This is sooo cliche I almost feel bad posting it but I have finally been the victim of “you set the weight down too hard when you deadlift” at a commerical gym.
I recently moved so no longer have the space for the gym I used to have (very complete. RH, GHR, power rack, DL platform, specialty bars, blah, blah, blah)
I joined an LA Fitness that is less than a mile away because they have round plates and I can actually pull. (hex plates suck)
Everything was going fine until today. Right now I am warming up by working up to a 3X on front squats (add 5#'s every week) and then go right to pulls. The FS’s were fast and easy. I was feeling good.
135, 225, 315, doing sets of eight right now for work capacity so loaded bar to 380 (mid way through a cycle based on bracket setting so today was 380, 425, 380) and when I started to pull my belt for the first set I see this spiky haired douche bag sliding my way.
He is a newer trainer and he says to me, “you can’t deadlift here.”
I said, “Huh? When I joined I told the manager what I would be doing and he said it would be fine. I’m not even training that heavy right now so if you guys have a problem now you are really gonna be pissed in a month or two.”
He gives me the old, “if you’re strong enough to lift it you should be strong enough to set it down gently.”
I said to him, “Do you even deadlift?” To which he replied, “yes I do but I don’t slam the weight down.” I was literally speechless.
This is a longer story than I care to get into at this point because I ended up confronting the manager and telling spike boy to get lost while I talked to him, the manager sided with me but it doesn’t really matter because the die has been set and I am pissed. WTF?
I wasn’t even training that heavy and it’s not like I drop the bar or try to act like Barney Badass slamming weights around and strutting with invisilats.
Holy shit do I miss my gym. This is a first for me and I can’t even comprehend WTF this guy is talking about. Really?!? Where do these guys come from?
I know, I know, that’s what I get for training at LA Fitness but JC, I see such stupidity every day, most of these guys don’t even rack their weights when finished, yell and scream with 200#'s on the bar, chuck dumbbells after doing seated curls…you know the deal.
Rude fuggin awakening. I’m not in Kansas anymore.