5S at the Gym
Over the last few weeks at the gym I have noticed some good examples of 5S and some very poor examples of 5S creating clutter.
A good example of 5S is the placement of weights throughout the gym. The dumbbell rack has the weight labeled on the racks so you know where to put the dumbbells when you are finished. The small barbell rack is labeled with weights to know where to put them back as well as the free weight trees.
This is a prime example of having good 5S does not change behavior. It just creates the ability to see an abnormal condition quickly. The dumbbell rack is always kept in good order and dumbbells are always in the proper place. But the free weights and small barbell weights are NEVER in the correct spot. I can spot the issue quickly and I can take action to find what I need. For the life of me, I still can’t figure out how the same people can put the dumbbells in the correct spot but 10 feet away not put the free weights or small barbells in the correct spot.
A bad example of 5S in the same weight room is not having a place to put attachments for the cable pulley machines. These machines have a ‘W’ shaped bar, a straight bar, a rope and handles to do different exercises and work different muscles. I have never seen one of these machines with a spot labeled for these attachments. All the attachments lay on the floor an ‘walk away’ between different machines. Half the time I spend looking for the attachment I want for my exercise. It becomes very frustrating. I can’t even tell quickly if the attachment I need is in the pile laying on the floor. Once I recognize it isn’t, then I have to go and look at the other machines or decide to change my routine.
Just because you have a place for some things, does not mean you are finished with your 5S efforts. And once you have a place for things, it takes constant monitoring to make sure the efforts don’t slip and the area ends up back in chaos.