How do you handle unsolicited advice in the gym?

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  1. vintage82

    vintage82 we fuck you

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    I was doing squats today on the Smith (shut up - I like them for now) with a whopping 30 lbs. loaded on the bar. :mamoru: After my first set a guy who had been on the fly machine for about 20 minutes (but cute at least) came over: "I dunno if you're on a special training program or something, but I was told to never EVER take your squats past a 90 degree angle at the knee." I didn't want to offend him, so I complimented him: "Well, I'm sure if I were squatting as much weight as you probably do it would be a bad idea for my knees, but this is just 30 lbs." He apologized and said "I just don't want you to hurt yourself." Dude, Peter was at the desk and said my form was great today. :ugh:

    So what do you do? Do you roll your eyes? Do you mouth off? Or do you just ignore them and never even pull your headphones off?
     
  2. Intellex

    Intellex Dogs love me cause I'm crazy sniffable OT Supporter

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    I flex

    Then pick up a plate and start chewing on it....
     
  3. vintage82

    vintage82 we fuck you

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    No, I'd only get fatty jokes if I did that. :o
     
  4. khari

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    Tell him that he's wrong, and if he disagrees with you he can take it up with any strength coach, who will of course laugh in his face.
     
  5. Fabian

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    I look at the dude straight in the eye. Then the beast within comes out. I cannot contain it. I stab an olympic car through this faggots chest and ram him into the ground. I then load up 15 100 lb plates on the other end and proceed to do T Bar rows. Are you animal enough?
     
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    tell him thanks and just move on... i don't talk to many people at the gym anyways
     
  7. cavefish

    cavefish You ain't a crook son, you just a shook one

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    I don't ever get unsolicited advice in the gym. I'll ask bigger guys about things on occaison but half the time they talk out of their ass too.
     
  8. vintage82

    vintage82 we fuck you

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    Not dis girl. :noes:
     
  9. Intellex

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    :werd:

    I wear headphones for a reason. I only ever get asked what supplements I'm on, or whether I've done a cycle.

    Honestly I would just say thanks, and do your own thing.
     
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    Intellex Dogs love me cause I'm crazy sniffable OT Supporter

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    :rofl:

    Sometimes I make shit up when some 16 y/o scrawny punk comes throwing weight around and then asks me questions about stupid stuff. :mamoru:
     
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    Werdna Livin' the SLO Life...

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    if it was good advice from someone bigger or stronger than me, i'd be thrilled

    if not, leave me the hell alone

    there's this tool at my gym who goes around to all the hot chicks telling them how to improve their form, and it's like :hsugh: he's like 40 too, it's pretty annoying, he thinks he knows everything
     
  12. cavefish

    cavefish You ain't a crook son, you just a shook one

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    Yeah I love wearing headphones, cuts down on the bullshit. I just make stuff up when the first thing people ask is "WHAT DO YOU BENCH?"

    "Oh about 480."

    I like shooting the shit with the older juicers from time to time, although thats more at my home gym since at my college gym most people are tiny.
     
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    Whenever there's a new trainer at the gym, I always used to get some advice.
    I usually try to be polite anyway though I'm sure I've been caught rolling my eyes.
     
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    I shot water all over my keyboard/screen because of that visual... :rofl:


    back on topic: If you're certian you're form is correct and you're doing nothing wrong, simply say thank-you and dismiss the advice. Some guys will pull a great deal of BS out their ass to talk to girls at the gym.
     
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    When I lift at commercial gyms, no one tries to correct me, the people usually ask me wtf I am doing and what muscle it works. The trainers tend to walk by with a "someone just shit on my waffles" look on their face.

    When I lift with guys who know their shit, we correct each other constantly. You need partners who can give you instant good feedback and analysis if you miss a lift or lose your groove. I also video tape for the same reason. If a random douche walks up and gives me advice, I will listen to see if he has a clue wtf he is talking about and then think about wether he could be right or not. Most likely the nature of the advice will shorten this process.
     
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    :werd: one of my friends (female) will wear a set of head phone even if the batteries in her disc player's dead... just because of that reason... and do that whole... "...sorry, I can't hear you..." bit
     
  18. cavefish

    cavefish You ain't a crook son, you just a shook one

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    It's also fun to leave your headphones on and pause the player and listen to what other people are saying when they think you can't hear them.
     
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    I think you handled the situation perfectly.
     
  20. timberwolf

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    I thought only I did that.

    To keep everyone fooled you have to sing out of tune once in awhile.
     
  21. Placebo

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    Sounds like you have that down to a science... :)
     
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    Werd to the partners :bigthumb:
     
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    Headphones in the gym = anti-social, its great.

    I started taking my headphones off more and I've been meeting alot of people at the gym. You know, meeting the people I've been working out with for a year... haha.
     
  24. DCyamaha

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    I think the best solution in your particular situation, would be to say "thanks for the tip" and then continue doint what you want to do.

    who cares if hes offended that you didn't take his advice.
     
  25. cavefish

    cavefish You ain't a crook son, you just a shook one

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    Yeah but see I don't want to meet or talk to people when I'm at the gym.
     
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