talking in the gym

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    Jul 27, 2007 4:39 PM GMT
    okay, so i must have a very recognizable face because i get stopped at least twice a week in the gym by somebody who claims to know me or have gone to the same highschool. i find it very irritating especially while i'm actually performing reps. and they don't get the hint when i bring up my hands to replug in my ipod earbuds.

    and then i see all these people always talking, like forever. and they complain to eachother that they aren't getting toned (perhaps its because they chitchat the entire time theyre at th gym?)

    i dunno, i'm not trying to be insensitive, people can talk but i mean...i'm trying to workout within my limited window of time.
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    Jul 27, 2007 8:30 PM GMT
    I know exactly what you are talking about. I used to have the same problem until I bought my house and I built a home gym.
    If you can't do that, then you have to realize that some guys see the gym as a place to hook up or a place to socialize.
    Just do what I used to do and ignore them, they will get that point or just tell them straight out.
    "Could you please GO AWAY! I'm here to work out."

    You are there at the gym to be the best person you can be.
    Just do it, and ignore the Closet cases and the no-life's.

    Good Luck.
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    Jul 27, 2007 10:29 PM GMT
    Print yourself a little card that says "I am a deaf person who looks like someone you know or someone you think you want to know. Also, I'm gay, so, reconsider your social advances unless you want to be the victim of innuendo and sideways glances. Additionally, I'm fucking busy you stupid moron." Between that and having the ipod headphones in, they'll probably get the hint and if not, I think you have a constitutional right and a moral obligation to scream like a girl.
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    Jul 27, 2007 11:21 PM GMT
    Well i hate to talk at the gym but so many of my friends and former fb's go to the same gym and always come up to me and talk to me(because im so loveable)
    and what was suppose to be a 1 hour workout turns into a 2 hour workout and i hate that! hmm.....maybe i should switch gyms????????
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 27, 2007 11:43 PM GMT
    I work out at my gym- not looking to talk when I'm there!!!!
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    Jul 28, 2007 1:44 AM GMT
    My gym is co-ed and the women are much worse than the men. A trainer and her 2 trainees will incessantly yak about...what else.. food and eating. What should be a 20 minute workout goes for over an hour. Since it's a small gym, we get to hear every word. And, yeah, I'm outta there next month when my contract is up.
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    Jul 28, 2007 2:07 AM GMT
    After my latest experience, not only will I not talk to anyone at the gym anymore, but I won't talk to anyone anywhere!
  • GQjock

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    Jul 28, 2007 7:58 PM GMT
    one of the gyms I work out at is a gay gym
    now I don't wanna perpetuate any stereotypes but girls....keep it down :P
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    Jul 30, 2007 10:13 AM GMT
    Hmm, I get that too, but I just say "sorry, I find it really hard to work out and have a conversation, can we catch up later?" It's worked every time so far...
  • AberCModel

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    Jul 30, 2007 10:32 AM GMT
    multi-task
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    Jul 30, 2007 2:44 PM GMT
    haha mcgay.
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    Jul 30, 2007 3:14 PM GMT
    Try scowling at everyone. It works wonders. :)
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    Jul 30, 2007 3:16 PM GMT
    and its never a cute boi that talks to me. come to think of it...no cute bois are at my gym...maybe because i'm there before they wake up?
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    Jul 30, 2007 3:40 PM GMT
    you just have to perfect the icey glare of concentration that indicatest that all attempts at chatting you up will result in a whole lot of nuthin' welcome to my world :)
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    Jul 30, 2007 3:56 PM GMT
    I recently switched gyms and that was one of the reasons why. I used to work out with friends and they would always either chit chat or be too busy checking out the guys. I hated that. I got mad and told them I didnt want to workout with them anymore. I recently switched to a gym that is literally down the street from where I live instead of across town. I dont know anyone there and the place is usually dead..especially on weekends. PERFECT! I can already see the results thanks to the focus.
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    Jul 30, 2007 4:00 PM GMT
    Just keep your earbuds in, say "HEY - I'll talk to you after my workout" --- twice a week is actully not all that bad. Try people doing it several times a workout - that's what my partner gets.

    They tend to leave me alone - they've learned that I'm just not available for chat. Maybe it's the sweat running off my face... ;)

    J.
  • art_smass

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    Jul 30, 2007 4:14 PM GMT
    If it wasn't for the social aspect of the gym, I probably wouldn't go. If you don't want to talk to people, just tell them you don't have time to talk. If you're like me, you can spend half of your time working out, and half of your time blabbing with your friends.
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    Jul 31, 2007 1:04 AM GMT
    This happens to me also, but I have found that having a gym partner helps. We work out together and chat between ourselves, but are there mainly to work and people seem to leave us alone.
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    Jul 31, 2007 1:10 AM GMT
    It's funny - I just got back from the gym tonight and saw this topic. There was this ONE guy this evening and you could hear him on the other side of the gym! What made him really stand out is that no one talks at my gym - not even the chicks!
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    Jul 31, 2007 2:28 AM GMT
    Yeah some people talk forever. I usually break the convo by say well ok friend let me let you get back to your workout see ya.

    Besides that's what the saunna for is talking lol
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    Jul 31, 2007 1:52 PM GMT
    As someone above put it "the icey glare of concentration" and not looking at other people works for me.

    With one exception: While swimming laps recently, someone actually tapped me to stop and talk. I thought he had something important to say like "pool closed", but instead asked me "so do you swim competitively?". The moment I heard the question and the tone I immediately began the next lap and said no as I did so. This guy proceeded to try and stop me for conversation at the end of each lap for two more laps lol.

    At the time I was visiting my dad and when I told him about it he said I had a bad attitude and should have been friendlier and stopped. This from a man who was a competitive marathon runner. I asked him "when you run by the neighbor's house if they wave do you stop running and chat it up?".

    He got the picture...