Yesterday I had an interesting experience at the local commercial health club I go to. First I was doing some kneeling squats for the first time. I did my first set with my feet flat on the floor. One of the personal trainers comes up kind of discreetly and quietly asks me if I would like a tip. He suggested I try to stay on my toes when performing kneeling squats. I liked this advice since this is how we sit in my sport (brazilian jiu-jitsu).
Now the next thing that happened wasn't so helpful. I was doing some zercher squats next. I was also performing this exercise for the first time. I was going pretty light (95lbs)and taking it easy. After my first set I notice this older strong man type looking guy trying to get my attention. He calls me over and asks me "what are you trying to do, front squats?"
I told him they are called Zercher squats and he tells me that the proper way to perform the front squat is to rack the weight on your shoulders and that I would injure my biceps this way. I told him that I ususally do them that way but was trying this new technique I had seen in an article and I was going light to avoid injury. I told him I was trying to strenghthen my core and learn technique so that I can start to squat bigger. He gets a perplexed look on his face then goes on to explain that I will cut off the blood vessels in the crook of my elbows and it could lead to blood clots.
Out of respect I thanked him for the advice and finished my routine racking the weight on my shoulders. I didn't want to argue with him and respected him even though I felt as if he was treating me like a kid. This guy is there all the time and now it seems as if I have to throw Zercher squats in the trash as to not offend him. What do you guys do in these types of situations?