. But, I know now that bench pressing is something I should be more careful with. Live and learn I guess.
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    May 25, 2011 12:57 PM GMT
    Also, there isn't any love lost on my workout buddy. I just grabbed a beer with him last night. He's just too weirded out lifting with me. I just assumed he was used to it when he saw me do my double jointed tricks at parties. It's kind of a funny story now that I think about it.
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    May 25, 2011 7:21 PM GMT
    The first time I ever lifted at a gym, I successfully bench pressed a 60 pound barbell. A guy watching me said, "if you can do 60, then you can do 80." So I took the 80 pound barbell, and as soon as I lifted the bar, my muscles immediately failed, and the bar came down directly on my neck. Fortunately, there was no injury, and the guy did help lift the weight off my neck. I learned never to trust anyone else telling me what weight I was capable of lifting.