3 comments on “The Gym from the Perspective of a Gym Rat

  1. I was always told it was okay to drop weights, you know, lift heavy with good form. By the end of your set, I was told to drop the weights, just don’t throw them. I’m pretty vocal in the gym, it takes that exertion of energy to get those last reps in on my sets. The last thing I wanted to touch on was looking and flexing in the mirror. I go to the gym to look better, feel better, and be better. When I’m there I have a pump and I can really see what my results are. Is it so bad to work hard to where I drop weights and exert my energy (vocally), then to take a minute to appreciate and maintain motivation by admiring my hard work?

    • Actually no, there are signs all over every gym I have worked at and worked out at saying “don’t drop weights.” The reasons in order of magnitude-
      Risk – when people are in the middle of a set and are focused they often don’t see what is going on around them. A person can get hurt, especially if the gym is crowded and the weight bounces or rolls.
      The noise is annoying and distracting. If someone is doing a technically complex lift or exercise, the break in focus can be detrimental.
      Damage – you damage the floor, and weights when you drop them.
      Proper loading– This will probably be an area where we will have to agree to disagree. My experience and education is without exception that a set should not go to complete exhaustion. If you have to drop the weights at the end of a set because you do not have the strength to set them down carefully, its time to decrease weight. The reasoning is that at this point form has already been compromised, and the risk to your body by using improper form is high. I finish even my heavy (for me) sets with one good rep in the tank.
      The exceptions here are with bumper plates on a proper dead-lifting rack. The rack is isolated, so the risk of anyone being hurt is non existent. The weights are meant to be dropped and the rack (unlike the floor) is designed for that beating.
      – Noise-
      Grunting or a making a bit of noise on that last rep of a hard set is one thing. The yelling with every rep is just ridiculous though. I have no idea which you are talking about, but I know for myself that the people who are usually the later are generally attention seekers. The gym is by no means a quiet place, but I know I’m not alone in being annoyed with hearing “arrrgh” 10 times for 6 sets.
      – Modesty-
      Like I said, I don’t have any hard feelings towards the mirror people (unless they are in the way of me checking my form) but I do find it hilarious. Bathroom mirrors do just as well for checking yourself out.

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