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Rant: Is Banging the Weights Really Necessary?

Posted May 03 2010 1:49pm

Hey gang. I have a little something to get off my chest today.

Here’s the story:

I was at the gym the other day, for a change of pace, with my training buddy.

Why is it that every time I go to a commercial gym, I see or hear something that reminds me of WHY I don’t go to commercial gyms very often?

Back Rows Cable Pulls

This time I witnessed a guy doing cable pulls who thought that, for some reason, banging the weights as he let them down was something good to do.

And “banging the weights” is actually an understatement.

He was really just letting go of the weights and letting them smash down to the rest of the stack.

Oooh, that must be some heavy weight you’re lifting, eh buddy?

I was not impressed. And OW, my aching ears!!

Seriously? This was really necessary?

Pretty funny particularly since, once he finished, I went over to use the same cable equipment to do some back rows and saw that he was using a weight that I’m able to do myself (remember, I’m a girl and he’s a big burly boy… or at least he thinks he is).

AND, I did NOT have to bang the weights to let them down. It wasn’t THAT heavy!


Too Many Muscles

Banging the weights is NOT cool.

It doesn’t prove how strong you are …

… how fit you are …

… or how big you are …

Quite the opposite in fact.

All it proves is that YOU think you have something to prove and makes you look like a jackass in the process. It SCREAMS of insecurity, which I’m almost positive is the exact opposite of what you’re trying to portray.

There’s gotta be a better way to get the attention you so obviously crave.

It’s inconsiderate, disrespectful and rude to others working out around you.

You may as well leave behind a big trail of slimy sweat on the equipment while you’re at it.

Oh, wait. You did. Of course. Why not? It’s abundantly obvious that you don’t give a flying flip about anyone around you. Good one.

Home training. No wonder I like it so much!


That felt good to get off my chest. Thanks for listening.

Have a fit, fun and fantastic day.


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