If you spend enough time in the gym, you will see some funny things. Well, if you have my sense of humor anyway.
1st Dumb Ass Exercise Injury Gym Story
A couple of years ago I was taking a breather after a couple of hard sets of calf raises. Right in front of me were a couple of young guys who hadn’t even started to shave yet. They were just normal kids in the gym, not news worthy at all.
Then I saw one of them grab a set of 80lb dumbbells and shuffle over to the decline bench. This got my attention. 80lbs is a good weight for older, stronger guys to be using.
These two were just a pair of skinny kids. Maybe these guys were freaks? Maybe they just didn’t look anything special. All these thoughts ran through my head.
Then as one guy got on the bench, the other helped him with the weights.
He readied himself and began to move the weights upwards. Or should I say, they both moved the weights upwards.
And then it happened. He managed to move the weights up a few inches away from a full extension, then both dumbbells came crashing down onto his face.
Haa So the great mystery had been solved. These guys weren’t freaks. They weren’t a super strong pair of kids at all. They were just a pair of dumb Asses.
Which brings me to my point for this article. Know your limits. It’s easy to think you’re superman and use heavy weights, but it’s not going to help you much.
To get the most out of your workouts, you need to be pushing yourself, but there is a big difference between pushing just beyond yourself and pushing way beyond yourself.
One is a key to muscle growth, the other will just result in laughter. Up to you which one you choose.
So next time you’re ready to choose how much weight to use on an exercise, think back to this article.
Make sure it’s heavy enough to be a challenge, but light enough to not make you look like an idiot and potentially hurt yourself.
The guy’s in my story were lucky enough to get out with only bruised egos, but I know of other people who have seriously hurt themselves by being stupid.
Alright, so if you thought the last story was good, wait until you hear about the guy in this story today.
2nd Dumb Ass Exercise Injury Gym Story
It happened a while ago, but I still remember it pretty well. In fact, whenever I feel sad (And that’s not often, trust me) I just think back to this day and a smile creeps back onto my face.
To be honest I can’t remember exactly what I was doing at the time, but I remember seeing a handful of young guys walking around the gym carrying plates.
This definitely caught my eye, so I had a look at what they were doing with all these plates.
Turns out one of their buddies thought he was a bit of a hero. After putting around 1000 pounds onto the leg press machine, the hero jumped onto the machine and pumped himself up for the big push.
I would’ve been shocked if he could have actually done this properly, so I still kept my eyes on him as he began to liftoff.
I’ll give him some credit, he was able to move the whole heap of plates a couple of inches, but then he decided he’d had enough, so he began to move the weights downwards.
And this is when it all began to go wrong. Just before he moved the safety catches back into place, his knees gave away and the weights came crashing down, pushing his knees right into his face.
It was at this point I leapt to the rescue. I quickly got over there and fixed everything up.
While his bonehead buddies were trying their best to push the weights back up the rails, I simply pulled all the plates off one side, so the idiot underneath could easily push the whole thing back up.
This guy was also lucky to get away unhurt (Severely bruised ego), but I’m sure you can see how it could have gone from bad to worse.
The moral to this story (You knew I’d get here eventually) is to leave your ego at home. Your ego has no place in the gym.
This is some advice that I was given early on and I’m going to try to really hit it home with you today.
If you have trouble detaching your ego each time you go to the gym, try this.
When you put your car keys and whatever else in the locker, remember to grab your ego and place it there too.
The ego is one of the main causes of stupidity in the gym, so don’t ever lift a weight unless you have already dealt with it.
The Muscle head is a natural bodybuilder and the author of the brutally honest and revealing book “The Muscle heads Guide to a Godlike Physique”. For more hard hitting information on how to get the body of your dreams, Go Here to now How to Build Bigger Biceps.