Pet peeves at the gym?

  • FUN_SD

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    Feb 15, 2011 10:28 PM GMT
    So I went to the gym today to do arms and it seemed like everyone's mission at the gym was to irritate me. Maybe i'm overreacting but there are some people there who are just there to waste time and go home tell their significant other that they went to the gym, but in fact just went there to stick their finger up their butt and take up space for valuable gym time. Maybe I should take this as a good thing, because when these things do happen I do workout harder for the sure face that im pissed. lol Anyone else have any pet peeves at the gym that just ticks you off? Here are a couple of mine.

    people who talk on the phone for endless minutes and sitting on a perfectly unused bench.

    People who workout literally in front of the rack instead of stepping back a little for other people.

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    Feb 15, 2011 11:05 PM GMT
    Whiny, ball-less guys who can't speak up at the gym and ask to work-in, or for other reasonable accomodation.
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    Feb 15, 2011 11:23 PM GMT
    People sitting at machines talking on cell phones/texting which are supposed to be prohibited
    People not wiping off their sweat soaked machines
    Being asked when I'm going to be done with a machine
    Being asked if I can let him squeeze in a few reps or sets
    People not putting free weights back on the racks
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    Feb 16, 2011 2:17 AM GMT
    The idiots who blare the volume on the TVs and then leave them on when they get off the treadmills.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 16, 2011 2:19 AM GMT
    I guess I don't focus on the negatives, but view my gym time as a positive release of energy and down time for me.

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    Feb 16, 2011 2:28 AM GMT
    When the gym is already pretty full and dudes take these long ass breaks while sitting on the machines, as if nobody else wants to use them. Luckily, my gym is only packed to capacity in January, since it appears to be everyone's new years resolution to get fit. This only lasts until about the 4th week (if that) and then it's back to 'normal'. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 16, 2011 2:28 AM GMT
    i don't have any 'peeves' probably because i don't give a sh*t what other people are doing.
  • chameleon

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    Feb 16, 2011 2:31 AM GMT
    i hate when people dont rerack their weights

    i hate when people slam weights around. if you cant handle it, dont pick it up
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    Feb 16, 2011 2:31 AM GMT
    When someone carries around there gymbag,(big ass purse)water bottle, phone, towel, ipod, jacket all at the same time. UGH!

    that shit all laying around when the gym is at it's busiest.
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    Feb 16, 2011 2:41 AM GMT
    The guy that has a pair of 50, 60, 65, 75, & 80 lbs free weighs all at the same timehoarding them around his bench. Oh and did I mention not using but one pair in a fifteen minute time frame
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    Feb 16, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    Loud grunting. It's disrupting and I can't concentrate.
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    Feb 16, 2011 3:09 AM GMT
    wasn't this all covered? icon_cool.gif

    - [LOUD] MUSIC (!! PA or headphones!!). I want silence at the gym if possible.
    - People that talk all the time - to anyone or thing. SHUT UP. (see first point)
    - Leaving weights all over - for us to trip and break ourselves on. Pricks.
    - Grunting often and loudly (see first point)
    - Hogging free weights
    - Standing in front of machines or weight rack they're not using.
    - Talking about sports endlessly... (see first point)

    - People that advise others on how they are doing something improperly
    when they're not in any decent shape themselves. Just STFU. If we want
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    Feb 16, 2011 3:30 AM GMT
    My biggest pet peeve has to be the germ phobic people who insist on wiping everything down with antibiotic wipes every time they touch something, and if you don't, they look at you as if you've just smeared feces on the treadmill.

    Few people seem to understand the microbiological processes that cause superbugs to arise. Wiping down the machines exposes more microbes to antimicrobial agents, creating genetic resistance over time. These individuals that gain resistance give rise to superbugs (which are pathogens that don't respond to normal antimicrobial agents) so wiping down actually can increase the chances that you'll generate a superbug. If you sweat like a pig, I think its best to wipe down with a dry cloth or towel - not antimicrobial wipes.

    Wiping down gym equipment is a waste of time, money, and pollutes the environment. People should take to time to learn about this before making baseless claims about the dangers of getting sick from someones else's sweat. In fact sweat is one of the best natural antiseptics known. It has been well known for some time that sweat contains dermcidin which is currently being tested as a new antibiotic.

    Stop chill with the wiping people!
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    Feb 16, 2011 3:43 AM GMT
    I've got a new pet peeve based on something that happened last week:

    -when someone picks his nose repeatedly (along with requisite visual inspection of the results), then uses that hand to touch the same piece of equipment you've let him work in on in between your sets. Holy f**k me.

    I walked away, squirted some hand sani on my hands, and finished working that muscle group on a different machine.
  • Syphon

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    Feb 16, 2011 3:44 AM GMT
    January. 'nuff said.
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    Feb 16, 2011 3:45 AM GMT
    mine are as follow

    people who leave weights on the floor within steps from where they belong, I mean you use them put them back, duh.

    people who use a piece of an equipment after you and just put 5 pounds more on and then leave almost to show, hey I am stronger

    people who wear tapout at the gym and act tough and such, like their some fighter.
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    Feb 16, 2011 3:49 AM GMT
    The creapy old dude with the hater blockers on. gross
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    Feb 16, 2011 3:50 AM GMT
    Syphon saidJanuary. 'nuff said.


    So true
  • UVaRob9

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    Feb 16, 2011 3:53 AM GMT
    I saw something more annoying than doing curls in the squat rack last night: some older guy was sitting at the lat pulldown, facing the other way and doing dumbell curls. There were benches available, but somehow this seemed like a good idea to him. Rude.

    @ DetroitDan: "hater blockers"?
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    Feb 16, 2011 3:56 AM GMT
    How about guys who spend more time looking at themselves in the mirrors than actually working out.
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    Feb 16, 2011 4:06 AM GMT
    The groups or 2 or 3 that occupy a coveted piece of equipment (like a squat rack) for about half an hour while only doing 1 set each, refusing to let others work in, and talking themselves up the rest of the time.
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    Feb 16, 2011 4:23 AM GMT
    I have several but they have all been pretty much covered by the above posters.

    One that I don't think anyone mentioned is the stinky ass people. And I am not talking about the usual smell of sweaty people. There is this guy at my gym that most of the time smells like absolute death! I don't know if he doesn't shower then doesn't wear deodorant, but it is like sour milk mixed with ass cheese.

    And don't get my wrong, I have an extremely strong stomach. I can watch people throw up and smell it, can smell shit and other things and be fine. But I was on the bench next to this guy and literally cut my exercise short because I was gagging at the smell. I could smell the bastard from across the weight area too which is at least 50 feet wide!

    I almost said something, but I hate embarrassing people like that. But he needs to go shower halfway through his workout or wear better deodorant or something because holy fuck..
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    Feb 16, 2011 4:23 AM GMT
    Syphon saidJanuary. 'nuff said.


    Yup! But at my gym it was back to normal by around the third week in January. Probably about 80% of the new people seemed to have already stopped coming.

    What gets me are the guys that use the squat rack to do bicep curls with the barbell and maybe only put an extra 10 or 20 pounds on the barbell. At my gym we have fixed weight barbells that go up to at least 80 pounds so I don't understand why they don't use that. Not such a big deal if the gym is mostly empty and no one wants to use the squat racks but when it is really busy it just seems so inconsiderate.
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    Feb 16, 2011 4:44 AM GMT
    People monopolizing equipment they're not using by socializing, taking super long rests between sets, performing four-exercise supersets with equipment at the far flung corners of the gym, leaving plates or an attachment when they're finished so you don't know if the equipment's still in use, or using the equipment instead of the floor as a repository for their water bottles, phones, towels and other crap.
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    Feb 16, 2011 7:48 AM GMT
    People who wear hats, I mean hello you're inside!
    I know it shouldn't bug me but it really does for some reason. icon_mad.gif