so there's an unusual # of kiddies in the weight room tonight
two of them in particular had me laughing on the inside
they get there and promptly go to (you guessed it) the bench.
they immediately slap on a couple of plates and start trying to 'max' to see 'how much [their] strength has gone up'
first kid (has maybe 15 inch arms) tries his hand at a healthy 245, gets help unracking it and SLAM, freefall down on his chest. Back arches, ass comes off bench, partner has to help him rack it. Kid number 2 then does the same thing w/ kid 1 as spotter.
Here's where it gets good....
I hear kid #2 say something like "hell ya I'm gonna max on squats."
A sly smile comes onto my face..... hell ya this is gonna be good
So the kid grabs the weight belt.... if he knew what knee wraps were I'm sure he'd have had them too.
I'm watching as they load 225 lbs up. Kid #2 gets under and does a few 'reps.' And when I say 'reps' I mean he sticks his knees out a bit... maybe 1/2 a rep. So I think 'well thank god he at least did a warmup set this time.'
Now onto 385 lbs... oh yeah, I forgot to mention he's using the pad around the barbell too w/ it waay too far up near his neck.
Kid #2 tries to unrack the weight but doesn't clear the hooks. Oops. Shakes the rack.
Kid #1 help him get re-situated and unrack it properly.
Kid #2 'squats' down a few inches, heels come off the floor, can't even get it up on a half rep. Partner has to grab him around the armpits and pull him to standing position.
Then kid #1 starts taking off the plates and I notice he's about to take the last of 4 plates off one side without touching the other side. Just as I"m about to yell, he gets the weight off, the bar FLIES up, smacks him in the chin a bit, and the barbell flies onto the floor, weighted side down, and the empty side hits the mirror on the wall and puts a big crack in it.
So they leave without telling anyone and I'm stuck explaining to one of the employees exactly why there's a spiderweb in the mirror next to the rack.