Friday, 7 February 2014

A Question on Gym Etiquette

Today was my second day (and therefore the first of Workout B) of the Stronglifts programme, which meant squats, overhead press and deadlifts. As I've not done overheads or deadlifts before, I set my starting weights below the recommended start for men, at 17.5kg and 30kg respectively.

I'll be honest - I found the overhead presses quite hard and am still feeling a burn in my arms at the moment! The deadlifts I found very easy, so might consider taking them up to 35kg on Monday. Apparently my body remembers lugging around multiple bales of hay and straw and giant, full water buckets from when I was younger! :)

One thing I did find a little trickier was more people-related; how to broach the event when multiple people want to use a piece of equipment. It would seem that Friday is a popular day for the men to go to the gym for an early morning workout, which meant most of the equipment was in use by the time I got there just after 7am. Whilst I'd have preferred to use the power rack to start getting into the habit, it wasn't too much of an issue for the moment as I could use the non-Olympic bars for the squats and overhead press, and fortunately a proper bar became available when it was time to do the deadlifts.

However what do I do next time, if there's someone already using the power rack?
Wait until they are done? Ask if I can do my sets in between theirs?

How do you handle the situation? Suggestions and advice gratefully received!

Today's Workout (Stronglifts 5x5):
Squats = 20kg
Overhead Press = 17.5kg
Deadlift = 30kg

Stationery Bike (moderate) = 10 minutes

Shoes: Vivobarefoot Breatho

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