Unsolicited Lifting Advice in the Gym
Thought I'd share my funny gym story from this morning. This doesn't happen often so when it does it makes me laugh.
I'm in the gym, doing OHP. Aiming for 5 sets of 3. Always done heavy weight, low reps (<6), love it, prefer it this way, gets me the best results... Random guy is doing leg press next to where I'm pressing. Don't remember seeing this guy before but I don't think he's a newbie as he seemed to know a regular. I can see he watches a few of my sets.
After the third set he tries to give me some (IMO really bad) advice on lifting, and what would be best for me. Convo goes a bit like this:
Him: You know, you'd be better off doing some lighter weight and more reps, rather than 2, 3 reps.
Me: Hmm. I like it this way. Gets me stronger, faster.
Him: Not really. It'd work just as well with higher reps. (He said something about 5's or 10's, didn't hear exactly what)
Me: I do 5 reps sometimes.
Him: No, I mean 10. You'd be best off doing 3 sets of 10 and then moving up.
Me: Noooo, I like this way. Lower reps works best for powerlifting.
Him: Well, yeah if you want to go into that
Then I said something about having that as a goal and wanting to compete sometime this year.
What the hell did he think I meant by "getting stronger"? I don't want to get stronger at lifting a weight 10 times, I just want to get plain strong!
Note to people that think they're helping. IF you're going to give advice that I didn't ask for (which I'd rather you didn't) at least know who I am well enough to know the sort of goals I have, and what I want to get out of my lifting before you start spouting off stuff about lighter weights and higher reps being "good for me"
I really wish I'd asked him at the beginning, why he thought it would have been beneficial. I'd have loved to hear his reasoning on it, since even if higher reps did improve my strength as easily as lower reps (it doesn't!) there would still be no reason to change unless something was actually better.