Gym Etiquette

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    Dec 28, 2010 2:41 AM GMT
    Hey guys,
    My city's local gay news site just posted this - thought you would get a kick!
    http://www.gayrva.com/2010/12/27/the-gay-guys-guide-to-gym-etiquette

    What are your thoughts?
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    Dec 31, 2010 2:38 AM GMT
    Cute read.

    #8 I'd recommend not applying the perfumes/cologne before working out. Some people are highly sensitive to perfumes. Some people overdo the perfumes so I'd say skip it.

    I'd add:
    #11 Restack your weights. The gym has a cleaning crew, not maid service.

    #12 You just finished your set with a (mildly) heavy weigh. Do not throw the weight on the ground. Just because people turn around and look at you, they're not impressed. They're thinking, "Who is that pathetic creature who can't handle his weights?"
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    Dec 31, 2010 4:03 AM GMT
    That was cute. But I'm still not getting off the ellip. So move on.
  • voyager1977

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    Dec 31, 2010 4:13 AM GMT
    10. Your music is excessively loud and it is not even good.

    I really hate it when people crank the overhead music. Then everyone is yelling at each other. Get an Ipod people.

    2. Grunting and Dumping

    If you lift heavy the grunting is involuntary. But theres no need to dump unless your muscles give out.
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    Dec 31, 2010 6:30 AM GMT
    There are so many more!! Don't stand in front of the dumbbell rack to do your set...don't put your towel and your water bottle on a bench that you have no intention of using...don't get on a machine or a bench and then have a 15-minute conversation with your buddy and tie up equipment that someone could be putting to good use....don't bother the trainers, they're working...don't complain to the front desk staff, they don't give a shit and they will just spit in the smoothie you just ordered....don't give me a dirty look when you have to stand at the water fountain and wait for me to refill my bottle. If you're not carrying around a water bottle of your own, you're not drinking enough water, so you're an idiot...and my favorite...don't drive around the parking lot 15 times trying to park at the front door. Walk !! It's called EXERCISE!!!
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    Dec 31, 2010 6:48 AM GMT
    DesertTrainer saidThere are so many more!! Don't stand in front of the dumbbell rack to do your set...don't put your towel and your water bottle on a bench that you have no intention of using...don't get on a machine or a bench and then have a 15-minute conversation with your buddy and tie up equipment that someone could be putting to good use....don't bother the trainers, they're working...don't complain to the front desk staff, they don't give a shit and they will just spit in the smoothie you just ordered....don't give me a dirty look when you have to stand at the water fountain and wait for me to refill my bottle. If you're not carrying around a water bottle of your own, you're not drinking enough water, so you're an idiot...and my favorite...don't drive around the parking lot 15 times trying to park at the front door. Walk !! It's called EXERCISE!!!


    Never do your exercises in front of the rack. This happens often. How can people not realize that other people need the weights they are blocking?

    But with the water fountain thing, I have to add an extra rule. If there is a small fountain and tall fountain next to each other and you have a water bottle, use the small one. If it is occupied, go ahead and use the taller one. That is fine.
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    Jan 01, 2011 1:23 PM GMT
    #2

    Making grunts are necessary in some cases. Dropping weights is not. I GLARE at people when they drop weights.
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    Jan 01, 2011 1:55 PM GMT
    How on earth is it "creeper" status to talk to each other in the shower?? htat is perfectly normal everywhere Ive ever been
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    Jan 01, 2011 2:03 PM GMT
    "deep cleansing breaths"

    wtf?
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    Jan 01, 2011 2:05 PM GMT
    amar_m saidHow on earth is it "creeper" status to talk to each other in the shower?? htat is perfectly normal everywhere Ive ever been


    I think they mean it's creeper to start a conversation with someone you don't know in the shower. And in North America, shower conversation it's considerably less common than in other parts of the world.
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    Jan 01, 2011 2:07 PM GMT
    Bunjamon said
    amar_m saidHow on earth is it "creeper" status to talk to each other in the shower?? htat is perfectly normal everywhere Ive ever been


    I think they mean it's creeper to start a conversation with someone you don't know in the shower. And in North America, shower conversation it's considerably less common than in other parts of the world.


    Americans are uptight and insecure about sex. They are the same with alcohol and drugs. Surprisingly large parts of the population seem unable to relate to any of these things without excess or puritanical abstinence. I find it endlessly fascinating and rather funny.
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    Jan 01, 2011 2:37 PM GMT
    One rule -- DO NOT overkill applying cologne! I cherish the air I am breathing in the small changing room. icon_evil.gif
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    Jan 01, 2011 2:41 PM GMT
    love love love it!!

    This got me thinking, I go to my former university's gym, however i've been a member at corporate gyms before. Men are changing icon_smile.gif Guys at the university gym are around my age and some younger, so between 18 and 24ish and they/we are extremely well behaved, unlike those i encountered at other gym chains....i shudder just thinking of the "stuff" i saw.
    The change rooms are cleaned and orderly, guys change facing their locker in a quick manner and if they talk its to whomever theyre with and its about school/government/plans for the day. In other gyms it was guys walking from showers to lockers fully nude treating the place like their very own grecian palace talking about weird growths and juiceheads contemplating which bunny from spinclass theyre gonna grace with their subpar intellect.
    The gym floor of the university is usually packed but the people smell pretty, use ipods, and refrain from sounding like a rhino in heat.

    I dont think i need to continue to compare. So yes, my point once again is that i believe guys are changing, its no longer a comparison of masculinity by way of the forementioned grunts and dickswinging in the change rooms. One may argue that its all a cultural thing, but i'm pretty sure its simply a proper display of manners and civil behaviour.
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    Jan 01, 2011 2:46 PM GMT
    amar_m saidHow on earth is it "creeper" status to talk to each other in the shower?? htat is perfectly normal everywhere Ive ever been


    a stranger talking to you in the shower in the US mainland means that they're either gay or foreign, or both of you are really old.
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    Jan 01, 2011 2:49 PM GMT
    JAKEBENSON said
    amar_m saidHow on earth is it "creeper" status to talk to each other in the shower?? htat is perfectly normal everywhere Ive ever been


    a stranger talking to you in the shower in the US mainland means that they're either gay or foreign, or both of you are really old.



    I "like" this.

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    Jan 01, 2011 10:48 PM GMT
    Even within the US the local locker room customs can vary quite a bit. The general rule I've noticed is that the more private and exclusive the gym, where you tend to know more of the other men on a regular basis, the more unconcerned guys are with social nudity.

    Whereas the more open it is to the public, with more strangers you don't know, the more uptight guys get. And this seems to cut across age lines, although younger men will still tend to be more shy than older on average. Add to that some intangible & unpredictable group dynamics that can also be at work.

    I suppose the most extreme example of the relaxed "club" attitude I experienced was in the US military, right into the mid-90s. You entered a latrine or locker room and you got naked and stayed naked, until you were ready to leave.

    Naturally you showered naked, but you also shaved at the sink naked, brushed your teeth naked, combed your hair naked, pissed at the urinal naked. Nothing creepy about it, just what most of us did, and none of us were old lechers, all men in our prime, needless to say. I guess another analogy was we were all sorta like teammates, with no shyness among us.

    Some guys might use a towel wrap, more to keep their stuff from contacting the cold porcelain sink, but many if not most just draped it over their shoulder when it wasn't on a hook. And as I mentioned above, the more exclusive & pricey a civilian gym is, the more of this same behavior I've seen there, too.
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    Jan 02, 2011 2:58 AM GMT
    JAKEBENSON said
    amar_m saidHow on earth is it "creeper" status to talk to each other in the shower?? htat is perfectly normal everywhere Ive ever been


    a stranger talking to you in the shower in the US mainland means that they're either gay or foreign, or both of you are really old.


    Depending on the gym environment, I go with the flow. I train at two places, a Powerhouse Gym where I'd never be caught dead without a towel (or in a speedo) and my local YMCA, where I almost never wear a towel (and lap swim in a speedo). That being said, I got really annoyed yesterday when things started getting out of hand at the Y's gang shower. Specifically, a fully dressed old man (in my head I call him Yogi Berra) was standing in the entrance to the gang shower so close to me that he was getting splashed by my runoff while carrying on a jocular sports conversation with the middle aged man showering on the other side of me. Exiting before I did, they both blocked the sinks because the old guy wouldn't stop yapping as middle-aged guy shaved nude (sink nudity is normal at that Y), both absolutely oblivious to me waiting. Rude and creepy!
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    Jan 02, 2011 3:13 AM GMT
    My pet peeve is when someone tries to use two or three pieces of equipment at once (by reserving the unoccupied equipment with a towel/gym bag). They expect other people to just wait until they are done circulating between the various machines until they are completely done. If you try to jump in, they'll usually tell you "im not done with that yet." Really annoying.
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    Jan 02, 2011 3:15 AM GMT
    JAKEBENSON said
    amar_m saidHow on earth is it "creeper" status to talk to each other in the shower?? htat is perfectly normal everywhere Ive ever been


    a stranger talking to you in the shower in the US mainland means that they're either gay or foreign, or both of you are really old.


    LMAO