Couple of weeks ago, I saw them doing pull ups - full, dead hang, chin over bar pull ups. Tears almost came to my eye. One of them managed 3 perfect form ones. The other managed 6. The one that manages 6 is also leading in the gym push up challenge. Of course i've not attempted it yet - i'm too scared, Then they told me that "next week, we're going to switch to a full body routine". I almost hugged them (is that normal?)
YES. It is.
We have a group of three "I wear my weight belt even in the shower" lifters at my gym. All I have ever seen is them do arm work, so I normally just ignore them. One gentleman in the group would probably be close to competition size if he lost body fat though, he is a big dude. So one of them, the smallest one (in the gym I am jealous of short people,) comes up and asks how many sets I had left. I had all 3 sets of jerks to do, and had been in the rack squatting for quite awhile now. I asked if he wanted to work in, and he said, "Nah, I'm doing squats." I heard "Nah, I'm gonna rack 315 and go to 90 degrees." So I didn't rush for him. What do ya know? He did full deep squats. I almost cried too. That makes 5 people in my gym that do full squats, out of the 12 people that squat. Not a bad ratio. (I felt bad for taking my sweet time through my sets after I saw him doing real squats.)
Me and two other guys put "bumper plates" in the suggestion box once a week each. HA HA it will never happen here. So I continue to do my controlled drop with the deadlift and no stupid pads on the ground. Some times I'll take my headphones off just to hear the iron clang and echo off the walls. I enjoy this like a sick puppy I tell you. If you don't like it, get bumper plates, or give me an excuse to go next door to the other gym with real powerlifters in there. It is only $10 more but my wife will need a valid excuse to spend the extra 10 dollars. "I need to deadlift, and bumpers to powerclean" won't fly. (This is the same woman that poked at my erectors last night, asking what those were and if I should see a doctor, because she hadn't seen men with muscles that big there before. I spit toothpaste all over the wall and laughed pretty hard. Mine aren't that big. I guess ex-boyfriends and strippers don't do deadlifts.)
I can't stand, for the life of me, cell phones in the gym. You are not that important, unless you work for the FBI or are a surgeon on call, texting and answering phone calls is forbidden. My firm is very intent on being proactive, so they hammer communication; there is constantly a phone ringing or an email being sent when I'm at work. Part of the reason I go to the gym is to leave my Crackberry in the car so I can escape for an hour. No world, you actually can't reach me in 3 different ways for an hour, deal with it. Seeing some jackass chatting about which club they are going to tonight between sets of curls makes me ill in my stomach.