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Speak Up: What Are Your Gym Pet Peeves?

There are so many things I love about the gym. It's always perfect weather inside, there are so many challenging fitness classes to choose from, and of course, the pool is a huge plus. There are also some things I don't love, number one being that I can't stand it when impatient gym-goers stand near you like vultures, waiting for you to be done with equipment. How rude.

The complain department is open for business, so tell me, what things annoy you about the gym?

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ekl79 ekl79 7 years
I hate that you can't ask a trainer a simple question any more without a 40 minute sales pitch. I hate even more when you miss a week or two....or possibly three and ALL your gym friends/front desk people/parking attendant rag you about it. I use my annoyance to power me through my work out. Off to the gym...for the first time in over a week...ugh.
foxymardy foxymardy 7 years
Yesterday I was on the treadmill and I had around 10 mins left. Some girl was waiting for me so she glanced over my shoulder to look at my time. Fine, that's fair enough. But why the hell does she feel the need to stand right next to me and glare at me as if I have no right to use the treadmill for 55 mins? In my gym the max time allowed is 60 mins (there's plenty of other treadmills btw), so I'm perfectly entitled to my time. She would pointedly cross her arm and tap her feet with a sour look on her face staring at the treadmill panel. Wait for your turn! I was offended because I think its rude to do that. So when I was done I didn't wipe off my sweat because she was so eager to hop on. FINE, hope you enjoyed wiping my sweat off the handles!!I feel like giving her a big slap!!
commonsense102 commonsense102 7 years
I have a horse of a girl in my zumba class that has no idea of how to respect my or others space on the dance floor. She can't stay in her area and is constantly trying to back me into the punching bags or away from my usual spot. Its not that hard to respect other people space and the class is crowded...
MandeeLei MandeeLei 7 years
Nothing bothers me besides people who interfere with me actually working out. One time I set up my bar on the power rack to do squats and this older man behind me was watching me like a hawk. I'm thinking he is checking me out which is also annoying but I just ignored him. I racked up and did my first set and then walked over to grab my water bottle not only 15 ft away and he steals the rack! I walked back over and said "Sorry sir I was using that" and he looks at me dead in the eye and says "Yeah well now I am" and proceeds to UNRACK my weights and put on his much heavier weights. I just looked at him in utter shock. Besides that having people try to talk to you a lot while you are working out and do not get the hint of you ignoring them that you do not want to talk but instead actually work out. And number one is smell. Smoke, perfume, body odor, bad breath, etc. Seriously it makes me sick because you are inhaling and exhaling so often because of breathing heavy and if it smells bad it's just unbearable to concentrate and move on. At my current gym no one has ever really smelled BAD but too much perfume or lotion is still nauseating.
sloane220 sloane220 7 years
-people who walk slowly on the best treadmills in the gym. -people who socialize and talk on the phone while using the best treadmills on the gym -people who try to look over my shoulder and see how fast i'm going -people who breathe so hard when they're lifting weights they sound like a dying animal (or an attention wh*re, lol) -men who act like the gym is a meat market/social club and won't leave me the f**k alone when i'm trying to work out.
katie448 katie448 7 years
People who talk on their cell phones while they are on the cardio equipment. Girls who do put make up on and do their hair before they go to the gym. It's the gym. You're supposed to get sweaty. People who hang on to the rails of the cardio equipment.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
Well I wear full makeup to the gym (for me it's just eye makeup), I don't see why it's such an issue. I feel comfortable in makeup and I want to work out feeling comfortable. I really hate people who monopolise the weight machines, as in they just sit there checking their phones while I'm waiting.
sarahlizbeth sarahlizbeth 7 years
I used to go to the gym in full makeup - because I'd been at work and school all day and it seemed pointless to wash my face before I worked out. Unless you're working out super early in the morning, don't judge.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Urrrrggg! I'm in the process of looking into re-joining a gym, and boy, do these posts bring back memories of prior memberships! Since I plan to swim only for the time being, my peeve will be with the lap lanes. 1. Take a shower BEFORE you jump in the pool. Lotions, hair products and make-up are swell AFTER your post swim shower. Not so much in the pool. Who are you trying to impress? With swim caps and goggles on, we pretty much all look like condom ads. 2. When entering a lap lane, take a moment to check out the skill levels of the swimmers already in the pool. I'll tap the bottom of your foot as a courtesy hint that it might be time to switch to a slower lane. By the third tap, you are running the risk of your cap being shoved up one nostril, and your goggles being stuck in another orifice of my choice. 3. If you're taking a break between sets, DO NOT stand/hang out at the middle of either end of the pool. Notice a pattern forming. One courtesy turn from the side of the lane is acceptable when it comes to hint-worthiness. By turn number three, I will fail to acknowledge your presence by simply pressing off of you as I would the wall. 4. Conversing in the lanes while blocking the flow of traffic. No courtesy hints. Immediate kickboard or pull-bouy (whichever is closest) sailing at high speeds toward your latex-ed and ill-mannered melon. *sigh* I kid. Sort of. ;)
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
People who don't wipe the machines down. You disgusting, dirty person, please work out at home.
juliefischer juliefischer 7 years
Oh yes, and the people who use the treadmills, but hold on to the sides or handles right in front of them. What would you hold on to if you were hiking or running outside? Nothing! It is NOT beneficial to hold on to the treadmill.
juliefischer juliefischer 7 years
I don't like seeing the same people everyday wearing the SAME clothes. You know they're not doing laundry every day, gross! Tonight at the gym, this person that started using the treadmill next to me wreaked of cigarette smoke. Yuck. I dont like that smell, especially at the gym.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I have to preface this by saying that I love my gym, it's small and private and I love that. That being said my biggest pet peeves are: -Not wiping down the cardio machines after you've just sweated all over them. so gross. -Talking on the cellphone while you're working out. I've seen people do it while on cardio and during strength training. I just can't imagine thinking that I'm that important to have to be on the phone while I'm working out. -Women who get all dolled up makeup and perfume for the gym. wth? If you're coming from work that's completely different.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
SKG is not anti-fat person--- she's anti people turning the gym into a social scene.
kimsy kimsy 7 years
I hate when people wear swishy pants and are on a machine near you, and you hear their legs swishing repeatedly for 45 minutes. So grating.
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