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Does anyone else go to a gym that has stupid/arbitrary rules?

At my gym, everyone has to wear sleeved shirts. The reason? Sleeveless shirts are intimidating to new patrons.

I never used to care, but now that I'm getting ripped, I want to show it off, damn it!

Second stupid rule: You have to have your membership card on you at all times.

How did I get into the building if not by using my card? I shouldn't have to tote it around with me. The worst part is when I go run on the track, because then I'm just leaving my card with my water bottle and it could get stolen.

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At my local Planet Fitness you aren't allowed to do squats (this might be universal for PF) ...which is one reason I don't go there.

Original Post by maxx86:

At my local Planet Fitness you aren't allowed to do squats (this might be universal for PF) ...which is one reason I don't go there.

I thought it was deadlifts.

In my gym, there's only one rule - the cat and dog aren't allowed down there when we are lifting.

Deadlifts too...I know that's at all Planet Fitness locations, but mine has outlawed squats as well...even body weight squats!

Original Post by maxx86:

even body weight squats!

Undecided Sealed

Heaven forbid I drop my ipod...guess I'd have to leave it there.

The only real stupid room as my gym is that you can't exit through the side door.  It's a fire exit.  And it's only stupid because all the employees leave through that door anyway.

I don't know if it's all Curves, but you're not allowed to jump on their recovery pads. You're supposed to gently jog on the spot for 30 seconds before moving to the next pneumatic resistence machine. *rolls eyes*

Ok someone please explain to me why deadlifts and squats aren't allowed??  this is INSANE!!!!! 

I guess I should send the men at the gym I workout at to that gym cause they wouldn't miss it LOL!!!

The only rule at my gym is don't allow anyone in that doesn't belong -- fair enough

A gym where you can't squat?  Undecided  How bizarre?

I think the only rules in my gym are:

  • no mobiles (and everyone ignores that)
  • wipe the equipment after you used it (sadly that gets ignored as well LOL)

There's no dress code.  I know of no forbidden exercises or moves.  And the staff know I'm a regular and forget my card all the time.

At my gym, you're not supposed to bring your bag into the actual gym...I don't really understand why, it's not like I'm going to try smuggling out a treadmill...

And then there are the standard 30 min limit on the cardio machines and whiping down equipment.

At my gym:

1) you have to get past the guard dog to enter/exit (he hangs out by the door because he isn't allowed inside.

2) you're weightlifting gloves must match your purse (this one get's ignored)

3) it's mandatory to look in the mirror while curling (this one doesn't)

4) females should expect to get a pat on the but from the trainers between sets.

I think mine could stand to ADD some rules (and equipment), but I guess the most pointless one mine has is no standing on benches.  How am I supposed to do step-ups?  (And no they don't have any kind of box to step on; they are also missing one of those back extension apparatus, and could use an additional squat rack).  I pretty much ignore that rule and hope no one catches me, even though I am being a hypocrite because I hate rule-breakers!

I think Planet Fitness must think they are saving money on insurance/legal costs somewhere by outlawing squats and deadlifts!  Like maybe if no one does them, no one will hurt themselves?  Makes no sense.

I think it might also be Planet Fitness that has a no grunting/screaming rule while lifting which I actually think is great.

"No recording devices". I understand the reasons behind it, but still... It would be nice to be able to record a set of squats or power clean and analyze it afterward. You can't really check your form in the mirror when you're *not supposed* to look there.

Original Post by phillygirl629:

I think it might also be Planet Fitness that has a no grunting/screaming rule while lifting which I actually think is great.

Grunting increases pressure in the thoracic cavity which improves spinal stability and decreases the risk of injury.  Planet Fitness could give a **** about people getting hurt.  They care about attracting clients who have not drive, make no progress and stop showing up 2 months into a 1 year contract. 

Original Post by flightotc:

At my gym, you're not supposed to bring your bag into the actual gym...I don't really understand why, it's not like I'm going to try smuggling out a treadmill...

And then there are the standard 30 min limit on the cardio machines and whiping down equipment.

I think that's more a matter of being in people's ways, people tripping etc. I hate when people dump their items in the group class room, taking up space for other people (and in some classes we are really "full")

Original Post by nebichan:

Original Post by flightotc:

At my gym, you're not supposed to bring your bag into the actual gym...I don't really understand why, it's not like I'm going to try smuggling out a treadmill...

And then there are the standard 30 min limit on the cardio machines and whiping down equipment.

I think that's more a matter of being in people's ways, people tripping etc.

 Definately the tripping factor.  I was walking behind someone into the gym and they decided to drop their bag a few feet from the door, a little off to the side.  That's my usual route to the bikes, and since I was more focused on not walking into people, I tripped over the bag they had just thrown on the floor. 

Also, its easy for someone to walk off with a bag if there are a bunch laying around...

dbackerfan - Ain't that the truth. Yes, don't allow anyone in the gym that should not be there.  I couldn't imagine paying money for a membership to waste it or not get the most out of it, guess thats just logical thinking eh?

My gym has no dress code either.  They could stand to reinforce the rule of racking your weights as people leave their weights all over the place and you have to more or less lookout to not trip over them.  Would it really hurt to unload the squat bar before you leave?  Oy.  Make sure you wipe off equipment after each use (often ignored too).  I couldn't imagine dripping my sweat everywhere and feeling ok to just get off the machine knowing someone else will be putting their stuff on the machine I drenched. Nasty. The other day I was behind a woman on the treadmill who blew her nose and looked around prior to wiping "the excess" all on the machine by the monitor...need I say more.....

Original Post by floggingsully:

At my gym:

1) you have to get past the guard dog to enter/exit (he hangs out by the door because he isn't allowed inside.

2) you're weightlifting gloves must match your purse (this one get's ignored)

3) it's mandatory to look in the mirror while curling (this one doesn't)

4) females should expect to get a pat on the but from the trainers between sets.

Sully, you must be kidding :) your gloves must match your purse? LOL

Females get a pat on the butt from trainers? Now, that is therapeutic. 

Hilarious. 

At my gym all the really big plates are painted pink.

At my gym, flip-flops are not allowed on the floor. Actually, they kicked a member out because she was wearing flip-flops. 

Original Post by maha-kisa:

"No recording devices". I understand the reasons behind it, but still... It would be nice to be able to record a set of squats or power clean and analyze it afterward. You can't really check your form in the mirror when you're *not supposed* to look there.

That is pretty standard at most gyms, but it has never stopped me. I have gotten advice on my form from very experienced lifters, and I never could have done that without recording my lifts.

 

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