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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Kalin View Post
    So I lost my space, and now have to work out in a globo type gym. Seen a lot of stupid crap, but this one I actually had to stop myself from laughing out loud. This kid, early 20s and obviously trying to be a bodybuilder, is doing pull-ups. He’s got the chains draped around his neck to add weight. They are nowhere near the floor. This gym has multiple weight suspension belts.
    Was his name Alice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost and Found View Post
    Was his name Alice?
    As in, Alice the Goon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost and Found View Post
    Was his name Alice?
    I got it !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Kalin View Post
    As in, Alice the Goon?
    Alice In Chains | Official Website

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost and Found View Post
    Jesus, I canít believe I didnít get that. This cold is kicking my ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Kalin View Post
    is doing pull-ups. Heís got the chains draped around his neck to add weight. They are nowhere near the floor.
    I don't think I've ever seen anyone use chains with pull ups/chin-up from a 'accommodating resistance' standpoint. Especially since chinups are harder as you go up.

    This gym has multiple weight suspension belts.
    Chains draped over you shoulders/neck isn't a bad option (or say a weighted vest) over a belt for weighted chins ....its a whole lot less swingy. Its a different center of gravity too.

    Also depends how high the bar is, etc. ...the step-up point/apparatus to initially grab the bar. Easier to get started, etc.
    All this applies to dips as well. At my gym the plates will hit the ground on our dip bar set up.

    More than likely, it was a look-cool thing.

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    To be fair, there is a little more complexity to using a weight suspension belt vs. just draping chains over one's self. If he's looking to add weight, it's moderately simpler to just throw those on, if they're already there. But yeah, it probably looks cooler in more general circles.
    Good for him for doing weighted chins at all, I'd say.

    Being of an older school, I'll admit that the initial Alice comment took me straight to Cooper. If I visited a gym and saw him there, doing weighted chins, now that'd be cool.

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    Default Trap Bar thing

    The very first one here is pretty egregious...the kid in the green shirt.

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1731350404074520999

    I believe this is the thing Rip was talking about how the trap bar CAN be unstable in the sagittal plane.

    I mean first off, the kid can get the thing moving without his whole back collapsing,
    BUT then he tries this explosive extension thing (like the other kids are doing) as the bar get up near the top,
    and the COM of the bar-load gets way in front of his spine and hips.

    It looks so weird, awkward, and dangerous.

    Much performance.
    So explosive.

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    this belongs here:

    Quote Originally Posted by IlPrincipeBrutto View Post
    Last Saturday, as I was walking back to the changing rooms, a guy asked me to spot his bench.
    I was basically the only person he could ask for this, as we were the only two people left in that part of the gym.
    I had seen him a few minutes earlier, and I had noticed he was using a false grip, so I declined, telling him I don't feel ok spotting someone using the false grip.
    I was quite apologetic, and he accepted my refusal without much fuss.

    Out of curiosity, what would you have done?

    Assuming it makes a difference, the bar was loaded with 100Kg.

    IPB
    A dude at my gym would decline bench, 405-425 for doubles and singles, 10-15 min rest periods, etc.... asked me for a lift off and a spot.
    This guy would use a false grip, but get this: would use wrist STRAPS to lock himself into the bar or something.
    Yep, thumbs under, and also would have the straps going around the back-side of the bar, curled around the opposite direction of the way your fingers go like you would a deadlift.

    It caught my attention on his warm-up prior sets, because (almost) no one uses pulling straps to press.
    Funnier too because once laying on his back, blood rushing to his head, he would methodically take his time getting his precise grip width, and then working the straps around and tightening .... one side at a time. Face was red by this point.

    THEN, I was offered to be apart of this shit show.

    I told him my back was injured and he should get somebody else.

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