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    "You're doing it wrong"

    EDIT: I just realized how much of a whine this is. Flame me all you want!

    A few days ago at the gym I was doing some DB incline presses and this dude was looking at me strange, the way you know he's going to tell you something is wrong about your lift. Sure enough, when I finished he said, "that's not the way you do shoulder presses, man." Wtf? Shoulder presses?

    You might be surprised (or not) but this kind of thing happens to me at least once every day. I wish I was exaggerating. Granted, sometimes people are right. But most of the time they aren't, or are just pointing out a 'mistake' that only happened on my last rep because of fatigue.

    To give another example, just yesterday a guy saw me doing chest flies on a cable machine, and he exclaimed, "You've got more weight on one side than the other! That's completely wrong!"
    I pointed out that the machine has a simple pulley mechanism that's designed specifically to make the load even on both sides. A simple knowledge of elementary-school mechanics, it seems, is lacking in the general population.

    Is it possibly because of the way I look, or walk, or talk, or whatever?

    Sorry, I just had to get this rant out of my system.
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    People at your gym need to mind their own business. What a bunch of losers.

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    Where do you train?

    Investing in an I-pod might make sense; people seem to be less inclined to try to talk to you when you are wearing headphones.
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    Yeah... ipod. And in a few years when you're 230 lbs and JACKED nobody's gonna say jack *****.
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    I would go with the headphones and no eye contact with anyone.

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    I can be an ********* pretty easy. Prob something along the lines of stfu,would have been uttered pretty quickly.
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    iPod FTW. For a good while I was just working out by myself with both earbuds in. Occasionally Id need a spot and so I'd take 1 side out long enough to ask somebody, do my set, and say thanks. Nobody ever talked to me and its kinda nice lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alin View Post
    But most of the time they aren't, or are just pointing out a 'mistake' that only happened on my last rep because of fatigue.
    i hate that. not necessarily with just weight lifting but with anything, when you do something repetitive and you screw up once and someone tells you about it as if you were doing it wrong the whole time.

    this happens a lot with people who crave compliments about their knowledge in a subject. if no one goes up to them and tells them "they are so knowledgeable" then they go around correcting people, for no reason sometimes.

    if someone does it again, make up a name for the exercise. say something like "no, these are venetian shoulder presses", then they'll stop comparing what you do to the way they do it
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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny99 View Post
    I can be an ********* pretty easy. Prob something along the lines of stfu,would have been uttered pretty quickly.
    this is me, lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by soclydeza View Post
    i hate that. not necessarily with just weight lifting but with anything, when you do something repetitive and you screw up once and someone tells you about it as if you were doing it wrong the whole time.
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    I hate it when people smaller, less experienced, weaker, etc. than yourself try to tell you what you should be doing. Stfu would suffice nicely.
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    You're totally posting on this forum wrong.






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    To save money, just buy ipod headphones. Same effect.
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    Thanks for the responses guys, good to know some have been experiencing the same problems. I agree with the iPod thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by skinny99
    I can be an ********* pretty easy. Prob something along the lines of stfu,would have been uttered pretty quickly.
    One really bad thing is that they target you at your time of weakness; right after a set when you're somewhat exhausted physically and mentally, when you aren't able to tell them off as well as you'd like

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Mutaffis
    Where do you train?
    At a big public gym. I guess that's the problem. It's the 'best' one in Karaj, Iran.
    It does have some benefits though. One benefit is the hordes of people who line up to use the smith machine for squats, while the squat rack stands alone in a corner, for me to use as much as I want. I could steal it and nobody would notice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alin View Post

    One really bad thing is that they target you at your time of weakness; right after a set when you're somewhat exhausted physically and mentally, when you aren't able to tell them off as well as you'd like
    I'm the opposite. When I just got done exhausting myself, I have zero patience and spout off exactly what I'm thinking.

    A perfect example is right after a good set of squats.

    broski - "You're not supposed to go down that far."
    me- "I'm going to rip off your goddam head you chest shaving curl jockey!"
    broski- "Squats are bad for your knees."
    me- "Is that your girlfriend over there on the tread mill? I'm going to go punch her in the throat."


    Errr...something like that.
    Last edited by kmagnuss; 02-04-2010 at 08:16 AM. Reason: because I was doing it wrong...now stfu!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeavyBomber View Post
    People at your gym need to mind their own business. What a bunch of losers.
    I know dude, I mean what the hell?! I think I'd take someone's head off for sayin some **** like that in the middle of my workout
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    Quote Originally Posted by alin View Post
    I could steal it and nobody would notice.
    Then do it, home gym! problem solved! But seriously, the Ipod thing helps, also not acknowledging people really shuts them down too. I had a guy tell me all about squat depth, etc one time during a leg day. Just got done doing a set, he comes up and starts jabbering, so I wait about 10 seconds to make brief eye contact with a "WTF?" face and then just sat down, leaned over and stared at the floor exhausted. People get real uncomfortable when you treat them like they don't exist. It's great.
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    I find it really ballsy when I hear stuff like that. I have never been approached by someone saying I am doing something wrong (and I do alot of stuff wrong!). However, I usually have a look on my face, as one friend told me, that says "Go f#@k yourself!"
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    If you're getting told almost every workout that you're doing something, then chances are that you ARE doing some things wrong.
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    When my blood is rushing to my muscles I don't have much running to my brain and in times like that in the past I would just look at a person without comment until it was uncomfortable then they would seem to leave me alone! If I did say something it was usually bad, unless it was contructive? But usually with the blood decrease to my brain I would just grunt at them and put my headphones in!!!

    The I-pod might sound nuts but it would probably work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magilla View Post
    I find it really ballsy when I hear stuff like that. I have never been approached by someone saying I am doing something wrong (and I do alot of stuff wrong!). However, I usually have a look on my face, as one friend told me, that says "Go f#@k yourself!"
    thats a great look, helps ward off the vendors in malls, people tryin to pitch a some kind of a sale, people harassing you at a gym, etc

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    My GF had some guy come up to her while she was doing romanian deadlifts:

    "What are doing"
    "I'm doing deadlifts"
    "I think you're doing them wrong"
    "No, I'm not, these are romanian deadlifts and this is how they are supposed to be done"
    "Well you are supposed to arch your back forward and kind of shrug on the way up"
    ...

    I'm thinking maybe he was hoping she would injure her back severly by taking his advice and he could take her to the doctor.
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    This is a peeve of mine. Sorry but, when I'm at the gym I usually dont want to be bothered. I just want to do my thing and leave. I can take the occasional advice, and sometimes it's really appreciated. But there's this one dude who does nothing but criticise EVERYONE. It's so bad that I try to get to the gym early to avoid him. I've literally watched him do a set of bull***** weights (he's a decent sized guy), stop mid-set and critique someone's curls, go stand around a bit, notice someone else "working out wrong" and give him his earfull. He always tells me that I'm resting too much between my sets, to which I simply reply that everyone is different, or I just ignore him. I can't even begin on the countless times I've seen him interrupt others' workouts to interject his advice which, most of the time, isn't warranted. Pisses me off.

    I hate the wannabee gym heroes. Like I said, I'm cool with someone offering advice. It's a problem, though, when I see you working the room before you get to me to offer it. You've wasted your time trying to seem like the know-it-all dishing all your experience to everyone in the weight room, completely wasting their time and screwing their workout, and I almost have to duck and hide before you get to me. If my face doesn't tell the story, leave me the ***** alone when I'm in my zone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrelwooddowd
    If you're getting told almost every workout that you're doing something, then chances are that you ARE doing some things wrong.
    I knew someone would say that. Actually, no.
    The problem is that the advice headed my way is not constructive, it's stupid. Stuff like 'go squat in the smith machine! You'll hurt your back with a free barbell!'
    Constructive advice is one in a hundred.

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    I think this type of thing is normal and there is nothing you can really do. Use to happen to me quite often. The hugest fattest guy in the gym would talk to me and what to do and what supps to take. I use to be polite but now I make a scene. Do it is fun. Ask them how much they can squat, deadlift, etc. Ask loud. Put them on the spot.

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