I went to perform some dead-lifts yesterday morning only to discover that the power rack had a fresh new sign hanging up beside it. Truth is, it might have been there longer, but this was the first time I saw it. The sign provided a list of exercises that could be performed on the equipment- about 5 exercises in total. The sign concluded by noting that any exercise not on the list couldn’t be performed with the power rack due to space limitations. Guess what, the list did not include dead-lifts as a permissible exercise. [FYI: The list did include squats, military press, and a few other exercises].
Here is where it gets interesting. It is obvious from the sign that the rule exists for later in the day when the gym is packed with people. But when I workout at 6 a.m. it is usually just me and one other person. However, the gym is staffed by a bunch of college kids who think the rules must be rigidly enforced. It just happened that the guy working the gym that morning wasn’t very confrontational and decided to take an annoying approach by walking into the weight room and reading the sign and then looking at me- he repeated this several times.
So, it might turn out that I will have to add the assisted dead-lift (assisted because it is a few pin lengths off the ground) to handstand push-ups as prohibited in the weight room. This is a bit ridiculous. Any clown can risk their spine doing 600lb squats, but I can’t do a dead-lift on the power rack.