Somebody got chalk everywhere. It was all over the floor, the platform and even some on the walls.
It was not me. I told a lot of people this, because it happened last Thursday and they didn’t clean it until Monday afternoon. And, I’m sure I looked guilty – for a good number of the intervening hours, I was chalking my own hands while standing amidst this mess.
I suspect it was some high school students. I’ve noticed some of them now have chalk in ziploc bags. I don’t see the worst of the high school students because I usually go to the gym in the mornings, but I’ve had a few run-ins, and I’ve heard stories from other guys.
It was not me. I’m afraid of being kicked out for chalk misuse so I always clean up my mess. I have near OCD levels of how I like things at the gym. I rearrange weights that are put on weight trees wrong. If there are collars sitting around near where I’m working out, and I’m not using them, I’ll move them to a central location so other folks won’t hover around and try to grab them while I’m lifting.
I’m sure most people thought I was the one who made the mess, even the people I told I wasn’t. Especially those people.
Porter waved me over this morning and asked me about it. In a non-accusatory fashion. I know that he knows I didn’t do it. He said that the owner of the gym (who also owns 4 other nearby gyms) called him about it and was irate.
There were signs printed up and posted around the power rack that said “CHALK IS ALLOWED AS A COUTESY TO LIFTERS. IF YOU DON’T CLEAN YOUR MESS, CHALK WILL BE BANNED.”
1. Misspelled angry sign in all caps & collective punishment = I felt like I was back in the Army.
2. When someone pisses on the floor, they should remove the urinals from the bathroom.
3. A few months ago, Porter told me that the gym owner had called him, irate, because “powerlifters were monopolizing the equipment, especially on Sunday mornings.” I have a strong suspicion not only that Porter made the signs himself, but that he has never been called by the gym owner.
Weight: 191.0 (-0.4)
MRS: 45×5, 135×4, 185×3, 235×2, 285, 325, 355, 365
LBS: 385, 405, 415
MRS: 225, 315, 350, 370×1,1,1
I am pretty sure that I lifted 365×2 yesterday by mistake. Oh well, today was better.
DB Bench: 30×30, 40×40, 50×30,20, 60×20
BTN Press: 45×6, 89×3, 109×2, 119, 124; 89×3,3
Just quit military press. Anything I can behind-the-neck press I can flawlessly hang clean.
Sumo Deadlift: 7 sets, some PRs, but mostly on high deficits with light weights. Up to 405 from a 2″ deficit, but it was kinda slow, so I stopped
Horizontal Pullup: 2×12
Time: 2 hrs