Why Can’t You Curl In The Squat Rack?
Ahh, the answer that newbies to the gym are dying to know. Why can’t you curl in the squat rack? Why have you been scolded by godly power-lifters when you’re simply just trying to build some bro-ceps? Though I’ve only seen this done a few times in my entire life in the gym, it seems to annoy a lot of guys. Probably as much as women get annoyed when there are dozens of free ellipticals/treadmills around, and that creepy guy just has to get on the one right beside you. Am I right?
In this article, I’m going to get to the bottom of this horrendous thing that some guys do, and why it’s considered a big no-no for those out there who don’t know. I’m just trying to save lives. Now why is it so bad that I perform curls in the squat racks you might ask?
Let’s start off with the basics. Something that newbies in the gym usually don’t know.
The squat rack was created centuries ago and helped revolutionize the way people train. It helped turned boys into men, and separated the humans from the beasts. Before the squat rack was invented, people mainly trained with pulling and pressing movements, not even knowing that legs could be brought into the equation by somehow getting the weight onto your back. Once the squat rack was invented, the legendary movement called the barbell squat was born, which is now considered to be in the books of the training gods as one of the single best movement you can do with the bar. This is probably where the squat rack got it’s name by the way.
In the gym, the squat rack is considered the king’s area. Pretty much the same as the octagon in relation to mma fighters, or the wrestling ring if you’re a WWE wrestler. Anyways…It’s treated as a sacred piece of equipment. You’re technically not even allowed to step into the squat rack until you can successfully squat 2 plates of 45’s on each side of the barbell, or deadlift/rack pull some heavy ass weight. And you’re definitely NOT allowed to be in there curling some light-ass weights during peak hours, when real men need to lift the real weights, to show their bros they hit a new personal record last week and aren’t lying about it.
Nothing, and I emphasize NOTHING makes them more mad, more furious, than bringing their bros to the squat rack to show them that they can squat 500lbs of pure solid weight, and then seeing a measly kid in there curling the bar, and just starting his first set. It’s actually downright sinful to do anything that is not considered a power-lifting movement in there. Now the 3 deadliest mistakes that you can make in the gym are:
#1-Not barbell squatting
#2-Not ever letting regular gym goers/your friends see you squat
second #2-Not squatting low enough
#3– Doing biceps curls in the squat racks
But John, what if I curl in there when there is nobody in the gym, is that still allowed?
The answer is: NO. If you perform an exercise that is not intended to be performed in the squat rack, the iron gods will look down at you, laugh their asses off, spit in your face on every single rep, and cancel out any gains that you might have been making if you were to curl OUTSIDE of this sacred palace. Now you understand why you aren’t allowed to do it. But there are exceptions…
The ONLY way you can gain access to be able to curl in the squat rack is if:
1) You break the squat world record which is 1265lbs (set by Jonas Rantanen). If you can prove to the whole gym that you can squat this much weight in the squat rack, you gain immunity. You can even curl those 5 pound pink dumbbells during peak hours, for 4 hours if you want, and nobody can say anything to you. Hell, if you can squat that much weight, the Iron Gods will give you a pass to do forearm curls in there for all anyone cares.
So there you have it guys. Why you shouldn’t do curls in the squat rack. Hope you got a chuckle out of this short article, and had some fun with it. See you all in the next one!