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Gym Fouls

Hey T-Nation. I’ve came up with a list of gym fouls that I see happen all the time. Here’s what I have so far and I was wondering if anyone wanted to add to the list. I’m was trying to keep the gym foul classification to anything that is done wrong in a gym be it improper exercise technique to impropper attire.

  1. Using the squat cage for curls when it should be used for squats.

  2. Wearing jeans in the gym. I see this more than I need to.

  3. Wearing hair gel in the gym. Why are you trying to look so pretty?

  4. Not wiping down the sweaty machine after you used it. If theres a huge puddle of sweat accumulated it would suck if no one cleaned it.

  5. Doing squats half assed. I see it too commonly and it’s always happening when I’m waiting to use the squat cage. I feel like they are wasting my time and theirs.

Well this is just some stuff I feel is a gym foul and I’m trying to make the list grow so I can turn it into a personal gym manifesto. Ha Ha

  1. Who cares what they wear to the gym? Focus on yourself.

3.Who the hell cares? Maybe they’re coming from work and didn’t have time to shower or maybe they’re trying to mac on some ladies.

-Poking my shoulder while I’m lifting and asking how many more sets…

  1. Lifting up your shirt to check the status of your abs in the mirror. I see it way too often.

  2. Lifting in groups of size > 2. I always see a group of about 4-7 come in, their numbers seem to be growing, and do preacher curls then bench then go upstairs to the machines and do more benches.

[quote]Artem wrote:
2. Who cares what they wear to the gym? Focus on yourself.

3.Who the hell cares? Maybe they’re coming from work and didn’t have time to shower or maybe they’re trying to mac on some ladies.

-Poking my shoulder while I’m lifting and asking how many more sets…[/quote]

You pose a good point though

  1. Shitting on the gym equipment.

I mean what the fuck? Just because your supposed to be intense, doesn’t mean your not supposed to clean up your shit. Fucking gym stinks to high heaven now.

[quote]Artem wrote:

Poking my shoulder while I’m lifting and asking how many more sets…[/quote]

I had that happen to me a few times. I think it’s a gym foul to try to talk to someone while they’re lifting except if you’re there to encourage them.

  • Bad breathe and/or body odor while at the gym.

  • Lifting with sunglasses on in the gym.

  • Doing your BOSU ball squats in the middle of the stretching area.

  • Using a flat bench do you your dumbbell kickbacks on.

  • Stacking the leg press machine with 45’s and hardly move it at all.

  • Not wipe down any sweat (previously mentioned).

  • Yell across the gym.

  • Sip some water at the drinking fountain, gargle, and spit it back onto the drinking foutain. (Should you do this while I am watching, I will catch another case immediately.)

  • Be concerned your rhinestone cap is turned to the side just enough to look hip and cool.

  • Put some kind of body oil on before you start to lift in your tank top to show the little muscle you have.

  • Do not approach me if you are wearing a “personal trainer” shirt on belonging to the gym.

  • Do not ask me how long I will be on the treadmill, I will leave when I am fucking ready to.

  • Do not promote your soy-rice protein drink to me.

[quote]Stuntman Mike wrote:
9. Shitting on the gym equipment.

I mean what the fuck? Just because your supposed to be intense, doesn’t mean your not supposed to clean up your shit. Fucking gym stinks to high heaven now.[/quote]

This is not a joke?

Egad.

[quote]theuofh wrote:
6. Lifting up your shirt to check the status of your abs in the mirror. I see it way too often.

  1. Lifting in groups of size > 2. I always see a group of about 4-7 come in, their numbers seem to be growing, and do preacher curls then bench then go upstairs to the machines and do more benches. [/quote]

Im not alone =OOOO

Put on some DAMN underwear if you are going to:

a. Bench Press
b. DB Press
c. Leg Extensions
d. Glute Press machine
e. Anything else that I might have forgotten

EDIT: Unless you are a young lady…of course.

i use the squat cage for reverse flatbar curls, but at the gym i go to, im curling more than ppl are squating so i dont mind.

people that grab dumb bells from the rack and stand there and do a set of shrugs, while im holding 120s in each hand standing behind them red with rage.

[quote]skidmark wrote:
Stuntman Mike wrote:
9. Shitting on the gym equipment.

I mean what the fuck? Just because your supposed to be intense, doesn’t mean your not supposed to clean up your shit. Fucking gym stinks to high heaven now.

This is not a joke?

Egad.[/quote]

Yes it’s a joke

(knocks on wood)

i worked out in jean shorts yesterday. owell, i just got back from a training course and wanted to get in and out, fuck the 6pm rush.

ive also worked out with gel in my hair. i put it on during the morning and didnt bother to wash it out before i went to the gym so i didnt offend the Gym Referee and get a foul.

i dont squat ass to grass. its just not in the cards for me. i usually stick to the leg-press anyway but regardless, you dont need to squat ATG if you want to increase your quad size anyway…although 1/19th depth is retarded.

i just hate the people who take like the 80’s 90’s or 40s and 50s and mismatch them all over the place. its a damn scavenger hunt everytime i want to use the DBs.

  1. Not moving when someone is trying to put the 130lb dumbell back on the rack.

[quote]LiveFromThe781 wrote:

i just hate the people who take like the 80’s 90’s or 40s and 50s and mismatch them all over the place. its a damn scavenger hunt everytime i want to use the DBs.
[/quote]

Damn that is a gym foul. Inconsiderate

[quote]LiveFromThe781 wrote:
i worked out in jean shorts yesterday. owell, i just got back from a training course and wanted to get in and out, fuck the 6pm rush.

ive also worked out with gel in my hair. i put it on during the morning and didnt bother to wash it out before i went to the gym so i didnt offend the Gym Referee and get a foul.

Well that’s different than actually putting gel in your hair strictly to look good at the gym.

i dont squat ass to grass. its just not in the cards for me. i usually stick to the leg-press anyway but regardless, you dont need to squat ATG if you want to increase your quad size anyway…although 1/19th depth is retarded.

I was mainly refering to people who put on too much weight to handle and then only go down about a fourth of the way down.
i just hate the people who take like the 80’s 90’s or 40s and 50s and mismatch them all over the place. its a damn scavenger hunt everytime i want to use the DBs.
[/quote]

  1. Trying to talk to me: stop fucking trying to talk to me I’m trying to get a workout done and don’t want to chit chat.

  2. People who stare: Why is it weird that I can actually squat correctly with good weight atg? Does this make me a freak?

  3. Sitting on equipment just to talk to other people:

  4. Unwarranted screaming/grunting on high rep low weight sets: You look like a douchebag, and are a distraction to people trying to workout. An occasional grunt/scream from hard lifting is completely fine, you know if your doing it just to get attention or if the weight is physically destroying you.

  5. Harassing women at the gym: Its creepy

whatever dude, if a chick walks into the weight room aka the arena of blood then its all fair game baby wooooooooooooooo

[quote]shizen wrote:

  1. People who stare: Why is it weird that I can actually squat correctly with good weight atg? Does this make me a freak?
    [/quote]

I am guilty of this,
however in my defense…I am not staring at anyone I just stare off into space between sets.

I lift as heavy as I can to failure and I just sit looking in the mirror at myself digusted with myself and picturing what will be looking back at me if i keep it up.

maybe thats why when I am between sets someone walks up to me trying to talk to me I jump like they snuck up on me even though I was looking right at them.

Standing directly in front of the DBs to curl so that then no one else can get to them with out having to speak to you, and hold back just pushing you.

Walking the path of least resistance even if it means going between me and my bar.