I’ve seen this before, but not in university gyms. Some of the “wussier” chain gyms, like Bally’s, have a no deadlifting policy at many locations, ostensibly for two reasons. One is liability. And the other is that the noise from dropping of the bar disturbs the delicate ears of the stewardesses who are there for the aerobics and elliptical machines. Really.
I’ve also known some of these wuss gyms to top out at 50-LB dumbbells. Again, liability is the stated reason.
At the University of Arizona (when I was there a hundred or so years ago) they had two gyms: one at the “Student Fitness Center” where there were limits; and a real man’s weight room in the basement of Bear Down gym, where you could power lift. I think the weight room in Bear Down Gym is gone, but the Student Center is more permissive of what exercises they’ll allow these days.[/quote]
I actually train at the UA rec center while I’m visiting the u.s. deads are definitely allowed.
As for the OP, you should really try to change your gym since the one you are at seems to blow pretty hard