Well, my legs have always been really strong but it's been a awhile since being on this thing so I put on a so-so load for me. (Made my sis wince) I did 3 sets/12 reps with no problem so I knew the next time I needed a little more weight on it. This week, I added 20 more lbs.. Sis says to me "You're just trying to show off." Say what?????? I told NO, I'm not. I was able to easily press 3/12 last time, I clearly needed to increase the weight. (Mind you, she doesn't lift anywheres near what I lift. No judgment just the truth of it.)
Oh Lordy, Lord, 1st set easy-peasy. The 1st rep of the 2nd set I felt some work. Yehaw! The next leg day, I added some single-leg press' with a much lighter load, of course. My butt is still clenching. Oh well, it beats it falling to the ground, right? Ha!
Anyways, there was this younger guy in the gym (and by younger I mean maybe 10 years younger than me) this last leg day, and he asks, "Do you need some help with those weights?" No, I tell him but he loads the 2nd side for me anyway. He removes them from that other side when I'm done too. When I was carrying the 2 lighter plates for the single-leg work, he came over and again, loaded the other side for me. I started pressing and my bad knee, not the new one, relaxed while releasing the 3rd rep but I caught it just fine. This poor guy was working right in front of me and he stopped and asked "Are you ok? Do you need some help? She's pushing some pretty impressive weight there." My sis tells him I know what I'm doing and that I'm a trainer. I said I was fine and thanked him for his concern.
I thought it was very sweet of this guy to be so concerned and helpful. I think I made him very nervous being (and I'm making an assumption here) an ole lady lifting heavy. These days when gym etiquette has all but disappeared lately, I appreciated his kindness. He needn't have worried. If he'd seen my upper body workout the next day, he would know I'm not that impressive. I'm ok, but not spectacular. Really.
Gym etiquette is real folks. You should always re-stack the weights you use where they belong, clean off the machine/equipment of your dead skin, sweat and germs and put used towels in, got that?, IN the dirty towel bin. I've been in gyms that look like a tornado blew through it. People leaving nasty, dirty sweaty towels on machines for some other poor person to have to pick up. YUCK! Dumbbells left on the floor (liability hazard butthead), weight plates left on machines for the next person to have to remove before they can load it for themselves. Just pitiful.
People, if you can use it, you can put it away. do you want to pick up someone elses nasty, used towel? I know I don't. Be respectful, of others and the facility. Clean up.
There, my rant is over.
Peace out and keep dancing