I’m in the gym doing my workout. I’m lifting fairly heavy weights, and really giving it everything I got with every rep of every set. I can hear myself breathing. Taking a nice deep breath and exhaling on the exertion and interspersed with this are grunts. Yes, I grunt. No, not LOUD dramatic grunts.
As I’m hearing myself, it got me thinking. If I’m giving it everything I got during my workout, I can’t help but let out a few grunts here and there. I’m also very focused on pushing the weight with correct form and really feeling my muscles work.
Do I grunt for attention? No. I’m in the moment. My own self-absorbed competition.
Are there loud grunters who do it for attention? Over the years I’ve heard some loud grunters who sound like they’re in agony and others that sound like they in the throws of passion , but I think those type of grunters are few and far between.
I became a bit self-conscious of my own grunts simply because I never really hear anyone else grunting. I encourage my clients to grunt, but they never do. I want them to grunt. It’s not that they’re not working hard, but I just feel that a few grunts here and there add to the effort and intensity and lets me “hear” that they are giving it everything they got.
For me, personally, I’ve noticed a difference between my grunting and non-grunting workouts. My grunting workouts are definitely more intense and focused. When I grunt, I know I’m having a great workout, working hard, having fun and challenging myself.
There are some gyms that display “no grunting” signs. Really? Seriously? Should someone be kicked out of the gym for grunting? What about those who are singing along to their iPods? Should they be kicked out of the gym?
I feel there are far more serious offenses in the gym than your gym grunter, but that’s for another article.
Here’s a video I found about a man who was kicked out of a gym for grunting. What are your feelings on this topic? Would love to hear your comments.