Gym Etiquette Faux Pas

  • neon4u

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    Jul 16, 2011 2:46 PM GMT
    I totally agree with this article about 11 Gym Etiquette Faux Pas. And they are very COMMON. So don't get caught in one of these:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/14/gym-etiquette_n_897580.html#s308176&title=Leaving_Sweat_On

    #6 no stacking the weights you use is my biggest one....
    And I would add talking to someone for too long.

    What do you think? What would you add?
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    Jul 16, 2011 3:12 PM GMT
    If you're gonna cruise for dick, do so discreetly...because if you're obvious, you'll make yourself a target for the old creeper who's doing the same thing.
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    Jul 16, 2011 3:23 PM GMT
    my biggest pet peeve at the gym--on the cardio equipment
    #3

    Hearing someone gabbing away on the machine next to you is always distracting. "It's amazing how many people wear phone earbuds or Bluetooths and carry on a full conversation!" says Baraglia.

    Keep your phone stashed in your bag or locker while on the gym floor. If you find yourself tempted to make a call, remember that ]if you're able to talk easily while you're exercising, you may not be exerting much effort
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    Jul 16, 2011 3:27 PM GMT
    Lifting more weight than you can barely--or possibly--handle and have it crashing down hard, scaring the shit out of everyone else, wondering if the person lifting all that weight has been crushed, blood everywhere.

    That's my pet peeve. Other than that, my gym is awesome.
  • 24hourguy

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    Jul 16, 2011 3:36 PM GMT
    FLUSH THE F'ING TOILET!!!!
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    Jul 16, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    that article is so bad I wouldn´t use it as loo paper

    Things I don´t like seeing:


    Silly kids who are lifting too heavy and fucking up the exercise

    Grown ups who do the same are worse.
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    Jul 16, 2011 3:54 PM GMT
    The only one I disagree with is hovering. When it's peak time at my gym, if you don't wait for a piece of equipment you really want, you're not gonna get it. Step away for 30-60 seconds to do something else, and someone else is gonna jump on it instead.

    Best thing to do is wait until they've finished a set and ask how many more they have -- they're either almost done (in which case it pays off to hover and wait), or they just started (in which case they'll either be decent enough to offer you to work in, or you know you've got a good 3-5 minutes to go do something else).
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    Jul 16, 2011 3:59 PM GMT
    Dropping the weights on the floor.

    Standing one foot from the dumbbell rack to do your exercises - to lazy or ignorant to take a couple of steps back so others get easy access. I'll sometimes reach in front of them, but they don't get the hint.

    Doing supersets can be problematic in a crowded gym. If the complementary exercises are on the same machine, that can lead to hogging. If they are on different machines, there is a tendency to put a towel on the one not in use, which can also lead to hogging.
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    Jul 16, 2011 4:13 PM GMT
    There are a few people at my gym who will hoard equipment, like dumbbells and balls. They'll make a pile around their space on the floor, and no one else can use the equipment until they are finished their entire workout.

    People who talk instead of working out while on equipment can sometimes be a problem. That's a time I think it's OK to hover because they need a hint that other people are waiting while they are chatting.

    I don't like it when people come out of the showers without toweling off. They leave huge puddles of water in the bathroom area.

    That's all I'm going to say so I don't sound too whiny.
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    Jul 16, 2011 4:16 PM GMT
    #12 Sucking dick in the stairs... Dude, you're blocking the whole fucking aisle, people want to ge to the barbels you dumb fuck!
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    Jul 16, 2011 4:31 PM GMT
    I'm torn on sweat. If I use equipment and there are puddles of sweat then I clean up. Other than that I don't. My gym places public wipe down towels all over the gym put they never swap them out. Way nastier than sweat.
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    Jul 16, 2011 4:33 PM GMT
    My biggest pet peeve is someone who tries to use 2-3 machines at the same time and places a towel on the other machines not currently in use.

    In this situation, I typically go to the machine I want, throw their towel off to the side, and get to work. If they come over and say "Hey, I was using that" then I respond, "Doesn't look like it. Looks like I'm using it."

    If people are going to be rude in the gym, I have no problem returning the favor.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Jul 16, 2011 4:49 PM GMT
    i actually liked all of them. damn, i wish people would post them in the gym or add them to the membership contract clause. when people join the gym they seem to think that the membership gives them the right to do whatever they want. i mean it amazes me how people sit on the machines and read or get pissy if you ask to work in between sets. my pet peeve is when people do not put the weights back or not put them back where they got them from. or my favorite is to take the damn plates with them from machine to machine. which baffles me
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    Jul 16, 2011 4:53 PM GMT
    rbdude79 saidThe only one I disagree with is hovering. When it's peak time at my gym, if you don't wait for a piece of equipment you really want, you're not gonna get it. Step away for 30-60 seconds to do something else, and someone else is gonna jump on it instead.

    Best thing to do is wait until they've finished a set and ask how many more they have -- they're either almost done (in which case it pays off to hover and wait), or they just started (in which case they'll either be decent enough to offer you to work in, or you know you've got a good 3-5 minutes to go do something else).
    dude, the equipment is not yours. the equipment is for everyone to use. i do not understand why people do not want to share the equipment. when it is peak hours its almost guaranteed that you will have to share a piece of equipment and for you to not (not you specifically) wanting to share is ridiculous.
  • wild_sky360

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    Jul 16, 2011 5:06 PM GMT
    Leave the douche spray at home. No; it's not a substitute for bathing, and everyone within 20 feet of you is gagging.

    Same goes, in the sauna. It's bad enough at room temperature, but patchouli oil at 200 degrees is nauseating. Even a few drops on the rocks will stink it up for days.
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    Jul 16, 2011 5:11 PM GMT
    catfish5 saidMy biggest pet peeve is someone who tries to use 2-3 machines at the same time and places a towel on the other machines not currently in use.

    In this situation, I typically go to the machine I want, throw their towel off to the side, and get to work. If they come over and say "Hey, I was using that" then I respond, "Doesn't look like it. Looks like I'm using it."

    If people are going to be rude in the gym, I have no problem returning the favor.


    this would only be a pet peeve of mine if he didn't agree to let you work in with him.
  • Zcube

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    Jul 16, 2011 5:13 PM GMT
    Pretty good article. I think I'll post it back on my fb. Thanks! icon_smile.gif

    As far as the interrupting class goes. I have no problem with people coming into my class and joining in late. It's not really distracting anyone and tends to encourage people to stay more.

    My biggest pet peeve though is when I use the showers and I have creepy lurkers trying to show me their packages or trying to stare at me through the cracks on the doors. ughhh!! our shower stalls are so weird.. they're almost see through. You can actually make out someone's face and details. It's like, what's the point of even having walls if they're gonna be see through glass? lol. I am a hypocrite though, because I don't mind the attention from more attractive/more approachable men. bleh.
  • wild_sky360

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    Jul 16, 2011 5:15 PM GMT
    tuffguyndc saidi actually liked all of them. damn, i wish people would post them in the gym or add them to the membership contract clause.


    I've often thought the same thing...should be part of orientation. My theory is they don't want to seem overbearing and turn people off.

    I've kind of felt that way when visiting other gyms while traveling. They have 8x10's plastered everywhere, telling you what not to do.

    A gym etiquette poster that everyone is eventually going to see, might be a compromise.
  • Spiritreaver

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    Jul 16, 2011 5:16 PM GMT
    I think the one I tend to abuse is sweat and standing too close to the dumbbell rack.

    The sweat thing I am generally ontop of when it comes to machines and cardio equipment, but not so much benches. I am just used to my overcrowded school gym, by the time I walk away to get the cleaner and paper towel, it's already taken by someone else. I don't bring towels with me, one because I generally bring nothing to the gym, and two I'd just forget anyway.

    The dumbbell thing I try to be good about too, but sometimes when I am drop setting curls it tend to get involved in getting it done quickly that I forget to step away.

    I think my biggest peeve in the gym are people who make excessive noise, whether it's excessive grunting (the older crowd is often at fault for this), slamming weights (definitely the younger show offs), or just talking nonsense for too long.

    That and people who just stand around and brag all day. Can't stand that shit, no one cares what weight you're using, a pat on the back is cool, but don't fucking chat up how great you are for half an hour.

    Oh and one more, people who get pissy if you ask them (politely mind you) for either a spot or to use a piece of equipment.The other day I asked a guy to spot me on bench press, waited till he was between sets, he was the only bigger guy in the gym, so I figured it'd be alright.

    He barely spotted me, he spent the entire time looking away, headphones on, didn't help on the last rep. Meh.
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    Jul 16, 2011 5:20 PM GMT
    - Rude people

    - People who ask to work in, then take FOREVER to get their set done. If you know you're doing light weight, high reps, then wait until the machine is available, don't ask to work in. It's one thing to do high reps with quick intensity and focus, it's another to labor through it like a Sunday stroll

    - grunters. Loud grunters

    - people who walk away from a machine, don't leave a towel or water bottle, then come back and act like you should have known they were at the machine.
  • wild_sky360

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    Jul 16, 2011 5:24 PM GMT
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    catfish5 saidMy biggest pet peeve is someone who tries to use 2-3 machines at the same time and places a towel on the other machines not currently in use.

    In this situation, I typically go to the machine I want, throw their towel off to the side, and get to work. If they come over and say "Hey, I was using that" then I respond, "Doesn't look like it. Looks like I'm using it."

    If people are going to be rude in the gym, I have no problem returning the favor.


    this would only be a pet peeve of mine if he didn't agree to let you work in with him.


    It's not really a "work in" situation. It's someone deliberately saying "I'm claiming these 3 stations, and I dare you to question it." I do the exact same as catfish, even though my routine is to jump repeatedly between a few stations. Difference, is I eye what's open before jumping off the last one, and I have a similar 2nd choice lined up if somebody beats me to it. I can't justify claiming 3 stations, even at the slowest times.
    If you're not on it, you're not using it.

    Just as irritating, but not the same attitude is using adjacent stations as a bag hanger or a lounge chair for partners that are alternating. They always move when asked, but you shouldn't have to ask...and they often just put it all right back when you're done.
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    Jul 16, 2011 5:27 PM GMT
    wild_sky360 said
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    catfish5 saidMy biggest pet peeve is someone who tries to use 2-3 machines at the same time and places a towel on the other machines not currently in use.

    In this situation, I typically go to the machine I want, throw their towel off to the side, and get to work. If they come over and say "Hey, I was using that" then I respond, "Doesn't look like it. Looks like I'm using it."

    If people are going to be rude in the gym, I have no problem returning the favor.


    this would only be a pet peeve of mine if he didn't agree to let you work in with him.


    It's not really a "work in" situation. It's someone deliberately saying "I'm claiming these 3 stations, and I dare you to question it." I do the exact same as catfish, even though my routine is to jump repeatedly between a few stations. Difference, is I eye what's open before jumping off the last one, and I have a similar 2nd choice lined up if somebody beats me to it. I can't justify claiming 3 stations, even at the slowest times.
    If you're not on it, you're not using it.


    Sorry, wasn't responding directly to his post, but to the situation. If the person says they were using it, I'd ask if I could work in. I wouldn't be d*ck about it.
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    Jul 16, 2011 5:29 PM GMT
    rbdude79 saidThe only one I disagree with is hovering. When it's peak time at my gym, if you don't wait for a piece of equipment you really want, you're not gonna get it. Step away for 30-60 seconds to do something else, and someone else is gonna jump on it instead.

    Best thing to do is wait until they've finished a set and ask how many more they have -- they're either almost done (in which case it pays off to hover and wait), or they just started (in which case they'll either be decent enough to offer you to work in, or you know you've got a good 3-5 minutes to go do something else).


    I so ditto with you on this one. Freaking drives me nuts at my gym.
  • jimjock

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    Jul 16, 2011 5:30 PM GMT
    Monopolizers that think you are automatically obliged to let them "work in" and don't realize you have the prerogative to say no, especially if you are working on compound or super sets on a versatile piece of equipment.
  • wild_sky360

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    Jul 16, 2011 5:35 PM GMT
    EastCoastNAZ said
    wild_sky360 said
    EastCoastNAZ said
    catfish5 saidMy biggest pet peeve is someone who tries to use 2-3 machines at the same time and places a towel on the other machines not currently in use.

    In this situation, I typically go to the machine I want, throw their towel off to the side, and get to work. If they come over and say "Hey, I was using that" then I respond, "Doesn't look like it. Looks like I'm using it."

    If people are going to be rude in the gym, I have no problem returning the favor.


    this would only be a pet peeve of mine if he didn't agree to let you work in with him.


    It's not really a "work in" situation. It's someone deliberately saying "I'm claiming these 3 stations, and I dare you to question it." I do the exact same as catfish, even though my routine is to jump repeatedly between a few stations. Difference, is I eye what's open before jumping off the last one, and I have a similar 2nd choice lined up if somebody beats me to it. I can't justify claiming 3 stations, even at the slowest times.
    If you're not on it, you're not using it.


    Sorry, wasn't responding directly to his post, but to the situation. If the person says they were using it, I'd ask if I could work in. I wouldn't be d*ck about it.


    Sorry, wasn't jumping on you, at all, just clarifying the difference from working in and claiming a bunch of equipment.