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Weird-ass experience in the gym today. Both squat racks are occupied, one by a guy squatting some serious weight, and the other by some hipster doing Tibetan Teres Minor contractions or some such. Hipster finally removes his weight and leaves, and I immediately step onto the platform and position the bar at squat height.
“FIRST DIBSIES!” someone yells from across the gym. Guy in his mid 50’s in reasonably decent shape. He speed-walks over to me.
“Excuse me?” I ask.
“I called first dibsies on this, sorry bud” he replied.
“I’m not familiar with first dibsies. Umm, would you like to work in?” I ask
He then gives an exasperated sigh, as if I’m ignoring a basic rule of gym decorum. “If I call first dibsies before you load up your first plate, I get the rack” he continues.
“Listen, I’ve never heard of that. You are more than welcome to work-in” I offer.
“I’m doing descending supersets here (?!?), so I’m going to need the rack to myself” he says.
Finally he looks over to the guy next to us, who is resting between sets and clearly doesn’t want to get involved. “Hey man, didn’t you hear me call first dibsies on this?” he asks the guy. “Yeah, don’t know what that is. At all. Sorry” the guy replies.
I offer one last time to let this guy work in, and he gets into a big huff. “Fuck, just forget it” he says, and then storms into the changeroom.
Question to lifters of his generation - is “First Dibsies” an actual thing, or was this man marching to the beat of a drummer that no one else can hear?