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smoody

This article was really interesting for several reasons: is there any physical (or physiological) advantage to "grunting" when exercising, how many other people do this (I do occasionally after finishing a really hard set) and where do gyms "get-off" on telling people they can't grunt (if it's not being done in a rude or obscene fashion to other members).

http://www.latimes.com/...=la-home-health

If the gym I belonged to had such as ridiculous policy (IMHO) I'd definitely quit and join another! Enjoy the article.
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Drew Baye

Florida, USA

Grunting is a sign of val salva's maneuver (forced expiration against a closed glottis), which causes a significant increase in blood pressure.

A person can learn to avoid this with practice. If you feel like you're going to grunt or hold your breath, breathe faster.

It wouldn't be a big deal if it was unintentional, but there are some idiots who grunt and yell and screame and generally make noise simply to draw attention to themselves. This is obnoxious, and should not be allowed in gyms that cater to the general public.

The only place where this kind of behavior is acceptable is in gyms that cater to competitive lifters, where the grunting, yelling and screaming is more likely used for "psyching up" rather than trying to draw attention to oneself.

I used to lift at Gold's Gym in Altamonte Springs, and there were a few powerlifters who'd come in there who were moving some pretty heavy weights. I never recall any of them making any kind of obnoxious noises.

On the other hand, there were also a few clowns who would make all sorts of noise just to draw attention to themselves and to convince everybody of how hard they were training.

I think most people know the difference, and rules like that are in place to deal with the second types.
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davise

Depends upon the amount of fiber eaten the previous few days.
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Drew Baye

Florida, USA

davise wrote:
Depends upon the amount of fiber eaten the previous few days.


I think he's talking about grunting in the gym :)
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kurtvf

This is why I like training at home. I can blow gas out of any bodily oriface and make any noise I want and nobody can do anything about it.
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BloodandGuts

kurtvf wrote:
This is why I like training at home. I can blow gas out of any bodily oriface and make any noise I want and nobody can do anything about it.


reminds me of my old training partner, lol!

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Swedish Viking

California, USA

Drew Baye wrote:

It wouldn't be a big deal if it was unintentional, but there are some idiots who grunt and yell and screame and generally make noise simply to draw attention to themselves. This is obnoxious, and should not be allowed in gyms that cater to the general public.

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...says the man that thinks, as I do, that the best government is the one that governs least.
If you ask me, not allowing grunting is a lot like banning trans fats along with smoking in public places.
It is up the public to voice their concerns and make their own decisions. If you can't stand for something...live the change you want to see take place.
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Drew Baye

Florida, USA

There is a difference between what the government should be able to regulate and what a private business owner should be able to establish as proper behavior in their establishment. If they feel a particular activity or behavior is detrimental to their business, they have a right to not allow it in their business.

The number of people who like to grunt, scream, and slam things around is far lower than the number of people who would be distracted and bothered by it. Health clubs live or die by membership sales.

It's better to piss off one obnoxious idiot by throwing him out for grunting than to piss off a hundred other paying members by allowing him to continue annoying them.
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davise

Agree with Drew on that.

I almost killed myself during an intense set of squats at a commercial gym. Straining to complete my last possible rep the ol butt trumpet blew out about an 8.9 on the richter scale. The lady doing lunges near me says "OOOOH YOUR A DISGUSTING PIG." I started laughing so hard I lost my balance and the bar came crashing down on the pins. That was a close one.
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Yes

Personally, I dont care if people grunt, fart, scream and throw weights around. I got my mp3-player with Pantera, so I dont hear much anyway...

Sometimes I hear those big powerlifting dudes screaming at each other. Thats actually kinda motivating.

I try not to make any unecessary noise. I doesent help me in any way and I dont like the attention. Sometimes when finishing a heavy set of squats or deads its hard not to make any sounds though. Quick shallow breaths like Drew suggests can also be a little noisy, and sometimes the weights just fall out of the hands.

I dont think its such a big deal. Only thing I dont like is the unecessary noise, just made to get extra attention - strange how some people start grunting and throwing weights around when some hot chick walks into the gym...
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Trandahl

Tennessee, USA

Yes wrote: - strange how some people start grunting and throwing weights around when some hot chick walks into the gym...

So true, especially at college.
Funny article, I read about that same instance in another forum... or maybe it was this one.
Personally, I exhale a little louder and breathe faster when the going gets tough. Not too big on grunting. But I'm not religious about it.
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NATUREBOY

I personally think grunting, farting, and screaming helps. Mentally.
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acbartok

\no way it takes energy out of you, that could be putting into your workout.

Bart
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Ciccio

acbartok wrote:
\no way it takes energy out of you, that could be putting into your workout.

Bart


Yep, espceially the farting! :)))

Franco


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noone

New York, USA

Yes wrote:
Personally, I dont care if people grunt, fart, scream and throw weights around. I got my mp3-player with Pantera, so I dont hear much anyway...



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