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August 29, 2011 3:31 PM
So I've decided to keep my Planet Fitness even though I'll be doing the majority of my weight lifting at my unviersity's rec center. I'm in the 3rd week of the Stronglifts 5x5 program, and one of my big gym pet peeves which seems to happen a lot is somebody doing curls in the squat rack. I know the serious lifters probably get annoyed by this too, but would it be rude to ask if they could use a ez-bar instead or something? The gym only has 2 squat racks (but 3 hip abductor machines =| ), otherwise it probably wouldn't be an issue.
August 29, 2011 3:36 PM
Not rude at all. They're the one's being rude. Drives me CRAZY.
August 29, 2011 3:37 PM
You have no idea how much that gets on my nerves!!!
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August 29, 2011 3:43 PM
Funny,I use the squat rack to curl IF no one else is using it.
I do Arnold style wide curls so I need a full bar and the squat rack just allows my to set the bar down on something other than the floor.
That being said, if someone wants to squat I move. I also do bicpes on slow days just so I can use the rack.
Point is, just ask and I am sure they would relocate.
August 29, 2011 3:44 PM
There is only one squat rack in my gym... and I never see anyone doing curls in there.
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August 29, 2011 3:47 PM
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Funny,I use the squat rack to curl IF no one else is using it.
I do Arnold style wide curls so I need a full bar and the squat rack just allows my to set the bar down on something other than the floor.
That being said, if someone wants to squat I move. I also do bicpes on slow days just so I can use the rack.
Point is, just ask and I am sure they would relocate.
I get that, but I think some people are too afraid to ask someone to move. I know when I started lifting I was totally too intimidated to do that.
August 29, 2011 3:51 PM
There are reasons for using the full barbell in place of an EZ bar as you can load more weight as well as change grip style. That being said, it is completely alright to ask them to move their barbell to another area where they can set it on the floor as long as there is another area for that and available barbells. They typically don't need the squat machine but use it for convienence.
August 29, 2011 3:52 PM
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I get that, but I think some people are too afraid to ask someone to move. I know when I started lifting I was totally too intimidated to do that.


I figure I pay for the gym just like everyone else does. If you are using something unconventionally and I want to use it as intended then I will say something. Closed mouths don't get fed =)

And for the record we have only one squat rack also, I have been asked plenty of times to please hurry or use a bar somewhere else to curl...no hard feelings, it is a squat rack after all.
August 29, 2011 3:54 PM
Depends on the person, is he bigger than you? Could you take him in a fight? Maybe wait until he is mid rep then kick him in the crackers..

If its a girl, get behind her and say things like,"yeah.. curl it baby.. curl it.." You're a fast sprinter, I think you could pull this off.
August 29, 2011 3:58 PM
QUOTE:

Depends on the person, is he bigger than you? Could you take him in a fight? Maybe wait until he is mid rep then kick him in the crackers..

If its a girl, get behind her and say things like,"yeah.. curl it baby.. curl it.." You're a fast sprinter, I think you could pull this off.


Haha!

Honestly, I wouldn't know what a squat rack is, so if I was there, I'd want a full explanation before you asked me to move.
August 29, 2011 6:39 PM
Another thing, stop ****ing chatting with your buddies, and get your lifts done and gtfo the ****ing squat rack. PF makes me rage so hard.

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