Monday, June 17, 2013

Chat with a Multiple BODYBUILDING NATIONAL CHAMPION Part 3: Grunting while training

This one isn't going to be deep at all. In fact, I'm sure many will have the same sentiment as I have on this topic. Yet there are always the other half with a differing perspective that I feel isn't being thorough in thought.

While chatting up with this national champion, he mentioned his dislike for gym members who grunt and drop their weights. He adds on that they aren't even carrying heavy weights.

I have 2 questions for anyone who thinks this way. Firstly, do we grunt because we are training heavy or training hard? Secondly, what is heavy? Isn't heavy relative?

You  see, what's heavy to someone like Ronnie Coleman is different from what's heavy to a national champion in Singapore that is also different from what is heavy to a newbie starting out in the gym. So if "heavy" weights warrant the right to grunt and drop weights in the gym, everyone has that right. When we train to the point where we are lifting what we consider to be heavy, that is when we are training hard. Anyone who is training hard and grunt would find that grunting occurs quite subconsciously. No to mention, rep range. What if someone is going for high reps? The burn and difficulty increases such that the weight doesn't have to be heavy to be training hard.

What I do reckon to be wrong are people who lift weights they can handle(regardless of the actual weight whether "heavy" or not) but intentionally toss the weight around or grunt unnecessarily. That has nothing to do with the weights however. Unless you train in an "underground" or "hardcore" gym where such behaviour is encouraged, this is really wrong. Not that I am against underground gyms, heck, I wanna be training in one!! The fact is, I and most of us train in commercialized gyms where we do have people who aren't fond of such behaviour and we shouldn't be flaunting it. Just grunt when you actually have to. Drop the weight when there's proper matting and you really can't put it down because you trained to failure.

I guess it comes back down to the quote I've been mentioning. "Every action is measured by the sentiment from which it proceeds.". Whether right or wrong, isn't based on the action(grunting and dropping weights) itself, but why we did it(for failure or for the kick of it), in relation to our situation(the gym we train in).

PS: I do drop weights.(Only on dumbbell presses where putting it down is almost impossible after I'm done) and I do grunt.(Only on deadlift, squats and leg press)


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