So as I was on the cross trainer warming up I heard a horrible loud crash back in the free weight area. It was loud enough that some staff came trotting out to see what happened. My angle of view was blocked so I could not see the source.
After finishing my warm up I walked back there and saw a barbell with 335 pounds on it so I realized the sound was from somebody dropping the weight on the floor while dead lifting. The noise was amplified because the barbell was inside the squat rack where it can also rattle the rack and weight trees at the same time.
I found it ironic when I saw who the culprit was, the son of the trainer that tried to give me bench press advice (dont bring the bar any closer than 6-8 inches from your chest) I wondered if dad gave the kid the advice that it is safer to just drop the bar at the top of your deadlift rep so you don’t hurt yourself lowering it back down in a controlled manner. When I say “kid” this guy is no youngster, probably mid to late 40’s like I am, he should know better.
Well this guy wasn’t done deadlifting yet. When I saw he was going for another lift I relocated my stretching location to a safer distance away. He again pulls 335 off the ground and again just releases it once he stands upright, sending it crashing to the ground, knocking one of the safety bars out of the squat rack and made even more noise than the first time around. Of course I gave him a WTF look and this time all three gym staff members came back there. They didn’t outright say “don’t do that”, the manager said he heard it all the way up in his office and insinuated it wasn’t cool. I suppose they were hesitant to reprimand him more since his dad also works there.
When it came my time to deadlift I did single reps at 345 and 355 pounds, returning the bar to terra firma slowly and under control. I tried to make sure I did it within the lunks field of vision. I hope it pissed him off that a skinny tall guy pulled more weight than he did and somehow managed to not have to let the bar go. Dummy.
5 minutes cardio/stretching
Smith machine squats – 135lbs x 10, 185lbs x 8, 225lbs x 3
Barbell deadlifts – 225lbs x 10, 315lbs x 5, 345lbs x 1, 355lbs x 1
Seated leg extension – 115lbs x 10, 150lbs x 10
Seated leg curl – 115lbs x 10, 145lbs x 6
Standing calf raise – 220lbs x10, 295lbs x 8