So today a well muscled lady came up to me today while I was in the middle of training a client.
She asked me whether there was a hyper extension bench – See attached image
To which I said no I’m afraid not….she then BURST out with “What kind of a gym is this! what gym doesn’t have one!!” so I said “I know I’ve been telling manager that for years” she then said “that’s crap, this means this place is all hip flexor and abs, and it’s bad for the back”
To which I replied, “The only alternative for that exercise is to do it on a swiss ball” “well thats not ideal!” she said….
Afterwards, I was pretty miffed…I wasn’t annoyed but just miffed.
She basically assumed that everyone only did exercises for flexion, when this isn’t the case. From her one visit to the gym, (I assumed she was a guest as I’ve never seen her before), she was under the impression that everyone just did abs, or hip flexion….Well ah-ha! Actually all they do is chest! Just like every other gym!
In all fairness I can understand what she’s saying. I guess I’m a little hurt that she decided to blow up on me when it’s not my fault the facility doesn’t have a hyperextension, I also hadn’t eaten so I felt my reaction was super slow to come up with anything witty to say back. Then again I probably wouldn’t have with a client there.
I guess I’m also miffed because I know there’s no hyperextension bench, but that doesn’t stop me from programming hip extensions, and hip flexor stretches into my clients programming. Coaching people through deadlifts, kettlebell swings and weighted glute thrusts.
I guess it’s a bit of a slap in the face when someone throws some attitude at you when you’re with a client and you just have to take it.
And unless she was going to do the hyper extensions weighted, the swiss ball variation is just as good if you’re doing it right and I’m pretty sure alot harder too as it’s not fixed.
What about sport specific training, I know everyone talks about general public and how their posture is out of alignment, what about athletes, they’re going to develop these “impairments” because it’s specific to their sport.
My manager kept telling the rest of the gym team, oh your glutes aren’t firing, your hip flexors are too tight.
Number 1, they’re football players. That actually kick a ball. Of course they’re going to be tight.
Number 2, how can you tell whether the glutes aren’t firing, without an EMG hooked up.
The rest of the team are pretty young, but watching them stop their training and only do 3D exercises to release their tight hip flexors was something else. In fact they all seemed to get worse with other issues popping up. Ya Silly kids!
Our resident bodybuilding colleague has been selling his bodybuilding paraphernalia to his clients.
We’re talking, wrist straps, weight belts.
Yes that’s right weight belts.
They use it when they squat…..(on a smith machine), they use it when they bicep curl (on the squat rack!!)
It’s pretty cringing….purely because they’re lifting weights that doesn’t even require the extra support.
One big pet peeve I saw was the knee straps, as you can see from the above image, he’s clearly lifting alot.
I had to watch while doing my squats, as he strapped up a lady and made her do squats with a 35kg bar. Which I’m pretty sure I’ve seen her do anyway. Even then her knees fell inwards and nothing was said about her technique.
It’s frustrating watching people go to someone who may look good, but train people oh so badly.
I let stuff slide, If that’s the way they train people then so be it. I don’t hate them, and I won’t say anything or talk smack about them.
So that’s why I blog it.
There’s so many thing’s I see that make this industry a joke.
Rant over. FOOD TIME!!! 😀