To The Cement Head

Let me define “cement-head” to eliminate any confusion. If someone embraces workout habits that alienate or intimidate other gym members, then they are a cement-head. A cement-head can be a muscle-head, but not all cement-heads are muscle-heads. And by all means, not all muscle-heads are cement-heads. A cement-head may not even lift weights; they may just do cardio or group fitness classes. A cement-head can be male or female; they may even be a novice exerciser.

A few examples of cement- head behavior are dropping weights, lifting weights you cannot handle, and not returning equipment to its proper place after use. Think about it for a minute. You really do have to be a cement-head to pick up a weight that is so heavy you cannot control it – and even more so if you think dropping it is a good plan. If you can pick it up, you can control it as you set it down. If you can put a plate on a bar, you can put it back on the proper rack. A cement-head can also be the member who decides that they can leave cardio or weight equipment covered with sweat. Let me give you a hint here. If you do not want to clean up after yourself, why on earth do you think someone else would want to clean up your sweat?

Being loud or rude is another example of cement-head behavior. And don’t give me that “I workout intensely” nonsense. My workout partners over the years have included pro football players, pro bodybuilders, world-class power lifters and “regular members”. All my workout partners treated other people with great respect, with the exception of one guy who let his ego get the best of him. That was Tim Belknap, Mr. America 1981.

I will share a story about what caused me to drop Tim as a workout partner that will help you understand my position on rude behavior in the gym has been consistent for many years.

Tim was preparing for the posedown that would determine who represented America on the Mr. Universe team. Joe Weider put Tim and me up in a motel in Santa Monica, California. I knew Tim was an intense guy, so I warned him that he didn’t need to be rude in order to train hard and that I wouldn’t tolerate him mistreating people. He either didn’t believe me or didn’t think things through because he continued to be rude to the people in Gold’s Gym – Venice. So I left Tim to train without a partner two weeks before his posedown. Tim lost the posedown and blamed me for that loss, but I had made it clear that it was up to him if I stayed or not. How he treated strangers mattered more to me than the outcome of the Mr. Universe posedown. Therefore, if you don’t think I will ban you from my gym for being rude, you’re kidding yourself.

Everyone starts out welcome in my gym. Whether they wear out their welcome or not is up to them. Please be nice to others so that we may have the opportunity to serve your and their fitness needs for many years to come.

Joel Potter
Chief Enlightenment Officer
Blue Moon Fitness

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