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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

No swimming in the pool

Sorry, I was just sitting here thinking about possible goofy contradictions in public venues. There's asking people to spend money in your restaurant and then telling them they can't eat food while there. There's inviting folks to buy fuel at your gas station and then telling them no gas is allowed on the premises. Go to the park, but keep off the grass.

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.

4 Comments:

  • A gym that caters to novice exercisers but disallows them to grunt while lifting. That ought to drum up a lot of new business.

    By Blogger The Sarcasticynic, at 8:04 PM  

  • I saw that story and while I agree that the muscleheads can be annoying and enjoy a more gentile gym, this guy probably just let it out accidentally.

    I mean, how embarassing. Like violating the no-farting policy. Of course he's going to deny it. Point the finger at someone else. Wow.

    In a way, it's kind of arbitrary, I'm sure. Like No Douchebags Allowed.....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:25 PM  

  • It sounds like everything else in life -- why not simply apply common courtesy. The occasional grunt is no big deal. There is a personal trainer in my gym who does a lot of breathwork while he works out. The exhalation comes with a light "ha" sound. it really doesn't bother me at all. But a gym full of that would be insane.

    By Blogger Manola Blablablanik, at 11:57 PM  

  • I can see letting loose with a grunt if yer lifting 500 lbs., but the ridiculous grunting by tennis players kills me. What the hell is that all about? I mean, Anna Kornikova can grunt all she wants, but what the hell?

    By Blogger Fathairybastard, at 12:30 AM  

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