So today I went back to the community gym for the first time in a few months and there were a few familiar faces from when I was last there and quite a few new ones. I was over at the free weights doing my shoulder warm up when I noticed this group of three guys, maybe late teens, doing some dumbbell work.
Now I know I have only been at this gym stuff for around 7 months, so I am by no means an expert on any of this stuff, but I can’t help noticing that so many people don’t do their exercises through a full range of motion. Is this to target weaker parts of a muscle? Is it due to their lack of experience? I’m not entirely sure, if it’s me that’s lacking experience and not knowing that what they are doing is actually beneficial for what they are trying to achieve or am I the one that’s been taught all wrong. It’s all a learning curve for me too.
This leaves me the question of “When, if ever, is it ok to correct someones form?”, because unless you know entirely everything there is to know about lifting weights, could you be the one that is wrong?
There are times that I feel that the way someone is working out is going to injure themselves, but due to my inexperience, I feel that perhaps I’m just not as clued up as them and they may be doing something perfectly fine. So I don’t say anything and I just let them get on with it.
I don’t want to be a gym bro, that tries to know what I’m talking about, when I could be completely wrong. So I don’t say anything, I just go home to learn as much as I can.<br />
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, so please leave comments below.