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Gym Pet Peeves: Don't Be That Person

Gym Pet Peeves: Don't Be That Person

I tend to think of myself as relatively flexible when it comes to others but when it comes to gym behaviors, ugh, I have some serious pet peeves. The thing is, the gym is a communal place, which means we all are sharing and one a-hole talking loudly on his phone about his wild night can really ruin the experience for everyone.

To avoid being that guy/girl, keep in mind a few gym etiquette tips:

  1. Wiping off your sweat from equipment -- Good if you already do it, gross if you don't.
  2. Returning equipment to its original place -- Your mother is not picking up after you here and it's not fair for the next person looking for the 15 lbs weights to have to search for them.
  3. Keep noise to a minimum -- We're all working out hard here, so major disturbances like grunting and slamming weights together are really not necessary.
  4. Cutting in Line -- How old are we here? Cutting in line is rude and childish. Wait your turn and think about asking if you can work-in with someone else's sets.
  5. Mind how much space you're taking up -- Don't talk on your cell phone loud (or at all really) and pace back and forth. Don't use equipment as a place to keep your things, someone may be waiting to use that bench your crap is sitting on.

Basically, as cheesy as it sounds, the Golden Rule applies even when you're at the gym: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.

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cubadog cubadog 10 years
The cell phone thing kills me too! I listen to my IPOD but it still bugs me because most of the time they are yelling into the phone then I have to turn up the music to tune it out.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
GRR there's this lady that uses the cross trainer (its my fave machine too) and she sweats a whole lot (it gets EVERYWHERE) and she doesnt bother to clean up! it is frikkin gross! plus, during peak hours, theres a 20min time limit, but she just continues using the machine for HOURS! its infuriating.
mmmmmm mmmmmm 10 years
Also Respect The Set Reps! I hate when people slip into a machine in between sets...but those are also the people who don't seem to do sets themselves...
suzanne suzanne 10 years
He ees, how you say??? "Eqeepment peeg"... puh! I speet him :Raspberry:
aragornrain aragornrain 10 years
Last night at the gym I saw a guy who was trying to use 3 machines at once. He was on one machine, and had his water bottle on the next one over to "save" it for himself. Then he'd rush over to another machine, and back again for each set. So completely arrogant.
reeveske reeveske 10 years
amycasey, our gym says you are supposed to let the person go and wait to fill up your water bottle till after they are done. but, that's just cause we started having problems with it, so it's up to you, really.
amycasey amycasey 10 years
m I always worry I am taking too much time at water fountain if I fill my water bottle so if someone is behind me i try not filling beyond the count of ten. any one else have thoughts on this?
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
These are great tips, especially for us socially awkward people who want to get in shape and not offend :)
reeveske reeveske 10 years
Oh I have another BAD one.. B.O.!!! I'm a personal trainer at a gym and we have a member who NEVER wears deodorant and stinks up the whole cardio floor while he's out there. He stinks so bad ppl complain about it ALL the time. It's soo gross.
misstiffie misstiffie 10 years
thats SO gross when people don't clean off the equipment so i always clean it before i get on and again when i get off.
suzanne suzanne 10 years
Don't be chatting with me at the gym!!! I'm trying to focus here and need to stay in my own head :IRK: In return, I solemly promise to not hum along with the tune on my IPOD :OOPS:
HariboLicorice HariboLicorice 10 years
Don't be the person who refuses to stay home when you're sneezing and coughing everywhere- and then insist on getting on the elliptical or the treadmill that is clearly surrounded by people- if you're an incubus of viral plague, please, please stay away, it's nasty. OR...use a towel to cough into, don't just cough all over yourself.
LizaToad LizaToad 10 years
OMG - there is a guy at my gym who grunts soooooo loudly... it's really gross!
Ms_Magnificent1 Ms_Magnificent1 10 years
Oh my about the sweat thing...gross! Lol...
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Cell phones and grunting top my list of pet peeves!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
And another pet peeve...guys who grunt really loud while doing their sets, then slamming the weights!
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 10 years
The cell phone thing pisses me off to no end! I can't stand being on the treadmill and having someone next to me on their cell phone chatting away. What's the point of coming to the gym?
kendalheart kendalheart 10 years
Gross with the sweat thing...i would tell someone to do that if i saw they didnt wipe it off but at my gym they are pretty good about it
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