At my gym there’s always a guy who’s running for, like, 90 minutes or so on the treadmill. Then, once in a while, he may go to the cable machine and do a few pulldowns, loading up maybe 30 lb or so. Pretty bad form too. I never said anything to him.
Today, he said he’s doing the pulldowns to “build some strength.”
He seemed sincere, albeit misguided. I’m no expert, but I figured it’s hard to be more mistaken than that. So I volunteered some advice.
I asked him how many reps he’s doing. He said fifty. I’m like, “fifty, as in five-zero?” He’s like “yeah, why?”
“Listen, dude, you won’t build much strength if you go past 15 - as in one-five. Not 50, as in five-zero, but fifteen.”
“Yeah. Load it up. If you can do more than 15, time to increase the load.”
He was astonished, but the fact that I could max out the cable machine when doing pulldowns probably made me the ultimate authority in his view, so he followed suit.
I only said a few more words about injury (“if it hurts a little, man up - if it hurts a lot, stop and see a doctor”) and lifting to failure (“don’t do it every single time”) and I figured it’s enough as a beginning.
I think there are many people like that, sincere, but lacking proper info. In this case, a little bit of common-sense advice seems appropriate.
Maybe later on, if he shows dedication, I’ll point him to some online resources so he can do his own research.
What do y’all think?