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Deadlifts Not Allowed?

At my local university gym there is no area to deadlift, as they are not allowed. They “aren’t safe” or some bullshit. So I do them in my friend’s garage, but it is much more of a hassle as far as my workout schedule is concerned.

Does anybody else have to put up with this shit at their gyms?

Judging by the way I see most people deadlifting in my current gym, I’m all for them not being allowed for the general public. haha

Does your university not have a powerlifting team??

i’m not sure if they do or not…

any squat cages? i think that in that situation deading in the cage is acceptable. If they say “no dead lifting” then give it a different name and tell them your doctor told you to do them. same goes for chalk, best answer is always, “what chalk?”

Is there no floor space? Cuz that’s all you need to deadlift.

And I like the “not safe” comment. There is nothing safe about weight lifting if you don’t know what you are doing. I could hurt myself doing ANY exercise. Don’t listen to people when they say crap like that. Deadlifts are a staple exercise in many programs. They just don’t know any better.

[quote]ironjoe wrote:
any squat cages? i think that in that situation deading in the cage is acceptable. If they say “no dead lifting” then give it a different name and tell them your doctor told you to do them.[/quote]

Call them rack pulls. Make sure you actually use the pins as to avoid suspicion.

[quote]ironjoe wrote:
any squat cages? i think that in that situation deading in the cage is acceptable. If they say “no dead lifting” then give it a different name and tell them your doctor told you to do them. same goes for chalk, best answer is always, “what chalk?”[/quote]

hahaha…I gotta use that one.

Join a new gym

your place is a fitness centre not a gym.

it’s time you join a gym.

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]jgundrey wrote:
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 :slight_smile:

when they tell you that deadlifting is dangerious and a liability…just say well im sure this place burning down would be dangerous and a liability too

[quote]Pipes06 wrote:
when they tell you that deadlifting is dangerious and a liability…just say well im sure this place burning down would be dangerous and a liability too[/quote]

HAHA, I would like to see the looks on their faces after this one.

Just do really heavy shoulder shrugs. Rest the bar on the ground in between every rep.

Tell them that they are “reverse hack squats”.

My university gym we can deadlift but we can’t do Olympic lifts.

When I hang clean, I just pay attention for floor attendants. Also, when they come over and say no Olympic lifting I say…“name the 3 Olympic lifts”. Usually they can’t…also…just reply “Why are you not allowing me to get stronger in the gym”.
Also, the signs so no “Olympic lifts” I say…“this isn’t an Olympic lift…its a variation”.

Yes, I have actually responded in these ways and the trainer’s often piss off. If all else fails say “sure” and wait till they walk away again. Fuck them, their small and weak…at least at FSU.

If anyone has the nerve to tell you not to deadlift, you’re clearly not putting enough weight on the bar.

How many people have actually injured themselves deadlifting at the very sorts of gyms that ban deadlifts?

The only injury most people are likely to get at most fitness centres is some sort of rsi in their jaw.

Having said that, I guess if the convenience of the gym outweighed my desire to deadlift, I would just do another exercise.

All the gyms I’ve gone to haven’t had a problem with deads or oly lifts. 2 of the gyms outright encourage them (my high school and college gyms- both run by strong individuals who probably read T-Nation).

Just deadlift until they kick you out.

Thats what I love about my gym. Heavy squats, Deadlifts and Benches are nothing but ENCOURAGED. Also being a member of a gym run by an Ex professional bodybuilder has it’s own rewards, eg - Program design and nutrition.

People and gyms not encouraging basic movements like Deadlifts should piss off and relocate on the moon.