Get there late. Start the bench press.
Between sets 1 and 2, I spot a girl I'd not seen before. Cute. She's standing in front of one of the tricep stations, looking at it, and totally clueless. I head over, start talking to her, and she "welcomes me;" isn't cold or b/tchy. I explain to her how to use it and what part of the upper arm it works.
(She's a foreign chick btw - same ethnic/cultural background as me, but she doesn't speak good English, newcomer)
She asks, "is the tricep a good muscle?"
Inwardly I'm chuckling at how cute a question this is, and I tell her all muscles are good. I then explain that the advantage of developing triceps is that 2/3 of the upper arm muscle mass is there, rather than the biceps. I then pull up my t-shirt sleeve a bit and show it to her.
She sits down and tries to do it... but she can't even fit into the machine (she's not big; rather, she's about 5'3" and very slim), but she doesn't know how to use it. So I adjust the seat, lighten the weight on each arm to the lightest setting, and tell her how to do it.
She manages a rep or two w/ the right arm, but with the left, she can't get one.
So I bring her to the barbell area and pick out a 3lb dumbbell. I bring her over to the bench area where there are mirrors and show her how to do bent-over dumbbell extensions (which I never do anymore). I give her the dumbbell and she tries. I tell her to bend over a bit more, but she doesn't go far enough.
I then lightly press her back until she gets the right angle, and then gently correct her arm form so that her upper arm is still. "The upper arm must not move; use only the lower arm."
"Yes, I feel it now."
I asked her, what are you goals? (well obviously she's not a bodybuilder and doesn't wanna get buffed, but it was relevant). She said she wanted to lose some fat and get a bit toned. So I told her to do cardio and to work w/ weights, but to do light weights and higher reps.
She asked me, "so, are you a trainer?"
This simple question made my night. Granted, she's new to this (new to the gym too) and she assumed, but it's the first time a "newbie" confused me for a trainer.
We exchanged names, and she asked me if I'm a the gym daily. I said no, but I told her when I do come to the gym (I haven't missed a workout since Feb 1). We exchanged a few more pleasantries and she thanked me.
She was sweet. Hope I see her again tonight; maybe we can talk about lifting and other stuff more.
And on a diff't note, two guys said I looked bigger; an employee and a man in his late 40s who is a regular and whom I've seen there since I joined this gym over 1 year ago.
Thread: last night at the gym