How do you treat Gym Virgins?

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    Jul 16, 2014 9:42 PM GMT
    If you see a guy that is obviously new to the gym experience and he's using the machines incorrectly, do you help him, laugh at him or avoid him altogether?
  • Bunjamon

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    Jul 16, 2014 9:54 PM GMT
    If he looks like he wants help, I'd be more than willing to say something. However, I'm not a certified trainer and I do not work for my gym, and I worry about giving advice to someone who hurts himself and then blames me. The gym staff should be helping their members.

    As for people who are pretty out of shape but getting in to the gym, I think to myself, "good for them." There's nothing laughable about being a gym noob, unless you're this guy:

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  • HottJoe

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    Jul 16, 2014 9:55 PM GMT
    I snap him with a wet towel in the locker room.
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    Jul 16, 2014 10:16 PM GMT
    I'm not very sympathetic to them breaching gym etiquette. Most of that is common courtesy. I get asked how to do deadlifts every so often which I am happy to help with. I also volunteer to swap sets with "hoverers".
  • WorkItOut

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    Jul 16, 2014 11:52 PM GMT
    If they're throwing weights onto the ground due to lack of control or giving a shit I usually offer to show them a technique to curb this bad behavior.

    "Hey looks like you lost control of you weight(s). I can show you a tip so you don't loose control again."

    Really, I just can't stand it when guys feel "BUFF" when they launch their weights into the air at the end of their rep so they come down with a thud that shakes the gym.

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    Jul 17, 2014 12:11 AM GMT
    I would help them out. I was once like that a long time ago. Hence screw gym logic! Common courtesy (helping your fellow man) is best!
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    Jul 17, 2014 12:16 AM GMT
    Gym virgins? Oh, you mean some of those guys who arrive on January 2nd every year for a few days? The ones in their shiny brand new matching outfits and brand new shoes, fresh out of the box? The guys who are doing everything wrong, or more to the point, just staring at the rest of us while they sip on their bright blue power drinks?

    I rarely see anyone but serious lifters in my gym. But if I did see a guy who was trying, and having some problems, or about to do something unsafe or potentially troublesome for him, I'd just say - - - Hi - - here, let me help you with that.........or...........I'd get the attendant who is always on duty to go over and give the poor newby some instructions.
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    Jul 17, 2014 12:26 AM GMT
    How do you treat Gym Virgins?

    With scorn & contempt, naturally.
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    Jul 17, 2014 1:03 AM GMT
    I offer to help if they are struggling, but, you can lead a horse to water...
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    Jul 17, 2014 1:24 AM GMT
    I apply the appropriate amount of condescension to produce the desired amount of shame.
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    Jul 17, 2014 1:54 AM GMT
    Gym Virgins are inspiration for me! They remind me where I started out myself. Just like the "bigger" men and women I see at the gym. The ripped muscular hot ones don't inspire me half as much as that middle aged bigger than average soccer mom I see trying to lose 1 dress size. it takes her FAR more motivation and determination to get up off the couch and get there than it does for the guy who knows he's gonna walk in, get checked out by everybody, and feel more at home in a tank at the gym than he does in a suit.
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    Jul 17, 2014 1:55 AM GMT
    Monroe77 saidIf they're throwing weights onto the ground due to lack of control or giving a shit I usually offer to show them a technique to curb this bad behavior.

    "Hey looks like you lost control of you weight(s). I can show you a tip so you don't loose control again."

    Really, I just can't stand it when guys feel "BUFF" when they launch their weights into the air at the end of their rep so they come down with a thud that shakes the gym.



    Hi, I'm very much new to the gym. I'm sorry am I doing this right? Should I be on my back?

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    Jul 17, 2014 2:04 AM GMT
    JeanDeau saidGym Virgins are inspiration for me! They remind me where I started out myself. Just like the "bigger" men and women I see at the gym. The ripped muscular hot ones don't inspire me half as much as that middle aged bigger than average soccer mom I see trying to lose 1 dress size. it takes her FAR more motivation and determination to get up off the couch and get there than it does for the guy who knows he's gonna walk in, get checked out by everybody, and feel more at home in a tank at the gym than he does in a suit.


    Think I just dropped an ovum...
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    Jul 17, 2014 4:00 AM GMT
    I've found that people are more times than not resentful of any offer of help. In the gym, as in life, people do what they want to do.

    The only time I ever helped someone who obviously didn't know what he was doing was when an 80 year old risked injury using the pullover machine used it as a seated leg press while flinging the pullover bar up and down. (Best seen to be appreciated.)
  • Webster666

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    Jul 17, 2014 4:03 AM GMT
    Help, laugh, or avoid ?

    I am more than happy to help, but only if I am asked.
    I certainly don't laugh at them.
    I definitely don't pretend to know everything, but I have learned what works, and doesn't work, for me. That said, if I attempted to correct everybody who was doing the exercises incorrectly, I'd never have time to do my own workout.
  • crownroyal117

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    Jul 17, 2014 4:04 AM GMT
    Treat with calamine lotion, 2 Aleve, and a fine spray of febreeze. Call doctor if symptoms persist.
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    Jul 17, 2014 4:23 AM GMT
    dustin_K_tx said
    JeanDeau saidGym Virgins are inspiration for me! They remind me where I started out myself. Just like the "bigger" men and women I see at the gym. The ripped muscular hot ones don't inspire me half as much as that middle aged bigger than average soccer mom I see trying to lose 1 dress size. it takes her FAR more motivation and determination to get up off the couch and get there than it does for the guy who knows he's gonna walk in, get checked out by everybody, and feel more at home in a tank at the gym than he does in a suit.


    Think I just dropped an ovum...
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    /places another ovum next to yours. NEXT!

    Well I'm a gym noob right now. I couldn't figure out how to move the safety latch on the calf raise machine for like 10 minutes 2 weeks ago. I wound up youtube-ing it (and got the answer!). I was imagining the staff sitting in the back laughing their asses off watching me the whole time icon_confused.gif

    I don't think I would scoff at help or a tip. If I thought their tip was wrong I'd still thank them.
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    Jul 17, 2014 4:29 AM GMT
    I'm generally too busy doing my own thing to notice who's a noob or a pro when I'm working out. If I'm approached, I'll answer them and try to help out to the best of my ability but as far as "out reaching" goes....probably not. I'm not there to be a teacher and I'm not there to rag on others. Anyone who takes an interest in working out has a plus in my book.

    When I was a gymbie (gym newbie) I had no clue as to what I was doing. I read the magazines and watched a few videos in the privacy of my home. Those helped but I never if I was doing anything right. When I went to the gym, I know I was being made fun of. You can always tell. I thought I was being paranoid (and I'd wish I was back then). A lesson I learned before ever getting bit by the gym bug was to never bother people during their workout. Wait until they're done and then ask them questions. Most folks appreciate that and will be happy to assist you. I made a few good buddies from doing this.

    The point is don't be afraid when working out. If you have questions or need help then ask. Be mindful of when you do it and how you do it. You'll run into a few who feel they can't be bothered by you but that's to be expected. As long as you don't act like some damsel in distress and keep your wits about you then you'll be fine.
  • bleumoon1001

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    Jul 17, 2014 7:18 AM GMT
    wow you guys are so nice!
    i wish, as a gym virgin, hot guys like all of u would offer me pointers!
  • DSHANE

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    Jul 17, 2014 7:29 AM GMT
    I don't even notice them much to be honest...I always have my ear buds in and trying to go about my workout and get it done! in and out!
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    Jul 17, 2014 9:51 AM GMT
    Only an insecure person would laugh...
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    Jul 17, 2014 1:09 PM GMT
    This is why Planet Fitness exists.
  • Irishguy22

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    Jul 17, 2014 2:17 PM GMT
    I actually noticed a guy yesterday doing some squats, his form was a bit off and I wanted to help but I didnt feel it was my place to walk up to someone and tell them how do their workout. I thought it might be rude or make him uncomfortable. But if anyone asks for help then I'll either show/tell them what I know or point them in the direction of someone else who can help them.
  • kew1

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    Jul 17, 2014 4:34 PM GMT
    I've had to explain how to use a couple of machines.
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    he was sitting behind the pad, and how to place the legs in the leg extension machine more than once.
    & no, I didn't laugh, may have looked puzzled though.
  • Aleco_Graves

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    Jul 17, 2014 5:06 PM GMT
    fredknee saidI would help them out. I was once like that a long time ago. Hence screw gym, common courtesy (helping your fellow man) is best!


    I would like to think everyone on the site would help the newbie, but we dont live in a disney fairytale i geuss. I mean everyone here was a newbie at one point.

    I still conscider myself a newbie in a few ways. I have things im really good at and things i'm not so good at.
    (For instance the bench press machine looks intimidating so i stay clear)
    The people at virgin active are really nice, obviously the staff get paid to be, but even the clients are nice and ive even had the help of a PT, not to mention numerous free pt sessions.

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