Get rid of RecWell's "no chalk" rule

Get rid of RecWell's "no chalk" rule

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Anon ymous started this petition to RecWell

At the University of Maryland, there is an organization called RecWell which is in charge of all the gyms (and more fitness related activities) on campus. Weightlifters greatly benefit from chalk as it increases grip strength. Any advanced lifter can tell you about the necessity of lifting with chalk, as it increases the threshold of weight you can lift. Being unable to lift a weight, and in turn being unable to progress in weightlifting and get stronger, due to grip strength is incredibly frustrating.

RecWell does not condone the use of chalk. Most gyms do. In fact, every gym I have ever heard about condones the use of chalk. I was utterly confused when I heard about this rule. When I did further research, I learned that there are a decent number of gyms with this rule. However, if you search "gym chalk ban", you will just find people complaining about it. Nobody seems to like this rule.

Why is this rule a thing? When I asked a higher-up RecWell worker, they claimed "because it is messy". First of all, you could just require chalk-using patrons to clean their "mess". The inconvenience of the "mess" the chalk makes is negligible. God forbid I approach a bar that is slightly coated with a substance that helps my grip. I cannot imagine any patron seriously having a problem with remains of chalk on a barbell. The "mess" of chalk is utterly irrelevant to one's experience at a gym. But for the sake of the argument let's assume that there are some people who care, and let's even assume that this number of people exceeds the number of people who will benefit from chalk. The inconvenience of the "mess" that chalk makes is a joke compared to the inconvenience of not being allowed to use chalk. When considering conflicts like this, you have to consider both the number of people it affects and also the magnitude of impact on each person. For example, what do you think is worse, ten people getting the common cold or five people getting the Swine flu? Just looking at the number here is an absurdity, just like a patron seriously getting upset over chalk in a weight room is an absurdity.

So the mess of chalk is a silly reason when regards to the patrons. But what about the workers, you may ask? Well, again, you can implement a policy where if you bring chalk you have to clean it up. Also, most facility staff workers complain about how their job is boring and they just sit there. They could spend 3 seconds wiping chalk off a bar.

This chalk ban really ruins the commodity of having gyms on campus for a large number of people. I am probably going to get an off-campus gym membership, as I am assuming many other people have. Most gyms allow it. Please sign this petition in order to show RecWell how many people would love to see this rule get struck down.

 

 

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