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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    Does your gym have any unusual rules?

    I heard that in some gyms, you're not allowed to chalk up or make grunting noises.

    Well, I just found out that the new gym I'm attending in San Diego (I'm originally from LA), will enforce a new policy starting March 1, where we'll have to bring a towel along with our membership card. Personally, I'm not a sweaty monster like some people, so it will definitely be annoying to carry around a towel I probably won't use. I take a shower when I get home anyway.

    Kinda ironic that our gym is enforcing this, because in San Diego, people are very conservative for the most part. Nobody here really perspires much. Back at the Bally in LA, sometimes the entire bench would be SOAKED after someone was finished. It was just nasty. They should enforce the towel policy in that gym.

    It just seems like our gym doesn't want to pay employees to clean up the equipment, so they're forcing us to bring a towel. I'm not making a big deal or anything. I'll probably just keep a rag in my trunk and just use it as my ticket to the gym, no biggie. But it's still wack.

    So do any of your gyms have any rules like this, that's out of the norm?

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    Yea, there was some big media coverage when a fairly well known bodybuilder had to be removed by officers for grunting and then refusing to leave for grunting lol. You can look it up, I dont remember the specifics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ancom41 View Post
    Yea, there was some big media coverage when a fairly well known bodybuilder had to be removed by officers for grunting and then refusing to leave for grunting lol. You can look it up, I dont remember the specifics.
    thats funny as hell...lol i would be pissed

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    look it up, someone posted the article awhile back.

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    Not really. And even though my gym is very big and open to the public (cardio bunnies), there are some hardcore lifters there, and they're allowed to grunt, scream, whatever. The few rules there are to basically not throw the weights around like an idiot and act like a jack ass or harass anyone.

    My old gym that I stopped going to because it was simply too far away, was strictly a bodybuilder gym with the best free weights I've ever seen in such a small place. And the outside looked like something out of a Rocky movie...all ghetto with sheet metal everywhere. Pretty cool, but it was 20 or so minutes away. If you acted like a jerk in that place, a VERY large human being would escort you out of the gym and you wouldn't be allowed to come back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sCaRz*Of*PaiN
    If you acted like a jerk in that place, a VERY large human being would escort you out of the gym and you wouldn't be allowed to come back.
    Haha, I've been to a gym similar to that. I dont think our escort was 100% human. He had to have been like 1/4th gorilla.

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    I dont think our escort was 100% human. He had to have been like 1/4th gorilla.
    That's like the guy at my old gym. He was an older guy probably in his 50's...but he...um...wasn't natural.
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    my gym has a few rules:

    grunting on heavy squats is enforced
    extreme chalk use is encouraged
    angry music must be listened to
    you can sweat as much as you want and not have to wipe down the bench after every set

    ... yeah lifting at home is sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by detard View Post
    my gym has a few rules:

    grunting on heavy squats is enforced
    extreme chalk use is encouraged
    angry music must be listened to
    you can sweat as much as you want and not have to wipe down the bench after every set

    ... yeah lifting at home is sweet.
    Damn, think I can sign up there?
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    They make me wear clothes. Lame.

    That and we have to use the rubber plates on the squat racks... which isn't so bad.
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    not many rules at this golds, its pretty busy, says no chalk but this 1 guy uses it anyways, ive used it too. the racks are all in the back seperated by a massive mirror and wall lol.

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    Some of the staff members at my local gym are a bit weird. They won't let me put my protein shake in the fridge. It's totally non de script and I can't see how it would detract from any of their protein drink sales. Weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Australian View Post
    Some of the staff members at my local gym are a bit weird. They won't let me put my protein shake in the fridge. It's totally non de script and I can't see how it would detract from any of their protein drink sales. Weird.
    I think what's more unusual is that your gym provides a refrigerator for the members. That's not commonplace in America.

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    They have the refrigerator behind the counter and it's full of milk based protein drinks. I don't drink milk. They don't understand! Grr.
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    one of the 24-hour fitnesses i go to requires towels, but they don't really enforce it

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    At all of the gyms I go to, the ALL require you to use a towel and everyone does.

    I wonder about the chalk rule, I've never seen a sign for it, but I've never seen anyone using it either.

    Wouldn't mind people who don't put their weights away being escorted to the door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesbytes View Post
    Wouldn't mind people who don't put their weights away being escorted to the door.
    I WISH my gym had this rule. Too many dumbasses don't put their weights away when finished.
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    Thats ridiculous if he was grunting like that.....noone would have even herd him without paying pristine attention

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    They make me wear clothes. Lame.
    You have the guts to deadlift naked?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ancom41 View Post
    You have the guts to deadlift naked?
    He's training for prison in case he drops the soap
    I went to Rhodestown and all I got was this high cholesterol

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    At my gym we are not allowed to perform "power lifts" - by which of course they mean cleans, jerks and snatches. But, everyone does them anyway and no one cares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ancom41 View Post
    You have the guts to deadlift naked?
    This reminds me of the 'good naked vs. bad naked' episode of Seinfeld. Deadlifts naked would be a VERY 'bad naked.'
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    My gym put in a 24 hour camera. People not stripping the weights off the bar when they're done has become so bad, the manager threatened to cancel people's membership if they're caught.

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    There are certain rules at my gym that apply to everybody. But I have actually been specifically told not to worry about them as they do not apply to me.

    1) shirts must be worn
    2) No dropping weights (this used to apply for deadlifting as well)
    3) no chalk

    So I don't need to wear a shirt (though I do... even though it's ripped to shreads), I can drop 700 pound deadlifts whenever I want, and I leave a trail of chalk behind me everywhere I go.

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