No swimming in the pool
And then there's the gym about 80 miles north of NYC that has a no grunting policy. A corrections officer and competitive body builder tested that policy recently, when he was squatting 500 lbs and was heard grunting against the strain of the weight. An employee asked him to stop. He, allegedly got belligerent and was asked to leave, he refused and said he was gonna finish his workout, the employee called the cops, and the gym rat was escorted out the door by the men in blue.
Naturally, the gym says it's not about lifting weights. It's about the gym rat's belligerence and a violation of gym policy. The gym, Planet Fitness, believes that lifters who grunt are just trying to draw attention to themselves.
No doubt some muscle heads do that. I can't stand the 'roidal dudes who growl like Kong while they're lifting a weight. If you've gotta "grunt" that hard you should be in the parking lot lifting cars. But if you grunt inadvertently while lifting a heavy load, so be it. It comes with the territory.
I mean, if you're just walking around the gym grunting for the hell of it, then you're probably insane anyway. But if it's while you're hefting a load (and you're not one of those melodramatic 'roid heads) then it's OK. Lighten up Planet Fitness.