Saw some things yesterday at the gym that really made me laugh.
First was a guy that was pretty big, and was using on alternate grip to deadlift, 155. Its rare that i see anyone deadlifting or squatting, but every time i see someone deadlift, they’re using alternate grip, and everytime I see someone squatting they are doing back squat, with a pad on the bar.
Then, my gym has to places to do pullups, but i had to wait to work in with people, but none of them were using the pullup bars to actually do pullups, instead they were all doing hanging leg raises. I have nothing against leg raises, but people are forgetting what the bar is there for.
Another thing i see a lot, is people doing seated rows, or lat pulldowns, and using they’re full body to move the weight. The one guy was basically doing a seated deadlift, and the other guy is this huge viking looking guy that does the whole lat pulldown stack, plus 2 45’s, but uses so much momentum to even do one rep. I know that theres more than one correct way to do these exercises, but i’d like to see these guys try to do pullups and deadlifts.
Lastly, i saw some guy “trying” to do hang cleans, but instead he was doing some form of curl clean. He completely eliminated the explosive lower body part of the movement, and made it into a reverse grip curl, using his back leaning backward to get the weight up.
Oh and that reminds me, i saw a guy who thought he’d be cool if he could curl 135 in the squat rack. He was nowhere near strong enough to do it, and was using all back to get the weight to the top position, but he couldn’t even hold the weight there, or do a controlled negative.
It was really pitiful to watch. Haven’t people ever heard of cleans and pullups. Why do they thing they need to curl as much weight as they are able to squat, and yes, these guys probably would be squating 135.
Just though id share some funny things with you guys, there should be a seperate section for this.