A little aside, i've got some "haterz" in the gym now, which I take as a compliment. I've avoided this "group" in the gym as much as possible since I started working there. They're just bitter, basically. I also know pretty much everything I do is in their mind completely backwards/contradictory which gives me some satisfaction. I knew one in particular had a negative opinion of me, or better put, my "methods" months ago when he was trying to tell me how to get stronger (basically, he told me to do German Volume Training, which "trended" in my gym, for a few months). Worth noting i'm very passive in these conversations, nod smile and try not to keep it going. This is also related to the now exiled steroid-head that I had a run in with if anyone can remember that. Same group.
It's also a group of people who used to try and help a client i've now trained for 1 year. She's now my strongest-ever female client. Basically before me, she tried everything you can think of, and trains her a$$ off, more than most people I know, even trainers. She used to constantly get advice and to be honest, a lot of really negative comments made to her/about her. When word got around that I was going to start training her, I literally had 4-5 people come up to my at different times saying, "what are you going to do with her??? I think her problem is this, and she needs some of this, and that, and the next thing". I was her last resort. She had also tried a few trainers before me. I answered them all with, "i don't know, i've not done her consultation yet, and I don't know what she wants, don't know where she is, don't know what she wants to achieve, so I don't know anything". The girl originally joined the gym to help control weight GAIN after a long battle with an eating disorder (Anorexia). She joined the gym because she was gaining too much fat. It was to minimise that and, lose some if possible.
To this day, 1 year on, not one of them have asked me about her training. Which means they all think i'm nuts. Which is good.
Anyway this guy talks away to a couple of my clients and has started being quite critical of how I train them. He appears to have a problem with progress, as one client put it. I just told the client not to rise to it, said he just doesn't understand me and that's probably more my fault than his. I wasn't all humble, though, adding that some men may feel a little insecure knowing the women they are talking to can deadlift more than them.
We retaliated anyway. He was watching us finish off a training session in the gyms new "free style area" which has some TRX's, been bags, sand bags, 'n stuff. Ground breaking equipment like Skipping Ropes and medicine balls. So, knowing he was watching, we decided to give him something to talk about and I came up with a new squat variation. Hopefully have a video to follow,
Bean-Bag-Head-Goblet-Squats-With-Sandbag. The "with sandbag" is actually a progression from the basic Bean-Bag-Head-Squat. To do this you put a weighted bean-bag on your head and squat without it falling. If this goes well, you hold another bean bag in the goblet squat position. If this goes well, you then get to have a sand bag draped across your shoulders. It's a big ball of Awesomeness all rolled into one squat variation. I kept a very serious tone when coaching it and the client had a face of intense concentration.
Then we performed bean-bag-swing-tosses. Stand about 8-10 feet apart and do a swing with a bean bag, but thrust the bean bag out of your hands with deadly hip drive propelling it towards the other person. The other person catches it mid-eccentric-swing, quickly gets control, and re-propels the bean bag on the concentric of their own swing, returning it. Just repeat till exhaustion.