Are You an Animal in the Gym?

AnimalIf you’ve ever seen Dorian Yates in his video “Blood and Guts” training you will have noticed there’s a lot of screaming and yelling going on.

The spotter is screaming at Yates to crank out the extra reps and DY is grunting as he pumps them out. But this is one small hardcore gym.

In mainstream gyms these practices are discouraged. Let out a primal scream during the the last reps of your 20 rep squat set and you will turn a few heads.

Unfortunately they are more likely to give you a disapproving look than stand there with mouths agape marvelling at your prowess under so much iron.

Yates Rows

And having your spotter scream “You can do it, you can do it, get it up!”. Well, I don’t think so.

In the US, the Planet Fitness chain has gone as far as to ban screaming. Get to loud and you’ll trigger the “Lunk Alarm”. That’s ‘Lunk Alarm’ not ‘Hunk Alarm’.

At Planet Fitness gyms, grunting can trigger an ear-rattling siren and flashing lights. The so-called lunk alarm on the wall over the free weights has a sign explaining the term: A lunk is someone who grunts, drops weights or is judgmental of other exercisers.

The chain is serious about its no-grunt rule. Albert Argibay, a bodybuilder and New York state corrections officer, was kicked out of a Planet Fitness in November after allegedly giving a loud “Uuuunh!” while lifting weights. The linebacker-sized man allegedly shouted and used profanity to dispute the manager’s claim, at which point police officers were summoned.

After that incident, all Planet Fitness locations removed their 75-pound dumbbells. The heaviest available now are 60 pounds. But the weight machines still allow members to lift much more.

Oh my, I much prefer ‘ear-rattling sirens’ and ‘flashing lights’ to the clunk of iron and the sound of men at work.

It’s good to exhale with exertion, grunting or screaming doesn’t really help. But sometimes it just slips out.

Blood and Guts DVD

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