I just want to let you know: when you’re done with your set, there is no need to drop the dumbbells onto the ground from chest-level. Dropping the dumbbells on the ground doesn’t make you stronger. It doesn’t make the other people in the gym like you.
Also: I realize that grunting and exhaling can help you lift. But you don’t need to act like you’re being fucked by a gorrilla.
Also: When you are finished with a weight machine, please don’t sit on the machine staring into space for 10 minutes. I am waiting to use that machine and usually too polite to ask you if you’re finished. Also, please don’t take a 10-minute break between sets while sitting on the machine the entire time. Finally, please don’t put your towel and water bottle on the seat of a machine and then go talk to your buddy for 15 minutes. Rude, rude, rude.
I wait by the machine for 90 seconds. If the stuff is there (notebook, towel, water bottle, belt, whatever) and they’re not back, it gets moved to the side and I use the bench/machine. I’ve had a couple come back to me and say “I was using that”. I’ll reply, as if I misunderstood what they said, “You’re more than welcome to work in to my sets if you want”. You don’t get to call dibs at the gym especially if you’re running around the gym doing some circuit on 5 machines. (I’ll stop here since this isn’t the pit).
I think grunting can be very useful during a workout. It’s the same principle behind the kiyai in martial arts - the release of breath and sound corresponding to the release of energy. But there is no reason to go totally over the top with it.
I lift at the Y and nobody is dropping weights or making a scene. I can understand a bit of grunting, but a couple of videos I just saw on YouTube were pretty extremely annoying. Grunting from exertion happens from time to time (never audible over headphones, I’ve found), but dropping weights on purpose, not so much.