Gym Problems Fixed 101

Here are some quick fixes to major gym problems that are faced!

So there are times in life when problems unexpectedly occur, and you are left having to think on your feet. The gym happens to be a prime example of this. Below are typical problems gym rats will potentially face, but fear not as I have a fix for each issue.

Follow this guide and you will always have a solution up your sleeve.

1. Problem: Wrong Footwear 

If you find you have turned up at the gym with the wrong footwear, i.e. sneakers with an air bubble or elevated sole, and planned to do deadlifts that day. Gym problems can start with what you place on your feet!

Fix 1

Kick off those shoes and deadlift or squat in your socks. An elevated heel will push the body forward more and going shoeless allows the body to be in the most neutral position.

Fix 2

Alway pack a pair of chucks into your bag just in case. As chucks are good for deadlifting as they have a flat sole.

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2. Problem: No Pre Workout

You open your cupboard to find you have just run out of pre workout and forgot to order some more. This is one of those gym problems that happens before you even leave your house!

Fix 1

Drink a cup of coffee, all pre workouts contain caffeine. 1 cup of coffee contains 95mg of caffeine. 

It may even be worth having some unflavored beta alanine to hand, as you can even throw a small scoop into your coffee. The benefit of beta alanine is that it increases muscle carnosine levels, and carnosine in turn buffers the onset of fatigue.

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3. Problem: Muscle Tweak

You feel a small tweak in one of your muscles during your workout. This is a nightmare for gym goers, and you are going to want to correct this right away.

Fix 1

In order to avoid making this muscle tweak worse, sacrifice that one session and stop working out, and live to fight another day. As continuing could put you out of action for a lot longer, and that is not ideal for making gains.

Fix 2

Always have some sort of muscle rub in your gym bag, and if the tweak is not that severe, then apply the muscle rub to the area in question and continue with caution. Also be sure to stretch and foam roll the area in question before continuing.

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4. Problem: No Clips 

So you want to bench or squat or deadlift and for the life of you, you cannot find any spare clips in the gym. This is a gym problem that no one wants to deal with.

Fix 1

Convert your barbell exercise into a landmine exercise. The landmine can be used for: landmine chest press, landmine squat, landmine lunges, landmine deadlift and single arm or T bar row.

Fix 2

If you really cannot continue without clips then change the workout plan for that day, and convert to a dumbbell day and supplement with machines accordingly.

5. Problem: Equipment Taken

So you walk into the gym mentally prepared to squat or bench press but find that piece of equipment is taken and doesn’t seem to be free anytime soon; one of the worst gym problems to experience. Do you just wait?

Fix 1

If it is available then use the smith machine, perfect for either squat or deadlift. You also can check out some other gym machines.

Fix 2

Like one of my previous suggestions, if the rack and bench are not free but an olympic bar is then why not utilize the landmine to either do a landmine chest press or landmine squat instead.

6. Problem: Forgot Headphones

So you walk into the gym and you realize you forgot your headphones. This may be one of the worst  gym problems to experience as a gym goer. The only real fix here is that you suck it up and continue without them or you go back home and get them!

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7. Forgot lifting belt

You put your hand into your gym bag and find that your lifting belt isn’t there, you took it out and left it on your kitchen counter. But today is a heavy deadlift day, so this is one of those gym problems that can really throw off your training. What should you do?

Fix 1

Rethink today’s workout and either change to a body part where a belt isn’t required as much, so something smaller like shoulders or biceps and triceps.

Fix 2

Or, if you are dead set on deadlifting today, if you are using an olympic bar, brace your core more and reduce the weight to ensure the back really is kept tight. Alternatively utilize the smith machine where there will be less stress on the back.

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8. No Squat bar pad

So you like to use the squat bar pad to protect your neck, but it seems to have disappeared off of the gym floor.

Fix 1

Use a towel, or your hoodie around the bar to cushion your neck.

Fix 2

Use nothing and start acclimating yourself to using the bar, this will allow you to become more comfortable not using the pad and also increase your stability. 

9. Problem: No Platform for elevation

So you want to do straight leg deadlifts, otherwise known as the Romanian deadlift, but there is no stepper or platform to elevate yourself on to allow really deep SLD’s.

Fix 1

Use olympic plates and stack accordingly, make sure they are stacked evenly and in line with each other so there is no wobble and that it is sturdy.

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10. Problem: No Free Bench

So you want a bench but there are none free and the wait time for one seems endless. Do you just give up and go home? No!

Fix 1

If you wanted to do a dumbbell press then why not grab a mat and do it as a floor press, your elbows will hit the floor on the descent but it also allows the elbows to use the floor to bounce off of, so it is like having a spotter.

Fix 2

Change it up and utilize machines for that day or change up the plan or body part for that day. 

In a busy gym environment it is good to stay fairly flexible and be able to think on your feet, especially if you train at peak times.

So there you have it guys, I have hopefully covered all those little gym problems you may encounter.

So until next time, keep pumping!

Gym Problems Wrap Up

Overall, there are plenty of gym problems you may face, especially this time of year. However, we have provided a good amount of solutions and hope it helps you solve the issues!

What are the worst gym problems you have faced?

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Mehmet Edip is a fitness writer, actor, and model who has worked in the industry for over 8 years. He focuses on achieving his physique through an all natural plant-based diet and shares his insight via his workout & nutrition guides.