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I Want to Go to a Real Gym


#1

I go to a foo foo gym. The kind where all anybody works is bis and tris and on the rare occasion they do squats is isolation version for the quads in the smith machine (the one where the legs are far out in front of the body and the back is straight). I want to get as powerful as possible in the next few years since they are supposed to be the physical prime years.

I feel like I'm wasting my time at the gym I go to. The music sucks. I probably have the highest squat and deadlift in the whole place because nobody tries or is a better lifter in these areas than I am. The music sucks too. It makes me want to blow my head off every time I'm there.

They only have one squat rack(the 2nd rack was traded for some kind of upright rowing machine that uses a barbell and has a hinge attached to the floor) and some douchebag doing shrugs or barbell curls is always on it. It's idiotic to get rid of a squat rack for something you can only perform 3 or 4 lifts on.

The power rack has to be one of the most versatile things in a gym. There are no hardcore gyms in my area either. Well, I don't know if there are any hardcore gyms in the area. I live in a relatively small town in Alabama so probably not.


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#3

Do you have a garage/basement/shed, a job, and craigslist?

What I'm getting at is, make your own gym. Your music, your equipment, and no Bros.


#4

Check Craigslist for plates, bars and benches. Support a local welder and have him custom make you a power rack.
Paint your garage black and blue for attitude, load the metal music and lift heavy.

I am in the same great big middle of nowhere that you are so my heart goes out to you. For me alot of the times it is mind over matter and since I can block out the douchebags with my mind then it does not matter where i am at, I get in the most heavy matter.

Good luck and lift strong(er) !


#5

You're just selfish. Kids get raped everyday at Penn State, and you're worried about bad music where you lift.


#6

I'm torn on whether to give you props for not wanting to waste your time and and train properly or to criticize you for the piss poor attitude that you displayed in the remainder of your post. I'm willing to bet 85% of the serious and regular posters on this site train in a commercial style gym and have adapted and are well on their way to achieving their goals regardless of that fact.

So unless for some reason there are no longer enough plates to use or you've bent every bar based on your non-human levels of strength, man up and deal with it Broseph.


#7

wear headphones. problem solved.

where in alabama do you live?


#8

probably next door to your sixth grade teacher.


#9

You bring your atmosphere with you. I've trained at some truly crappy gyms over the years, and I've managed to progress just fine. Sure at some locales you'll be more positively inspired by those around you, but in others, you can find just as much motivation by trying to further the distance between you and those who are just spinning their wheels (That's what I do each and every day).

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#10

Bahahahahahahhaah


#11

This song gets played at my dark, chrome-infested spotlit gym that looks like a nightclub at 4AM....JUST LISTEN TO ONE MINUTE OF IT FOR ME and share my pain.


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#14

i've trained in a bunch of environments... and i've learned that i do best when i have my 'me' time (when i can zone everything and everyone else out) and my group time in balance. there can be something very motivating about people egging you on and encouraging you to hit PR's. but there can also be something very satisfying about you egging yourself on and encouraging you to hit PR's. get a music player for sure. find some music that gets you fired up / inspired. make your own zone.

it can be really hard when you have to wait for people to finish curling in your squat rack or deadlifting on your platform or for them to get the hell out of your planned and unplanned bar trajectory for olympic lifting... get mad. use that. you can.


#15

maybe this is more of a girl than a guy thing, or maybe not...

someone once expressed despondency about their squat.
i said 'well, if it is any consolation you squat a hell of a lot more than me'.
they said that the only person who could make them feel better about their squat was them.

i don't actually care what weights anybody else is lifting. mostly i don't even notice. when someone hits a PR for them that is worth celebrating. when you know how hard someone has worked for their PR (e.g., because they are well and truly over their beginners gains) it isn't worth celebrating more because the load they are lifting is more - it is worth celebrating more because of the amount of work they have put into it.

who cares if you are the strongest person at your gym. that is what t nation is for. to remind us how pathetically weak we all are. hell, I'm the ONLY chick i see Oly Lifting in my gym so I win by default. the other day some dude was like 'are you going to compete in the upcoming comp?' and when i said 'yes' he was like 'well i guess you will win since you will probably be the only girl'. he seemed surprised when i said i'd be happy if i did better than i did in the last comp i competed in.

your opponent is you. are you getting better or aren't you? man up.

(though to be fair i will take a certain satisfaction in kicking his ass one day by sinclair)


#16

you think it is that important to you... and yet you haven't even bothered to look???


#17

You have my sympathy.


#18

X2. Good post Alexus.

Bro,quit complaining about the gym you're at. Build a home gym, get a new gym, or STFU and put in work. Maybe try going at different times or find a like-minded person who lives close to help you out a little. I use my iPod to get myself focused and to distract me from all the craziness going on around me. I lift in a gym at a deployed location and half of the people are in there doing retarded "group" workouts led by someone who reads a few issues of FLEX and thinks they are a certified SC coach now or people in there doing BB splits from 1992 with the matching work boots and fanny packs on. I just go in there, claim my rack as soon as I can get the US Army Rack Curling team out of the way and go to work.

Always remember: Rule #76, No excuses. Play like a champion.

(not a knock on the Army, they just have a big group of rack curlers here for some reason)


#19

You bring your atmosphere with you. I've trained at some truly crappy gyms over the years, and I've managed to progress just fine. Sure at some locales you'll be more positively inspired by those around you, but in others, you can find just as much motivation by trying to further the distance between you and those who are just spinning their wheels (That's what I do each and every day).

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#20

It's terrible when I don't have my ipod. It's funny how I can get to the gym and no one is doing anything on the squat rack I'll finish my warm up and stop to double check the workout for the day and some dude will come up and start doing shrugs in the rack. Usually about 30 seconds separates me from having THE rack or not.