Whether you are lifting in your home gym, at a training facility, or are competing at a meet there certain practices that are considered common courtesy not only to other lifters but also to equipment. Many of these unwritten rules may seem obvious and some are less pronounced but equally important.
To start, it is considered disrespectful to walk directly in the line of sight of someone about to perform a lift. Concentration must be held and someone walking right in front of you as you prepare to start a lift has the same effect of yelling in someone’s backswing in golf. If you see someone with their hands on the bar, stop and wait for them to complete the lift and then pass. This courtesy is mainly reserved for beginning a snatch or clean and jerk and less so for squats or jerks taken out of a rack.
While in a training environment plates are often a scarce commodity, especially the lower denomination change plates. Each gym may have a different practices regarding use of change plates but it is never appropriate to take something off of a loaded barbell. Here at Grind House Barbell, if it is on the floor or the trees it is fair game. Dropping an empty bar or stepping over someone else’s bar is also a faux pas and will likely draw stares or criticism depending on the setting. If you are ever in doubt or unsure ask the coach or meet coordinator for a brief rundown of the house rules and you will avoid any unknown mistakes.