Giving Advice at the Gym

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  1. lawrencel715

    lawrencel715 New Member

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    I've been lifting for a little over 2 years, but am no where near an expert on form and knowledge.

    So i saw this girl doing leg presses yesterday, which I think was totally bad form. She buckled her knees inside - an injury waiting to happen. Unless that works out some muscle I don't know about, I'm sure that form was wrong, and dangerous for that matter. I didn't mention anything, because I don't know how sensitive some people are to advice. Should I have went up to her and ask if I could offer a suggestion? Or maybe I could've told a trainer to go up to her to offer that suggestion - she'd probably be more responsive to that...
     
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    milos sarcev, a bber, demostrated in his fitshow training session that when you tuck your toes inward on a squat, it puts more emphasis on the outer thigh. and inner thigh when your toes point outward. it could relate to leg pressing.:dunno:


    if it was that bad, i would've asked to work in. that way you can stick around the area and watch without her giving you the :ugh: look. then figure a polite way of pointing it out
     
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    I'm not going to go through that much work to help her out. i only use that machine for calf work, and it wasn't calf day. i don't think her toes were inward. she pretty much had her thighs aimed this way / \ , where the top part of that are her knees.
     
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    pointing your toes inside and buckling your knees are two completely different things. I doubt your average girl can spot weak points like that, let alone know how to fix them..
     
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    Ahh it's funny you mentioned that.

    For the first time in my life someone walked over when I was finishing a set of T-Bar rows. He looked like a scrwny high school kid. He said you are not bending over far enough, you're working your middle back instead of your lats.

    I bent over more, and he was 100% correct. I had to just eat my pride and say thanks. :hs:
     
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    I would never offer advice in the gym unless directly asked. Maybe that person has to do that way because of XYZ or the way I show them even though it is right causes an injury. Not my business nor my place.
     
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    i dont offer advice or talk to anyone unless they ask me something or i need a spot
     
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    giving people advice in the gym is a great way to get really frustrated really fast. 99% people aren't going to listen. Plus, who fucking cares what anyone else is doing in the gym unless it is directly impacting you.

    if some asks, I will explain... other then that, not a chance
     
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    I can't believe all of you fuckers are forgetting the most important part. What did she look like and do you have an ass shot in thong of her?
     
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    werd on the last 3 posts
     
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    ummm, she didn't look too great, but not bad either i guess. nothing special worth mentioning.

    i just would feel kinda bad if i see her in crutches somewhere, even though it wasn't my fault, but yet could've prevented it.

    it's almost like you see a dude about to get run over. are you just going to stand there or pull him back? it's just a matter of nice gesture. and if i were to have helped her, i would've just asked if it's okay if i offer a suggestion. if she bitches and says no, then i'll hope for her injury. but if she accepts the suggestion, yet rebutes, then i won't feel bad if she gets hurt, because i tried.
     
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    :werd:

    Really, I don't even try to explain what I'm doing or why to my gym buddies unless they ask.
     
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    That's a good way to look at it. I train at a private gym so I just yell,"No stupid, you don't do it like that!!"
     
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    The Golds I go to has big ass signs all over with "NO FREELANCE PERSONAL TRANING" as rule number 1.
     
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    I would be giving advice constantly in my gym, and it isnt even my place.... And when you see a wanna-be broly trying to look cool squatting 400, and thinking they are huge when they dont even go half way to parallel, it just isnt worth it. Also today, I saw another guy doing decline situps with the decline bench almost vertical... Felt so bad for his back, but I kept quiet
     
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    if somebody is doing something that looks like it will cause injury i might say something....



    if somebody is squatting 2 inches down or whatever, i wouldn't say anything
     
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    I know everyone that works out in my gym. I help them out, they help me out.
     
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    like most have already said, I don't give advice unless I'm asked.
     
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    rule of thumb for me is never give advice unless explicitly asked. I sometimes break it a bit if I'm working out with someone who is a good friend of mine.
     
  20. Casino

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    I love when people give me advice at the gym
     
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    best to mind your business

    i saw a friend of a friend loading up heavy on bench and only going down 1/4 rom; he obviously wasn't working on a weakpoint or anything. tried explaining it was better to go lighter with full rom and he just babbled about something and looked annoyed that i critiqued him.
     
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    I like it when people tell me im doing something wrong, iv fixed my forms on lots of the routines by people giving my advice.

    You should of seen my knees buckle in when i begun to squat :dunno:
     
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    Only time I ever gave advice was I saw some new guy come into the gym, around 19 years old, maybe 120 lbs. He was doing 10 lb each arm preacher curls and he was going down like 1/4 of the way. I said "man if your going to work out , do it right, drop the weight and do full range of motion. Your here for yourself, not for anyone else, leave the ego at the door and you will do much better." He started doing it right, he comes up occasionaly now and asks questions. I normally won't open my mouth when I see people doing stuff wrong . .
     
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    thats a common problem that a lot of people have. mine still do that a tiny bit from time to time
     
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    I sometimes have to put a foam ball between my knees so they won't go inward like that. It doesn't help that I had knee surgery last year either. :(

    Where are you located? I was doing the leg press on Tuesday with a friend. Maybe it was me. :o
     
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