Big exercises missing from the gym

Flint

Hall of Fame
Are there any of the big exercises that you never see anyone performing in the gym?

In my gym I never see anyone else doing deadlifts or pull ups/chin ups.

I see plenty of bench pressing, squats, overhead pressing, curls, treadmills etc but I never see deadlifts or pull/chin ups.
 

Rattler

Hall of Fame
Are there any of the big exercises that you never see anyone performing in the gym?

In my gym I never see anyone else doing deadlifts or pull ups/chin ups.

I see plenty of bench pressing, squats, overhead pressing, curls, treadmills etc but I never see deadlifts or pull/chin ups.
Really? You may be in the wrong gym, not only are those exercises foundational to my own routines, I see most others doing them. Granted I’m at a small gym, whose members are there to workout. Don’t do or see a lot of socializing. Just people pumping iron.

one exercise I’d like to see come back, or the equipment come back is the Roman Chair. Loved doing sit-ups and lower back workouts on this equipment. Seems to have disappeared from gyms in the last decade.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
Are there any of the big exercises that you never see anyone performing in the gym?

In my gym I never see anyone else doing deadlifts or pull ups/chin ups.

I see plenty of bench pressing, squats, overhead pressing, curls, treadmills etc but I never see deadlifts or pull/chin ups.
I was one of a few people at the office gym doing deadlifts. I've never seen someone at my local YMCA doing deadlifts. I've never seen anyone doing them at Planet Fitness, but, realistically, their weights don't go high enough to bother. I think that the reason why so few do deadlifts in the gym is that you have to find a free spot on the floor, move the bar there, then get out the 45s and bring them over and mount them, add small plates if needed, do your workout and then put them back.

I generally tried to do deadlifts when there was noone else doing barbell exercises because of the contention for plates and floor space.

Pullups - I see some people doing them. I have one on my wishlist for home. The reality is that most people at the YMCA gym are overweight, even if they are strong in the arms, chest and legs; and that doing pullups puts a considerable strain on their arms.

It helps to have pullup stations too. At one of my gyms, the pullup handles are in the middle of a dual-cable pulley system. The pulley system is incredibly popular. I usually wait a while and then ask if I can go in when they finish a set.
 

movdqa

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one exercise I’d like to see come back, or the equipment come back is the Roman Chair. Loved doing sit-ups and lower back workouts on this equipment. Seems to have disappeared from gyms in the last decade.
That's the machine I'd like at home: combo dips/pullups/roman chair. We have one at the office and one at one of the YMCAs I go to. There's one or two even at Planet Fitness. One alternative, if you have a place to do pullups, is to do the same exercise except you're hanging instead of propping yourself up by your elbows and arm.
 

Flint

Hall of Fame
Really? You may be in the wrong gym, not only are those exercises foundational to my own routines, I see most others doing them. Granted I’m at a small gym, whose members are there to workout. Don’t do or see a lot of socializing. Just people pumping iron.

one exercise I’d like to see come back, or the equipment come back is the Roman Chair. Loved doing sit-ups and lower back workouts on this equipment. Seems to have disappeared from gyms in the last decade.
I wouldn't say I am in the wrong gym as such, it doesn't matter If others aren't doing them, I do them and that is all that matters, it's just an observation really.

There is always 1 or 2 groups doing more talking than exercising but whatever...
I go alone and focus 100% on what I'm doing then leave.

Actually another thing I do that I never see anyone else do is hip thrusts. I always get weird looks of girls and guys when I do them but it doesn't stop me from doing them.
 

movdqa

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I wouldn't say I am in the wrong gym as such, it doesn't matter If others aren't doing them, I do them and that is all that matters, it's just an observation really.

There is always 1 or 2 groups doing more talking than exercising but whatever...
I go alone and focus 100% on what I'm doing then leave.

Actually another thing I do that I never see anyone else do is hip thrusts. I always get weird looks of girls and guys when I do them but it doesn't stop me from doing them.
The women did them at my gym. I don't think that I've ever seen a guy do them. You can always do them in your home gym though. I generally just stick with deadlifts, shoulder press and squats with my home barbell. I'm pretty set in my ways as to the exercises that I do - though returning to the gym will give me a lot more variety.
 

Villain

Professional
That’s unfortunate for them. Pull-ups and chin-ups are a great upper body exercise and if I could only do one exercise, it would be deadlifts (I think most people would pick squats, but it’s deadlifts for me).
 

movdqa

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That’s unfortunate for them. Pull-ups and chin-ups are a great upper body exercise and if I could only do one exercise, it would be deadlifts (I think most people would pick squats, but it’s deadlifts for me).
Squats are great but deadlifts hit more muscles so it's more efficient. I think that we're all time-pressured from time to time and have to decide on one or two exercises to do and deadlifts are my go to. What I would love in my home gym is enough space for two barbells, one set to my deadlift weight and the other set to the other exercises that I do. I spend more time putting plates on and taking them off and moving them than the actual exercises.
 

Turbo-87

Legend
At my gym, it is very rare that you can get a squat rack or a deadlift station during peak times. There are people that use them for a loooong time. It's almost like the 80's arcade where you have to put your quarter in line on the top of the video game.
 

movdqa

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At my gym, it is very rare that you can get a squat rack or a deadlift station during peak times. There are people that use them for a loooong time. It's almost like the 80's arcade where you have to put your quarter in line on the top of the video game.
We only have one squat rack at the office. People peek in the window at the door and, if it's in use, go back to work and come back later on. It is better than nothing though.

I miss the squat rack at home and have to settle for doing much less weight.

I've never seen a deadlift station before - either that or I didn't recognize it as such.
 

Turbo-87

Legend
I've never seen a deadlift station before - either that or I didn't recognize it as such.
Well I just mean a special place with the bar lift to make it easier to change plates with the bar a few inches off the floor. Some people also use a deadlift platform.
 

movdqa

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Well I just mean a special place with the bar lift to make it easier to change plates with the bar a few inches off the floor. Some people also use a deadlift platform.
I guess a Smith Machine or a cage would do the trick. I prefer to put it on the floor so I don't have to go straight up and down but it is more work to get the 45s on.
 

Turbo-87

Legend
We have these bar jacks for deads. It makes plate changes a snap. Raise it, add plates and lower it back to the floor.

 

SystemicAnomaly

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Don't believe that any indoor gyms have even been open since March in this area. No access to my apt gym or jacuzzi (was doing a lot of leg work in the hot water). No access to badminton or table tennis gyms either.

24 Hr Fitness has been also been closed around here since March. I've been an All Access member since '89 (and only pay $99/yr, no monthly). Just found out this morning that 24 Hr declared bankruptcy (Ch 11) in June.

They may be closing 130 of their gyms for good. Wonder how Andre Agassi's gym is doing in LV. The only 24 Hr Ultra with tennis courts, I believe. Don't know if AA is still involved in that gym.
 

movdqa

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Don't believe that any indoor gyms have even been open since March in this area. No access to my apt gym or jacuzzi (was doing a lot of leg work in the hot water). No access to badminton or table tennis gyms either.

24 Hr Fitness has been also been closed around here since March. I've been an All Access member since '89 (and only pay $99/yr, no monthly). Just found out this morning that 24 Hr declared bankruptcy (Ch 11) in June.

They may be closing 130 of their gyms for good. Wonder how Andre Agassi's gym is doing in LV. The only 24 Hr Ultra with tennis courts, I believe. Don't know if AA is still involved in that gym.
Planet Fitness opened in June in my area. Shortly thereafter they required masks in the gyms. I cancelled after they reopened.

My YMCAs are open and they go back to full schedule on Tuesday (7-days a week and normal hours) but they shut down areas for cleaning several times a day. You have to book slots for the strength-training area. I would only use the strength-training area first thing in the morning (5:00 AM). The YMCA has three facilities in my area in two cities. The two cities have a total of under 5 infections each. I expect that we'll be down to zero in one to two weeks.
 

Turbo-87

Legend
All gyms in my area have been open since May 17. No one wears masks at all and too many people lack self awareness when they are in your space. Almost no one follows the directional arrows for traffic flow. People drink from fountains that have huge signs saying they are for refills only. 25% of people don’t wipe down equipment. I pretty much expect people to not follow recommendations in any public place. I am thinking about working out at home again even though I don’t like it that much. I just don’t see things getting better or safer especially with fall/winter coming and people being obtuse.
 

Turbo-87

Legend
My city just passed an 8-week mask mandate for all public areas, obviously including gyms. It will be interesting to see how many people play the "I have breathing problems" card because it is considered an exception.
 
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