The Public Gym Rant Thread
Every forum with even a tiny weightlifting section needs a gym rant thread. So I'm starting one here. This thread is intended to be light-hearted, so feel free to use a little poetic licence to sex up your stories.
I work for a large College. Large enough to have a reasonably good gym. It's also pretty tolerant - we're allowed to deadlift - and no one complains if we drop it a little too hard. We're also allowed to use chalk! *gasp*. Pretty damn cool for a public gym, right? I just found out today that we're not allowed to deadlift in socks, apparently for safety reasons, it's a little annoying, but that's cool, I have no big problem with that rule.
Anyway, me and a couple of mates started a small thing we call "Deadlift Friday". I was over there today, all chalked up. Coz I'm a nice bloke, I use liquid chalk so that the cleaners have an easier time after we've gone. I did my sets and reps and walked over to the water fountain to clean my hands off - unlike regular chalk blocks, that stuff really sticks. Halfway through, some whiny knob comes up to me and starts moaning that it's a drinking fountain and I shouldn't be washing my hands in it. I'm a pretty sarcastic bloke, so I gestured at the waste pipe and the inflow pipe and gently pointed out how they were kept separate via the marvels of modern plumbing, specifically to prevent contamination. I'm pretty sure that, if we had those universal translators like they have on Star Trek, his words would have been translated to a shrill whining sound with the barely-audible words in the background "awwwww, you're in front of me and I want you to hurry uuuuuuuup". I had a quick check to see if there were any signs saying "drinking water only" and there weren't. So I grabbed a paper towel, stepped out of his way, walked past the hand soap dispenser (erm, big hint there mister!) and carried on my merry way.
Next time I use that fountain, I'll have to give it a little wipe down in case it's still contaminated with man-estrogen.