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    Lightbulb new gym rules: put your weights away or lose your membership?!

    Hello all.

    Went to the gym yesterday and they posted this new rule as you walk in and on some of the machines:

    Put your weights away or the following happens.

    1) first time you get a warning

    2) second time your membership gets suspended

    3) third time, your membership gets cancelled

    I was pretty surprised by this.

    I agree with putting your weights away but that's a bit excessive if you ask me.

    You should really have one of your lacky "fitness trainers" put errant weights away for the customers instead of trying to put your customers away by such rules.

    Anyone else find this odd or is this normal practice?

    This is Premier here in markham, ontario.

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    I think it's a pretty responsible practice, although perhaps a bit extreme in regard to membership cancellation. Maybe instead they should make you clean the bathroom for a week, or go stand in a corner.
    The Powerhouse I go to has the same rule. When I went the the local YMCA, there were no such rules, and there were many, many pigs. Nothing sucks quite as much as when you're trying to progress through a workout, having to spend 5 minutes wandering around the gym floor looking for the set of dumbells you need that some inconsiderate mook didn't put away.
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    I don't think that rule is odd at all.Gym owners need to come down hard on members who do stuff like not putting their plates away.That shows a lack of respect.
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    This happens to be one of my pet peeves. Inconsiderate A-holes that don't unload the equipment, put plates back on the trees in the wrong order, replace DB with weight nos. down, not returning the benches to their proper place, and destroying the equipment. If people can't take a little responsibility in the gym, I'd hate to see where they live.

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    This is my biggest pet peeve in the gym right next to people who dont put the same plates on the weight stacks. I hate having to dig for a plate.
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    I think its a good rule, nothing bugs me more than when I'm wanting to use something and theres plates on the bar but no one around using it.
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    I agree . You've got the meathead on the legpress with every 45 lb. plate in the house for 20 min . You wait for him to finish so you could grab a few and the chump leaves them all on there and proceeds to b.s. with his pals for another hour . Meanwhile the plates gather dust and i get pissed . PUT THOSE F&*#'N PLATES BACK WHERE THEY BELONG !
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    I agree that members should put their weights away, not the personal trainers or gym staff.

    But, I do not agree with posting a threatening sign.





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    some kid left the weights on the smith machine,my wife wanted to use it,but not 315lbs worth, so she asked him nicely to put the weights back,he ignored her............but didnt ignore me when i sorta spoke up.its called being kind to others.and thats the bottom line
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    it's just common curtesy put your plates away when finished with them. I think its great that the gym will put their foot down and make a stand. another thing that is annoying is dumbells laying around. not only is it a pain in the ass it ca also be potentially dangerous.

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    If I owned a gym I would not post threatening signs to my members.





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    I would just start crackin skulls !
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    I think it's a good rule. After all, the gym has to pay for equipment and insurance.

    Example: Someone leaves a large amount of weight on the bar, next person is removing the plates and gets injured while doing it. You can argue that the second individual shouldn't have tried to remove the weight, but I say it would have never happened had the first indvidual done what is proper in the first place.

    Your membership at a gym is a priviledge, not a right. If these folks can't obey the rules - good riddance! Makes the gym better for everyone else, IMHO.

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    Originally posted by Prince
    If I owned a gym I would not post threatening signs to my members.
    ditto Prince,i haved work at a club,which my best friend had owned,he would tell every body that entered that that was the main rule,pick up after your self.
    its fustrating to say the least.
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    In reality they should hve their damn memberships revoked, but I dont agree with the buissenss logic there, as a owner of a gym i wouldn't want to piss anyone of so io wouldn't post that.

    Puttin a few mem's on the change rooms that said something about please putting the weights away, and listing a few reasons, such as difficulty in finding equipment, dangers associated, and intimitated begginers/ladies may help.

    In reality the gym should have to staff someone to run around picking up after US! Its not fricken tennis, we dont need a ball boy? If we are capable of putting (which im not) 1000 pounds onto leg press and banging out a bunch a reps, then we are capable of removing the weights, more so then the poor lady or first timer who want to press a plate a side! Remember when you were starting, you probably would have just walked away not knowing what to do. Make it easier on, the begginers, as well as the experienced

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