Curls in the squat rack...

... with an empty bar.

2 people! 3 sets each! really... not just a warmup apparently...

Then... the bigger guy loaded a 10k on one end and a 25lb on the other... put them on with collars, did a single rep and looked confused.

I don't care if no-one feels the need to either read or respond to this thread, I just need the therapy of getting it off my chest...

Nick

Curls in the squat rack...

This is symptomatic...

Curls in the squat rack...

Why on Earth do gyms find it so hard to PUT UP SIGNS telling people what and what not to use specific equipment for?

Granted, many pieces of gym equipment can be used in novel ways, but curls on the squat rack or in the power cage are the stupidest thing that I've seen. What is so hard about picking a curl weight up off the floor?

Curls in the squat rack...

If I had a dollar for every time I've stood behind these guys, dropping my belt and doing prolonged stretches and free squats...only to get annoyed looks between their sets....
I've come to the conclusion they're not going to change...the only thing I can change is how I respond to it...you know, foreigners don't understand English no matter how loud you speak it...

Curls in the squat rack...

i told them its a squat rack, not a curl rack and that they need to move because i want to use the equipment for squats. never had anyone argue back and they usually moved pretty immediately

Curls in the squat rack...

It's interesting when you consider that squat racks and power cages haven't been around all that long - maybe 30 - 40 years. What would these people have done "back in the day?" John Grimek had the most impressive arms that I have ever seen in the flesh and I guarantee you that he never curled in a squat rack. When this happens to me in the gym I politely tell the "lifter" that there are many different places and methods in the gym by which to do curls, but there's only one squat rack and I'd like to do some squats. About 50% of the time they cooperate.

Curls in the squat rack...

50 % of the time... Smiling . Well, I`m only 240-250 but got a lil bit (some low guys say more than a lil bit) a mean Bavarian face and rough voice. Therefor so far 100 % have cooperated. No big deal imho, cause: No real toughies among them who curl in the squat rack, ya know Eye-wink