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Do You Ever Talk on the Phone While Working Out?

I see people talking on their cellphones at the gym all the time. This is something that I could never do for various reasons (coordination issues and falling off the elliptical, personal hygiene, gym etiquette, etc.) but many people clearly do not feel the same.

That being said, I am curious about you guys...


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tkylem tkylem 9 years
I never bring my phone in! The gym is MY time and I don't want to be bothered! I HATE when people waste using machines and you seem them half-assing their workout and just talking/texting on their phones.. The only thing I play with when I'm working out is my iPod, juggling from music video to music video.. that's about it!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
I don't go to the gym, but I never talk on the phone while working out. Working out has become sort of like a meditation session to me, and I'd hate for it to be spoiled by talking on the phone.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
i walk around the neighborhood and on trails, so i take my phone for safety. If someone calls i need to talk t, or was waiting to return my call, i take it, but i don't talk for long so i can walk harder. I answer whenev by boyf calls though because he has started working a ta different job, 12 hour shifts, and he can't call while at work.
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 9 years
You are obviously not working out hard enough if you can carry on a conversation on your cell phone. people like this just look ridiculous.
joggerchiq136 joggerchiq136 9 years
Never. I tend to push myself pretty hard while working out and I can't imagine holding an entire conversation with someone.. I need that air for me!
Heffie Heffie 9 years
I have a client who is committed to running every morning but also has a business to run. Each night he schedules a list of calls to make on his phone. In the morning he takes a jog and completes all of the calls that he can. Now that I know him well enough I can tell when he is jogging and talking to me, but before that it was hard to tell. I guess it goes well with the adage that you should be able to carry on a conversation while exercising.
potterlove potterlove 9 years
I don't talk on the phone when working out because I can't focus, which leads to me not working out as well as I can; not enough force put in. But when people call ME they just don't get "I'll call you back later" into their brain! It's just annoying.
Berlin Berlin 9 years
There's also a big difference in *answering* the phone while at the gym and *talking* while you are working out. I can see just picking up and saying to call back, i personally don't ever take my phone but it doesn't bother me if others do. But I hate it when girls are on a machine and they have the weight at like 15 and are doing sets of about 20-100 for absolutely no reason at all b/c they don't get how to work out anyways, and at the same time they're chatting it up on the cell. I mean if you can talk while working out, it should clue you in that you may neeed to up the weights a bit. It's called a work out after all!
Neekoh Neekoh 9 years
Talking on the phone cheapens any activity, especially working out, because it makes you lose focus. I find that focus really is key.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
Oh god, no.
mizz_jennii mizz_jennii 9 years
I turn my cellphone off and leave it in the locker! It's nice to not see or hear that damned thing for an hour :)
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I leave my phone in the locker. I find it incredibly rude and distracting to have someone talking/yelling on the phone next to me. I listen to my IPOD so at least I can tune out people around me for the most part.
Tamma1387 Tamma1387 9 years
Other people who are on their phones don't usually bother me. If they want to ruin their work-out, that's their business. I however don't want my convo's to my loved ones heard by strangers. Plus, when I'm working out, its my time and I really don't want whoever I'm talking to to hear my labored breathing more than what I'm actually talking to them about.
EllePixie EllePixie 9 years
I do sometimes, but only if I am alone in the gym (I workout at my apt complex) and am making plans for that night and need to figure some stuff out. But I definitely get off as soon as possible, breathing hard in my friends' ears is not sexy!
ash_marisa ash_marisa 9 years
Why do people even bring their cell phones in to the gym? At least leave it in your locker. I laugh inwardly at women who talk on the phone during cardio, because they are ruining their entire workout. Haven't they ever heard of RPE? If you can carry out a convo while working out you are cheating yourself and annoying everyone around you. How people can be so disrespectful and feel such entitlement baffles me.
rubialala rubialala 9 years
Very very rarely, and only if someone has called me. And only if I'm at the gym, never when I'm working out outside.
ktacce ktacce 9 years
i HATE when people talk on cells in public places (unless you are moving) like elevators, etc. I would NOT ever do it at the gym, in fact, my gym has rules against it unless it's an emergency (ie: babysitter, something like that) HATE HATE. >:(
BITTIE22 BITTIE22 9 years
i have a friend who every time we walk spends at least 75% of the time on her phone, i may as well be going by myself!
motherhelen motherhelen 9 years
Workout time is MY time! I'd never bring a cell phone unless it was needed for safety during a remote run or hike.
tifygodess24 tifygodess24 9 years
Ok , now I rarely ever talk on my cell phone when I workout. But I will answer it if someone I need to speak with my girls school or whatever. Now this is what I dont understand , how is it rude to most people workin out? And thats giving someone alot of credit for ruining your workout...come on. Most people I see workin out at my gym have IPods on and never pay attention to the noise around them. Talkin on the cell is no different then talkin to a workout buddy , or is that rude as well? Because I get a hell of a workout and im usually talkin to one of my friends there.....I personally really dont care what anyone else does, I do my thing then leave. I guess im laid back......
TheMissus TheMissus 9 years
I think you're cheating your self if you text and talk on the phone while working out. You NEED to set aside time for your body & mind each day. And when you are texting and chatting while working out, you are depriving your self. plus, I think texting and/or talking while working out at the gym is rude. Yes, even texting is rude. Nobody is that important that they HAVE to take their phone with them onto the gym floor. In fact, most gyms have a "no cell" policy.
pinkys pinkys 9 years
I don't, but I think I must know someone who does judging by the heavy breathing calls...
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Others talking on their phones is my #1 pet peeve at the gym. Not only are they not getting the best workout, but they are helping ruin mine!
figurine figurine 9 years
If I could be bothered to work out, I doubt I'd be on the phone.
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
I can't stand when I'm at the gym and I see women on their cell phones. Most people feel compelled to shout when they are on their cell phones, and the women at my gym are no different. It's just rude and I wish people wouldn't do that. I usually don't worry about getting phone calls, not many people call me, so I leave the phone in my locker and check it while I'm leaving. It's just about being nice.
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