Do you want to be respected among your fellow lifters? Do you want people in the gym to like you? Do you want to not be the bunt of jokes on weightlifting forums? Well here is your solution. Every annoyance that ticks us off in the gym is written down so the new comers are not lost when it comes to lifting and the laws behind it.
1. Put your plates and dumbbells back from where you got them. There is nothing more annoying then having to take off 5-6 2 ½ LB plates to get to a 25 LB Plate because some idiot felt it would be a good idea to put it there.
2. NEVER INTERFERE with someone’s set. If you have to cross, and you may bump into his weight, wait. He will not take an hour to finish his set. Only times to get involved in someone set is
a. They are about to kill themselves due to them doing too much weight they can handle.
b. There is a fire; even the fire one is questionable.
3. The gym is not a social gathering scene. You go to the gym to work out, not socialize. You go to a bar to socialize. How do you think a Bar owner would feel if you’re brought in your power rack and got your workout done in the pub? Yea I got a hunch they wouldn’t appreciate it that much. Well guess what us lifters don’t appreciate you have a jolly old conversation about last weekends party well we are waiting to us what you’re using. Only conversation in the gym should be about lifting, and health. Any other conversation should stick to under 1 minute.
4. Don’t give advice unless asked, especially if you aren’t qualified. We’ve all done bent over rows, and been told that is terrible deadlift form. All the while we are going “What the hell, but this isn’t a deadlift”. So if you’ve been lifting for 2 weeks you don't become Mr. Superman know it all. In fact wait a few years before you even consider yourself remotely knowledgeable because this sport is as old as man itself.
5. Spot when asked to spot. Most of the times bigger guys get asked to spot because well the people they are spotting feel safer with them spotting them. So smaller guys may not know how this feels, but just do it. Unless this guy plays with like 400 Lbs. and needs a spot at 45 lbs. However that normally isn’t the case.
6. Power racks are for power related stuff, like squats, shrugs and a place to do deadlift in (if there isn’t anywhere else), not for curling. Do not curl in the squat rack. I assure you will not get big off curls; however squats and deads are a different story.
7. If you say you can’t squat cause of your back, but you can do leg press because your doctor told you that, find a new doctor. Leg press puts FAR MORE pressure on the back then any squat.
8. Squats and deads are god’s gift to the lifting community, use them.
9. Don’t ask “What’s your bench dude” ask “What your total is” it covers far more then just bench, and it shows your knowledge.
10. There is always a person stronger then you. Get over it.
11. Biceps do not help your bench, doing curls 7 days a week isn’t going do anything besides give you torn up biceps.