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Talking While Working Out

Are You a Treadmill Talker?

I have two workout buddies, one I work out with during the week and one on the weekends. My weekday buddy and I chat while walking to the gym and getting ready, but then we divide and conquer once it's time to work out. We both put in our headphones and go at it in silence. My weekend friend and I spend the first 20 minutes or so on side-by-side treadmills, StairMasters, or ellipticals catching up on life before splitting up to do our separate workouts.

To talk, or not to talk? Personally, I don't have a major preference either way. It's definitely easier for me to focus on pushing myself when I'm not trying to chat in between breaths, but it also passes the time quicker — time flies when you're having fun, right?

What kind of workout partner are you?

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livepink livepink 6 years
I work out alone always! I feel like having someone with me would just be somebody that might hold me back. I like to work at my own pace depending on the day and don't want to worry about someone else! I get in the zone with my ipod! The only thing is.. it kind of limits my exercise to gym workouts. I don't really want to take a class alone, but at the same time don't want to feel committed to a workout buddy. But I definitely need to vary my workouts, for boredom's sake!
gwolf gwolf 6 years
Well, all I can say is that I'm good listener, maybe too good as no response all all. Treadmills for sale
benheld benheld 6 years
Yes, on the treadmill and at the gym I'm not a talker. Sometimes a friend and I will go outside for a jog, we'll point out interesting things, people, etc. to each other while we go--it makes for a very enjoyable and fun workout.
mcbabyygirl mcbabyygirl 6 years
I agree with some of you that I hate when people talk on their phones or with friends while working out. It's especially annoying when they are talking so loudly you can hear them over your headphones/music!!
VeeKeeTee VeeKeeTee 6 years
i prefer being alone with my thoughts
Spectra Spectra 6 years
This is one of my biggest pet peeves. I can't stand it when people talk on the treadmills while I'm trying to run and listen to my program (our treadmills have TVs on them). Every so often, I'll see my boss on the next treadmill and I'll say "Hi" and she says "Hi" to me, but we stop there because both of us are trying to work out, not socialize.
SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 6 years
If my sister and I go together, we'll run on treadmills and listen to music to run 3-5 miles, and then when we're done we'll chat for sure! It makes many minutes go by quickly :) No talking for weights though.
vanillabean vanillabean 6 years
Right, I don't like it either--and I don't like when others around me chat up each other. If I hear/see that when I'm lookin for a machine, I will try to stay away from the chatty folks. However, I know my mom and her senior citizen friends love to yap, yap, yap at the treadmilss. As my dad says, that's why it take her 3 hours to do what she could do in 1.
guavajelly guavajelly 6 years
I don't like it either, I have to agree with the above comment about cell phones while working out, especially when the person is talking loudly. Its very rude and odd to me that people bring cell phones with them for a run or elliptical session. But. what can you do?
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 6 years
It depends on which part of the workout I'm at and who is with me. I don't mind chatting during a warm up or cool down, but when it's time to focus then it's time to focus and that means hearing only my music.
JessieSP JessieSP 6 years
I'm with the majority here. I don't like people buggy me when I'm trying to work out, especially while on a treadmill...go away. When I exercise it gives me time to focus and think about other things. I can figure the hard things out in my life when I'm walking alone.
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
If you can still talk in full sentences when you're trying to get some legit cardio done, you're doing it wrong. When I am in my HR zone, I pour sweat, breathe heavily, and there is no way in hell I'd be able to mutter out more than a few words. Obviously, I don't speak at the gym - at all.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
I hate when people yap on their cell phones at the gym. If it's THAT important, take it outside !
Mila_83 Mila_83 6 years
NO to chatting and NO to workout buddies. Workout is the only time that I like to spend alone, focus and just do my thing:)I prefer to concentrate on my run (or whatever I'm doing at the moment).I prefer to chat and catch with my buddies after work or on weekends instead:)
KMattes KMattes 6 years
I always work out alone anyways, but I hate listening to others' loud, TMI conversations when I'm trying to work out. If I can hear you over my headphones, you're too loud!
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 6 years
I am completely oblivious to everyone and everything around me when I'm working out at the gym. The "zone" is my own personal bubble and gosh darn it, I LIKE IT that way!
millarci millarci 6 years
I have to stay in the zone. I can't talk. It doesn't help me at all.
le-romantique le-romantique 6 years
Hate that... I'm really into myself when I'm running, although at least once a week my mom calls me while I'm running and I talk to her ha.
100lbsandcountin 100lbsandcountin 6 years
I HATE it when people try to talk to me while I'm running lol. leave me alone, let me focus!!! lifting weights or whatever else, I don't mind ;)
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