A Teen was kicked and nearly injured by a gym member for deadlifting “too loud”.
Crazy things happen all the time in the wonderful world of lifting. Crossfit is somehow still a thing, planet fitness offers free pizzas and there are still people who get angry when you deadlift. Such is the case that we shall be discussing today.
Let’s take things from the top, the deadlift. Deadlift is a very common, bare-bones “weightlifting 101”, basic exercise for putting on size and strength. It works your back, legs, glutes, arms, shoulders, traps…you name it-the deadlift works it. It also helps that you look alpha as phuck when you put some serious weight on the bar and start repping it out.
However, it has an aesthetic side effect that tends to irritated casual gym goers-it’s very loud. To properly execute the deadlift you have to lower the weight to the floor and once you get into the glorious “2plates per side” club the iron tends to get a bit noisy when it gets dropped.
Now, I’m guessing that right about now you are making sarcastic eye rolls at me and saying something along the lines of; “But that’s fucking Big Ron! He’s got 800 lbs on that bar, of course dropping that shit is gonna be loud!! Brah-vo, Captain Obvious!”. I know that being right on the internet is serious business. I, as an aspiring internet warrior, am very well aware of that. However, let’s not split hairs here. The point stands; deadlifts are fucking loud and regular gym goers are just too damn sensitive. Planet Fitness has such a bad case of deadlift noise allergy that not only does not allow deadlifting they don’t even have free barbells at their facilities.
Moving along, we arrive at the curious case that has triggered every deadlift enthusiast with an internet connection. Story goes that a client of Pete Rubish (famous powerlifter) was warned a couple of times for being a bit too noisy when deadlifting and was asked to put some padding underneath the weights before his next one on one sesh with the dead…lift. The teen in question does just that and goes to town on the weights. What happens next will blow your mind!
Just to clear things up, the douchebag that goes full “this is Sparta” on the kid for deadlifting does not work for the gym. The story/video spread faster than an std outbreak on a porn set! Basically, everyone in the fitness community that has a social media platform had something to say about this incident. Try searching “deadlift” on youtube and you’ll get spammed to hell and back with various YouTubers scolding the hotshot gym Sherriff and offering support to the young lifter.
Internet famous lifter, Omar Isuf went as far as offering the young man that goes by the name “Charles” money so he can go and lift in a manlier gym. The gym where the incident happened, “Buzzfit” in Montreal, was very Canadian-like and polite about the manner.
“We’re sorry this happened, the guys sorted it out. We even told that big meaney to leave, eh.” Ok, as you can see that’s not really what they said, but c’mon. It’s basically the same thing, right? Thankfully there is still some justice left in this world and this story has a happy ending. The protege of Pete Rubish made another video, shedding some light on the issue.
In the vid you can see “Charles” lifting a bunch of stuff and discussing the aftermath of the event that set the internet ablaze. Minor back pain, instant internet fame, the probable increase in female attention and a lawsuit against the wannabe badass and possibly even the gym itself is what he got from the incident- An incident that could have easily gone horribly bad. What you can also see is what happens when a professional employee asks you to do something. He waits until you finish, then he explains to you what you are doing wrong and what you must do in order to continue using their facility. You oblige, follow the rules and continue doing your thang-just as “Charles” did.
Moral of the story? People complain way too much. Lift heavy stuff, mind your business and shut up.