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Do You Check Out the Displays on Other People's Machines?

Do You Check Out the Displays on Other People's Machines?

I was on the treadmill the other day, and had this strange feeling that somebody was staring at me. When I turned to my left, the person next to me quickly looked away. She was totally eying the readout on my machine. I could tell she felt really embarrassed, like a person who crossed some kind of line of gym decorum, but I just smiled, knowing I do the same thing.

So I was wondering . . .

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Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
I never do this, probably because I truly do not care about what the person next to me is doing. I am a competitive person, but when it is necessary. I don't just go to a gym to compete with people. I am not there to show anyone up or be let down because someone did an 8 minute mile and I did a 9 minute mile. I watch TV on the machine. I use my HRM for tracking how long I have been working out, etc.
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
I never do this, probably because I truly do not care about what the person next to me is doing. I am a competitive person, but when it is necessary. I don't just go to a gym to compete with people. I am not there to show anyone up or be let down because someone did an 8 minute mile and I did a 9 minute mile. I watch TV on the machine. I use my HRM for tracking how long I have been working out, etc.
amandaaa amandaaa 6 years
sometimes i'll glance at the display but i don't do it all the time. when i was in school, i had a workout buddy so i'd often look at hers to keep up. that's just because i wanted to run faster, so i followed what she did.
Advah Advah 6 years
No, that's rude! I really wish all the competitve people would go to specific gyms, so all the normal people who are just there trying to work out for themselves would have unstressful gyms!
EcoGirl EcoGirl 6 years
when people are running like crazy , im talking about 11 ....
ep24 ep24 6 years
i look sometimes out of curiosity or to compare. sometimes it motivates me.
sparklestar sparklestar 6 years
I look! Especially if a girl who looks about my height gets on the treadmill next to me. :D
Lyngay Lyngay 6 years
I look, but I'm not competing. I just look out of curiosity. If someone is going really fast, I wonder just how fast that is. I never make any kind of judgment about how fast or slow anyone is going! Probably more boredom than anything. :-p
Lyngay Lyngay 6 years
I look, but I'm not competing. I just look out of curiosity. If someone is going really fast, I wonder just how fast that is. I never make any kind of judgment about how fast or slow anyone is going! Probably more boredom than anything. :-p
superstephanie superstephanie 6 years
call me crazy, but I WANT other people to be able to see how long I've been there or how much resistance I'm using. This motivates me to work harder for longer if i think they will judge me if I take i too easy....ok putting that in words makes me feel like a nut....but when it comes to working out, whatever keeps me motivated is fine by me!!! Oh and I glance at others just out of curiosity of their workout- People watching at the gym is so great- later when we're at home, my husband and I will be like, oh did you see that skinny girl with curly hair talking to the tan guy with funny shorts? I totally think she's crushing on him! ......oh the gym can be so fun.....
Zulkey Zulkey 6 years
I'm always paranoid that the person next to me is peeping my weight when I enter it but I feel stupid if I try to 'hide' it.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
Guilty. I look. I don't think of it as competeition though. I think of it as an incentive. If someone that looks healthy and fit is going at a faster pace, I try to match mine to there's and see how far I do it and gage my own health on that. But hardly anyone peeks over at my screen. I always over it with a towel so I don't drive myself nuts with where I'm at on calorie burn or time.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
Guilty. I look. I don't think of it as competeition though. I think of it as an incentive. If someone that looks healthy and fit is going at a faster pace, I try to match mine to there's and see how far I do it and gage my own health on that. But hardly anyone peeks over at my screen. I always over it with a towel so I don't drive myself nuts with where I'm at on calorie burn or time.
mem952 mem952 6 years
i do! it's just curiosity and i promise i don't judge! if you're moving it's all good. sometimes it can be inspiring - there is a girl at my gym who is an excellent runner and when i saw how fast she ran i thought 'i want to be able to do that'... and now i can!
mem952 mem952 6 years
i do! it's just curiosity and i promise i don't judge! if you're moving it's all good.sometimes it can be inspiring - there is a girl at my gym who is an excellent runner and when i saw how fast she ran i thought 'i want to be able to do that'... and now i can!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I don't think the machines in my gym are close enough together for people to be able to look, but if someone wants to look at my display, I don't really care. I don't look at other people's readouts because I'm there for myself, not to see what other people are doing. @Lo Lo--looking at your weight when you enter it in, now THAT is rude! I would be pretty upset if someone did that to me.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I don't think the machines in my gym are close enough together for people to be able to look, but if someone wants to look at my display, I don't really care. I don't look at other people's readouts because I'm there for myself, not to see what other people are doing. @Lo Lo--looking at your weight when you enter it in, now THAT is rude! I would be pretty upset if someone did that to me.
Deidre Deidre 6 years
I need an option for "no, because I don't really care how others are performing." Everyone has different bodies that need different things from their workout. So the idea of competing with a stranger doesn't ever occur to me. I don't think it's rude to peek, more like pointless.
margokhal margokhal 6 years
I only occasionally glance over when the person is on a machine I want to use and I'd like to figure out what kind of gym user they are. That way, I know whether I can go to another machine further away and still have a chance of using the machine after they're done. You can tell a lot of about how people exercise from the display. But that's the only reason I'd glance - and it's less invasive than interrupting their workout to ask them when they might be done. Other than that, it's just rude. I don't get where the competition is, personally. I only pay attention to what I'm doing and my own fitness level. If there's any competition, it's with myself. I hate people invading my space, and looking at my display I think crosses that line. Keep your eyes on your OWN machines, people!
margokhal margokhal 6 years
I only occasionally glance over when the person is on a machine I want to use and I'd like to figure out what kind of gym user they are. That way, I know whether I can go to another machine further away and still have a chance of using the machine after they're done. You can tell a lot of about how people exercise from the display. But that's the only reason I'd glance - and it's less invasive than interrupting their workout to ask them when they might be done. Other than that, it's just rude. I don't get where the competition is, personally. I only pay attention to what I'm doing and my own fitness level. If there's any competition, it's with myself. I hate people invading my space, and looking at my display I think crosses that line. Keep your eyes on your OWN machines, people!
kclulu kclulu 6 years
I do occasionally if I see someone who looks like they are going really hard because I am curious to see what speed they are actually going. I dont think it is rude to look though, I am flattered if I catch someone looking at mine. And Anne M, the thumbs up when getting caught is hilarious. I am stealing that from you if I ever get busted:)
kclulu kclulu 6 years
I do occasionally if I see someone who looks like they are going really hard because I am curious to see what speed they are actually going. I dont think it is rude to look though, I am flattered if I catch someone looking at mine. And Anne M, the thumbs up when getting caught is hilarious. I am stealing that from you if I ever get busted:)
Amanda-La Amanda-La 6 years
I watch what other people are doing. It's an incentive to get better. I want to be able to work as hard as they are as easily as they are. Make sense?
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 6 years
I don't do this, but I've noticed people watching my display when I enter my weight! RUDE!
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