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Speak Up: How Do You Deal With Rude People at the Gym?

My bike was in the shop for a tune-up, but my legs were itching to ride. So I decided to hit the gym and take a spinning class. The noon slot is especially busy, so I went 15 minutes early and waited outside the class door until the previous class let out. Well it looks like some guy had the same plan, and he was also waiting outside. As soon as the door swung open and the sweaty folks made their way out, he bolted in the room, and practically pushed me into the water cooler. His rudeness really put a damper on my mood. I mean we're not in kindergarten racing to see who gets to the slide first. I guess it's to be expected when sharing a gym with hundreds of other people, but it's still frustrating. Does this ever happen to you? If so, how do you deal with rude people at the gym?

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DivaDivine DivaDivine 7 years
I'd start wailing like an alley cat. "Owww, ouch...that HURT!" When a woman at my gym cut me to get to her fave spot in dance cardio class, I kept pretending I was klutzy and bumped into her, then kicekd over her water bottle. Passive aggressive yes, but super funny.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 7 years
Holy sh*t runningesq - that is rude. What a bad attitude! I've never encountered anyone at my gym who was rude so far. Usually the people are pretty nice and polite, which makes it a fun environment to work out in. Everyone kinda minds their own business as well which I like.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
This wasn't at the gym... but yesterday I was doing a century ride. At around mile 70 the ride went through the an area where a group was holding time trials. One of the girls blew past me and asked if I was racing. I said no, and she said "then get off of the course." Excuse me, I didn't realize that it was YOUR course. It was open to traffic AND other cyclists. Ew.
KMattes KMattes 7 years
tls girl, the summer camp kids are THE WORST. It's the major thing I can't stand about my gym and it's the only thing that makes me seriously consider switching.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I haven't had this problem at my gym.. however, I'm like TrnSmleShiftR's Mom - if they think their life is so important, that's fine, not my issue.
ecel4687 ecel4687 7 years
I have had a woman literally sit on a machine and just glare at me as I used a abduction machine until I got off and she got her turn. I couldnt believe it, I was on the machine for only a few minutes--3 sets with 30 sec in between
LoveandRockets LoveandRockets 7 years
Aside from the rare occasion where I go with a guy friend, don't do gyms -- and primarily for this reason. While others can be rude, I also run the risk of a rage blackout when I'm sweating my ass off.
EcoGirl EcoGirl 7 years
its funny how some ppl get hostel in the gym:S
Vsugar Vsugar 7 years
I pity them. What childish behaviour. I feel sorry for people who have become adults and not yet learned how to treat other people with respect. I silently thank my parents for raising me with some sense that what I WANT isn't always the most important thing in the world. I take a deep breath and feel grateful for having a happy, full life, filled with people who love me; that getting the first bike in the class isn't the best thing that happened to me all day.
shiningeyes shiningeyes 7 years
You should have laid him out! Isn't that the whole point of working out to begin with? ;) I think people are rude everywhere these days, not just the gym. I haven't yet figured out a more effective way to deal with them than to ignore them.
patina patina 7 years
everyone at my gym is pretty polite. the only time, it seems, people can get pushy is waiting for a yoga class. it sounds kind of funny, but women will slyly cut in front of each other until they are literally in front of the door & the people from the pilates class before can hardly get out the door. i's yoga!
jsa333 jsa333 7 years
I go to my local swimming pool 3-4 times a week and every once in awhile I will run into a very obnoxious person. I used to get upset and possibly say something, but decided not to waste the energy! Now I just switch lanes. I also repeat this saying from my favorite author, Stuart Wilde, which is, "The Fool stands and fights. The Sage walks away." I decided I wanted to be a Sage and not a fool. :)
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Luckily, the people at my gym are all pretty polite. Everyone pretty much follows the rules and gets along pretty well. There aren't many people that are there at the same time, so equipment shortage isn't usually a problem.
Renee3327 Renee3327 7 years
My gym is FULL of rude people who think that because they pay a monthly membership fee they can act however they want at the gym. It's tricky because being rude back goes against my personality and I also don't want to create drama in a place that I go to regularly. So mostly I glare and ignore them.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I once complained about the number of obnoxiously loud summer camp kids that were ruining the entire summer for those of us who oh, you know, PAID TO BE THERE, but nothing ever happened. Clearly, I haven't gotten over it either.
nikkisoda nikkisoda 7 years
I have a tattoo that covers my entire back. One day I was running on the treadmill and mid run I had an older woman come up to me stopped me from running and said, "I don't understand why such a pretty girl would get such an ugly tattoo." I could not believe it! She through a few other insults in there I just simply responded with, "You don't have to be rude." If she wants to live her life putting her negative energy on others that his her choice. I just can't be that cruel.
TrnSmleShiftRpt TrnSmleShiftRpt 7 years
My mother always said if people are in such a rush and rude, let them go. If they feel their life is really that important, let them keeping thing so and realize that you aren't as pitiful as them.
michlny michlny 7 years
People are quite often rude in my gym. Not to be rude per say, but just very self-involved with no consideration for others. Anyway, I use the opportunity to laugh in disbelief. The laughing puts me in a good mood :)
TammyO TammyO 7 years
Thankfully the people at my gym are all pretty polite, so far.
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