I recently spoke to the local gym manager about people not racking their weights and how they should be handing out some holidays to offenders. His response was that they don't have the staff to monitor members behaviour and so there was nothing that could be done about it. This seemed like a bit of a poor excuse as effectively they are not enforcing their own rules when they are the only ones capable of doing so, especially when you don't need to suspend all of the offenders, you only need to suspend enough that word travels around that its not acceptable behaviour. If you hadn't already guessed people not racking their weights is my pet hate.. anyway I ended up calling someone out recently for not doing as much recently and while i'm not exactly the most persuasive person I wasn't aggressive either. He was surprised and responded that everyone else did it so it was ok, but the way he said it suggested that he thought I was way out of line for calling him out. As far as i was concerned it wasn't, what is out of line is leaving a mess and expecting someone else to clear it up for you. To be fair to him he did end up racking the weights even though he did a **** poor job of it. It seems this behaviour is that widespread at my local gym that its only really going to get sorted if the staff enforce it so it looks like i will have to bring it up with the manager again and hopefully get somewhere this time. Anyway I thought i would make a thread on here addressing why and how weights should be racked as I would imagine there are quite a few offenders on the forums. Some will probably roll their eyes and ignore me over what they consider a minor thing but i thought it was worth a shot. The offenders will also fall victim to the consequences of the same behaviour and if they had the choice I would imagine they would want to live in a gym where people treated other members with respect. This can only happen if they are also willing to do their part. Why you should re-rack weights This is probably obvious to anyone thats spent more than a few sessions in a gym but I'm starting to think I just don't get people and maybe things that are obvious to me aren't obvious to others. Safety Difficulty unracking weights - This isn't always a concern but shorter individuals can really struggle to unrack heavy weights especially if they are higher up. I've stopped a bar which was about to fly off the rack because the girl was too short to take off a 25kg plate when the bar was racked above her head height. Tripping hazards - This is generally more of a concern with bars than weights but if theres an area to store the weights in an orderly fashion then its better than leaving them randomly on the floor. Speed You can start your sets faster - No racked weights means you can start off loading the bar instead of starting off by unloading the bar. Sometimes it can be faster if a bar comes loaded but in most scenarios its faster to start off with an empty bar. Theres no telling who will use the equipment next, so unless someones inline and they specifically ask you to leave the bar loaded then the weights should really be racked Ease of finding weights/dumbbells - If weights are racked in an orderly manner it is very easy to load the bar up with the required weight as they're easier to find. If weights are scattered all over the place in singles, left on bars or hidden behind other weights then it can add minutes to your workout when you need to track them down. This applies equally to dumbbells and plates. Other Signify that equipment is free - An empty bar should signal that the equipment is free for someone else to use. If you leave equipment with plates on another member will either assume that its still in use or they will have to ask around to see if it is free. You can spare them the effort and confusion if you clear up after yourself. Signify that the equipment is in use - The opposite scenario to the above but if weights are left on the bar then it should signal that the equipment is in use. If you are mid set and need to quickly wander off for water then your racked weights will signify that the equipment and weights are still in use. I have been stung multiple where i've been gone less than 90 seconds and people are already taking my plates away. Not doing it is disrespectful - You pay to use the gym along with x other people. You don't own the equipment or the weights and leaving it in a state just means that you are giving other people work and inconveniencing them because you can't be bothered to clear up after yourself. This behaviour would not be acceptable anywhere else and no matter how many people do it, it still does not excuse you doing it to the next person. How to rerack weights. This may seem like I'm teaching people how to suck eggs here but if it was that simple then people would be doing it right. I don't have to use more than one hand to count the amount of people I see do this correctly, gym staff included. This isn't about having OCD, it's about placing weights back in such a way that the next person is able to go about their business without being hindered. Match weights - Finishing up your workout and then placing two 20 plates in front of a 1.25 & 5 kg isn't helping anyone and it just encourages the next person to add to the problem. Either fix the previous persons mess or don't add to it and rack the weights somewhere else. Match plate design - You would not deadlift using a bumper plate on one side and a standard plate on the other side. This is because the plates are not the same shape even if their weight is technically the same. Use the same logic when sorting racked weights and dont place them together Place heavier weights lower to the ground - This isn't much of an issue if you're average height but retrieving and reracking heavier weights is difficult if you're shorter and thus have to rely on your shoulders to do more of the work. It's also safer if the worst happens and someone fumbles the weight and it comes crashing down on their foot All weights should be accessible when racked - Some weight trees only allow a certain size of plate to be placed in a particular position. If one was then to place a larger than suitable plate above or below then it would effectively lock the smaller weight into position as there isn't the room to remove it. It makes absolutely no sense for someone to do this yet I see it all the time. Don't do it, it makes you look like an idiot. If you have to rerack different plates in the same location, do it with the light ones, these are easy to take off and move about with one arm while being able to retrieve the weights behind them if needs be I think that if an increasing minority started to do the above then other gym members would be inclined to do their part. I think half the problem is that people justify not cleaning up after themselves because others do it and get away with it. The problem is when you don't clean up after yourself, it's not you that suffers the consequences but the next person and you effectively contrbute to spreading this cancerous behaviour around as it becomes acceptable.