bad form... do you say something?

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    Jul 07, 2009 3:23 PM GMT

    I've been noticing more and more that guys come into the gym and pick up WAY too much weight for whatever they're doing... then proceed to "throw" the weights around... for example, watched this one kid with the ez curl bar...puts 70lbs on there (has NO business with that much weight)...and swings his hips and shoulders to do 8 reps... then slams the bar down (I guess that's to make us all look in amazement at how much weight is on the bar... icon_smile.gif )

    I thought he was gonna hurt himself so I finally said... dude, less momentum...more slow n controlled... he actually listened to me... and the weight went down to 40 haha...could barely do 5... but at least his biceps were doing most of the work this time...

    but I kinda felt like an ass giving my opinion when I wasn't sure it was wanted... this time turned out ok....but...

    what do you all think? do you say something?

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    Jul 07, 2009 6:30 PM GMT
    I only say something when guys throw the weights/plates down. Not only is it annoying, but it's dangerous.

    As for bad form.. I mind my own business.
  • GQjock

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    Jul 07, 2009 8:22 PM GMT
    Depends on how cute they are

    The cute ones get all the advice they need icon_biggrin.gif

    .... not so cute? They're on their own icon_wink.gif
  • Timbales

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    Jul 07, 2009 8:25 PM GMT
    depends on how well I know them, how often I've seen them

    I helped one woman I've chatted with on the triceps press, she thanked me again next time I saw her.
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    Jul 12, 2009 12:09 AM GMT
    If I have bad form I want someone to tell me.

    I'm new to working out and still fighting to get a regular schedule down. I may not always remember the proper form so if you see me doing it wrong then help me to do it right so I don't hurt myself.
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    Jul 12, 2009 1:10 AM GMT
    My gym is at my house. The guys there are personal friends, so yes, if something needs to be said I say it. Either I or someone else who has good form will do the movement, first wrong like the person in question did it; and then correctly. Then he can see exactly what he was doing wrong.
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    Jul 12, 2009 1:23 AM GMT
    I don't say anything. It's not my place, and while I would hope someone would come and tell me if my form was bad, I'd probably be narky at them if they did haha.

    I guess that's why gyms do (or should) have trainers walking around on the floor.
  • UFJocknerd

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    Jul 12, 2009 2:55 AM GMT
    If I went around correcting people's form, I would never do anything else at the gym.


    I'd intervene if they looked like they were doing something dangerous to themselves (e.g. hunch-backed deadlifts) or others (e.g. dropping weights, which is something I've only ever seen from obvious newbies who are straining to get out a third rep with WAY too much weight and their buddy/spotter lifting 2/3 of it).
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    Jul 12, 2009 3:15 AM GMT
    Everything is relative. Sure, some of you guys here wouldn't mind be corrected if you're doing something wrong. But I think you're the exception.

    But for the most part, people in the gym don't like to be told what to do. Here's the typical scenario..

    * Really-fit guy offering unsolicited advice == arrogant jerk

    * Not-so-fit guy offering unsolicited advice == clueless jerk

    I only intervene when I see someone writhing in pain between sets, or doing some crazy movement that could injure other persons near by.
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    Jul 12, 2009 3:21 AM GMT
    Helped a girl out recently with her oblique stability ball crunches; I'd been stretching out beside her for a few minutes while she'd tried to negotiate a comfortable position for the exercise. Not sure I'd have felt obliged to help her if she hadn't almost rolled into my lap..!

    It's a tough call though - you can never be 100% sure if someone actually needs your advice, unless of course they've collapsed in a heap at your feet. icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 12, 2009 3:49 AM GMT
    Maybe you say something like "Hey, I saw you doing the ez curl. May I make a suggestion that will give you better results?"

    Then, if the guy is open, he'll say so. If not, he's a meathead...
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    Jul 12, 2009 3:56 AM GMT
    PENIS ENVY
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    Jul 12, 2009 4:07 AM GMT
    I would have appreciated it. When I first started working out in college, I just didn't know and thought "no pain no gain" and tried to lift whatever I could and by any means. AND I DID HURT MYSELF...

    I now focus on form, and know so much more, but yes it was probably to impress myself if not others. I think you did the right thing.
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    Jul 20, 2009 3:38 PM GMT
    I usually contact gym staff to correct them. They're the ones with the liability if the equipment gets damaged or if someone hurts themselves, and I'm there to work out, not to do their jobs for them. But yeah, I've seen some pretty dangerous stuff, usually unsupervised kids/teens doing some pretty scary things with big equipment while their parents are off somewhere.
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    Jul 20, 2009 3:56 PM GMT
    I HATE it when some random guy attempts to give me workout tips. 99% don't know any more than I know and 100% are annoying because they think they are experts.

    If there is bad form on display, I leave it to the trainers who work there to provide any correction.

    That's just me treating others like I wish to be treated.

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    Jul 20, 2009 4:01 PM GMT
    I see this at the gym all the time and I never give anyone advice unless they ask.
    Some of the things I've seen people do you just can't help but laugh and shake your head. I see guys doing exercises using every other part of their body but the intended muscle trying to lift weight that is way too heavy. Also the guy swinging wildly on the pull up bars like he was ready to do some sort of Cirque Du Soleil act. icon_lol.gif

    It sounds like the guy didn't mind the advice since he listened and lowered the weight.
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    Jul 20, 2009 4:05 PM GMT
    Ordinarily I wouldn't intervene unless it was someone I knew well. But on two occasions I've stepped in when a guy was doing something clearly dangerous. I got thanked, but grudgingly.
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    Jul 20, 2009 4:16 PM GMT
    If i was the offender of "form", if you seemed to making progress with your lifting; I'd want the help. maybe even workout together.
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    Jul 21, 2009 2:12 AM GMT
    I'd appreciate being told what I was doing wrong and how to do it right.
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    Jul 21, 2009 3:04 AM GMT
    No. Who am I to correct anyone, now if they ask me then I'll say something. If I'm not asked absolutely not.
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    Jul 21, 2009 3:35 AM GMT
    I've been given advice before at the gym, and I really liked it. I think it's good to help someone out if you see it, as long as you're not looking to help in every corner of the gym (just because you're there for yourself, not for others). In your case you saw something terribly wrong and wanted to help, it's not like you're trying create or change someone's workout. I'm sure I smiled at the guy who gave me the advice and just said thanks, then proceeded to try it out.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jul 21, 2009 3:49 AM GMT
    I figure if the guy wanted a trainer he'd have one. I see bad form all the time but I just bite my tongue. At least they are at the gym making an attempt. I've seen other guys try to give someone unwarranted advice and the person got really defensive.
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    Jul 21, 2009 7:10 AM GMT
    to the original topic, form is overrated. You can push yourself a lot farther by cheating but you need to be careful and know what you're doing.
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    Jul 21, 2009 7:25 AM GMT
    dougyang saidto the original topic, form is overrated. You can push yourself a lot farther by cheating but you need to be careful and know what you're doing.

    Well, that's sort of the point of the discussion.. The people we're talking about DON'T know what they're doing.
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    Jul 21, 2009 7:45 AM GMT
    Yeah, when a guy comes at me with an open mouth, all slobbery tongue, like he's going to swallow my face, I usually say something. You know that guy picked up his form from watching porn, I mean...

    ...

    Huh? What?

    ...

    Gym?



    * eyes dart back and forth *