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What ever happened to gym etiquette? 1 lost it! I know there are some people who will say that I lost it a long time ago, but last Thursday in the gym I literally lost it. It was Thursday morning about 9:30 a.m. when I was training friend Bill Miller. The gym was crowded which is the norm for this time of the year. Summer has a tendency to do that to many places of business in the beach area. The faces in the gym were mostly unfamiliar to me because, as we all know, the summer crowd has returned. As I scanned the gym, I noticed a number of weights left on machines and bars and therefore not being returned to their appropriate rack. Now let me establish this point early in this column. Nothing irri- tates me and many other true lifters more than someone not re- turning their weights to the racks. At that time, I proceeded to yell at the top of my lungs, "For nine months not so much as a five- pound plate is left on a bar or a machine and during the last two weeks many weights have not been returned to the racks." Needless to say it drew some at- tention. Did it make a difference? Maybe for a moment. Did it help? Probably not. Did it make me feel better? You bet it did. Let me make it clear that not all young lifters disregard the rules of the gym. You first have to understand that to someone who is totally dedicated to this activity the gym is your sanctuary or temple and God forbid an individual should desecrate those sacred grounds. If this sounds like a strong analogy, it should. I am writing this article two days after the incident oc- curred allowing me time to "cool down." My whole point is this: what has happened to gym etiquette? Now that might seem like an oxy- moron to some, gym and eti- quette, but those who are part of the lifting fraternity and sorority know of what I speak. Trainer John Morris said to me the other day, "Dave, check the guys on the flat bench." I looked over at two young lifters who had seven sets of dumbbells on the floor. Now first of all, no one can use that many dumbbells at one time and second, too bad if someone else needed them. Did they care? Ap- parently not. Trainer Paul Schnupp and Iwill signal each :other when we see weights on a bar or a machine unattended. We will probably yell to each other across the floor, "Do you know who last used this piece of equip- ment?" Sometimes it serves its purpose. Here is a simple rule: if you are big and strong enough to put the weight on a machine, you certain- ly should be able to take it off. Unfortunately this is not always the case. Builder ChrisTruitt said to me the other day, "Dave, some people just don't have any gym etiquette." lie is right. There is a gym etiquette that should be ob- served in all gyms. First and foremost, put your weights away. If you used them, then put them back. I love the ex- cuse when some offender says, "I left the weight there for the next lifter." Oh, yeah! Sixty-seven year-old Mrs. Smith really appre- ciates the eight 45 pound plates you left on the leg press machine. The excuse I like is, "We don't have to put it away at our gym." Hello, wake up, this is not your gym! It is our gym, so respect it! Second, wipe off your equip- ment when you finish using it. As much as we like to see people sweat in the gym, no one wants to lie or sit in it after you have fin- ished. Third, wear appropriate work out gear. This is such a broad range that almost anything fits ex- cept sandals, flip-flops, and jeans. They don't belong in the gym! Fourth, if you must have your cell phone with you, then please take your calls outside of the workout area. Believe it or not, most of the people that go to the gym go to lift, pump, and build muscle, and just might want to use the bench that you are sitting on while talking to your friends. I am always amazed that high profile attorneys such as Ron Shapiro and Alex Pires can hit the gym floor without a cell phone and beeper, Dave Kergaard Cape Region Athletes Of The Week DIAZ NARDO An eight-year-old pitcher for the Rangers in the Re- hoboth Beach Minor League, Diaz has posted a record of 7-0 so far this season strik. ing out 72 batters in 27 in- nings while allowing only 13 hits and 16 runs. Last Wednesday night Diaz went six innings throwing a four- hitter with 13 strikeouts leading his Rangers to a 16-2 win while giving the Lewes Blue Rocks their first loss of the season. Diaz is also bat- ting .615 with 16 hits this season and 24 runs scored. DAN CLEARY Danny is coming off a suc- cessful season for the 30-17 Cecil County Community College of Maryland base- ball team where he played centerfield and batted over .400, including eight home runs. In Dan's first at-bat last Tuesday night for Amer- ican Legion Post 28, he "went yard" over the center- field fence for a two-run homer against Milford. Cleary can run, jump, throw and hit and has speed to spare. He belongs in a Divi- sion I uniform. JUSTIN COLLINS This upcoming young star threw a two-hitter and struck out six batters in Post 28's 12-0 shortened-by- slaughter-rule victory over Milford last Tuesday night. Collins is compact, strong and focused and can bring the heat or back a batter out of the box with the big ben- der - his nasty pitch general- ly thrown at the knees for strikes. "I play Legion and travel bali and just love it," said the Sussex Central sophomore. "I try to get bet- ter with each outing.  FITNESS FOR YOU yet an eighteen-year old kid has to make three or four calls during a workout. Must be a pretty impor- tant deal that this kid is working on. Fifth, share the equipment with someone in the gym if it is crowd- ed. Everyone has to take a break for a few seconds between sets. It just might be enough time for someone else to get in a set. Shar- ing equipment just makes for good gym etiquette. Now I feel a little better. I got it off my chest. As I mentioned ear- lier, I do not think it will make a difference, but it will to my lifting buddies and you know who you are. I know that you feel the same way that I do about gym etiquette. Bottomline, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Dave Kergaard is a personal trainer at Gold's Gym in Re- hoboth Beach. He can be reached at 226-4653. MELISSA RUST Eighteen-year-old Melissa Rust of Georgetown is a Spe- cial Olympics athlete from Ennis School. At the Special Olympics Summer Games in Newark, Rust, who is legally blind, competed in track and field. She won a silver medal in the 55-meter dash and bronze medals in the standing long jump, 50-me- ter dash and the 400-meter walk. Rust has participated in Special Olympics for 10 years, excelling in track and field, soccer skills, bowling and swimming. US.'" Author Tom Wolfe, in his novel, "A Man In Dull," ald that "a man knows he's reaching the end of the line when his life is populated by replacement players." The Cape Gazette is beginning to resemble Dawson's Creek while the staff at Cape Henlopen High School hardly realizes that I am supposed to be the man even though lately more kids call me Freddogg than Fredman. CAPTAIN DICK OUT QUICK - Football coaching leg- end Ron Dickerson of Seaford has removed his name from the list of applicants for the vacant Cape Henlopen football job. "I just felt they were moving too slowly," Dickerson said. "Who- ever gets the job is going to be four months behind when they get started." A group of students met with Cape Superintendent Andy Bran- denberger last week to discuss their desire to see the process move along as quickly as possible. Big fish rumored to be cautiously stalking the spinning lure of the head coaching spotlight are David Hearn from Delmar and J.D. Maull, who just completed stu- dent teaching at Cape. Landing George Glenn would be like land- ing a blue marlin while rigged for blue fish. Rumored to be interest- ed in the basketball job are former Delaware star Jon Gordon, Laurel coach B.J. Joseph, last year's coach Troy Hazzard and Cape teacher Dwight Tingle. Remem- ber, these are only rumors, but I can't afford to get beat on a story in my own back yard. SNIPPETS - I talked with for- mer Cape star pitcher Benny Wilt- bank last Tuesday down at the American Legion game I was cov- ering. Benny has been a sort of personal trainer and coach for many downstate players over the last several years, and you could tell from the looks in their eyes that they have a genuine affection for him. Benny was an aspiring pitcher in the Pirates organization until a knee injury robbed him of his career. I will be the graduation speaker this Tuesday afternoon at the Boot Camp program imbedded inside the Sussex Correctional Institu- tion thanks to an invitation ex- tended by director Rick Tabler. I will speak outside on the inside to a captive audience, but all jokes aside, I have admiration for those who overcome their own self-cre- ated adversity and gather strength and character from it. Go on now, git! Howard earns lax second team honors Brice Howard, a resident of Lewes and student at St. Andrew's School, was selected to the Lacrosse Second Team of the In- dependen t School Conference.