My kind of gym...

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  1. Marcelo

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    I got this from another board... ;)


    Nov 1, 2006 11:46 pm US/Eastern

    Man Escorted From Planet Fitness Gym For Grunting

    Tony Aiello
    Reporting

    (CBS) WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. You can lift, strain, crunch and sweat all you want at the Planet Fitness in the Dutchess County village. But whatever you do, do not grunt.

    Yep, "no grunting." It says so, in black and white, on a sign posted at the gym. One former member learned the new rule the hard way.

    "This is really absurd, especially the part about the grunting," said Al Argibay, a corrections officer who learned first-hand "no grunting" means exactly that.

    Argibay, a former competitive bodybuilder, joined the gym in September because it was affordable and convenient.

    Planet Fitness is also somewhat picky, with a long list of dos-and-don'ts posted right inside the door.

    "No grunting or screaming" is listed, along with "no bandanas or do-rags."

    "We're creating an atmosphere that's not intimidating," said Carol Palazzolo, the gym manager, who yanked Argibay's membership on Monday.

    Argibay said he was at a multi-press station, getting ready to squat about 500 pounds when the forbidden sin happened. "I let out a grunt, squatted down, back up, grunt again. That's it," explained Argibay. "Basically, grunt, grunt, basic breathing in heavy, and breathing out."

    Grunting is commonplace at most gyms, but not Planet Fitness, which discourages so-called "musclehead behavior."

    There's even a flashing light and siren on the wall, labeled a "lunk alarm," which sounds if someone grunts or drops weights on the floor.

    Palazzolo admits she called the cops on Argibay. The Wappingers Falls police report said officers were asked to "escort a member out of the club for grunting while working out...which is not conforming with the rules of the establishment."

    But Palazzolo said that's only part of the story.

    "He did grunt, and when I told him he wasn't allowed to grunt, he got irate at me, he swore, and he yelled at me," Palazzolo said. "I asked him not to [grunt), he got irate and nasty, and I can't have him in my facility if he's gonna do those kind of things."

    Argibay denied he yelled, cursed, or acted inappropriately. He demanded an apology from the gym and its manager.

    "It's an attack on my character, and it's very embarrasing, and an insult," Argibay said. "At the end of the day, after serving your community as a corrections officer, the last thing I want is to be escorted out of the gym by the local authorities."

    Palazzolo is standing her ground.

    "I'm not out to hurt anybody," she said. "If he feels I hurt his feelings, I apologize for that, but I do not apologize for the way I handled the situation and I am not apologizing for our etiquette at Planet Fitness."

    It's not personal, she said, it's policy. Grunters should go elsewhere.

    (© MMVI, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
     
  2. tsunamii

    tsunamii needs to get laid.

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  3. amyloo

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    Whadya wanna bet the place is overrun with cardio bunnies....
     
  4. Gidget

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    Mild grunting is fine, but I hate the meatheads that sound like they're in childbirth, then drop the weights on the floor from as high a height as they can possibly manage. My weights are heavy too, but I still manage to place them on the floor, not just open my hand and let them fall. If I can hear you across the whole gym with my iPod blasting, you're grunting too freakin' loudly! Shut the hell up, attention whore! Because that's pretty much what it is.
     
  5. smuggie

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  6. matt

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    I drop my weights all the time.

    Someone should burn that place down.
     
  7. Iron Will

    Iron Will Because I'm Awesome Thats Why.

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    What a bunch of wankers, you can't even call that place a gym.
     
  8. Tearose

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    so retarded :sad:
     
  9. Marcelo

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    Word. When we train it's like a f.ckin boot camp. Loud music playing, weights dropping, chains rattling and guys yelling at the top of their lungs!
     
  10. ~LV~

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    Planet Fitness is such a joke.

    Not only is the lunk alarm ridiculous, they have free pizza and bagels every Monday. So as you are leaving the gym after a good workout, you see 15 large pizzas piled on top of each other for your eating pleasure.
     
  11. KatieB

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    I think there's a line -- it's pretty obvious when someone is throwing shiet around just for attention and when someone is working out seriously. A 500-lb squat ain't no joke -- some yahoo doing 30 lb bicep curls and screaming his head off is another story altogether.
     
  12. smuggie

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  13. Jared

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    First off, Planet Fitness is there to make money, not get you jacked. Soccer moms who want to do a little cardio provide much more $$$ than meatheads like us.

    I used to lift in a private powerlifting gym. One of the lifters lived at the gym. It was some kind of metal structure split down the middle - half was an unairconditioned gym, and through the glass doors was a studio apartment where the owner lived. So we could behave any way we wanted to. Yes, we used cheater gear, but we had 2 guys squatting over 1100, 2 other squatting over 1000, and a few others over 900. There were about 15 regulars, so you can do the math on the average strength levels there (which I brought down :lol3: ). These were very large men - several over 300lbs, one over 400lbs, and a couple of guys who were 6'6". Very serious training went on there. Yet I can count on my hand the number of times over the course of about 2 years that the music was so loud you could not carry on a conversation and the number of times I heard someone really "grunt" or yell to get psyched up for a lift. It is most definitely not necessary to lift heavy ass weight. In fact, when you're under enough weight that you want to shit yourself, grunting is about the last thing on your mind. It's the guys blowing through the weight on the cable crossovers that have the luxury of making a show of it. :lol3:
     
  14. Gidget

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    Unfortunately it's the 30lb. bicep curling yahoos that make all the noise and throw the weights around. The serious guys lifting the serious weights don't make nearly as much noise.
     
  15. Robben

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    Your so right Giget, there's nothing better - in the gym that is - than just hearing and feeling the movement of the weight...:shhh: It should take nothing more than a deep sigh or a whispered exhale when one is in the movement...:lol3:



    Hand over mouth kind of laughing now; With a bit of a giggle tossed in for flavor.:lol3: :lol3: :lol3:
     
  16. smuggie

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    There's one guy at the gym where I used to train who grunted loudly on every rep of every set of every exercise he did, including light isolation exercises. I gave him shit once and told him he wasn't impressing anybody.

    He was a total jackass.
     
  17. matt

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    hey now, its starting to sound better... :lol:
     
  18. matt

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    yeah yeah yeah, rub it in. :cena:
     
  19. Gidget

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    :funny: I would have paid money to see that. Then to watch you outlift him. :pimpslap:
     
  20. smuggie

    smuggie Maureen aka Mo

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    He used to grunt while 1/4 squatting 315 lbs. He thought he was a real badass. :funny: :funny: :funny: :funny: :funny:
     

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