That f@#*ing gym guy!

  • MattyC0709

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    Apr 18, 2008 7:14 PM GMT
    We've all seen them at the gym: some guy at the gym who just irritates the crap out of you! Let's make a list of all the annoying and weird guys who you find at your gym...

    At my gym:

    1) Superset-ter - When this guy shows up you can barely do any exercises, coz he's constantly running around the gym from one machine to the next. If he catches you on a machine he was using for a superset he'll tell you to get off it!

    2) Machine hog - I encountered this guy two days ago. I had to use the lateral press machine for chest presses and this dude was using it for shoulder presses. So I went to do two sets on the chest fly machine as not to waste time. After my sets he was still there, so I waited a bit. 3... 4... 5... 6 sets and counting! So I said f@#* it and did 3 more sets on the chest fly machine. He did about 10 sets! Later on I saw him sitting at the chest fly machine, doing concentration curls! Dammit, it wasn't like there weren't any free benches to sit on!

    So, any pricks in your gym? icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_razz.gificon_wink.gif
  • UncleverName

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    Apr 18, 2008 8:37 PM GMT
    What's been driving me insane lately is all of the guys that don't put their weights away. At the gym I go to in the afternoon (lately) there's a couple of these huge guys that load up like 5 or 6 45Lb plates per side on something, do their sets and then leave them there. What annoys me is not having to take the weights off, but not knowing they are done with the bar/machine or not.

    My strategy has been to never assume that anyone is actually using a machine/bar, and to assume that they will tell me if they are still using it.
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    Apr 18, 2008 8:53 PM GMT
    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....I must not be serious enough....I havent seen any of these. My Golds is a pretty small one, I guess....or it is not full of fanatics...cuz everybody seems to get along.

    The only thing I have ever seen that raised my eyebrows were a pair of lesbians engaging in way too much PDA for my comfort. And that was only once.

    I am the gym manager's biggest pain in the ass...I have gotten after him about the cleanliness of the place....once was just dustiness, once was dirty fans, but the worst was about the shower knobs...they hadnt been cleaned inside in so long they were growing ALGAE!!! ...beyond mildew to ALGAE ....an effing ecosystem was evolving the shower handles YUCK!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 18, 2008 10:32 PM GMT


    MUTTSKINS!!!

    I like the beagle drawing on your profile....



    At the Wichita YMCA I frequent, I haven't noticed too many issues.. what I find a little odd are those who
    do a set, then walk to the waterfountain and back.

    I wouldn't follow that course of action as someone might take your machine or weights by the time you return. I have a water bottle... I've always wondered if they aren't as serious about their workout with all the "walking here and there".
  • joeindallas

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    Apr 18, 2008 11:33 PM GMT
    The King of A**holes is the guy on a machine and has to phone all his friends when he breaks thur a plateau. Spending 10 mins. then to top it all off he looks at you for listening to him
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    Apr 18, 2008 11:51 PM GMT
    Oh, I'm the number one guy, the Super-Setter. I was going to complain about the guy who uses the damn machine for a lounge chair to camp out on. If you aint working it, get the F#@% Off! I'm trying to keep up the aerobic pace and I run into a camper. I don't say anything, I just stand close and give them the look, and then only if it's the only machine available for the routine I'm doing. I get an hour and a half for lunch so have to maximize the time I'm in the gym.
    Just the other day some guy got me feeling downright homicidal. He and his workout partner, were just conversing, not working, talking! I hear the gyms are pretty good in prison.





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    Apr 19, 2008 12:38 AM GMT
    Ive been going to the same gym now for five years. Don't really have anything to complain about.
  • geebus

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    Apr 19, 2008 12:41 AM GMT
    muttskins said
    2) Machine hog 3... 4... 5... 6 sets and counting!


    I'm so sorry...I've hit a plateau and need like 23 sets on my chest/week to restart the bulking phase. =P

    Although whenever I see people standing around, I usually ask them if they want to jump in.
  • groundcombat

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    Apr 19, 2008 12:43 AM GMT
    Yeah. Those guys can be annoying but you all should try asking them to use the machine to let them know you're waiting. I've been at the gym on days where I just don't have the ump I usually do and it's taking me what seems like forever inbetween sets. If someone comes and asks about it I either give it up, let them work in, or hustle it along.

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    Apr 19, 2008 12:45 AM GMT
    Anyone on the phone, period!!!



    Why are you at the gym then?????
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    Apr 19, 2008 12:47 AM GMT
    Geebus, wouldn't increasing the weight do a better job?
    Or do you do 4 or 5 reps a set?

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    Apr 19, 2008 12:55 AM GMT
    I agree with the phones - it really bugs me when someone sits around talking on his/her phone while working out, especially on the cardio machines.

    However, I'm sure I've annoyed many people at the gym with my supersets. I didn't realize till halfway through a set today that I was grunting loudly.

    A few weeks ago I went to use the triceps rope pressdown and started to change the equipment. This woman got in my face and gave me one of the most evil looks I've ever received. She told me she was using it and I replied, "Well how was I supposed to know? Sorry." She kept glaring at me and I said, "Look, I didn't know you were using it, okay?" She glares at me every time I see her at the gym. She's always hogging the same station the whole time I'm working out. Ugh.
  • Muunrakur

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    Apr 19, 2008 12:56 AM GMT
    There are two men I see at my gym fairly often; first thing that I find "unsettling" is that they are in their street clothes. These guys are lifting weights or using bikes in slacks, shoes, etc. Why does it bother me? I don't know, but I fucking hate it.

    Second, undergraduate girls who hog the cardio machines but don't really use them because they have to keep stopping to find the right song on their iPods or text their friends (who are probably on the machines next to them)

    Last, I use the 'xpress line' at my gym, where you use the machines in a certain order, one set each time, move along... next... move along...there's a HUGE poster hanging from the ceiling that says these machines are for the xpress line and tells you how to do it... but these fucking people camp out on the machines, they sit there (not actually working out), cruising the gym or playing with the settings or in many cases, just sitting there looking around or daydreaming... These machines are not set aside to be your little break room!
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    Apr 19, 2008 12:56 AM GMT
    lissenup saidI agree with the phones - it really bugs me when someone sits around talking on his/her phone while working out, especially on the cardio machines.

    However, I'm sure I've annoyed many people at the gym with my supersets. I didn't realize till halfway through a set today that I was grunting loudly.

    A few weeks ago I went to use the triceps rope pressdown and started to change the equipment. This woman got in my face and gave me one of the most evil looks I've ever received. She told me she was using it and I replied, "Well how was I supposed to know? Sorry." She kept glaring at me and I said, "Look, I didn't know you were using it, okay?" She glares at me every time I see her at the gym. She's always hogging the same station the whole time I'm working out. Ugh.


    I also hate it when people leave their towels all over the place.
  • olden

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    Apr 19, 2008 2:24 AM GMT
    I ran into a great pair today.

    The "Trainer" yelling at his "Trainee" - counting reps, Feel the Burn, etc., etc.

    Then they tok the 20-, 30- and 40-pound barbells and had them all at their workout bench.

    While "Trainee" was trying to recover from a pulled delt, I politely asked for the use of the 40- for my French curls. I was begrudgingly allowed to use it, and returned it upon completion of my three sets. The bar sat there for at least another 10 minutes with no one touching it. It was still there when I moved on to another part of the gym.

    I guess I really can't complain. I did get to use the bar.

    I think it was the loud talk and Know-It-All attitude that really teed me off.
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    Apr 19, 2008 2:32 AM GMT
    Pattison saidIve been going to the same gym now for five years. Don't really have anything to complain about.


    Would you survey your gym about this? I would love to get the aussie perspective on this question.

  • Apr 19, 2008 2:37 AM GMT
    I need a trainer beause I have no idea what half of this is! I go tomorrow for my first lesson! I'm so excited! I need my abs to be rock hard and chest built up. I ran a 10k this weekend so I'm good on the legs for now! icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 19, 2008 2:42 AM GMT
    I have two:

    The "Look-at-me-lift Guy." He will pick the most populated area to do his curls, do them extra slow so he can admire himself in the mirror, making special emphasis to grunt loud enough so everyone in the gym can hear him. If he is really in need of an ego boost, he'll drop the weights when he's done, grunt again, and take note of all his admirers.

    The "arm-chair personal trainer." He'll approach you in the middle of a workout, perhaps even the middle of a set, and begin coaching you on what lift you should be doing (because he knows not only what you're trying to work, but how to do it better than you)that he read from an AARP magazine. It's fine if someone is correcting potentially dangerous form or helping a newbie, but if the person is obviously doing their own thing and physically more built, leave them alone.

    icon_confused.gif Wow, ok well I'm not really that big of an asshole... just dramatic.

  • geebus

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    Apr 19, 2008 2:43 AM GMT
    John43620 saidGeebus, wouldn't increasing the weight do a better job?
    Or do you do 4 or 5 reps a set?



    I've actually tried every possible mix up to my workouts...changing excercises, excercise order, different splits, high reps, low reps...etc. etc.

    at the moment, I'm working near my 10RM for like 10reps, 7 sets on the bench press. If I go lower weight, I'm not going hard enough, and if I reduce the set number, I won't trigger new muscle growth.

    But my 1RM is like 64kg...which is nothing much compared to what most guys on here can do icon_redface.gif
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    Apr 19, 2008 3:25 AM GMT
    Warrior...u such a drama queen...lol...Sorry guys...i'm guilty of having my cell phone on at the gym...but only when i'm on call so that i can rush back when neededicon_redface.gif...my pet peeves r

    1) The guys that's all talk and no lift...i have this guy at my gym that does nothing but create conversation with ppl...he'll do one set the fin someonelse and start talking to him...he did that to me once and he NEVER shut up..talking about the most inane things ever. So in essence...he ends up wasting others times and makes machines unavailable for ppl that actually wanna use them. Other than that he's a nice guyicon_biggrin.gif

    2) The goys that dont re-rach their wiehgts when they done...that's just plain rude

    3)The guys that stare wiht no hint of subtlety (i think that one is specific to pakistan)
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    Apr 19, 2008 3:42 AM GMT
    My biggest peeve has already been mentioned--guys who don't rerack the weights.

    On a side note, I work at my local gym one thing that really ticks me off are the slobs.
    People who wear muddy shoes into the gym and leave deposits all around the equipment. And then there's the locker rooms. Usually they are the female members who won't pick up after themselves. Gum on benches, shampoo bottles tossed on the floor when the trash can is 10 feet away...
    And don't get me started on period soup--you don't want to know icon_eek.gif
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    Apr 19, 2008 3:43 AM GMT
    Hey guys. I just had to post to this when I saw it. I have been around Health/Fitness for over 13 years as a group exercise instructor and a personal trainer. So, I have seen it all and heard it all.

    I periodically do supersets myself. But I am moving pretty quickly from one machine to the next. And if someone gets on something I need, I patiently wait. But the other day, I had my workout towel down on a chair that I was using for OH dumbbell tricep presses. Now, before you say anything, at my gym, we are required to keep a workout towel with us at all times to wipe up our sweat. Well....there were two guys who were working out together and running around hitting every machine in there. And it was the middle of the afternoon too, with not many people there. While I was over doing dips after my set of presses, one of them sat down on my chair, ON MY OWN PERSONAL TOWEL. I went back over there and stood behind him and just glared at him without even taking my headphones off. I couldn't believe it. I should have told him, "You just bought yourself a towel, asshole." But I didn't.

    Can you believe that sh*t?
  • Muunrakur

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    Apr 19, 2008 3:47 AM GMT
    thats kinda grotesque.
  • MattyC0709

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    Apr 19, 2008 8:15 AM GMT
    I'm glad this thread didn't burn down to the ground like the others I posted, hehe!

    warrior_poet63 said"Look-at-me-lift Guy."... making special emphasis to grunt loud enough so everyone in the gym can hear him

    Yeah, the Superset-ter in my gym also makes extremely LOUD grunts and breaths! It's like he's getting the s@#* beaten out of him! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_razz.gificon_wink.gif
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    Apr 21, 2008 9:36 PM GMT
    Hmmm, I noticed a few:

    The Stalker: He uses the same exact station you just finished and the same exact routine, and keeps within close range for the next step...creepy, but strangely flattering...

    The Tease: One guy always seems to show more than others. He wears those tight cotton/lycra shorts that are normally worn UNDERNEATH regular shorts. His package is RIGHT there for all to see. It's sorta sexy, but not when he wears the light grey ones that show the crotch-sweat patterns...ewwwicon_neutral.gif

    The Mirror Whore: Need I say more?