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The magical Hammer Strength Shoulder Press machine

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Last time, I gave a brief description of the personal trainers at my gym. If you missed it, go read it now. I’ll wait.

All caught up? Great. Here’s a little story…

So one day, I was on the seated barbell press (military press), which of course is a shoulder exercise. But, that’s not really important right now. What is important however is the piece of equipment located directly next to this. It’s a machine by a company called Hammer Strength. Their stuff is fairly common in most gyms.

Anyway, this was the Hammer Strength Shoulder Press machine. Judging by its name, you know that it too is a shoulder exercise. Here’s what it looks like:

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It’s very simple. You sit in it with your back against the pad and press those two black bars straight over head. It’s really just like any other shoulder exercise and machine. So far, so good, right?

So there I am barbell pressing about 5 feet to the left of the Hammer Strength Shoulder Press machine when all of a sudden I spot an overweight man and a red-shirted woman. I mention the red shirt because that is the official color the personal trainers in my gym wear. The shirts even say “Personal Trainer” right on them. I’ve never looked closely enough, but there may even be a name tag of some sort on the front as well.

And, as we all know, nothing says “I’m a certified professional” quite like a name tag.

It quickly became obvious to me that this was not an actual training session. This was a tour. They do this all the time. Someone joins (or is thinking of joining) and a personal trainer escorts them through the gym pointing stuff out and explaining things to them.

They seemed to be going from machine to machine while I’m assuming the trainer told the overweight man what muscle the machine worked, and how to properly use it. I’m not exactly sure what was said then, because I was too far away to hear/didn’t care.

That was until they stopped by the Hammer Strength Shoulder Press machine.

It was then that I was close enough to hear the fantastic advice this poor overweight man was receiving from one of my gym’s genius personal trainers. And boy was it fantastic!

The first thing I heard was the trainer describe the machine as “another great weight loss exercise.” That made me laugh. The guy must have mentioned that his goal was weight loss. Because of that, the personal trainer must just be adding the term “weight loss” to the beginning of every single exercise.

The overweight man, I guess being so intrigued by the machine’s supposed weight loss capabilities, proceeded to ask “What muscle is this one for?” I expected to hear an answer to that question within a second. I expected to hear “It’s a shoulder exercise.” The thing is, I never heard that.

Instead this personal trainer walked halfway around the machine trying to discern what in the hell it does. She was pushing things, and moving things, and sitting on things, and lifting things… all for the purpose of trying to figure out that the Hammer Strength Shoulder Press machine is a shoulder exercise.

After about 1 full minute of research, she finally had her answer…

“It’s a bicep machine.”

This is not a lie. This is not a joke. This is not an exaggeration. This is truth.

“This is a great bicep exercise. You stand like this and lift these.”

When she gave the above description, she was literally standing behind the machine. She had her chest leaning up against the back side of the back pad, and she was very awkwardly curling those 2 black bars that you’re supposed to be pressing over head. It was easily the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen.

But wait, it gets better. Seriously.

After she was finished explaining to this poor overweight man how the Hammer Strength Shoulder Press machine has magically transformed into the Extremely Awkward Hammer Strength Bicep machine, they went on their way to the other side of the gym to I’m sure show off some other great weight loss exercises.

It was then that I remembered something. Hmmmm. Could it be? Is it still there? I know it used to be there, but… it can’t still be there. No… it can’t be. Hmmmm. I took a 5 foot stroll over to the machine in question and walked around to the right side of it. I looked up slightly and there is was… just as I remembered it.

It was an 8 inch wide, 12 inch long, laminated sign. On the top of it, in huge bold letters, it said:

HAMMER STRENGTH SHOULDER PRESS

And right under that was a complete description of the proper way to perform this exercise along with a list of which muscle group(s) the exercise targets. It must have said “shoulder” on it about 15 times.

So, there you have it. Before you go out and hire a personal trainer, bare in mind that the personal trainers at my gym (which is one of the biggest fitness chains in the world, by the way) are apparently skilled enough to A) not know a shoulder exercise from a bicep exercise and B) not be able to read a giant sign that says “shoulder exercise.”

Stay tuned next time for more wonderful tales of my gym’s clueless personal trainers.

http://www.theloseweightdiet.com/blog/22/magical-hammer-strength-shoulder-press/
 

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lol thats amazing, the pt industry is mega bad atm, so much misinformation to straight out stupidity.
 

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its true. any jackass can be a personal trainer. the ones at my gym are HORRIBLE. you really should be certified for a job like that.

now if you'll excuse me i must go to leg presses on the chest press machine.
 

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thats pretty bad. at the gym i used to work at our trainers weren't that great either. i swear one lady we had used to do the SAME routine with EVERY client she had.
 

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its painful to read shit like that
people who do fitness certificates here learn and then know no better go out and do what one guy has showed them, not knowing anything else other than what that guy has shown them and taught them, and never learning anything by experience themselves.

its a fucking joke people get to have an occupation like that where sort of in charge of a persons health (may have been sent by doctor to lose weight otherwise die for eg) and fuck them around becuase they simply do not have a fucking clue what they are doing.
 

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It was then that I was close enough to hear the fantastic advice this poor overweight man was receiving from one of my gym’s genius personal trainers. And boy was it fantastic!

The first thing I heard was the trainer describe the machine as “another great weight loss exercise.” That made me laugh. The guy must have mentioned that his goal was weight loss. Because of that, the personal trainer must just be adding the term “weight loss” to the beginning of every single exercise.

The overweight man, I guess being so intrigued by the machine’s supposed weight loss capabilities, proceeded to ask “What muscle is this one for?” I expected to hear an answer to that question within a second. I expected to hear “It’s a shoulder exercise.” The thing is, I never heard that.

Instead this personal trainer walked halfway around the machine trying to discern what in the hell it does. She was pushing things, and moving things, and sitting on things, and lifting things… all for the purpose of trying to figure out that the Hammer Strength Shoulder Press machine is a shoulder exercise.

After about 1 full minute of research, she finally had her answer…

“It’s a bicep machine.”

This is not a lie. This is not a joke. This is not an exaggeration. This is truth.

“This is a great bicep exercise. You stand like this and lift these.”

When she gave the above description, she was literally standing behind the machine. She had her chest leaning up against the back side of the back pad, and she was very awkwardly curling those 2 black bars that you’re supposed to be pressing over head. It was easily the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen.

But wait, it gets better. Seriously.

After she was finished explaining to this poor overweight man how the Hammer Strength Shoulder Press machine has magically transformed into the Extremely Awkward Hammer Strength Bicep machine, they went on their way to the other side of the gym to I’m sure show off some other great weight loss exercises.

It was then that I remembered something. Hmmmm. Could it be? Is it still there? I know it used to be there, but… it can’t still be there. No… it can’t be. Hmmmm. I took a 5 foot stroll over to the machine in question and walked around to the right side of it. I looked up slightly and there is was… just as I remembered it.

It was an 8 inch wide, 12 inch long, laminated sign. On the top of it, in huge bold letters, it said:

HAMMER STRENGTH SHOULDER PRESS

And right under that was a complete description of the proper way to perform this exercise along with a list of which muscle group(s) the exercise targets. It must have said “shoulder” on it about 15 times.

So, there you have it. Before you go out and hire a personal trainer, bare in mind that the personal trainers at my gym (which is one of the biggest fitness chains in the world, by the way) are apparently skilled enough to A) not know a shoulder exercise from a bicep exercise and B) not be able to read a giant sign that says “shoulder exercise.”

and thats why I'm actually going to college to major in kinesiology so i can be a SMART personal trainer and just so u kno..i know how to read so we dont need to worry about me spending a whole minute thinking a shoulder press machine is a bicep machine : ) so in 5 or six yrs u guys will know atleast one personal trainer who knows what hes doing : )
 

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and thats why I'm actually going to college to major in kinesiology so i can be a SMART personal trainer and just so u kno..i know how to read so we dont need to worry about me spending a whole minute thinking a shoulder press machine is a bicep machine : ) so in 5 or six yrs u guys will know atleast one personal trainer who knows what hes doing : )

me to buddy
 

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the personal triner at my gym is almost as dumb as that
i was doin pull ups wen i overheard him w/ one of his clients at the chest press machine and i hear him say "okay, so this is an exercise that i start all of my clients off with..." i turned to my cousin and we started laughin it up..he gave us a look but i didnt care i was to amazed at wat he just said
 

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Kinda reminds me of my gym. The people there are willing to do anything to get people to sign up. I remember one trainer, taking a customer on a tour, told the lady to get on the flat bench and do some reps just to get a feel for the gym. He put some 25's on it and let her be. Funny to see a lady who clearly just came from work, in a full dress, benching, and struggling, solely for the reason that she might "get a feel for the gym," according to the trainer who obviously wanted to make a sale.
 

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I was once asked to demonstrate a machine I was using while I was training and it was a shoulder press machine, not a hammer strength though. The trainer asked me to show how to do it...and according to him I was doing it wrong..ok fine show how to do it then I said. He took half the weight of, cause "It not good to train with that much weight" He sat down, and started to lift the weight...and on the 3 rep he slammed the bar in his head and passed out....
I saw the he was going to get the bar in his head so I tried to stop him...I was to late though.

He later accused me for hurting him. The next 5min after that I spent telling him what an idiot he was in front of the whole gym..he later quit as a PT...he now works as a trucker...
 

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that's amazing, I'm as stunned as you are but not completely surprised by it either. Day after day I see and hear complete nonsense from personal trainers. When they ask me about how my training is and I give them an honest and simple explanation of what I am doing they can't keep up with me. I can safely say that I know more about diet/nutrition and Training than any personal trainer at my gym - and that is ridiculous.

For example - I mentioned carb-cycling, they don't know what the hell I'm on about. I mention L-Glutamin, BCAAs or even ZMA they don't know what I'm talking about. When I talk about SLDL, Close-grip Bench Press, front squat or even BB Row - they've never seen these exercises before...seriously what the fuck!!!

Because of these shitty personal trainers I have yet to see one person in my gym ever do seated DB shoulder presses with the dumbells touching the shoulders and to see a parallel squat is a rare occasion.
 

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i work at a gym, and the only good trainer is the one who actually majored in exercise science, the rest are certified in bull shit. The gym I lift at could possibly have the worst trainers ever.
 

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That`s more sad than funny. Many personal trainers are like that, but once in a while, you truly find someone passionated for what they do, somebody who actually knows some shit.

I love to find those guys, and learn from them everything they know :3
 
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