Cellphones at the gym

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    Aug 04, 2008 12:43 AM GMT
    There are lots of things that other people do that annoy me at the gym, but the worst is cell phone use.

    I'm waiting for that machine and your ass is sitting there on your phone or texting someone.

    If I owned a gym, I would have a device installed to block all cell signals.

    You are there to workout and your focus should be on the intensity of the experience. If you can't be without your phone for 90 minutes, perhaps you ought not to be at the gym at all.

    Leave your damn phone or "crackberry" in the car otherwise I'm going to grab it and drop a 45lbs plate on it!



  • cowboyathlete

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    Aug 04, 2008 12:56 AM GMT
    Cell phone addiction is a problem that has invaded many areas of life, not just the gym.
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    Aug 04, 2008 1:01 AM GMT
    Why dont you just ask to use the equipment? It's not an unreasonable request, if you have observed the person talking and not working out.
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    Aug 04, 2008 1:03 AM GMT
    Thankfully, I've never seen a cellphone at my gym. Just every TV switched onto Fox News.
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    Aug 04, 2008 1:04 AM GMT
    The gym I used to go to (I was forced to move gyms this week) actually told people to stop using their cell phones.

    I honestly don't see how you can get anything accomplished on a cardio machine while talking on the phone.
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    Aug 04, 2008 1:04 AM GMT
    I agree cellphones shouldn't be allowed in the gym.Leave it in the locker or your car.
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    Aug 04, 2008 1:04 AM GMT
    While I will say that I've been guilty of this, I would never carry on a lengthly conversation while sitting on a machine.

    If it looks like I'm texting, I'm probably recording my progress on a specific machines (weight and reps if it a new machine.)

    Plus I try (whether using the phone or not) to be aware if it looks like someone wants to use the machine. I always offer to let them work in. Most won't ask, including me since there are those rude guys who don't want to share.

    Sidenote:
    Once, a guy I was dating, started sending me rude texts while I was at the gym accusing me of being with someone else, at that moment no less. I used my phone to take a picture of me in the gym with a real 'pissed off' look on my face and sent it to him with a "What the f*** do you want!" Needless to say, I don't have to deal with that anymore.
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    Aug 04, 2008 1:05 AM GMT
    Find a signal blocker on eBay then keep it in your gym bag. When they're pissing you off, go to your bag and hit the switch. No one will know what happens and you can have an evil grin on your face. Problem solved
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    Aug 04, 2008 1:11 AM GMT
    People sitting on the equipment and not using it is one reason that I started collecting home gym equipment.

    But I have been known to work out (at home) while on a teleconference with the headset microphone muted. Hey, you gotta find the time where you can, and some of those conferences only directly involve me for ten minutes out of the hour.

    A couple of times I was unexpectedly asked a question, during a lift. I flipped on the mic as soon as I could, not realizing that I was still breathing heavily. Oops... caused a bit of consternation in the meeting.
    (But WTF, I can hear some of them washing dishes and driving and such.)
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    Aug 04, 2008 1:12 AM GMT
    OMG!!! I HATE people on their phones at the gym!! Seriously it's LAME!!!

    For me, it's my time AWAY form people and stuff!!
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    Aug 04, 2008 1:14 AM GMT
    Wow, feel the love in here.....

    I've never noticed any excessive phone use at my gym. And I do leave my phone in the car, because I don't want it to fall out of my pocket.

    Most people (MOST) at my gym are pretty courteous.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 04, 2008 1:15 AM GMT
    Waaaaaaaahhhhhh, waaahhhhh, waaaaaahhhhh, waaaaaaaahhhh! I can't believe how much bitching and moaning goes on with this site. How about some positive energy instead of complaining, complaining, complaining?????
  • DanBasil

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    Aug 04, 2008 1:17 AM GMT
    My gym does not allow cellphone use except in the VIP lounge and lobby area.

    I have a special permission and have my cell phone with me at all times, becuase I work for a crisis hotline and the gym allows me to anser the phone and then make my way to the lobby area. (My hotline phone)

    But casual conversations should be had elsewhere.

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    Aug 04, 2008 1:18 AM GMT
    Wow! You guys make the gym sound like such a fun place to be! I can't wait to start going this fall and be like,"Hey, get off that machine or turn off your cellphone!"icon_twisted.gif

    Rawr!icon_razz.gif



    I jest of course but I've never worked out at a gym and I get excited thinking about it icon_biggrin.gif
  • dcarm

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    Aug 04, 2008 1:18 AM GMT
    Ouch, uptight much?

    No, it doesn't make sense that people talk on their cell phones while they're on the cardio machines, but for example I will SMS while I'm using the bike, or while I'm walking (not jogging/running) on the treadmill. (I'm just starting to get fit enough that I *can* run on the treadmill for more than 10s) It doesn't detract from my workout (I'm very conscious that I'm not slowing down when I'm texting.) But it does help me when I'm trying to arrange a lunch date with that hard-to-catch client, or when the best friend is going through a tough breakup.

    It sucks if they're hogging the machines and not actually using them, but provided they're actually doing something on the machines, suck it up.
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    Aug 04, 2008 1:22 AM GMT
    Well the practice really doesn't impact me; I've never had anyone hold up a machine whilst texting or talking. That said, I really wonder how focused these guys are on their workouts.
    I work out at a corporate gym over lunch, so people are probably more in tune with their jobs, but I always leave my phone in the locker. I figure I deserve an uninterrupted hour.

    I actually watched a co-worker, during an ab class, stop and check email on his Blackberry mid-crunch; literally crunching and typing an email at the same time. Talk about a Crackberry addiction!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 04, 2008 1:23 AM GMT
    I'm guilty of it myself. I would never sit on a machine taking up space while on my phone, and I don't have long conversations at all. I try to keep it to texting so it's not intrusive. If I have to have a conversation, I step outside into the lobby. That being said, if you're busy with your career and you barely have time to get to the gym, and it is important that you be accessible, then you need your phone with you - period. I don't think it's that big of a deal, and I see people on their cells talking and/or texting all the time at my gym. Those sort of things just don't phase me I guess.
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    Aug 04, 2008 1:35 AM GMT
    ...... it's just really annoying when they're occupying a piece of equipment and just chatting away!

  • Aug 04, 2008 1:35 AM GMT
    I have never brought my cell phone along with me to the workout area at the gym. It stays locked up securely in my locker.

    I guess I figure that the time in the gym is mine and mine alone and everything else and everyone else (unless it were a dire emergency, of course) can be put on hold while I exercise/workout. I know this is probably a stretch but life really does go on without being attached 24/7 to a cell phone. I find it liberating to know that I am, at least to a certain extent, unavailable to the boss, to clients, etc. I will continue to keep my cell phone in my locker.
    Tom
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    Aug 04, 2008 2:06 AM GMT
    Never had this happen but I'd be incredibly annoyed if someone was carrying on a conversation (voice or text) while on a piece of equipment especially if it was at peak times. If they're doing it during their rest period between sets, there's nothing wrong with that. Hell, I just sit there jamming out to my music. Why can't they text or talk quietly?

    I just think it's silly that those people can't go an hour or so without being in constant communication...like anything they're talking about is really that important. Give yourselves a break from the grind and focus on yourself while you're at the gym.
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    Aug 04, 2008 2:29 AM GMT
    Cellphones wasn't allowed at the gym I used to go in Portugal, but it was in the one in Canada. Now in Brazil I think it's allowed, I'l go check it this week.

    Anyway, I liked the signal blocker idea.

    I vote for the no-cellphone policity. It was so much better at the gym in Portugal, you get used by time.
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    Aug 04, 2008 11:10 AM GMT
    I joined a "Planet Fitness" that recently opened near me and they have a no cell phone policy icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 04, 2008 12:42 PM GMT
    Since my phone is not attached by an umbilical cord. One does not have to take it every where, as I can survive without it. I never take it to the gym!
  • 2iisofblue

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    Aug 04, 2008 12:56 PM GMT
    I do take my cellphone with me to the gym. I have an iPhone. The main reason I got it was I wanted the iPod feature with the phone.

    So while I am working out, I am listening to my music. Then when I do cardio, I am watching TV shows I have converted from DVD to iPod format. The 30 Gb iPod video that I originally used had too small screen for me to watch while doing cardio.

    There are signs posted about not using cell phones. But I don't see the gym employees going around and ensuring that this practice is followed.

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    Aug 04, 2008 1:06 PM GMT
    I'm the nly person I know that still refers to his cell phone as a mobile phone! icon_eek.gif
    And the reason:
    Unless I am "expecting" a call, mine stays in my car.

    It wasn't that long ago, no one had one, and the few that did had them for business purposes.
    15 years later and "we" can not survive with out them -- we have new communication technology and the ability to communicate in a second with any one/anywhere and today, our inability to effectively/respectfully communicate is worse than ever before.

    It would be interesting to find, who in this thread can detach their cell phone from their hip (or ear) for a day. Just from 8am to 5pm

    ...up for it?