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Old 08-30-2011, 09:34 AM   #11
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Both taken together sounds like a great combo.
I'm afraid many people would not understand.

Bumpin for more info. I hope to print out all the comments and give to the Parks/Rec director.
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Gotta agree with this ^^^

I have worked out only in my school gym, so I dont have much experience of other gyms. Other than curling in power rack, I have also noticed that lot of lifters do deadlifts, cleans and barbell rows (from the floor) while standing in the power rack. These are heavy lifts no doubt, but you dont really need a power rack for these, and keep others from squatting or doing rack pulls, or pin presses and such while you go about working from the floor.

Our gym has about 4-5 of extra Oly barbells (apart from those in the power racks), and plenty of unoccupied floor space. I would like to see folks using this space and those extra bars, especially in the rush hours. I dont care if they use the power rack for curls or rows or whatever as long as there's nobody waiting to do a set of squats or pin presses or any lift that actually needs the power racks.

Rather than actually state this as a "rule", it might be a good idea to educate a gym member about these things as a matter of "etiquette".
I agree with this when there is enough space. My gym however, has bugger all space outside the squat rack. Occasionally, I find enough space for an olympic bar behind the preacher curl rack but other than that, cleans, standing military presses, deadlifts, shrugs with and Olympic bar and even rows with a big bar all need to be done in the 3 foot space behind the rack. You can still do squats while others are doing the aforementioned lifts but space is tight. That's my only major criticism of my gym actually but it's a big one!
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A few equipment suggestions:
Get a proper platform for deadlifts and/or Olympic lifts
Make sure you have quality bars -- a Texas Squat Bar or two would be awesome for bigger guys like me who have problems squatting with a regular bar.

Other than that, those 2 rules sound like they sum it all up.
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