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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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  1. #1
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    There should be time limits

    There was a thread here a while back that discussed things that bug you at the gym. I remember reading the posts and thinking I must be a pretty easy going guy because nothing seems to really bother me when Iím working out. That all changed today. I was hoping to do squats with the Smith Machine today as I just started learning to do that exercise recently. Unfortunately a guy and girl were in the cage together, helping each other out I guess. I have no idea how long they had already been using the machine before I got there but they tied it up for thirty minutes while I waited. Much of the time they were just standing inside the cage and chatting. Believe it or not, at one point they were hugging and kissing inside the cage while I stood there with a puzzled look on my face. By the time they left the cage I was too worn out from doing other exercises to do my squats. I think there should be a time limit for necking in the Smith Machine cage.

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    It's a sign from God telling you not to do Smith Machine anythings....

    I suggest you stuff your mouth full of peanut butter and marshmallows, wrap your head in linen soaked in warm milk and pray that you never consider using the smith apparatus every again...
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    just stand up for yourself

    personally if you tie up a piece of equipment for more than 5 mins im goin to work-in sets with you....whether you like it or not

    if that happened to me, i would have said, get the **** out of my smith machiene!

    seriously, i would have =)

    that and people with cell phones standing right infront of the sign that says please do not bring your cell phone into the weight lifting area....well my logic on that is they can yell into that damn thing all they want, but im goin to yell in their ear till they stop

    you could be polite about the whole thing, but if they are going to be obnoxious and self centered (ie doing jack **** for 30 mins, or having a cell phone hehe), then they lost the right of having people acting polite towards them

    ok, done with my rant

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    Seriously, stand up for yourself. You pay just as much as they do for a membership! Ask to cut in throw all there weights on the floor act pissed off while you do this. Throw on several plates and start squatting making really loud grunting, after your done they'll have to take off all the plates and pick the 2 and halfs and try and squat.

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    Originally posted by The_Chicken_Daddy
    It's a sign from God telling you not to do Smith Machine anythings....

    I suggest you stuff your mouth full of peanut butter and marshmallows, wrap your head in linen soaked in warm milk and pray that you never consider using the smith apparatus every again...
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    Well, if you have never done free weight squats its good to learn proper form on the smith machine, IMO. But after you learn the form don't use them.

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    I still say that 'good form' on a smith machine does not equal 'good form' on free weights. You need to re-learn the motion and balance, hence there's not much translation.
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    I agree, ther is no natural rom on a smith so you can only use the form it forces you to use. I think the best way to learn form on squats is to just squat the bar and work your way up from there.
    Last edited by Neil; 02-02-2002 at 06:22 PM.

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    Yeah thats true. It is completely different form really. My bad, you be right belial.

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    I agree that its a sign from god.
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    I'm sure they would've let you join in.... cool... The more the merrier. A gym can be a great place for those things.... get the most of your workout.

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    Originally posted by Frankster
    I agree that its a sign from god.

    palabra, yo.

    but if it were me, i really would have been like..excuse me....i've got places to be..are y'all gonna be long or are can i work in or what?

    if they continued i would have had to start making wiseass comments and singing loudly. maybe thrown in a couple "damn...would y'all get a room, please!?" comments. but that's just me.
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    Haha. The worst thing they did was their own training mistake of using the smith.

    On Friday, Beercan, my girlfriend and I hogged the power rack for a good solid hour. Of course all the pansies in my gym were prolly looking for one of the 2 smith machines.


    What's up with that? 1 power rack, 1 squat rack and 2 smiths? That's gay.
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    There is only one excuse for using the smith to do squats if you have a squat rack, you are just lazy.
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    There is probably more than one reason some folks prefer the Smith machine. I have a serious bursitis problem in my left shoulder. Itís painful for me to even lift my arm to check the time on my watch. Balancing a BB is not an option for me. Even using the Smith machine hurts but itís better than nothing. I canít bench press either but Iím able to get by with a Decline Hammerstrength machine for a chest exercise. I appreciate the suggestions from some of you to use free weights for squatting but until my shoulder gets fixed Iíll settle for the Smith Machine. I have limited flexibility in my shoulder because Iíve had bursitis for so long. I think the machine will help with that problem and if or when I get a cure for my bursitis I will be able to step up to regular squats.

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    I've had the exact same thing in the exact same shoulder, you should see a doctor before it gets so bad you can't even move your arm an inch.

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    Originally posted by LATMAN

    What's up with that? 1 power rack, 1 squat rack and 2 smiths? That's gay.
    My gym must be owned by the same queer.

    Fortunately, I'm the only one that actually uses the power rack for anything but curls.

    Once I pummel that guy, its all good.
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    Time limits. Thats funny.

    This guy probably has a "Carter 1980" bumper sticker on his car.

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    Time limits. Thats funny.
    I was suggesting time limits to activities other than exercising. I donít mind waiting for the equipment if itís actually be used as itís intended to be. I think Tryskaís and a few of the other's advice is right on the mark. I'll ask them to use the machine or move on next time it happens.

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