Happy Thursday! Mmmm….weekend. So close.
So this has been an awkward week for me at the gym. First there was creepy abs guy, and now I have creepy butt guy. Basically, I was laying on the floor at the gym on Monday doing weighted hip thrusts (which is awkward enough in a crowded gym) when a bro-ish looking guy came up and asked if what I was doing was “working my ass.” And then proceeded to ask me what other exercises can be done for that particular area. And it can be noted that I’ve seen this guy at the gym a few times before, and he’s the kind of guy that would find an excuse to stand behind me as I was doing squats.
Anyways, this got me thinking about my own pet peeves in the gym. Basically, the things that make me silently rage inside when I see them happen. Apparently, I have a decent list.
So, if someone does these things while I’m working out, I will be seething on the inside a little:
1. Make me listen to your music.
When I was using the gym at school, there was always one girl who would carry around her iPad blasting music…as in, was not even wearing headphones. It’d be one thing if I liked the kind of music she was playing, but she was playing really slow, R & B type music…not exactly music that I would want to do jumping jacks to. Please people…headphones.
2. Talk to me while I’m wearing headphones.
Right now, when I’m at the gym it’s 6:30 am. I’m not conducive to conversation with anyone at that time, let alone a stranger at the gym. I hate it when people try to talk to me – I have to take off my headphones and ask them to repeat it, and that’s just annoying and wastes my time. So, do not talk to me with headphones on unless it’s vital. Ok? Ok.
Wearing headphones…so therefore, I’m avoiding conversation.
3 Talk to me in the middle of a set.
I actually had to laugh while I was at the gym at the other day – a woman about my age was moving around the gym from one set of equipment to the next, clearly performing a circuit workout. There was a guy literally following her around chatting her ear off (I couldn’t tell what he was talking about…headphones, remember?) and it was obvious that she could not be less interested. I don’t know too many people that go to the gym to be picked up, so you probably shouldn’t try. #justsaying
4. Take four sets of dumbbells at once.
My current gym is on the smaller side, so there’s only one set for most of the dumbbells. So therefore, grabbing the 15, 20, 25 and 30 lb sets all at once and taking them back to your bench is clearly unacceptable. Please people, learn to share!
5. Obvious staring/check out.
I’m talking to you, Creepy Butt Guy. Yes, I’m proud of mine, but I don’t need a conversation with a creeper for me to know that I have a good one.
6. Inappropriate equipment/clothing.
I realize that a lot of people at the gym are just starting out and don’t have the arsenal of fitness wear that a lot of regulars seem to, but jeans and loafers really don’t have a place in the gym. A pair of $20 Walmart sneakers will do the job just fine.
7. When people don’t put equipment away.
If you spent like 5 minutes loading a bunch of weight onto the barbell in the squat rack, do two sets and then walk away….not cool. Employees are not here to pick up after you, so please, put stuff away when you’re done!
8. Unsolicited advice.
I realize that some people are trying to help, but if you’re in no way qualified to tell me how to exercise (read: not certified or professionally qualified), please refrain from doing so. So, please don’t approach people and offer advice on the type of training they should be doing (lifting heavier, lifting lighter, doing different exercises). Umm, you could probably get sued that way. Just don’t do it.
I’m sure there’s more, but that’s what jumps out at me right away. Hope I entertained you guys for a Thursday, have a good one!
<— Do you agree with my list? Do people at your gym commit these?
<– What are the most annoying things people do at the gym/at races/in a fitness class?
<— Do you wear headphones to work out?