At the gym, I’m obviously most into what I’m about to do myself. I mean, when you’re working on a PR in hip thrust, people around you are your last thought. Though between sets, you can’t really resist looking around at your gym surroundings. Well, you obviously see a lot of weights and equipment. And maybe a couple of PTs. But you also notice a bunch of gym stereotypes. Whom you’ve seen doing the same at least a hundred times before. Here are some of the gym stereotypes I’ve observed at my local gym. Enjoy the fun!
The Squatter. He thinks he can squat. And he also thinks he can squat a lot. You know, this guy who puts on a lifting belt, throws on 100 kg on his barbell, and while you’re at the barbell beside him perfecting your own squat technique, you finish your set and look over at him. He doesn’t go down to parallell, he doesn’t tighten his back, and he’s close to falling forward. How to do a 100 kg squat? Not like that.
The Miss/Mr-Needs-PT. There are some people at my gym, both women and men, who I’ve never seen doing a single exercise properly. When they’re close to lying on the floor during lat pulldown, doing pullups looking like a hyper monkey, or bicep curling with their whole body, I really just want to run out in the gym’s reception, grab a PT and tell the PT “911 emergency!” That’s why you have a PT. To do your stuff right, and most importantly not to hurt yourself.
The Makeup-Girls. They wear more makeup for a “workout” than what you wear for big occations like a wedding or a gala dinner. And thus, they don’t sweat, grunt or receive any marks (ever) during their time spent at the gym. Beside them, there’s me setting this PR in heavy hip thrusting, sweating and grunting out various sounds, not really considering taking a post-workout selfie. And if I do take a post-workout selfie, that’ll be for my two-three closest friends and not for MyStory. I mean, if you work it out hard enough and do your stuff right, people will notice you’ve squatted heavy shit sooner or later anyway. You don’t need a selfie after every workout to prove it. And I mostly look like shit right after a heavy workout anyway, so Snapchat and Twitter doesn’t need to know that.
The Bitch-Pad. When you start strength training, a golden rule is to avoid the bar pads whenever you can. You’re training to be hard, not a softie who can’t stand some marks. You don’t need several pads, three pairs of “gloves”, pulse warmers and so on. So please, no one needs a pad when you squat 40 kg. Seriously. The exception is hip thrusting, because with a 70 kg barbell balancing right ontop of your hip bones, you’ll actually get a better result lifting-wise when using a pad. But for back- and front squats; a mark here and there, that’s only a good. And it often hurts the most the first few times, after that you don’t really feel a lot. I remember getting serious marks after my PT first made me hip thrust 50 kg for 6 reps half a year ago, but nowadays I can hip thrust 72,5 kg for 15 reps and go from it with only slight marks.
The We’re-Too-Hot(We Think)-Guys. You’re at the gym going through your workout all right. But sooner or later you notice a bunch of guys obviously looking your way, and you’ve obviously not been looking their way. Why? Because it all looks too tragic. They’re concentrating really hard on looking at other people, though they don’t seem to notice their own doings. Their dips need a 911-emergency PT-session, they can’t squat shit and they also can’t see that they’re not even being attractive. They don’t concentrate on their actual workout, and thus they’re not gonna get any results from it.
Keep calm and get a PT if you ever wonder what to do at the gym!