Gym Rant: The Squat Rack Dudes

20 Nov

Because doing homework and being caught up for the holiday break is for lame people, I have decided to procrastinate and blog about my current pet peeve: the squat rack users at the gym.

I just found the perfect meme to start this rant off. Internet score.

This was me earlier at the gym. Seriously.

I have had a gym membership now for about a month. I love my new gym. The 24 Hour Fitness Super Sport I go to has three squat racks. Now, as a girl who likes to lift weights I need the squat rack. I have a heavy amount of weight I am squatting, lunging, deadlifting, blahblah-ing, but I cannot lift it over my head. I love the ability to duck under the bar, get situated, and pump some iron.

Since I have had this membership, I seem to go around the same time every day. I am a 12:30-3:30 frequenter of the gym and so are the world’s most annoying weight room men. The same five guys seem to be in the weight room with me when I am lifting and they have the worst freaking habits in the world. (These habits concern the squat rack. All of the terrible habits seem to revolve around the squat rack.)

The first most annoying thing these dudes do at the gym is placing their towels on machines that they are not using. I get that the squat rack is important. I love to use it myself, but if you are done or moving on to another machine for a bit REMOVE YOUR TOWEL SO I CAN WORKOUT! I am very methodical when I am in the gym. I group all my workouts according to areas. I do the squat rack needed moves first (because it is a busy machine), then I go to the free weights area to finish up whatever is floor work/dumbbell work. I have a plan. I have a method. It makes sense. This leads into my second issue.

You cannot use two or three bars on your ONE squat rack. Today, when I was at the gym, I spotted an open squat rack. I raced over with a smile upon my face. How lucky was I? A squat rack open and waiting for me. As fast as my smile appeared, it disappeared when I realized that there was no bar on the rack. Confusion racked my brain. I scan the gym for the bar that I so desperately needed. Quickly I spot the bar I need on the rack next to me. This dude had three bars on the squat rack he was using. He had a monopoly on all of the squat rack bars. Apparently, he was the only person in the whole gym that used bars when he worked out. Worst part of it, HE WAS NOT EVEN USING THE SQUAT RACK OR ANY OF THE BARS! Needless to say, I walked up to the machine he was working on and told him to give me one of his bars.

My final pet peeve with these dudes is how they are constantly trying to “help” me. This may not completely be about the squat rack, but it is annoying nonetheless. Almost every time I start to place weights on my bar, one of the dudes come up to me and ask me if I need help. “Hey, that looks heavy….do you need some help?” Clearly. Y’all have seen me here how many days now and you still believe I need your help? Take a cold shower and piss off. K?Thnx(:

Good thing I am not lifting tomorrow. Haha.

Do y’all have any gym pet peeves?

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5 Responses to “Gym Rant: The Squat Rack Dudes”

  1. Jess @thefitspirit November 21, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    Haha totally made me laugh! I hate “help” too!

  2. Alex @ therunwithin November 21, 2012 at 6:43 am #

    ewwwwww, gosh and it isn’t like you are going to touch it. I am not a big gym person but I hate when people talk on the their phones as they use a machine, ugh. Or when they lean forward on the elliptical, like what? is that even a workout?

    • runnerheather November 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

      Haha the forward lean. Yeah, I have no idea what that is about either. And I hate the people on their phones at the gym!

  3. Brittany November 21, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    BAHAHAHAHA that picture of Pauly D made ME DIEE! I don’t use many machines at the gym except for cardio, but I hateeeee the girls that go to the gym trying to look like they are walking the red carpet. I am here to sweat, not to look pretty.

    • runnerheather November 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

      When I found that meme I was like SHAZAAAM! Those girls at the gym piss me off. I’m over here sweating like a roasting pig, with my hair pulled back in a high ponytail/braid, wearing cut off shirts and running shorts and I look over and see girls with their hair perfectly done with make-up on. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Grrrr……

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