"Hey, I'm playing this fun game back there. There will be a loud noise and I make funny faces. Is that ok with you? "
I asked the 4 year old after asking her mother permission to talk to the child. Some of our platforms are behind a basketball court and a game was being prepared. There were a few parents and a little girl. A 355lbs / 161 kg deadlift is not really impressive for us, but a small child can be scared. Not only it does make a loud noise when put down, but the effort face can easily be mistaken for pain.
It takes two minutes to prevent this and avoid scaring a child. All it takes is looking around and noticing the child. Also, never address a child without the parent's permission.
I finished my training at another part of the gym. It's easy to transport a bar (I would be doing Olympic lifts ) and a few bumper plates. It's impossible to transport a basketball court.
Respect for other people's space is really not rocket science.
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