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It depends on the gym really. I've lucked out to a pretty nice one where people leave you alone when working out but will actually chat with you when you're not doing anything. Add to it that the staff is really nice and it's 24-hour, makes it one of the better gyms in my area.

 

I was out running one day and my roommate ended up pulling beside me blasting "Eye of the Tiger", it was pretty awesome.

 

HAHAHA, that's awesome! Did it give you some extra motivation?

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Everyone is going to look at you funny. And you are going to look at everyone funny. Humans are naturally judgmental.

 

But here's the thing - I see someone doing something crazy and go "that looks interesting" and move on. And I'm sure there are some guys who see me do stuff and think "that girl cray".

 

For me, the gym is one big exercise of a skill I like to call "Eyes on Your Own Paper". Everyone has weird shit they're gonna do, stuff they'll do with bad form because they're learning, and maybe stuff they're doing that's something you've never seen and will motivate you. Personally, I stalk down any guy doing pull-ups because I have massive pull-up envy. The point is to go "hmm" and then get back to what you are doing. Eyes on your own paper. Or if you prefer, don't be like Luke Skywalker, never focused on where he was, what he was doing.

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Mayhaps he is doing rack walk outs? They're useful for training stabilizing muscles and for readying your mind/CNS for the fact that you'll be squatting something this heavy at some point. 

Either way, put 4 wheels on a bar bell and walk out with it. It's not exactly easy. 

I wanted to think so, but it was mostly all of the hyping around it--how his mates were cheering him on and all--that made me disappoint, because it sounded like when someone tries for a 1Rep PR. I don't think it's easy, though, and you're right that I shouldn't have been so critical.

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I'm the "seen" guy again.  Decided to do a barbell yoke walk as a finisher... didn't realise just quite how wide that damn bar is and of course when it's super-loaded, you have the manoeuvrability of an Klingon garbage scow.  It all got very, very Britsh: "sorry! excuse me! sorry!" with sweat running all over.  

 

Lulz.  Yoke walks are fun. :)

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I'm the "seen" guy again.  Decided to do a barbell yoke walk as a finisher... didn't realise just quite how wide that damn bar is and of course when it's super-loaded, you have the manoeuvrability of an Klingon garbage scow.  It all got very, very Britsh: "sorry! excuse me! sorry!" with sweat running all over.  

 

Lulz.  Yoke walks are fun. :)

That's hilarious!!

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Some little brown guy with earbuds on, 130, maybe 135 soaking wet, performing CF WOD "Fran", grunting and dropping the barbell all over the place, and hogging the power rack for all of 6 minutes. After completing the last set of pullups you can hear him singing Alicia Keys' Teenaged Love Affair to himself.

 

... Wait, I think that was me.

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Some little brown guy with earbuds on, 130, maybe 135 soaking wet, performing CF WOD "Fran", grunting and dropping the barbell all over the place, and hogging the power rack for all of 6 minutes. After completing the last set of pullups you can hear him singing Alicia Keys' Teenaged Love Affair to himself.

 

... Wait, I think that was me.

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Last week I finally had enough courage to go into the weight room at a not too crowded time, so I figured I'd go at the same time today. Before putting on my work out clothes a sneaked a peak and no one was in the weight room. Which felt perfect :)

After my warming up I went to the squat rack (or at least the thing I belief is a squat rack) for, well, squats. But, walking into the room i see no bar there. There were however giggles. A what looked to be hen party of 15-ish girls commandeered all bars in the room to do the lambada and something resembling a terrible pole dance.

I was flabbergasted and having no clue what to say decided to do squats with dumbells instead. Later a guy did go to them and asked for a bar to which they just replies they were also members so they had every right to use the bars as long as they wanted.

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And that is when you go to gym management.

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Last week I finally had enough courage to go into the weight room at a not too crowded time, so I figured I'd go at the same time today. Before putting on my work out clothes a sneaked a peak and no one was in the weight room. Which felt perfect :)

After my warming up I went to the squat rack (or at least the thing I belief is a squat rack) for, well, squats. But, walking into the room i see no bar there. There were however giggles. A what looked to be hen party of 15-ish girls commandeered all bars in the room to do the lambada and something resembling a terrible pole dance.

I was flabbergasted and having no clue what to say decided to do squats with dumbells instead. Later a guy did go to them and asked for a bar to which they just replies they were also members so they had every right to use the bars as long as they wanted.

 

Pole dance -> Broken Bars -> angry management.

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i sure hope that guy just took the bars off the daft bints, luckily at my gym there's 1) minimal daft bints, 2) rock all space to do said pole-dance (gotta admire the balance if they were pole-dancing on a vertical oly bar) and 3) the guy who owned the gym would tell the daft bints to stop being daft bints (in not so nice a way as i'm saying :P), take the bars off them and boot them out

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i sure hope that guy just took the bars off the daft bints, luckily at my gym there's 1) minimal daft bints, 2) rock all space to do said pole-dance (gotta admire the balance if they were pole-dancing on a vertical oly bar) and 3) the guy who owned the gym would tell the daft bints to stop being daft bints (in not so nice a way as i'm saying :P), take the bars off them and boot them out

At that time there is no one of the gym present, they only have people around at busier times (which is why its very cheap).

And their pole dance looked more like twerking near and against said pole than trying to hang on it.

I would love to be confident enough to just take one of the bars off them but I already used my beast mode stepping into the room. Maybe ill do do at their next hen party? (Or hopefully they go somewhere else)

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Pole dancing on an unsecured Oly bar?

Not for long! *falls on the girls*

But srsly... Unless they looked like they'd drop the thing on me, I'd probably have gone over and been like "girls ~! You're doing it wrong!", tossed a few plates on top and gestured for them to keep going, holding it up and trying to twerk (whatever that is - rhetorical statement, I don't want to know) with plates hanging over them.

... preferably rubber plates so they don't get damaged when they fall - the plates don't get damaged, that is. I fear it's too late for the girls already.

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Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - while doing my 10-mile stationary bike ride, after my 4-mile run, I was just zoning out watching the traffic on Bally's track go by. A group of three teenagers came up the steps. They had on pretty much the same outfit - with slight variations in color - contractor-style (carpenter / plumber) overalls, v-neck t-shirt, trucker hat, Timberland work boots. They each carried a 10- or maybe 20-pound dumbell in each hand.

They walked a couple laps around the track, being very carefull not to bump anyone with the iron. Then they started jogging, still with the weights.

I figured that they were just warming up, before lifting, but the kept going. One lap, two laps, three. Then they started doing what runners would describe as intervals, fast laps, then slow.

I couldn't figure out what I was watching.

Then it occurred to me.

These kids were actually TRAINING for the Spring and Summer burglary season!!! Running fast while carrying heavy weight!!!

I wish I'd thought of that 30 years ago.

Well, I admire their foresight and forward thinking. That's more thought and dedication than your average thug.

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I once dated a girl who knew ALL SIX Dances: I dated a girl who knew ALL Six Dances: Ballet, Jazz & Tap; Pole, Couch & Lap

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