You’ve made the effort of getting yourself to the gym, but the battle has only just begun. Claiming your space for heavy lifts isn’t easy — during peak hours and we will see most if not all of these stereotypes at every gym. You may be one of them….
1. THE ENTOURAGE
We have all seen that group of guys – usually high school to early 20’s – lifting together. They almost always congregate at the bench or preacher station. They hog up this area without seeming to do any work and seem more interested in what party they’re going to or which chick they’re trying to score with. Pity help you if you want to bench when they’re around.
2. THE HOARDER
Needs one of everything, in every size, shape and colour? They stand in the same spot in front of the mirror with a collection of dumbbells in every weight around them and swear they’re using them all — while doing 10 different exercises.
3. THE CROSSFIT WOD
4. THE MONKEY
Imitation can be the sincerest form of flattery, unless of course that involves attempting a 200 kg deadlift having never learned proper form. “monkey see, monkey do”
5. THE PHONE ZOMBIE
Other people would like to use that bench, rack, or machine that you’ve been sitting on for 15 minutes while lost in the magical fairy land of your phone. need to log your workout? Try a spiral notebook, which does not double as a TV, music player, social media device, hook-up tool, or gaming platform.
6. THE TAG TEAM
The team, as the name implies, is actually two guys working together to lift the same weight. This is almost always on the bench press, where one guy loads the bar up and his friend helps him pull every rep after the second one.
7. THE CREEPER
Every gym has at least one. Sometimes these are just blokes with poor social skills, and sometimes their behaviours are downright predatory.
It is a boring lifter who cannot laugh at themselves so to finish of this list, a humourous take on the “Powerlifter Stereotype”