We all know that doing curls in the squat rack during peak hours gets you a quick flogging from the masses at T-Nation, but I’m wondering if doing Turkish Get-Ups in the power rack draws the same ire. I train at a university gym with a plethora (yes, I know what that word means El Guapo) of equipment and not much free space.
The gym generally gets pretty packed at around 5:00 PM when I train and I’m left with no alternative if I want to incorporate the exercise.
My gym prowess: ~9/10 - I’ve worked out at more than 20 different gyms in the past 10-15 years and am pretty confident in my assessment that the only place to safely (in a low traffic area) do TGU’s is on the power platform. I’m also very conscientious when it comes to gym etiquette and try to always be respectful of others (which is why I’m curious about this one).
Power rack usage factor: ~2/10 - Honestly, 90-95% of the time, this is not a problem. The gym has 2 power racks. Needless to say thay are not as popular as the leg extension machines or preacher curl. There have been a few occasions when I have been doing TGU’s and someone has had to wait and/or has made a comment about me misusing the area.
My strength level/set-rep scheme: ~ 6.5/10 - My strength level is fairly respectable, but nothing remarkable. I usually do between 4 set of 6 and 8 sets of 3, so its not like I’m using the area for 20 rep GPP work that I can get at home.
Work-in factor: ~ 3/10 - I am very meticulous when it comes to rest time. I either take 70 second rests (exactly) when doing straight sets, or 60 second rests between sets when supersetting something like rows. I’m not saying that it’s impossible to work in with me (and it has happened in the past), but it’s pretty difficult.
So I’ll throw it up to you. TGU’s on the platform - yay or nay?