Baby Hercules wrote:
The only time I break my vow of silence around people with bad form is when it's some young teen-aged boy working out all alone. You know the type: he's lookin' a little scared, not really sure of what he's doing or even why he's there, skinny and pasty as all hell and desperate to look like the Hulk by next Monday. I usually wait for him to finish a shaky set, then lean in and ask him softly, "Wanna see a trick I learned from a bodybuilder friend of mine? It'll make those a lot easier." He's usually grateful and eager to learn. I've had a couple of them even follow me around and ply me for more information, which I'm very happy to give. Women are also ready to learn. It's usually only the ego-fragile adult males who shrug off any help so I just keep my trap shut around them and try not to laugh when I watch their interpretation of dumbbell curls. Are they called dumbbell curls because of the weights or the people mangling them?
Sometimes I can't resist interfering. Just yesterday, I watched a trio of twenty-something testosterones attempt to leave the weight room without unloading the sled when they were done with it. I pretended to be helpless and asked if they would remove the plates but it was just in order to get them to put their weights back. They didn't need to know I usually use twice the weight they had on there.
Two young teens asked me to show them how to squat recently, first thing I did was to take the fucking padding off the bar!!!!
Also yesterday another guy asked me to watch his squats, I advise him to stop using the padding & to take 30kg off the bar. Had him ATG after a few sets, he now is a believer in not forsaking depth for weight. He could hardly do the 100kg below parallel & said he'd been doing 130kg but nowhere near how much I had him working, it's pleasing when people listen.