Copycats.  

nightstogether 56M
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7/25/2005 2:02 am

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Copycats.


Off to the fitness studio first thing this morning, and an interesting spectacle. For the first time in this gym, someone has decided to copy my training routine.

Normally it takes much longer - only three sessions so far here - before someone else catches on or gives it a go. But it was interesting to sort of watch out of the corner of my eye.

He used roughly the same weights as I do - I work with free weights and never on the machines - and tried to copy my movements and actions. Today I was working a set of twenty - that is, twenty repetitions of each exercise - and using twelve and a half kilo weights. All my exercises are slow and precise; lifting and lowering to gain the maximum strain and work for the muscle groups.

I noticed that he was starting to shake quite early on; the arm muslces by some exercises couldn't keep up. Imagine lifting twelve and a half kilos from a normal hanging position straigt outwards in front of you - that is, keeping your arm straight all the time - then up above your head, then bending the arm slowly at the elbow to being the weight down on the rear side of your shoulder and then reversing the entire action back to the start position and that as slowly as possible. Now imagine doing it twenty times, one arm, then the other and so on. Now try lifting the same weights twenty times, both arms at the same time, from a hanging position outwards and up until your arms stretch out at shoulder height, and then slowly lowering again.

Of course, I made no comment to the copycat. I'm quite happy to have people copy me if they wish, even if it is to prove that they can do whatever I can with ease; but I have been doing these exercises for several years and a newbie, as he was, doesn't have the stamina to lift so much weight, so slowly, straightaway.

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wyvernrose 38F
3895 posts
7/25/2005 4:23 am

OMG you would have to wonder that anyone would try such straight up

that would Hurt!

now where did Boney put the weights

WyvernRose


nightstogether 56M

7/25/2005 4:48 am

I was surprised too; I mean, anyone who works out in a gym knows that you need to work up to a certain level or you're likely to damage yourself. However, what I do looks easy, perhaps that's what fooled him into trying.

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cajunpet 70M
1185 posts
7/25/2005 4:59 am

The newbies do not have a program to work and they copy what they think should be done.


Take care.
Keep On Blogging!!!! Have a great day.

Cajun Pet


nightstogether 56M

7/25/2005 5:24 am

cajunpet Not quite. In Germany all new members of a gym are required to have a fitness test, be told about health and undertake a monitored programme to assess their needs before the end of the first month. Only because I came from another gym to this one and could show that I had - and do - train regularly was I exempt. But this guy was not new, he was either trying to show that anyone can do what I do by copying, or had no idea what he was capable of getting wrong. Either way, he learned!

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keithcancook 60M
17841 posts
7/25/2005 7:13 pm

Maybe next time he will attempt your regimen properly and lift fewer kilos to get the twenty reps.


nightstogether 56M

7/26/2005 8:55 am

Keith: I think it has something to do with ego more than ability. I don't think that he'll try it straight off again, now that he knows it isn't as easy as it looks. I suspect, though, that he was merely attempting to show off and rather than challenge my style of exercising verbally, wanted to show that anyone could do what I do, a form of example rather than just words.

One learns by example, as did he.

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keithcancook 60M
17841 posts
7/31/2005 7:00 pm

Still, you found some satisfaction in observing this lesson!


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