Stupid shit people do at the gym Part 2

Don’t drop the weights. Oh Wow. My blog just wrote itself. All done. I wish it was it simple enough to just say “don’t drop the weights” but there are people who still drop the weights at the gym, so I will keep going.

Reasons you should NOT drop the weights at the gym:
1) Safety reasons. I have seen photos of fingers crushed by weights at the gym. It is not pretty. It could easily be a lot worse than crushed fingers if you are not careful.
2) Noise polution. Clanging of weights is like fingernails across a chalk board. It is just not nice.  Add this on top of the other noise generated at the gym by cardio equipment, fans, music, etc. and you have a terrible environment to workout in and work in.  Think of the staff who are there hours and hours longer than you listening to all this noise. Think of their poor ears.
3) The dumbbells can break.
This one surprised me. I never would have thought it possible if had not been for a few conversations with the gentlemen who completed the gym equipment repairs for our gym. He told me several stories of people dropping the really large dumbbells to have the connecting bar of the dumbbell snap clean through on landing.
4) Gym infractructure may not be optimally set up to handle dropping of your fully loaded barbell.
Don’t just assume your gym’s infrastructure can handle the dropping of very large weights. Check with management. My gym was on a second floor of a building and located directly over gym management offices in a very old building that was also used for exam writing purposes (because that was the space available for a gym – not saying it was a good idea). Everytime someone dropped a weight upstairs the walls downstairs shook and white plaster dust would fall on the manager’s head. Now this is probably not the case for most gyms (I really hope not anyway), but still think of the wear and tear on equipement and the building itself before you start dropping weights somewhere that is not specifically set up to handle it. There are gyms out there that cater to the really heavy lifters. They usually have designated platforms meant to be used when doing the big lifts. If you want to lift heavy and not worry about getting in trouble for weight droping weights seek out one of these gyms.

5) Girls (or anyone else in the gym) will not think you are more macho or be super impressed with you for dropping weights. Lifting weights with control is impressive. Being to lazy or sloppy or over estimating yourself and dropping weights as a result is not.

Reasons to drop the weight at the gym:
1) In emergencies only. If you are lifting a weight that you can’t control on the way down and must drop it, you are lifting too much weight too soon or sqeezing out too many reps. If you know you are going to be pushing your limits you should have a spotter present. A spotter can help you put weights down safely.
Keep walking the dog.

Are you working out or passing a kidney stone? I can’t tell.

I have been seing a lot videos of people getting kicked out of a Planet Fitness facility for making too much noise or dropping weights or whatever it is you do at Planet Fitness to get kicked out. The videos always highlight the absurdity of kicking people out of the gym for common gym behaviours. At first I thought, yeah it is ridiculous. I try my best to put weights down quietly, but sometimes I make some noise. It can’t always be helped. And I have been known to give a forceful exhale on my last rep. If a gym kicks everyone out for doing these things how can they have any gym members left?

I wonder this then I remember the people at the gym who always drop the weights, or the people that practically throw them at the floor, and the people who grunt and scream (yes i have witnessed post set screamers). Just the other day at my new gym there was a gentlemen working his way around the strength circuit either moaning, groaning, grunting or sighing after every rep. It sounded like he was trying to pass a kidney stone and have sex at the same time. To make it worse the gym was empty except for the two of us so his mating pig noises echoed. It was a truly horrible thing to listen too. As disgusting as some of this noise making can be to listen too, I don’t think kicking a person out of the gym for it is fair. I do think gym management is justified in asking for less volume or some restraint from loud gym users.

If you are someone who makes a lot of noise at the gym (especially a lot of pig mating sounds), this may explain why your attempts to engage strangers at the gym in small talk are not always very successful.