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Being Competitive at the Gym

Are You Competitive at the Gym?

I am not a very competitive person, especially at the gym. If I'm on the treadmill and someone starts checking out my speed and incline, or worse, they're obviously trying to outrun me, I usually slink away to another spot. I am also not into it when "the know it all" decides to make me their pet project by showing me what I'm doing wrong. In the end, the only person I'm in competition with is myself.

Not so for everyone. Some people thrive on it, while others see a little gym competition as a way to get that extra little push to go harder or faster. And even though I'm not into competitive gym sports, I am into anything that makes another person excel during their workout. What about you; are you hoping to score the gold medal from your fellow gym rats whenever you hit the treadmill?

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HollyJRockNRoll HollyJRockNRoll 6 years
I cover up my screen on my machines so people can't see what I'm doing. I think its disgusting the way women compete with one another. If I need to be "motivated" I read my fitness magazines or workout with someone with similar fitness goals and drive. I just think its rude (and immature) to race some stranger next to you. Seriously, join a racing league or something.
Paromita Paromita 6 years
I spent years training..and when a newbie, on the cycle challenges me (or not), my speed increases automatically :P
Spectra Spectra 6 years
No way. Most of the people at my gym are older ladies that walk on the treadmills. I do my own thing, but lately I've been having to modify things because of injuries.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 6 years
I am a competitive person by nature, but I try not to compete with other people at the gym, unless I'm just using them as motivation and not actually invested in who is working out harder.
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 6 years
It has something to do with the treadmill. :-P I was surprised to learn the other day that I was peaking at the settings on the treadmill of the person beside me. :speedy: LOL!
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
Um no. For all they know you're coming back from an injury. Where I work out there's a woman who thinks she looks bad ass (she doesn't). After she's done she rolls up her t-shirt and rolls down her shorts and walks around like a peacock. Since most people there are in really great shape, i don't know what she's thinking. Today it occurred to me that she might have been really heavy at one point, so for her, she looks fantastic.
ameeliuh ameeliuh 6 years
I am not competitive in ANYTHING in my day-to-day life, but I am competitive at the gym. No matter what activity I'm doing, I want to do it heavier, faster, harder, and with better form than the people around me. I might up my intensity on the arc-trainer if the girl next to me is working harder than I am. I always try to push more weight in BodyPump than almost anyone else in the class, including the instructor. In Spin class.... well, I just give it everything I have, which may or may not be equivalent to the person next to me.
guavajelly guavajelly 6 years
I don't compete, at least I hope I don't compete. I do feel self conscious when people correct my form, because then I feel like "their watching me" lol usually its guys, well 100% of the time its guys who correct my form.
le-romantique le-romantique 6 years
Only if they started it :-p
amber512 amber512 6 years
If someone is going really fast next to me, it does inspire me to pick up my speed. But I don't actually compete with anyone or try to outdo them.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I'm like... barely competitive. I do kind of enjoy being on a machine when someone else gets on and when they get off, but I'm not too invested in it, and I'm not going to alter my workout to "beat" anyone.
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