By: Delbert Hickman
Jun 23, 2000
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As a bodybuilder, you spend countless number of hours working to perfect your physique. In doing so, you are subjected to an environment filled with all types of activities that just make you want to say, "HMMMMM...". I thought I'd lighten things up a bit and talk about some of the not so normal, funny, and sometimes less than intelligent things I've seen while training in the gym.
"Scream (and not the movie!)"
Every gym has to have at least one. I know you will easily create an image in your mind of the person that I'm about to talk about. He's the guy that, for some reason, feels it's his obligation to yell at the top of his lungs before performing a set. Makes you want to just say, HMMMM...". What makes it even more astonishing is that this person will be lifting a small amount of weight. I've had and have the privilege to experience quite a few occasions where the "Screamer" has made his presence known. Although it may seem as though it provides a psychological edge, it has been proven, through research, that yelling before or during an exercise provides no benefit whatsoever. It can, however, be very distracting. My first reaction when I hear someone scream is, "OH GOD!, someone's stuck beneath a barbell" or "OH NO!!, someone tore a muscle"! When ever I am in the presence of a screamer in the gym, I always remember something I was told when I first started training. I was having a conversation with a lady who was training next to me when a screamer yelled at the top of his lungs. Trying to suppress my laughter, she turns to me and says, "Ya know, I always heard that the noises a person makes while training are the same ones they make while in bed". After hearing that, I nearly urinated on...