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Fittingly Mad: Dudes Who Drop Weights

We've heard that it doesn't pay to be macho when lifting weights. So why do so many people — sorry to say, it's primarily men — insist on slamming down their weights? More often than not, my gym workouts are rattled by the clanging of weight plates or the sound of someone dropping a giant barbell onto the floor. There are signs posted that specifically say "don't drop weights," since it's both rude and disruptive. Sometimes it hurts my ears so much I think I'd be better off wearing earplugs.

What really gets me is that these offenders are not only making a ruckus, they're also probably not getting the most out of their lifting. Though you should push your muscles to the point of fatigue when lifting, it's important to stop if you start to lose form. If you don't have the strength to lower the weights down gently, that's not a good sign — though I suspect that some folks do it just for dramatic effect.

The gym is a shared space, so I've considered saying something to the patrons who slam down weights. But I always chicken out. Do you think I'm overreacting or does this get under your skin, too? Have you ever said anything to anyone about it?


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Connor15111984 Connor15111984 3 years
I see so many things around the internet complain about people grunting or dropping weights in the gym. The gym is a place for doing hard things that increase your fitness or strength. I actually saw somebody below use the word "serenely" talking about their workout, if you're doing anything "serenely" at they gym, you're wasting your time being at the gym. Gym's are for people who want to do difficult things that push their limits, believe or not this may cause exertion which makes people grunt. And as for dropping weights, on many lifts it's a necessity to avoid injury. If you got off a treadmill and walked up to me at the gym to say something about noise I'd tell you to save your money and run around your block for your cardio.
abreen14 abreen14 4 years
this has to be THE dumbest thing i've ever read. It hurts your ears? omg. You know what hurts? When you don't drop the weight, then you're making yourself extremely prone to injury especially in the shoulder area. Clearly, you've never lifted anything of sufficient weight and know what it's like to fail with that weight. You don't stop and think "hmmm this weight is really heavy and may dislocate my shoulder if I don't drop it, oh but wait, that might hurt my neighbor's ears." Another thing, if you've ever deadlifted before you would know that it's impossible to put the wait down with out making noise. This post is detrimental to anyone who wants to maintain a safe workout with free weights.
rickrolled rickrolled 6 years
Listen up, just because you think it is annoying or "rude" doesn't mean you are right. While there are certainly idiots who drop weight and scream and grunt just for the heck of it a lot of people actually have a reason to do it. If you're deadlifting 400-500 lbs. off the floor then it is actually UNSAFE to lower the weight down slowly. You are supposed to do a controlled drop, which is still a heck of a lot different from just letting go of the bar at the top of the movement. However, it is still going to be loud, and it is going to rattle the room. When people are lifting very heavy weights they are going to grunt, it is a natural thing to do. Some people are actually serious about getting strong and some people are actually competitors who know a LOT more about exercise and weight lifting than you. To be honest, if all you're doing is going to the gym to use some machines and do abs you're wasting your time and money. Just go get a pullup bar, go home and do bodyweight squats, pushups and pullups and it will be just as useful.
wattttt wattttt 8 years
Some people have to drop weights...I mean there is a certain point when your forearms are not strong enough to handle the dumbbells (when benching with dumbbells). I say they rule is that if u are in the triple digit weights and can maintain good form... it is okay if you drop the weights. I do it and people around my do it too, its not to get attention. Although i do hate those people who do it when they are only lifting 80lbs and under.
kris32x kris32x 8 years
wow. this is really pathetic. maybe some women are REALLY that full of themselves to think men grunt and groan just to attract them. get over yourselves. grunting helps a lot of people push through the last reps when they are lifting heavy weights. why is everyone so concerned with what other people do at the gym?!?!
bettywhite bettywhite 8 years
i completely agree. it makes me jump every single time. the worst is that the weights are above the shower room (so you hear it even after you leave the gym area) and next to the yoga room (so you hear it while you're trying to get some zen.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 8 years
once this dude next to me dropped is dumbbells & one of them nearly rolled over my foot!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i 100% AGREE with your frustration. EVERY time i'm at the gym i'm startled out of my workout cause hear a dumbell drop and a guy groan and the ground shake. it's really a pain in the ass since i don't understand the point of it. we're not at a weight lifting contest where it's acceptable.
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 8 years
Back in the day my dad would weight lift with this guy who would ALWAYS drop the weights. One day he did it and the weights went through the floor!! I just think that its going to crack the foundation or do structural damage, probably not but who knows I'm more annoyed by the grunters and the guys who stand around each other and help the one guy on the bench with the weights... dumb!
Stupidasscat Stupidasscat 8 years
I hate it. It shake the ground and the machine i'm working on.
xtinabeena xtinabeena 8 years
i'm not going to lie; i am an offender... but i do olympic lifting, for which you have the platforms and bumper plates that are meant to be dropped.
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
I don't really mind it that much. Like, I get why it's annoying but my gym is so crowded that I just don't notice it anymore. Plus the floor is super padded so it doesn't make as much noise.
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 8 years
this dude sounds like he's about to bust a nut while he does shoulder lifts, it's so embarrassing and makes everyone so uncomfortable around him...his ipod is on full blast of course but sometimes it even looks like he's straining to make the sound...ugh.
superfoxml superfoxml 8 years
This makes me so freakin' mad every time I'm in the gym. There I am, serenely into my elliptical or treadmill routine-and BAM! GRUNT!- weights drop and knock me out of my zone. I still hear it over my music! Wish men (not every man, mind you) would have better gym etiquette when lifting.
wambalus wambalus 8 years
Argh I hate this and am glad to read that so many other people get annoyed. Although I don't mind if it is mild noise and within context - i.e. lifting to failure and with appropriate pads, but if it's just done for effect alongside a good ball-scratching, I'm not a fan.
emilita emilita 8 years
This bothers me SO much, it messes up my workout. I thought I was the only one who was bothered by this because no one else ever seemed to notice!
Allytta Allytta 8 years
kimpossible, it's inconsiderable of other people and i don't give a damn that they are in their little worlds... it's almost like crazy people. normal people are in the same space and dimention as others around them. anyway, it didn't really bother me, if it did i'd say something.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
i always feel embarrassed if i drop weights...
PixelatedKD PixelatedKD 8 years
I can't stand the idiotic guys who grunt loudly and drop their weights then do a sleazy smile at the girls who look over startled. I totally agree with Hoax and Gumdrops - do it at a specialty gym or something but definitely don't do it at the Y where people want a community workout space and there are families and senior citizens doing community activities there.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I'm pretty laid-back about stuff like this, I guess. I figure, as long as they aren't dropping the weights on my toes, I could really care less if they drop the weights. I could see getting mad about it if I were the gym owner because that can't be good for the structure of the floors or the weights themselves. To me, it's just a signal that some macho guy is lifting too much weight for him to safely lower without dropping it.
Red-Sharpie Red-Sharpie 8 years
I'm with Urban. And I admit there are some times after a tough set of deadlifts or something when there is some noise when I put down the weight. Heavy weights do that sometimes and some people do routines that push themselves to failure. I kind of expect to hear that sound in the weight room. I don't think people do it to be obnoxious.
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