Tuesday, September 20, 2011


I've been spending a lot of time lately in the weight room. I'm getting more comfortable there. I'm actually enjoying it quite a bit. But, something keeps happening that I'm not sure if it's funny or sad:

It started with this single sign:
Okay, while I don't agree with it, I can see where they're coming from. On their side: It's probably a liability issues. Dropping a 20 (or more) pound weight on your foot with Vibrams on probably hurts. On the *other* side: I've dropped heavy weights on my feet before WEARING shoes, and that hurt pretty bad too.

I thought, "Oh well." I have wanted to get some Vibrams but haven't gotten them yet, so it doesn't bother me too much. As long as they still allow people to run in them on the track or treadmills, I don't mind.

But then yesterday, I saw they added some more signs:

It's kind of hard to see, but now we have:
- No Vibrams
- No flip flops
- No bare feet
- No crocs
- No midriff bearing tops.

I just think it's a little ridiculous.

What do *you* think?


A Pin-up in stitches said...

Over the top much? Holy bajeezus, this is an adults only gym right? So treat ppl like adults! I can see the no croc no flippy flops "rule" but no vibrams AT ALL? No bare feet (I'm a barefoot lifter) and no midriff showing tops? Buh? I'd throw a hissy fit LOL

Danz said...

I agree with everything except the Midriff tops.

Lisa said...

I'm not sure I agree with all the posting of the rules, seems a bit repetitive. I will say one thing - I have a fractured foot that has not healed in 6 months from wearing Vibrams. I love them but I would not suggest anyone that runs more than a mile to wear them. Just my 2 cents!

April Westerhold said...

Other than the midriff, I think that it is definitely from a liability stand point. My husband is in the foot/ankle/orthopaedic field and hates the Vibrams. He said the increase in foot/ankle injuries has doubled since this fad became more popular. For his sake ($$) that is a good thing but he hates to see young, vibrant people deal with life-long, re-occurring injuries because they didn't wear shoes that offered more support and stability.

Having said all of that, it is a personal choice so if people want to continue to wear them then that is their decision but from the gym's perspective I'm sure they don't want people getting hurt on their equipment, possibly having to deal with medical personnel coming in, calling family members to pick up people etc.

april@Party of Five

Todd said...

I think it's time to find a new gym.

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

I think they are getting a little No happy! Not even a midriff baring shirt? That is a little over the top!

Carrie said...

That's a little much. Midriff bearing tops? C'mon... it's an adult gym, right?