There’s like fifteen hundred million of these things. And I mean that’s still not enough (LOL these memes are too ridiculous. I love it). But the real question when it comes to etiquette and gym culture is, should we as responsible adults (hahaha. Sorry, I couldn’t write that with a straight face. Responsible adults...), dare I say, curl in the squat rack?
The answer depends.
If you’re a seasoned veteran to the game, introduced and familiar to the gains, then I say no. Do not. Unless you’re Logan (our LOCAL ATHX pro). Guy’s huge. He can do whatever he wants. The thing is, is that if you’ve been to the gym or have some sort of foot in the fitness world then you know about that unspoken rule. You’ve been introduced to the gym culture, and to different routes that will lead you to whatever health goal you're trying to achieve. It’s more than likely that on Tuesdays, international back and bi day, you have a set that you know will maximize your arm workouts. Dumbbell curls, or cable curls, or lifting that burger to your mouth, whatever. You know that squat racks are for squats, and that if you do want to curl a bar, you can grab one off a bench or at one of those deadlift station things, located near the track at CSU’s rec center (I don’t know what it’s called. Email me if you do, deadlift station things sounds unprofessional). Point being, you know that squat racks are called squat racks for a reason. Being educated, you know there’s a better alternative for bicep workouts that doesn't involve the squat rack, and since you aren’t a dumbass, if there’s a better alternative...why settle for less?
If you’re a newbie, then I say go for it. Chances are you don’t know what you’re doing. You saw a bar, and like Squints in the Sandlot, you just went for it. Similar to how Abe Lincoln responded when Richard Nixon asked him, “why did you climb Everest, Abe?” Abe responded, “because it was there, Dicky.” That bar is there. It has to be curled. But why? Why, as a newbie, should you curl in the squat rack?
This goes for veterans and young bloods alike, which is, not everything you hear on the internet is necessarily truth. Contrary to popular belief, when you see a scrub curling in the squat rack, the natural response is not to film a poorly concealed snapchat video. Or to stand around flexing while keeping a cool gaze on the blasphemer. Or both. Actually the natural response is to flex. Always flex.
If you see someone curling in the squat rack, people shouldn’t be pricks and act passive aggressive about it. That’s a reason why some people are too scared to go to the gym, and truth be told, if they’re curling in the squat rack, they’re probably also scared of the #gains too.
The gym is a hobby for some and a haven for many, a place where people work to meet their goals. If someone laughs at you for trying to better yourself, wouldn’t that be disheartening? That’s why I don’t go to hot yoga anymore. Those yoga pants were NOT too tight on me, Becky. We live in a progressive age, you dusty old codger.
Point being said, if you’re a newbie I encourage you to curl in the squat rack. As you are the honey, and the bros the flies, maybe you will attract a kind bro who will come up to you and say, “What’s up bro, if you’re really looking to get some massive arms, you should try *insert swollcercise*, those things are straight fire, bro.” He will say that, word for word. That way, you made a new friend, found a new exercise, and the bro did his good deed for the day.
And instead of continuing to curl in the squat rack, you'll be crushing that *insert swollcercise*.That’s how the gym should be, helping people out.
People don’t hate on the puppy when he poops in the house, only Old Fido who should know better.
You’ll learn, you’ll grow, and I’ll finally get my squat rack. It’s a win-win for everyone.