This person is usually spotted at the free weights section of your local gym. I notice him while I'm doing squats. Maybe you notice him during bench. It's usually during an intense, large muscle mass-building exercise.
This week's People at the Gym Who Drive Eric Nuts (PAGDEN) is WalkisEndlesslyusBetweenusSets
This individual is defined by his pacing back and forth in between low-rep sets of heavy weight. The exercise is usually something that involves the legs, but WalkisEndlesslyusBetweenusSets can be seen at benchpresses or the cable crossover stations at your gym.
The reason for their seemingly endless pacing is undetermined. The physiological benefit is the pacing allows for the taxed muscles to relax before another monstrous set. But most advise 30 seconds to a minute or two. WalkisEndlesslyusBetweenusSets has been known to spend anywhere between 5 to 10 minutes in between sets.
Other theories exist, notably the one that pegs WalkisEndlesslyusBetweenusSets as using the opportunity to "power up" by looking at himself repeatedly in the mirror.
Co-habituating with WalkisEndlesslyusBetweenusSets requires discipline. While you're pacing yourself during and between sets of what can amount to heavy weights, it's important not to catch WEBS in the corner of your eye for his constant gazes at the mirror may throw you off.
Let's break it all down:
Habitat: Squat cages, bench presses, leg presses, deadlift zones
You may notice him ... walking back and forth, typically where mirrors exist, wearing gloves, and other gym accessories.
What drives him nuts ... is blocking his reflection in a mirror.
The deal with WalkisEndlesslyusBetweenusSets is that he's all about bulk, and the good that comes from low-rep, high-weight sets. He also enjoys marinating in his accomplishments. It's in this marinating process where you need to be careful with wandering eyes. As you go about your business try to stay focused on the task at hand lest you be distracted by the man and his mirror.
Who drives you nuts at the gym (Maybe it's me, the person watching everybody else at the gym!)? Next week we'll have another PAGDEN.
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