So I was just finishing my workout today as a two guys came into the gym. They were doing bench and couple of random exercises. I got thinking about the Jack Reape article that was posted on the site recently and I decided to try and give them a few small pointers.
Now usually if I do this people just don’t want to listen, so I was cautious at first. I noticed that when they were doing bench they had their grip really close, so I asked them if they were doing close-grip bench. They kinda looked at me funny and asked what did I mean.
So then I gave them a short explanation of how close-grip hits the triceps more and if they put their grip wider they would be able to lift more weight and it would use the pecs more.
To my surprise they were really receptive to my advice. They even asked if I could give them any more pointers on anything else. I ended up staying with them for their full training session and showing them how to squat properly, deadlift and all the basics.
The thing that surprised me the most was that after I showed them the proper way to do the exercise once or twice they were well able to do it. By the end of the session they were squatting to full depth (albeit with low weights). They were even able to do the proper front squat hold with wrists bent back as opposed to arms crossed. I even had one of them do an overhead squat or two with the empty bar.
They said they had been lifting for the last 8 months and had been doing squats “to parallel” (which they now realise were quarter squats), doing deadlifts with their feet about less than 6 inches apart with a really close-grip and bench, well I think we’ve all seen the typical bench press that people do. But by the end of the session they had good technique on the big three and realised that you should be using good techniques as well as increasing the weight.
It just seemed that nobody had ever told them or even tried to tell them that they were doing it wrong, and when someone did tell them they were actually quick to take on the advice.
I know that this is not the normal response when one of us gives advice to anyone. I just thought that I’d let you know that not everyone will turn around and tell us to f**k off if we try and help them and that sometimes you can actually get a positive response like I did.
Any thoughts? Similar experiences?