What would you have done??? And has this happen to you???

  • Athletic79

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    Apr 17, 2012 4:57 AM GMT
    Whats going on guys!

    Well interesting day at the gym and ran into a issue with another guy that had me pretty annoyed by the time I left. Now I'm in excellent shape being that I run competitively and even though I'm by no means big, I can say I'm built pretty well and fitter than most.
    To go on, as I finished with some stretching and my warm up I went to start my leg workout. About 20 mins into my workout I went to get a drink of water and came back to start my set of squats when this guy comes up to me and insisted that I was doing them all wrong. Well I'm a really nice guy and don't mine advice AT ALL. I listen to him and we exchanged views, I thanked him and I put my head phones back on and went back at it. Now I've been running competitively since I was a freshman in high school and college and now I've moved to Colorado to train and running with a development group and work with a new coach to add. Well to my surprise this guy literally comes back up in the middle of my work out and began's to tell me again lol.

    I laughed it off and told him (NICLEY) that I've been doing these like hmself for a while and I would know if I were doing them wrong. Once I was done, I went to start stretching my legs and here he comes again and this time he tells me Im stretching wrong, then tells me I need to have someone to teach me how to stretch and lift weighsicon_evil.gif

    WTF... If there's one thing I no how to do is stretch and as far as lifting weights. I'm hoping to make the Olympics for god sake and have some really awesome people behind me, helping me, teaching me and showing all they can. But here this guy was letting me how to do certain things and he was no trainer, coach or professional himself. I mean you don't have to have a license or anything to show me how to properly do something BUT don't come off as a idiot trying to show and tell me how to do something when I clearly see I'm in way better shape then you are. So tell me, how would you've handled this and has this happen to you?
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    Apr 17, 2012 2:11 PM GMT
    WOW. I would have been so annoyed as well! He was probably just a wacko who thinks he knows everything. Every gym has 'em.
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    Apr 17, 2012 3:23 PM GMT
    Thank him for the advice, walk away, and never go to the gym at that time again.
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    Apr 17, 2012 3:31 PM GMT
    Wow. This sounds just exactly like the guy who came up to me a few years ago in the gym. He had the same line of bull shit for me (everything I was doing was wrong, wrong, wrong!) I was nice about it - and put up with his advice for a few minutes, but it was clear he just thought himself an Einstein and wanted to talk. I have been lifting since high school and was totally trained by the H20-polo coaching staff in college on how to do everything I do. I don't screw around and take chances or do anything I shouldn't be doing. This clown was a pale, skinny dweeb. He even looked unhealthy. I saw him go up to a few other guys who were in top condition and lifting correctly - - - and he laid his same line of crap on them. Pretty soon, we all ignored him. By the way - his technique sucked - - - - so go figure!
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    Apr 17, 2012 3:55 PM GMT
    That guy is just plain strange to go upto some not once, not twice but three times to give unsolicited advice!! icon_eek.gif
  • monstapex

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    Apr 17, 2012 4:04 PM GMT
    maybe you were doing them wrong,icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 17, 2012 4:45 PM GMT
    Maybe he was trying to hit on you and it came off the wrong way. LOL.

    All joking aside, I know exactly what you mean. I personally have had what you just described happen to me. Most people just speak their peace once and then leave you alone. You nod and smile and take the "advice" they've given you at face value (or at least I do) but every now and then you get one of those persistent wannabe know-it-alls, who feel the need to scrutinize and comment on everything you are doing, and it's really infuriating for the simple fact that they are just now invading your personal space with their distasteful attitude and approach. It just ruins your work out mood. What's worse is that when they tell you that you are doing something wrong they NEVER show you how to do it right, which is even more irritating. It's one thing to tell me I'm doing something wrong but quite another when you aren't capable to showing me how to do it right.

    You know how you have one of those days where you just aren't in the mood to deal with other people's shit? I've actually stopped a guy in mid sentence as he was trying to lecture me while I'm working out and said to him "Are you a trainer? Do you run a gym? Have you ever won any competitions or anything like that? Why don't you show me how it's done then, chief?" Dude looked at me and became hesitant. I got up and offered the floor to him. Soon as he wouldn't or rather couldn't show me, I was like "Oh? Ok then. You should worry about YOUR fitness? Your presence isn't required nor desired so please remove yourself so I can go back to my I-pod and weights. Thanks." Needless to say, he didn't like my response and just walked away. Ironically enough, about 2 weeks later he ends up injuring himself on one of the weight machines. A few members of the gym who knew the guy just laughed at him and the running joke after that was going up to him and giving him advice. Classic.

    As said above by a few people, you just nod and smile but if someone is going to invade your space with that kind of nonsense then I say call them out and put them on the spot.
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    Apr 17, 2012 4:51 PM GMT
    Unless I've got a question or am with a gym buddy/spotter; I usually don't need anyone's advice. But knowing me I'd be so nice to guy; he'd wear himself out on a tangent. I like to keep to myself when I'm at the gym otherwise, and just do my routines. I've done them so many times in the past, that I know what to do. But knowing how annoying free advice is in Real Life Situations, I wouldn't want to bore anyone with anything more than they are willing to ask me for.
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    Apr 17, 2012 5:18 PM GMT
    Good for you I prob would have left and done something else. I hate being harassed.
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    Apr 17, 2012 5:35 PM GMT
    adam228 saidGood for you I prob would have left and done something else. I hate being harassed.
    This is no thread for preaching, but I'll say quickly that I've always found I benefit more from giving people what they want, when they want it; stranger or not. Either they'll be grateful for it; realize how much they didn't need it, or they'll realize just how stupid they are for themselves. IRL, I don't do very much of anything to sway people to my thinking. I only leave the door open for those sense enough to come in... tmi gym guy may take a bit a little longer. icon_neutral.gif
  • Athletic79

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    Apr 17, 2012 9:55 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidWow. This sounds just exactly like the guy who came up to me a few years ago in the gym. He had the same line of bull shit for me (everything I was doing was wrong, wrong, wrong!) I was nice about it - and put up with his advice for a few minutes, but it was clear he just thought himself an Einstein and wanted to talk. I have been lifting since high school and was totally trained by the H20-polo coaching staff in college on how to do everything I do. I don't screw around and take chances or do anything I shouldn't be doing. This clown was a pale, skinny dweeb. He even looked unhealthy. I saw him go up to a few other guys who were in top condition and lifting correctly - - - and he laid his same line of crap on them. Pretty soon, we all ignored him. By the way - his technique sucked - - - - so go figure!


    Hahaha, (jockbod)
    Yeah it happen a lot to me. I mean I don't run my month and try to be a show off at all at my gym even though all of the personal trainers there are good people and good friends and they no Im a olympic hopeful. But when you have someone who clearly has to approach you and try to tell you what your doing wrong and try's to show you how to do it right annoys me.

    I felt like telling this air head that if he's so good why isn't he going to the olympic trials in June and not me!!! lol! But of course I don't run my month remember hahaha! But I wander what he would have said if I told him I actually run for a living (as a pro.) hummmmmm?????