It’s fun to rag on the strange/weird/mind-boggling things we see in our gyms, but I thought we could balance it with the cool things we’ve seen or experienced.
Last night was definitely a case in point. I personally was having a crappy lifting day. Nearly every time my friend and I would weight the bar to do an exercise, I’d do my damnedest, but in the end we’d have to take some of the plates off, 'cause I just couldn’t handle the weight with anything near good form.
Even just the bar felt heavy. Despite that, it was a fairly cool night.
My gym is pretty definitely metro and sometimes it seems like the all cardio or machines channel. But, last night I met a guy who knew what the jump box was for - I don’t use it, cause that would be a one-way ticket to a knee-capping, but it impresses me that others do.
Then, there was a trainer who had a client doing farmers’ walks with those barrels with handles. I suitcase deadlifted one of them at the weight he had on it and I definitely thought carrying both of them would be pretty intense for a newbie. I didn’t think trainers in a commercial gym would ever have someone doing that.
I also saw another trainer having someone do dragon flags, which definitely surprised me.
And, finally, and best of all, a guy came up to us as I was finishing SLDLs (with a not very impressive weight, but the best I could do at the time) to comment to my friend and me how great it was to see anyone doing serious lifting and especially to see women doing it. Going by the arms on him, he’d put in more than a few hours in the gym himself.
In retrospect I think he may have been coming over to check out my friend (who is married), but still it’s nice to have hard work recognized.
I also realized something that’s probably useful to remember - having headphones on doesn’t make you invisible. As I was getting set to do my first set of push presses, there was a guy who’d finished whatever cable set he was working on. He the proceeded to stare directly at me from about 6’ from the platform.
At first, I was like “what the hell” esp. since I wasn’t using the sort of weight that someone might be like, “oh, I want to see this.” But, then I realized he was just zoning between sets and probably didn’t even realize he was staring at me. I was pretty sure he wasn’t going to ask if he could work in, so, I just ignored him.