Basic barbell etiquette: a place for everything

I’m warmed up, now it’s time to lift some weights! Let’s chuck some 10s on the bar. Wait, where have all the 10s gone? And has anyone seen the chalk bucket? Ever go to a gym and see a sign like this? “Please replace your weights when you are...

Basic barbell etiquette: don’t use your phone in the gym

Picture an internet cafe. Lining one wall is a row of desktop computers, each with monitor, keyboard and mouse. A web browser is open on each of them. Just next to the computers are a row of weightlifting platforms. A lifter clean & jerks a set of 2 at 85%. Then...

The Gymway barbell: a review

As you read, please bear in mind this will be an opinion from a limited world view. Although I’ve lifted on a huge number of bars over the past decade, the bulk of my training was carried out using Eleiko, because that’s what Bethnal Green Weightlifting...

New strength gym in Gardens, Cape Town

What is the address of the new gym? Ground Floor, Roodehek House, 2 Roodehek Street, Gardens, Cape Town 8001 [map] What is the name of the new gym? I am continually doubting myself on this. I know it doesn’t matter and I can change it later. The truth is I am...

Basic barbell etiquette: don’t cross a weightlifter

So, here’s a funny thing. Every time I coach someone for the first time, I demonstrate the warm-up drills we use. If said person has come to us from a CrossFit box, 100% of the time they will stand directly in front of me. Because of the 100% consistency, I have...

Basic barbell etiquette: no talking on the platform

I am careful here to distinguish the training space rather than the activity of lifting, because it covers off multiple scenarios. From the time you set foot on the platform (or whatever your designated lifting space is) you do not communicate with anyone else. From a...

Basic barbell etiquette: one bar to a platform

Let’s kick off 2018 with a short series on etiquette for weightlifters. Etiquette and safety are often intertwined, but I wanted to approach this from the angle of what makes for a pleasant training environment. If you are training on a platform with more than...

Is it okay to eat spaghetti bolognese?

London, England, circa 2011. I receive a phone call from my friend, Dan. Dan and I used to worked together in a shop selling computer games from 2000-2004. I don’t know why the dates stick out in my mind, but I didn’t see Dan very often. In fact, he pretty...

Only the faithful

It’s winter here in Cape Town. Cold, dark… who wants to be in the gym? I hear it’s not just me and my place. It seems there’s a recurring decline in business throughout the local industry. And it happens yearly! So the attendance thins out and...