I am looking to switch up gyms. My current gym is nothing more than a meat market really and very little if any serious lifting gets done in that place. I am tired of the looks, the suggestions ; a guy today interrupted me to tell me he was a personal trainer and nutritionist and my "squatting like that" (I was front squatting), was going to destroy my shoulders.
I was holding it at the time "bodybuilding" style. Since I had just finished doing some cleans, I grabbed my weight "Olympic style" and asked him if this was the way he thought I should hold it, to which he replied no that will destroy your wrists.
Now I am always willing to learn, I know I have a long way to go, so I asked him how to hold it. he then started moving his arms around, like he was trying to figure out a way to hold the bar in front of him, so I asked him if he had ever done a front squat.
Of course he had not, he then told me "I am fully certified to use modern day techniques, not the old stuff. My stuff works and is safe." I am a polite guy, so I just said not to tell me how to do a lift he himself does not know how to do and left it at that.
The point of my ramble is that I am tired of this, I get it often enough to be irritating. I am a small guy 5'8" 165 so I know that adds to it as I don't come across as someone who knows much (I am not physically intimidating) and therefore I am a target for these people to try and make cash off me by becoming my "trainer".
So, does anyone have any gym suggestions, preferably in the direct Hollywood vicinity as I prefer to walk to my gym if able. One that would allow me to focus on what I want to focus on; the clean and jerk, the push press, the front squat and the dead lift.
I would appreciate it if anyone has any suggestions and thanks in advance.