Man Expelled from Gym for Grunting

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  1. MACDRIVE macrumors 68000

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    I guess Maria Sharapova wouldn't fair to well in that gym huh? :p
     
  2. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    Wow...grunting. Um, that seems a bit too trivial to expell someone for.
     
  3. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040

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    well having worked in a gym I can understand why some of those rules are in place. There was a few personal trainers (one in particular) that definitely intimidated people with their demeanor and they noise they made while either working with a client or working out themselves.

    That being said, you'd think they'd have more of a 3 strikes and your out type of thing. Regardless of if the guy grunted or not, the fact is he is still a customer of theirs and deserves the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps a polite "sir, we're going to have to ask that you keep it down" would have sufficed. However, none of us were there, so perhaps that is all they said and he went ballistic and then ran to the paper with this sob story.
     
  4. ziwi macrumors 65816

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    I imagine they can make and enforce whatever rules they wish - just seems real trivial for a banishment...
     
  5. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    These gyms must be the strangest gyms in the world.

    No grunting? So what to people do? Stand around and have polite conversations whilst "lifting" a couple of kgs in weight? If you're going to lift weights and "push yourself" to do that extra rep with a heavy weight, then you're going to expel air or grunt.

    What's next, no sweating? "Sorry sir, your damp shirt is against company policy. Please leave the gym."
     
  6. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    lol, that made me think of that Family Guy episode where those weight lifters come circus actors get arrested, bend the bars and sort of run/roll/jump down the street. I seem to think one of them, or most of the time both of them, ride a penny-farthing. Quality stuff.

    Ha ah, jolly good. Barnaby and Phineas. That was them, wonderful thing this internet.

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  7. iKwick7 macrumors 65816

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    I agree with that- unless he did, in fact, get out of hand, he didn;t deserve to get kicked out. Then again, they did have to call the police- so it must have been something.

    Not too much grunting at the gym I go to, but there is from time to time. I just ignore it- makes me laugh, really. Can't say I've ever grunted, but then again I don't exactly rock much more than 120 or so in dumbells. My legs, on the other hand- machines!

    :)
     
  8. ejb190 macrumors 65816

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    Wonder what they would do if the grunting patron was pinned under a bar on the bench press?
     
  9. Erendiox macrumors 6502a

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    This is ridiculous. Americans need to grow a pair if gyms need to ban grunting to get customers. This kind of stuff pisses me off.
     
  10. AJ Muni macrumors 65816

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    Haha thats hilarious. I thought it was pretty funny how the guy had headphones on, and the poor guy didnt even know he was doing it.
     
  11. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    thats why my old gym had a heavy weight room in the basement where all the strong guy's could do what they want. also there was very loud metal or techno music. upstairs it was quite family friendly. i think that is the best solution, a place for everyone.
     
  12. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816

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    500 pounds...you try lifting 500 pounds with out grunting. I cna barly do 315, and i found that a little grunting helped. Granted some people get a little out of hand :p

    120lbs on dumbells!! :eek: SWEET LITTLE BABY JESUS. im going to call BS on this one lol.
     
  13. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    I wonder if I can get expelled from MacRumors for grunting....


    Urhh URHHH


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  14. Sol macrumors 68000

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    Man, I hate grunting tennis players. This is supposed to be a civilised sport where people play in white shorts and drink mineral water afterwards. Grunting in a court while being watched by a silent audience is very improper. Is the aim to irritate the other player?

    As for the gym, it is the natural habitat of the grunters. If one customer felt threatened the gym should have politely warned the grunter to keep it down; calling the police seems like an over-reaction. He should be given a full refund and a written apology.
     
  15. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    Actually, the grunting happens for a completely different reason. The air is forced from their lungs, therefore, the "urrhhh!" sound
     
  16. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    I wonder what happens in their martial arts classes when the people yell when the kick/punch etc

    or even better how about OMMing during yoga class - "his OMM disturbed my inner balance"
    Almost everyone I know who lifts heavy weights grunts when they do it, you are suppossed to breathe out when exerting force,

    the bandana thing I can understand, the noise I don't
     
  17. MarkCollette macrumors 68000

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    I agree. When I started working out, I could barely lift any weight at all, but every set I did until my limbs would fail. I probably grunted a bunch, even though I was a novice.


    Not sure what exercises this guy does, but there are ones where you hold the dumbells in your hands, without actually lifting with your arms, as you instead exercise your leg muscles. And also ones where you just do shoulder shrugs. So, it's quite possible to be holding 2x120 lb. Not that I could do it, myself :p
     
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    You're supposed to yell. We used to make up really stupid noises and really long words instead of the usual KAI and IE sounds that most people made...:D Twas quite entertaining.... :D
     
  20. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    I'm sure the guy deserved it, after all, he had to be escorted out by the police.

    The conversation probably went something like this:

    Manager: Sir, grunting is against club rules, please try to keep it down.
    Man: I'M A PAYING CUSTOMER, I'LL DO WHATEVER THE **** I WANT!
    Manager: Sir, we are going to have to ask you to leave if you continue this.
    Man: YOU CAN'T MAKE ME!
    Manager: Please leave.
    Man: NO!
    etc. etc.​


    Personally, I don't care if the rules say no speaking English while wearing bunny ears; if you're on private property, you have to follow them. No one is forcing you (or preventing you) from doing anything.
     
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  22. thedude110 macrumors 68020

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    Don't make me sound the Lunk Alarm.
     
  23. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816

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    Right, but i thought you were talking about curls. Man how i hate lunges with dumbells :mad:
     
  24. technocoy macrumors 6502a

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    i think the punishment as stated might have been a little harsh, but if the guy really became confrontational as mentioned, then I think he needed to be booted...

    When I lift heavy weights I breath in and out. sometimes the air "whooshes" but I have never had the need to grunt. The meatheads do, but I've never seen the normal dudes do it.

    I personally think it's a neat concept to have a place where all the fairly non competitive types who just want to get into shape without having to be bombarded with the beautiful people attitude that takes place at 99.9 percent of gyms.

    I've never seen a shortage of gyms anywhere I've ever lived, I would think if someone doesn't like the concept of a non-meathead workout environment they could go to any of the other umpteen gagillion gyms.
     
  25. topgun072003 macrumors 6502

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    Are people really intimidated by someone else grunting?* It's a gym for crying out loud.* I like the big guys that grunt, it gives the rest of us something to work towards.**:D * Sometimes I like to get on the same weight that someone else was grunting on and just do it silently, but while starring at them. :cool: :D *
     

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