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Fittingly Mad: Stomping on the Treadmill, Come on Now.

Look, I know everyone has their own technique for running. From barefoot running to chi running to eco-running, I'm supportive of trying out different styles. What am I not supportive of? Stomping running.

It seems as if every day when I am at the gym there is a stomper present. Stompers seem to have the same technique as if Bigfoot were on the treadmill next to you. I'm sure you've seen and heard this person before. They run with a lead foot, and every step makes you turn around to make sure the roof isn't caving in somewhere. In fact the stomping is so loud that you can't even pay attention to The Hills rerun that you were psyched to see on at the gym.

Yup, I'm talking to you Mr. Stomper. Yes, maybe that is just, "how you run," but man, you should really work on your form. Not only are you disturbing everyone else around you, but I can't even begin to imagine the damage you're doing to your lower back, knees and ankles. Ever heard of being light on your feet? Maybe you should think about applying this to your runs. Seriously, if you drag your feet anymore, you're probably going to trip and fall. Or here's an idea, how about slowing the pace down so you can actually keep up? No one is measuring your manhood by how fast your treadmill belt is going, I promise.

Oh, and the burping while running, that has got to stop too. That's just nasty.


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Spectra Spectra 9 years
I hate it when people bang around on the treadmills like there's no tomorrow. It's so irritating!! Why can't people just work out like normal humans? Besides, when you stomp on the treadmills, it wears them out more quickly...not cool!
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
I agree with the first comment. I too have been put off by these topics. Shouldn't be enough that someone is in the gym and working out? This kind of superior attitude (intentional or not) is what can keep people out of the gym. Fear of being shamed for their style by other gym goers.
brown_eyed_grrl brown_eyed_grrl 9 years
I work out at home because I like to stomp really loudly, hum, and flail my arms about like a crazy-person. Sometimes, I run on the treadmill really, really fast and scream like an axe murderer is chasing me. It's a really great workout. Plus, if an axe murderer DOES chase me, I think I'll have a good chance of getting away now.
Green Green 9 years
The gym can be a strange place but I didn't realize I was stomper until I read this article. I am kinda glad I did and won't be stomping anymore. I am glad to know that I don't hum, burp, cough on people or flail my arms... I'm not as far gone as some of your gym people.
luvtati luvtati 9 years
I so agree with this article. I even saw a guy that actually run in marathons run like a beast! lol! One time a chick was running next to me and was flinging her arms around everywhere like she was nuts. The gym is a strange place.
mrktmstr mrktmstr 9 years
I have to admit that I simply don't care. I stick to my ipod and workout routine and the world could be crumbling around the outside of the gym, but I'm immersed with the ipod and exercise and never notice these things. At least the person that bothers you at the gym is AT the gym, which is more than I can say for most Americans.
haze1nut haze1nut 9 years
STOMPERS SCARE THE BEEJEBUS OUT OF ME!!!!!!!!! light on your feet! light on your feet! i feel like they're going to break their ankles or knees or something!
steviasweet steviasweet 9 years
Have to agree w/Tikilite...The article about people wearing tank tops/half tops at the gym was particularly annoying...Concentrate on your OWN workout!
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
i usually agree with this writer. and there are plenty of anecdotes from other readers I agree with. but at some point you need to just get over it and get on with your workout. is there something YOU do that is annoying? turn up your i-pod if you have to, and move away from someone who splatters sweat everywhere and grunts. and when someone's talking on their's another place to turn up your i-pod. personally, i hate really short shorts. i am not interested in the area where the butt crack starts and the privates begin. i just look away in horror and try to forget! and for everyone's sake, i wear pants. that's my contribution to a happy gym environment.
dubyah dubyah 9 years
I thought it is funny... and I agree 100% with 'bigfoot' runners. The rare times I am at the gym using an elliptical, I have to turn up my music to drown out the stomping. I run outdoors for my exercise and I know how to run. The right form, light on your feet, breathing, ect- all help your run. I don't see how someone can stomp without hurting themselves. By stopping stomping, people could help prevent injuries.
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
I thought so too, colormesticky. I get annoyed too at the "Bigfoot" runners. And the runners who grunt like they're, ahem, in bed, the runners who sing along to their ipods, and the runners who wave their arms wildly in the air when listening to their ipods. Oh, and the ones who turn their head and cough on me. I do have a treadmill at home, however despite the descriptions above, I do like the atmosphere and it helps to motivate me. Plus, there are other things at the gym I enjoy other than the treadmill (elliptical, weight machines, kickboxing class, etc...).
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
*shrug* I thought it was funny.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I have to say that I really agree with tikilite. The Fittingly Mad feature made sense when it was directed at things companies were doing that bother you. But, it seems like these days, it's always directed at people doing pretty inconsequential things. :(
hersheesh hersheesh 9 years
How about if you're complaining about your gym environment maybe think of investing in your own piece of exercise equipment to keep in your home, then you won't have to complain about your big-foot treadmill stompers.
moonischasingme1 moonischasingme1 9 years
I agree with tikilite.
tikilite tikilite 9 years
As a regular reader of most of the Sugars, I've gotten a lot of ideas and encouragement for positive moves in my life. Fit, in particular, encouraged me to join a yoga studio and really take a look at the food that I'm eating. That being said, I find the Fittingly Mad feature both sanctimonious and off-putting. This is not the first time that I've been turned off by one of these articles, and have actually been less frequently taking a look at what Fit has to say for weeks, now, because of the attitude. Gym's are intimidating experiences for those who are new to exercise, particularly because of worries about the judgmental attitude of those more experienced. Come on, running too loud? Really? That's a bigger deal than the fact that a person is taking the time and doing the work of exercising at all? One more thing to worry about, they're going to think I run too loud. Please, could you leave high school behind and drop this holier than thou feature? Or aim it at advertising, or really sugary children's cereals, something that doesn't cause it to end up sounding so mean and discouraging? Did this article in particular really better anyone's life?
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