Intermediate gym members at a 24 hour gym in Adelaide’s inner suburbs continue to file complaints regarding the availability of dumbbells in 2.5 kg increments.
Gym member, Jonathan Li, says he requires the 37.5 kg dumbbells in order to transition to the elite ’40 kg dumbbell bench press club’ at the local gym.
“I’ve been plateauing on three sets of eight reps of 35 kg for the last three months.
“I’ve actually gone to the next rack and picked up the 40 kg dumbs — but I know I don’t have the strength yet.
“I’ ve even come in at midnight when no one is around — still, I just can’t commit.”
The gym manager in question, Trevor Burns, otherwise known as ‘Truck’, says blokes just need to step up to the plate and not be scared of defeat.
“These young fellas who come in and train chest twice a week, need to learn to harden the fuck up.
“I’m sick of whinging this — 2.5 kilo increment that.
“I just tell em [sic] to come round the back and I’ll sort them out with some juice — fruit juice of course — soon they’ll be lifting all sorts haha [sic].”
Gym regular and Burns’s best friend Tim Kolovic, says the gym manager will never change his stance.
“Mate, Truck and I go a long way back.
“There’s only three things in this world he doesn’t like — carbs, people doing squats on the Smith machine, and dumbbells that go up in 2.5 kg increments.”
Jonathan Li said he and his training partners are extremely disappointed by Burns’s attitude.
“As a responsible gym manager, you’d expect Truck to be interested in seeing everyone progress and fostering a positive environment.
“I’ve now started looking at other gyms in the area.”
However, Li may be out of luck.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), there is a nationwide shortage of dumbbells in 2.5 kg increments.