Thursday, February 11, 2010
“Damn!”, screamed the guy dead lifting across the gym. Curious, I asked him what was wrong. “I only got 405 for 4!” he retorted, clearly annoyed. “Hmmm,” I said. “Have you ever deadlifted 405 before?” Calming slightly, he replied “No, well, I guess I haven’t.” Laughing at this point, I said “Well, how can you be mad if you have never done it before!” Believe it or not, I see this phenomenon play out on a weekly basis, and while it is lifters who care so much that make our gym great, I do feel as though in general, there are a lot of irrational people out there when it comes to getting angry in the gym. This is most definitely a humorous post, and those who have spent time in the gym have seen these guys. Without further adieu, here are my Top 3 irrational angry lifter moments.
1.) The guy who doesn’t understand the concept of pre fatigue. Some people just don’t understand the concept of exercise order, and its HUGE impact on performance. Let’s take shoulder presses for example. If you do them first, you are going to do far better than if you are doing them as your fourth exercise, with 12 working sets under your belt already! Understand this, and don’t get mad.
2.) The angry PR guy. We have a kid who we absolutely love, but who gets angry every time he benches a Personal Record because he always wanted one more rep. Even though he has never done that before. Yep.
This guys just set a PR...and he's pissed!
3.) The overanalyzer. When this guy doesn’t perform well, he overanalyzes EVERYTHING, and attributes his lack of progress to how he slept 3 days or ago, or maybe it was that 5 lb dumbbell he picked up yesterday, or maybe it was something he ate, or blah, blah blah, blah blah…
Got any angry lifter moments in your gym? Do share!
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