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man kicked out of gym for grunting

this happened! apparently, the gym has established certain rules that they feel will limit the intimidation gym members may feel while working out. one of the banned behaviors is grunting. i was astonished when i read this! what are your opinions about this?

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Tue. Nov 21, 9:53am

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Political correctness is killing this country. People need to stop being so chicken and stand up and take what they need to hear. Yes, sometimes the truth hurts. Personally, I'd rather have someone tell me to my face "Hey you're overweight, you should do something about it." Not degrading, but honest and truthful. How is grunting intimidation? Isn't having a big muscle-bound man standing in front lifting 150lb dumbells while you are struggling with your 10 lb dumbbells just as intimidating? Society is filled with wimps and sissies.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006, 10:17 AM

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I think it is a silly policy, but I also have a hard time believing Mr. Argibay's version of events. It seems he was rather confrontational. I don't have a problem with grunting. For christ's sake; it's a gym! I usually have my head earphones in anyway.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006, 10:23 AM

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Boy I'm glad I have my own equipment and workout at home, even more reason not to deal with the hassle of a gym. Sounds like this gym is for people who like to pretend they are working out and don't want to feel embarrassed by someone exherting themselves.

Although I do agree the guy was told to leave. He argued, then he was told to go up front his membership was being canceled but was suprised when police officers showed up to escort him out while he was still lifting. Obviously he was not cooperating and with him being such a big guy and the manager being a woman I can see why that would be unnerving. Also if he had cooperated and hadn't made such a stink he wouldn't be getting all this attention because it sounds from the article like this is a pretty common occurance and it's only the fact that he is making such a stink about that it is giving him such notoriety.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006, 10:46 AM

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i don't belong to planet fitness but we have them where i live and i know many people who join it specificially so they don't have to listen to guys grunting and dropping weights. it's obnoxious. there are gyms where that is completely fine and accepted and there are some where it isn't appropriate. it sounds like he was working out at the wrong gym, not that people there are sissies or wimps.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006, 12:05 PM

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Well, I have mixed feelings. If I were in charge, I wouldn't have that policy. I think they have the right to have that policy if they want, and they are certainly doing it because they think it will enhance their revenue. I also think it's really hard to accurately judge how much someone is or isn't annoying others if you aren't there at the time.

I think Mr. Argibay's threatened suit is probably propelled by resentment and a desire for something like revenge, not by notoriety or defamation. But then I don't think it's unreasonable to resent being excluded. I imagine nothing will come of the defamation suit in the end. But he probably feels wronged. Laws on commercial discrimination aren't limited to "civil rights" law - there are antidiscrimination laws having nothing to do with the usual "race, color, creed, national origin..." criteria - but they are mostly very specific and rather obscure, for example, the Robinson-Patman act and its ten-part test. The point of this long paragraph is that the average person who feels wronged in a commercial situation has next to no clue of whether there's some law he can use to make them do what he wants, or at least make them really sorry they didn't, so I don't think we should be too critical when they want to believe there is one. Our history on this, like our history on gambling law, is that it's okay when we say it's okay and it's not when we say it's not.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006, 12:56 PM

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That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard! I would be more intimidated to join that gym for fear of doing something wrong, or breaking a rule and being humiliated! I agree with the first poster, the political correctness of our society is way, way out of line. If you don't like grunting, get over it.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006, 1:02 PM

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I belong to a gym that doesn't allow grunting or dropping weights or wearing bandanas (that's a funny one!) and I never really thought about it. I mean, there's a sign stating what isn't allowed, but it never occurred to me that there would be an issue with any of it. I'm glad about the no grunting rule, though. Not because it is intimidating, but just so unnecesary. Sure, if you're having trouble lifting something, you might grunt accidentally. But I picture those annoying guys who grunt and yell, like they just want you to notice them.

OT, sort of... is it possible to hit a tennis ball without grunting? That's annoying, too.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006, 3:16 PM

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i'd join a gym that banned make-up and perfume / cologne in the workout areas. and g-string-style workoutwear.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006, 3:21 PM

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OH - I definitely agree with the perfume/cologne! That is the worst, and is not good for asthmatic people!

In my opinion, if you know what the rules are (no grunting, or whatever), and you don't like them, DON'T JOIN THAT GYM! Duh! The guy said he joined that gym because he it s open 24 hours. Well, that is understandable, but if you want that feature in a gym, and you can't get it anywhere else, you have to follow those rules. Not a hard concept.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006, 6:38 PM

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How does a ban on grunting and dropping weights have anything to do with political correctness?

Tuesday, November 21, 2006, 11:45 PM

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