I think another thing too is that a lot of us lift alone and not with a "crew". So there is no one to talk to about this stuff who have any clue of anything beyond "I hear P90X is good".
I tell my wife "feel my shoulders"
I take advice from the people I work out with all the time. I trust what they are saying, especially since they have a background in lifting. If some random PT came up to me and said that I had to bench with a flat back and feet on the floor. I would just say thanks but no thanks, unless he can show me how I can lift more doing it that way. If that gets me kicked out of a gym, well that is a gym I don't want to work out at.
Forgot to mention: some dude told me my spinal erectors are getting big.
Should I have given him my number or something? I feel like I let him down too hard.
that could've been misheard as "your erections are getting big" - lol.
He said he wanted to be unstable.
Net time you're in the gym, load the barbell to 80kg, press it out, put your feet in the air and then fall off the bench. See what happens.80kg isn't a lot of weight on the bench anyways, so again, I highly doubt it was all that dangerous.
Also, it's pretty hard to match the motivation that you get from lifting with friends. It's a lot harder to push yourself when you've got no one there to call you a pussy or do one more set than you.
lol, I haven't read this thread in a few days, what fun I have missed...and that's what I see this thread as....a bit of fun, like minded people taking the piss out of other people, happens everywhere.
I only squat 100kg and bench 80kg but I am working on it...but I have been to probably 30 gyms across 6 cities in 2 countries over 20 years and I have seen (and done) some stupid shit.
So my 0.02 on the 2 topics here is that I put Tom and Kyle at the same level. They both seem to be on a high-horse.
Kyle reminds me of a guy i once knew who bought a thriving bar, 2 years later it was an empty dump...he too had the attitude that he knew everything and could throw people out of his bar at will for any slight indiscretion. He sold the bar at a huge loss and another guy turned into a thriving business within 3 months.
Tom's claim of 400lb (reset to 335 x 3 x 5) in 6 (3) months is just ludicrous . For the first time in my life I seen a guy squat 200kg (440lb) only 4 weeks ago. Prior to that I have never seen anyone go over 3 plates each side (140kg/308lb), never...not even attempted 1/4 squats. If someone wants to squat 400lb they are going to need to ignore everything in their life and live-and-breath lifting, and that is if they are lucky enough to be blessed with the genetics to do so.
Personally i don't rate people on what they lift but how much effort they put in. Some dudes are genetically blessed and can lift big weights. Other dudes don't have such a head-start and have to work incredibly hard to lift average weights.
I remember reading a forum a while back where the advice given was: If you are in a gym and want to ask someone for advice, don't ask the huge dude blasting out massive weights, he is genetically (and probably drugged) gifted and doesn't understand anything about lifting. Ask the little guy with skinny wrists/ankles who is doing decent weights, this guy will be like a text book.
Personally, at 16 I was 47kg (100lb) and 5'4". Ate like a horse, had the energy that only a teenager can have, trained with some older guys for a year and made good/great gains but there was no way my squat was ever going to be more than 200lb or so, or my bench over 120lb. (i remember the gym. they had 50lb plates and skinny bars. It was always my goal to put a 50lb each side so about 120lb all up), never did manage it =( [wish someone had introduced me to GOMAD and something like SS when I was a 100lb teenager]
Last edited by toonttm; 03-23-2012 at 05:21 PM.