10 Things Taylor Carpenter wouldn’t do at the gym

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Ever since I realized hitting the gym would help me with baseball growing up I found myself working out in some capacity almost daily. Over the years I’ve developed some pet peeves, some warranted and some not. Below are 10 things Taylor Carpenter wouldn’t do at the gym.

  1. Behind the neck shoulder presses. I still see trainers having their clients doing behind the neck work. This puts your shoulders in a very vulnerable position and chances of developing an injury are high. It may not be today, but keep doing behind the neck work and you will develop an injury.
  2. Behind the neck lat pulldowns. See #1.
  3. Leaving the bench covered in a puddle of sweat for the next person. Some days I sweat profusely, some days I don’t. Either way, do you wanna workout in a pool of someone elses sweat? Clean up after yourself!
  4. Leave my weights loaded on a machine or barbell. No regard for the next person, every gym I’ve been to on a day to day basis you will see people leave a squat rack loaded with 315lbs. Not that my grandmother is going to the squat rack tomorrow but assume she wanted to use something, is it really necessary for that person to clean up your mess?
  5. Sing along with my Ipod. Distracting, this is a gym not a club!
  6. Dance along with my Ipod. See #5.
  7. Yell excessively when lifting a moderate weight. Desperation for some attention? If you’ve developed an impressive physique and you can lift an impressive amount, people will notice. No need to put on a show.
  8. Slam the weight excessively when lifting weight. See #7.
  9. Stare. No explanation needed, its not polite to stare.
  10. Approach people for conversation. See #5 and #6. Very few exceptions.

About the Author:

Taylor Carpenter is a nationally Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Taylor was featured as a fitness expert in the first publication of NASM's "The Fitness Edge".
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