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2015/01/04 10:09:52 (permalink)
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Would it bother you if a stranger asked advice

Following on from the thread about freely offering advice to noobies


I've done it, I've waited till someone has finished a set and asked something out of curiosity.

I've had no professional training never had a gym buddy, I've only learnt stuff from YouTube

I have felt like a tool asking what muscle groups a different set is using, or what part of the muscle it's working and even asking if I'm going something currently.

I'm sure people would be willing to give a little advice but some might have a terrible attitude and say F off I'm not a personal trainer.
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    Re: Would it bother you if a stranger asked advice 2015/01/04 10:38:22 (permalink)
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    Bit of advice then no worries. Constant interruption I might politely say I will talk to them later.

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    Re: Would it bother you if a stranger asked advice 2015/01/04 10:44:53 (permalink)
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    Bit of advice then no worries. Constant interruption I might politely say I will talk to them later.


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    Re: 2015/01/04 10:47:31 (permalink)
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    It's not very often I've asked, if I've seen someone doing something unusual I'll ask about it. I do my own thing which can and probably does look odd to some
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    Re: 2015/01/04 11:08:48 (permalink)
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    I didn't ask when I started, but if asked would be happy to give advice. Id rather do that than see someone doing something dangerously/cluelessly
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    Re: 2015/01/04 11:17:35 (permalink)
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    Dangerous and clueless are often used in the same sentence when I'm around haha
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    Re: 2015/01/04 11:48:53 (permalink)
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    No issues in people asking. If I feel they're butting in TOO much then I'll do as above and tell them I'll talk to them when I've finished.
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    Re: Would it bother you if a stranger asked advice 2015/01/04 12:03:08 (permalink)
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    Following on from the thread about freely offering advice to noobies


    I've done it, I've waited till someone has finished a set and asked something out of curiosity.

    I've had no professional training never had a gym buddy, I've only learnt stuff from YouTube

    I have felt like a tool asking what muscle groups a different set is using, or what part of the muscle it's working and even asking if I'm going something currently.

    I'm sure people would be willing to give a little advice but some might have a terrible attitude and say F off I'm not a personal trainer.



    I'm the OP of that thread :) 
     
    Usually it's some person I'd previously volunteered information to, who now thinks that makes me his 'Go-to' guy instead of asking the local trainer on duty.  I generally don't mind being asked of course, what I mind are those beginner and intermediate people who ask about their form, get from me the reasons why full ROM is better than partials, then CONTINUE doing partials when they think they're out of my line of vision.
     
     
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    Re: Would it bother you if a stranger asked advice 2015/01/04 12:33:21 (permalink)
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    chris182
    Following on from the thread about freely offering advice to noobies


    I've done it, I've waited till someone has finished a set and asked something out of curiosity.

    I've had no professional training never had a gym buddy, I've only learnt stuff from YouTube

    I have felt like a tool asking what muscle groups a different set is using, or what part of the muscle it's working and even asking if I'm going something currently.

    I'm sure people would be willing to give a little advice but some might have a terrible attitude and say F off I'm not a personal trainer.



    I'm the OP of that thread :) 
     
    Usually it's some person I'd previously volunteered information to, who now thinks that makes me his 'Go-to' guy instead of asking the local trainer on duty.  I generally don't mind being asked of course, what I mind are those beginner and intermediate people who ask about their form, get from me the reasons why full ROM is better than partials, then CONTINUE doing partials when they think they're out of my line of vision.
     
     


    Would you mind explaining why full ROM is better than partials ?

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    Re: Would it bother you if a stranger asked advice 2015/01/04 13:13:32 (permalink)
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    Following on from the thread about freely offering advice to noobies


    I've done it, I've waited till someone has finished a set and asked something out of curiosity.

    I've had no professional training never had a gym buddy, I've only learnt stuff from YouTube

    I have felt like a tool asking what muscle groups a different set is using, or what part of the muscle it's working and even asking if I'm going something currently.

    I'm sure people would be willing to give a little advice but some might have a terrible attitude and say F off I'm not a personal trainer.



    I'm the OP of that thread :) 
     
    Usually it's some person I'd previously volunteered information to, who now thinks that makes me his 'Go-to' guy instead of asking the local trainer on duty.  I generally don't mind being asked of course, what I mind are those beginner and intermediate people who ask about their form, get from me the reasons why full ROM is better than partials, then CONTINUE doing partials when they think they're out of my line of vision.
     
     


    Would you mind explaining why full ROM is better than partials ?




    A simple Google search or use of the MT search function will reveal that.  Why do you ask?
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    Re: Would it bother you if a stranger asked advice 2015/01/04 13:35:59 (permalink)
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    Well since you seem to know why, wouldn't it be easier if you explain it since he asked?
    post edited by makaveli1971 1996 - 2015/01/04 13:37:01

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    Re: Would it bother you if a stranger asked advice 2015/01/04 13:43:19 (permalink)
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    And this is why I don't offer advice on MT

    be sure to back up all views with peer reviewed data

      




     
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    Re: Would it bother you if a stranger asked advice 2015/01/04 13:46:54 (permalink)
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    It's happened many times in my many years in the gym and most of the time I don't mind and will try to keep the conversation short. I'm in the gym to do one thing and that is getting the job done. Talking is for before and after the workout session. This is how my mindset is when I inter the gym and most can pickup on that right away. There's a time and a place for everything. 
    Oops failed to touch on the issue of helping on the forum;
    I was on another forum and tried to help as much as possible but some issues where untouchable and was out of my reach. But helping anyone was and still is my objective. 
    post edited by stageready - 2015/01/04 14:16:30
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    Re: Would it bother you if a stranger asked advice 2015/01/04 13:52:07 (permalink)
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    Well since you seem to know why, wouldn't it be easier if you explain it since he asked?


    He'll have the advantage of search functions when he reads that post.   Clueless noobs (no offence to most noobs who do actually use good form) who move the bar an inch or two per rep often either can't afford smartphones or can't be bothered to use them (and I'm sure those facts are all related).
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    Re: Would it bother you if a stranger asked advice 2015/01/04 13:57:00 (permalink)
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    dazzz
    And this is why I don't offer advice on MT

    be sure to back up all views with peer reviewed data



    Do you REALLY not offer advice?  The whole point of an online forum is the exchange of helpful information.   Every time you post any views you have on training/diet etc, unprompted or not, you're offering advice.  It's up to fellow members to decide whether to accept the offer by reading it, and THEN whether to accept it as useful. 
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    Re: Would it bother you if a stranger asked advice 2015/01/04 14:06:11 (permalink)
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    And this is why I don't offer advice on MT

    be sure to back up all views with peer reviewed data



    Do you REALLY not offer advice?  The whole point of an online forum is the exchange of helpful information.   Every time you post any views you have on training/diet etc, unprompted or not, you're offering advice.  It's up to fellow members to decide whether to accept the offer by reading it, and THEN whether to accept it as useful. 


    Very rarely these days. If I do I make a clear Hodge Twins esq disclaimer that it is just my view or opinion . there are or have been far too many people that just try to shoot you down or ask for evidence, and I just cant be bothered with it.

      




     
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    Re: Would it bother you if a stranger asked advice 2015/01/04 14:09:53 (permalink)
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    Well since you seem to know why, wouldn't it be easier if you explain it since he asked?


    He'll have the advantage of search functions when he reads that post.   Clueless noobs (no offence to most noobs who do actually use good form) who move the bar an inch or two per rep often either can't afford smartphones or can't be bothered to use them (and I'm sure those facts are all related).


    I'm sure he probably knows, what advantages dis advantages their maybe to them, but I'm sure he, as I am are intrigued to hear your reasoning?

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    Re: Would it bother you if a stranger asked advice 2015/01/04 14:17:57 (permalink)
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    Depends on the setting/situation. Most Gyms take a dim view on members advising/training others rather than their staff.
     
    I am always happy to help if I feel I can, as above comments I would ask the person to wait until I have finished my set or preferably my training session then would be happy to take the time to  help them.
    I have learnt a lot from other Gym users in the past so it would be bad on my part not to do the same.

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    Re: Would it bother you if a stranger asked advice 2015/01/04 15:32:40 (permalink)
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    Id always be happy to help a new trainer or anyone who asked advice. And partials have their place maybe not when done by an in experienced trainer. But full ROM better than partials er no totally depends on your training and what you want out of it.
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    Re: Would it bother you if a stranger asked advice 2015/01/04 15:43:28 (permalink)
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    Yep as per dav, and it seems blubs isn't going to answer his sweeping statement.

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