Originally Posted by crashjr
Make them tell you to put them on. Tell them ok. Finish workout. Put shoes back on.
That's what I do. They stopped asking.
I've only been asked 1 time to put them on. The weird part is it was 3am with a completely empty gym, front desk graveyard is going around racking weights and full on infiltrates my workout space to organize rack. Just standing there wondering wtf is this really necessary right now. He walks around to the other side and says something, I pop my earbuds out and he says "you have to put your shoes on". I say okay. I was already done with DL. Put them back on. I win.
I go off to the bench area and start warming up. Guy is unreal on my rack again organizing, the gym is wide open! there's unlimited options for this guy to do anything else, but nope gotta do it. One of the weirdest most awkward experiences in a gym I've ever encountered.
He comes up to me at the end says something, I pop my earbuds out
"what'd ya say?"
"did you leave this over in the squat rack?"
"No, that's not mine, nope"
Originally Posted by canoodles
I think this rule probably stems from the illusion of safety. As if dropping an 80 pound dumbbell on your shoed foot would protect all the bones in your foot from breaking or something.
I workout barefoot at my gym, have for 6 months. Got told to put my shoes on once, so I did. Usually nobody gives a ****. I think it's fine and no less hygienic than wearing dirty shoes... A lot less dangerous than other things that are allowed at the gym IMO.
I thought about that... that they think a shoe might provide some level of protection to an accident. Maybe it's a people get grossed out by it thing. Your gonna stank the place up... but that's nothing compared to the BO people put off. Sanitary bacterial thing being in socks, idk I don't see how. Don't get it.
For now I will just enjoy the anxiety rush I get hoping nobody says anything.