the office manager at my prior job told me I would never be able to lose any pounds if I did strength training because "the muscle will trap the fat in your body"
really? Thanks. Good to know.
I will gladly help somebody if they ask. If I see somebody with that "deer in the headlights" look trying to figure out one of the machines, I'll ask if they need some help (if it's a machine I'm very familiar with).
I'm NOT a PT. I have worked with one, and had family members in the gym business - so I've been around this stuff for a long time. But I don't force my help on anyone.
as far as yelling in the gym - not a good idea. All it takes is a slight movement when your muscles are tensed to strain your neck. As it is I have to keep the volume on my MP3 higher than I prefer so I can hear it over the loud talkers.