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Old 08-07-2008, 12:40 PM
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I just got my gym membership and have since been about 5 times. I have never seen anyone deadlifting at my gym so I'm not exactly sure what to do, considering there's no designated area/bars for DLing. Should I just take the barbell from the squat or bench rack and start lifting away? Thanks
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Old 08-07-2008, 01:06 PM
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ask first...or...they might kick you out
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Old 08-07-2008, 02:28 PM
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Old 08-07-2008, 03:06 PM
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i would give it back to you....but...it's kinda tainted now.
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:07 AM
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In gyms where you can't DL, are you allowed to do rack pulls? That would negate the "you are going to damage the floor" argument. I think I actually find low rack pulls harder than off the floor, at least on the lower back and hips.
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Old 08-08-2008, 08:14 AM
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I would say if they don't let you do DLs its probably not the best place to be anyways. Or at least not for someone who is very dedicated to strength training or BBing.

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Old 08-08-2008, 08:22 AM
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I'm not convinced that dead lifting is necessary for bodybuilding.

However, I can't imagine not being able to do something at a gym. Seems... stupid.

EDIT: From a business standpoint I know WHY they do it, just think it loses them a portion of the market that is necessary. If you lose all the guys that deadlift, that squat heavy, that use dumb bells over 100lbs, etc, then you lose the big and strong guys, hands down. Without those guys then I think you lose the teen/skinny wannabes. I mean, if you were a little guy looking to get big, would you be sold on a gym with no big guys in it? Even if you didn't know crap about training and were willing to give up the idea that you could deadlift, wouldn't it strike you as odd that NOBODY in the entire club weighed over 160lbs unless they were obese? If I was a gym owner I would do my best to ensure that power lifters/bodybuilders/strongmen were welcomed at all times, that they had their own area to work out in so they could be loud, slam some weights around, etc. Think of it as the "ski resort" theory. You have to have a bunny hill for those people that aren't interested in the black diamond slopes, but you have to have those big slopes visible and accessible when people are ready to move on.

Not to mention, it has been my experience that most TRUE powerlifters/strongmen/BBers are pretty polite. That is to say that your average pimply gym roid user is NOT any of the above though he may fancy himself as such.
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Old 08-08-2008, 10:22 AM
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Not to mention, it has been my experience that most TRUE powerlifters/strongmen/BBers are pretty polite. That is to say that your average pimply gym roid user is NOT any of the above though he may fancy himself as such.
I could not agree more.
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Old 08-08-2008, 08:00 PM
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To do Rows and Deads I have to pull the bar from the rack in my gym. Have'nt seen anybody else do these ever. I did'nt ask, and think, by the looks I get from staff and members, that the answer would have been no. I've been doing it for some time now. Nobody even bangs plates around there. Hard to stay motivated. The floor is completely covered with like 3" of rubber type flooring. I figure it's there, use it.
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Old 08-11-2008, 03:15 AM
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They don't let you do deadlift??? I would ask for my money back and get da hell outta there. What kind of nonsense is that? Just take any bar wide enough and deadlift if it's not taken.
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