gym chatters

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    Jan 17, 2012 1:56 AM GMT
    Does this annoy anyone else? It seems like every time I've been to the gym recently there will be groups of 3+ people just standing around and chatting away, sometimes even sitting on or blocking equipment that people might actually want to use. And for whatever reason I find it extremely distracting, even with headphones on. I can understand a quick exchange if you see somebody you know, but if you're going to carry on a minutes long conversation, go somewhere else like the lobby and leave the free weight area for people who are actually trying to work out.
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    Jan 17, 2012 2:45 AM GMT
    This is why I hate people that workout in groups. They spend most of their time talking and less time actually working out. It's even worse when they do supersets and tag team gym equipment. Fuckers take forever.
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    Jan 17, 2012 6:42 AM GMT
    It's January. It tends to be more frequent this time of the year due to those pesky New Year's resolutions. It should thin out soon where you won't come across it as much.
  • neosyllogy

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    Jan 17, 2012 7:45 AM GMT
    You want people to shut the fuck up and train?
    How bout you just shut the fuck up and train.
    Fucking people whining about everything.

    I really doubt they're a significant material obstacle to your workout. People who are struggling (or have struggled) with their own goals like to get self-righteous or judgmental, but it doesn't help anyone.
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    Jan 17, 2012 7:52 AM GMT
    Ear buds and your music player of choice are your friend.

    And if someone is blocking/idling equipment, man up and be direct. People will get the idea and fall into line.
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    Jan 17, 2012 8:13 AM GMT
    if you find that distracting chances are you aren't doing your own work. at the gym i tend to get so focused i even forget about the music playing in my headphones and only to realise after the fact that it's a slow song or i just remove the headphones all together because of going too far in the zone that it all sounds like noise and some shit blocking my ears for ventilation.


    now if its someone blocking the equipment and not using then you just ask them to move, end of story.
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    Jan 17, 2012 8:17 AM GMT
    This falls under how people HAVE to display they're liked and have friends. It's even worse when they don't use their indoor voice volume and blare their conversations as if they're doing the world a favor by drilling their words in peoples personal space and ears.
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    Jan 17, 2012 11:04 AM GMT
    I just notice it when I'm between sets. It's annoying when they're so close so as to be in my arc of motion, or when I'm the one with heavy dumbbells trying to put them back. Yes, it's annoying, but not so distracting so as to draw focus from the actual working part of the workout.

    As far as I'm concerned, I'm not in "screen all outside stimulus" out focus mode _between_ sets.
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    Jan 17, 2012 11:28 AM GMT
    I have to say it is not a problem for me. I am there to train so that is what I do. If they are blocking equipment I just ask them if I could fit my sets in (please). And they almost always oblige.
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    Jan 17, 2012 12:07 PM GMT
    As long as they don't directly interrupt me, or try to draw me into their conversation, no biggie. The only real distraction they can create is changing the atmosphere: when some people are socializing, it can make me feel awkward sometimes for not chatting with other people I kind of know in the gym. But as long as you stay focused on your workout, people generally respect your space.
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    Jan 17, 2012 4:30 PM GMT
    My bad for venting. I'm still able to do my workout but I have a harder time getting in the zone when stuff like this is going on, and the free weight area at the gyms I go to isn't very big. I guess I will try to focus more on me and less on them.
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    Jan 17, 2012 4:34 PM GMT
    don't be a dick. that shit is annoying. icon_twisted.gif

    neosyllogy saidYou want people to shut the fuck up and train?
    How bout you just shut the fuck up and train.
    Fucking people whining about everything.

    I really doubt they're a significant material obstacle to your workout. People who are struggling (or have struggled) with their own goals like to get self-righteous or judgmental, but it doesn't help anyone.
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    Jan 17, 2012 4:42 PM GMT
    I think you should cut these people some slack. They are just socializing.
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    Jan 17, 2012 4:46 PM GMT
    wolfpackbuddy saidMy bad for venting. I'm still able to do my workout but I have a harder time getting in the zone when stuff like this is going on, and the free weight area at the gyms I go to isn't very big. I guess I will try to focus more on me and less on them.


    don't feel bad for venting, just take the advice given and use it.

    My gym has chatty cathys as well, but as far as I am aware at the moment, the only people in the gym are me and the man in the mirror staring back at me. I recognize that there are other moving things (people) in the gym and I make a point not to impede them or enter their personal space (which keeps them out of mine as well).

    However when I am in the zone, I do miss out on the guys that might be flirting with me. Luckily there is grindr which is where I get "were you at the Y today" messages all the time. and specially Lucky for the last guy that sent me the message icon_wink.gif

    Good luck with finding your zone, it is pure heaven when you do.
  • Kingtiger

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    Jan 17, 2012 4:52 PM GMT
    I generally don't mind being chatted up as long as it's done tastefully and respectfully.
  • d_1M

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    Jan 17, 2012 5:20 PM GMT
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  • sloughwest

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    Jan 17, 2012 5:48 PM GMT
    sweetyork saidI think you should cut these people some slack. They are just socializing.


    Then go socialize in the comfy chairs out of the main gym area ...!

    (Don't all gyms have comfy chair areas ?)
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    Jan 17, 2012 5:52 PM GMT
    If 'you' find it distracting then it's 'your' problem...

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 17, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    It can be a little challenging at times. If you see a friend, always nice to say hello. I've had discussions in the gym, but we always try and make em brief. The good thing is, many of those I talk to, take their workouts very seriously and dont' want a long, drawn out discussion.

    Always keep it brief. They may view you as the annoying one!
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    Jan 17, 2012 5:58 PM GMT
    my gym is packed with new years resolutioners.... which, i give them credit for being there... just be productive, and move along... i always wear my buds, cause i hate having my 'groove' broken. However there is this group of muscle heads who always feel the need to stand around the equip and yak. GO for coffee if you have that much to gab about... LOL... there, said my piece... lol
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    Jan 17, 2012 6:06 PM GMT
    That was actually the last straw that caused me to quit my gym membership. For some reason, they thought it was a good idea to offer senior discounts and filled up the place with retired people. They just sat around on ALL the equipment ALL day and shouted loudly at each other. It was impossible to actually work out.

    But the very worst was "classes" in the pool for fat floaters. Over-driven boom box speakers and shrill girls screaming at the floaters, echoing in the pool building all the time. It was exactly like some circle of Dante's Hell.
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    Jan 17, 2012 6:12 PM GMT
    I just ignore the chatters... Sometimes they are in my way but there is so much equipment, I find something else to do...
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    Jan 17, 2012 8:48 PM GMT
    Prolonged chatting bugs me too, especially if the chatty cathies are congregating around limited equipment.
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    Jan 17, 2012 8:51 PM GMT
    wolfpackbuddy saidMy bad for venting. I'm still able to do my workout but I have a harder time getting in the zone when stuff like this is going on, and the free weight area at the gyms I go to isn't very big. I guess I will try to focus more on me and less on them.


    I think that you're precisely headed in the right direction, here. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 17, 2012 9:31 PM GMT
    I, for one, agree fully with the poster. Fucking annoying as hell. I like quiet. So now I bring ear-plugs to the gym... just in case! icon_cool.gif