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Annoying Things People Do on the Treadmill

If you're not into being drenched in sweat after two minutes of stepping out in the hot Summer sun for a run, then I don't blame you for hitting up the treadmill at the air-conditioned gym. You may be avoiding humidity, bugs, and crazy heat, but stepping onto that moving belt at your local workout hot spot can mean a whole new slew of annoyances in the form of your fellow gym goers.

  • Listening to music loudly: Yes, I am a fan of Kanye West's "Stronger," but believe it or not, I don't want to hear it 12 times in a row, and I definitely don't want to hear you singing it. Be respectful and turn your music down so the rest of us can enjoy what we want to hear.
  • Looking at my readout: Didn't you learn the major rule in high school: eyes on your own paper! It's insanely rude to glance over and check out my stats, especially when I'm typing in my weight.
  • Talking on the phone: It really sounds like you and your girlfriend are having a grand old time reliving your sister's bachelorette party, but guess what? None of us care. Save the loud and giggly conversations for post-workout, please.
  • Leaving used tissues in the cup holder: Incredibly gross and a good way to pass germs; just don't do it.

Keep reading for more annoying things people do on the treadmill.

  • Not cleaning the machine: I'm not the gym police, but I am watching how you halfheartedly wipe down the machine and skip cleaning the readout.
  • Stomping: Not only do I hear your knees screaming for help, but your pounding the belt with every step is so powerful, you're vibrating my machine two treadmills down. It's tough to focus on my pace when yours is thumping in my brain.
  • Hovering near my treadmill, waiting for me to be done: I'm sorry, but last I checked I'm allowed to use the treadmill for 30 minutes, and I have two minutes left, so back off. Hovering like a vulture will not make me get off faster.
  • Flirting: Even if you're cute and I'm available, I'm slightly flattered, but more annoyed. Can't you find a better time to ask if I come here often? I'm supersweaty, red-faced, and huffing and puffing so much from my sprinting intervals that I can't even answer you.
  • Hogging the treadmill: It's 5:30, there are nine people in line to use the treadmills, and you have definitely exceeded your time limit. Don't make me tell on you, because I will.
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Alyssa3034311 Alyssa3034311 3 years
I find it incredibly invasive when people look at my treadmill readout. That's none of your business! Great article. I think they need to start teaching proper etiquette in school again....
jenbigham jenbigham 3 years
Oh boy, you missed a big one. I really don't like when someone tries to keep up with my pace or go faster, and they are breathing so hard, obviously going too fast. \u00a0I'm a speedy woman and lots of guys try to go faster then end up stopping a few minutes later. It can be really annoying!
TheLittleMonster TheLittleMonster 4 years
Do most gyms have a time limit for treadmills? I'm so glad mine doesn't. There are plenty to go around (it's a commercial gym) as I have been on as long as 1 1/2 hours before.
TheLittleMonster TheLittleMonster 4 years
\u00a0@HoneyBrown1976\u00a0That drives me crazy too, but it's their own workout their killing.
cle229 cle229 4 years
The cellphone thing drives me crazy! Especially if I can hear you talking even when I have my headphones on.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 4 years
How about those that read on the treadmill? It annoys me.\u00a0
GolferGirl GolferGirl 4 years
I don't have these problems at my gym.\u00a0
ellentyler ellentyler 4 years
I do not understand why people are such hardasses about cleaning the treadmill.... the only pieces of my body that touches it are\u00a0my pointer finger and the soles of my shoes.\u00a0\u00a0I guess I can imagine a situation where someone is running SO hard they're flinging sweat, but even that would probably just be hitting the belt or more likely absorbed by your clothing and/or towel. \u00a0I understand cleaning the bike, the elliptical handles, etc..\u00a0 But the treadmill?\u00a0 I don't wipedown the doorknobs or\u00a0the spray bottle itself or anything else I just touch.\u00a0 I've never once seen someone wipe off the dumbbells they picked up, but fail to wipe the treadmill display and you're a pariah!\u00a0 What the hell?
Nancy-Einhart Nancy-Einhart 4 years
I just DO NOT understand people who talk on the phone while on the machines. How is that a good use of anyone's time?
omigosh omigosh 4 years
Love this article, soooo true! Thanks Jenny :-)
Nonyz Nonyz 4 years
Stop being such a tightass lol! Also, you NEVER smile in your workout videos. Why is that? Loosen up a little.
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