A list of weight room pet peeves and exercise etiquette
By: Adam Luther
Now I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22.
Wait, wrong blog.
Now I don’t know about you, but there are some things that people do in the weight room that genuinely grind my gears. Honestly, I did not think that being courteous to other guests of the gym is so hard, but apparently it is. The way people dress, the way people lift, the way people scream…. there are so many pet peeves that seem to tick me off to count them all. With that being said, I figured I might as well go through a few of them and if some of you are offended, I’ll go ahead and apologize now.
Here we go:
When guys wear Sperry shoes in the gym to lift, I want to punch a punching bag until it explodes. Seriously? A large portion of lifting comes from proper balance, granted any guy wearing Sperry shoes in the gym is probably doing upper body (which 95% of the guys I see in the gym feel that only working the upper body is necessary to pick up the ladies…wrong). There is no possible way that lifting in Sperry shoes provides enough balance to support proper forms. I would lift barefoot before I ever thought about lifting in boat shoes. Maybe wearing them in the gym is a fashion statement, yet stupid nonetheless.
Guys, take those hats off while you are lifting! I was always taught it was disrespectful to even wear a hat indoors, much less while you lift inside a gym. Do you not even realize that your hat is collecting sweat? Gross dude….just gross. Take those hats off before I run through a wall like the Hulk.
Bro, stop doing more weight than you can actually lift. It even embarrasses me to watch you attempt 315 lbs. on bench press while you wiggle like a fish out of water to get it up then your spotter has to deadlift the weight for you. And if for some reason you are able to put up 315 lbs. a few times, don’t you dare walk over to the mirror and flex for 20 minutes. I PROMISE that you are not only ticking me off, but everyone around you as well.
Dude, stop putting a towel on a bench press and walking away. You cannot claim your spot in advance. Other people have to use the equipment too and if you fall within the categories of men listed above, you are probably less qualified to use the equipment in the first place. Share the equipment people!
Lastly men, chest day is not every day. You have other body parts that need to be worked. I see the same people on bench press day after day. How about trying a leg day once every 10 years? Seriously? I find it extremely funny when there is a guy with a massive upper body in the gym who has legs that are so small they could collapse at any moment. We have a word for that guys, and it is called “poser”. Lets face it, we all know that guy. The one who could lift so much weight (upper body) that he feels it is necessary to scream so obnoxiously loud that everyone around him will stop and watch. I hate to break it to that guy though, I doubt he could squat 225 lbs. using proper form.
Look, these do not apply to every guy who works out. There are some people who do not bother me at all, but having lifted solid for a few years, these are the people I cannot stand.
Ladies, I know you probably feel left out right now, but that is okay. You will have your own separate blog for all the wrong you do in the gym. There is quite a list, trust me, and who better to tell you than my friend Carly? She will be conducting part two of this blog. Watch out ladies!
To be continued………