Working out with your gym bag?

  • oldfart

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    Nov 25, 2015 3:42 PM GMT
    OK, somebody 'splain it to me: There are like three or four guys who keep their gym bag with them while they're working out lifting or on running machines. Why?

    Looks awkward, and it's nuisance when they move. Sometimes they leave it at a machine they're finished on but blocking the rest of us - then they don't come back to that machine.

    I guess they're afraid to use the locker room; they might get kooties. But look - you can at least leave that bag there, like everyone else does.

    What am I not getting?
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    Nov 26, 2015 9:40 AM GMT
    Locker theft happens, even when there are people around. Only takes a few seconds to snap a lock off with bolt cutters.

    Also, the guys that tend to carry their bag around are also the ones that eat/drink while they workout. So their bag is where they stash their snacks.

    And then there are the guys that are on steroids. Don't want to leave their stash in the lockers. They're probably selling to other people right on the gym floor. icon_lol.gif
  • mont_33r

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    Nov 26, 2015 4:57 PM GMT
    The Gold's Gyms I use here in the DC area have a rule against having the bag out on the floor (or in the group exercise room or cycle studio). They provide little day lockers near the weights as well as the standard locker room.
  • Hypertrophile

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    Nov 26, 2015 5:08 PM GMT
    As long as it doesn't get in my way, I don't really care.

    Of course, if everyone brought their bags they would constantly be in the way which is why all gyms I've ever gone to have a rule against it, but selfish people are clueless about such things.

    Just like those who have no idea how to put their weights away.

    Or those who will let a line form behind them while they fill a gallon jug with water from the drinking fountain.

    Or those who will grab a pair of dumbbells off the rack and begin exercising right there.

    They're all just clueless.
  • mont_33r

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    Nov 26, 2015 5:18 PM GMT
    Or people who, despite the posted signage, drop their weights loudly on the floor. (Even in BodyPump, on the wooden floor, where doing so could be especially damaging.)
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    Nov 27, 2015 4:08 AM GMT
    They need something to carry their personal pleasure devices.
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    Nov 27, 2015 4:14 AM GMT
    All gyms have a no-bags rule. But they're never enforced. Just the re-rack rule. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • ardeerd

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    Nov 27, 2015 7:50 AM GMT
    I do this sometimes.
    1- i hate the locker room at my gym. Smells, is really stuffy (makes me feel like puking after a really tough lift), and naked old men all the time.
    2- get in and out faster.
    3- carry foam roller, chalk, belt, shaker, and sometimes other things if i need them (knee sleeves). Easier to just keep my bag in a corner than juggle all the stuff i may use.
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    Nov 27, 2015 6:33 PM GMT
    Physiqueflex saidAs long as it doesn't get in my way, I don't really care.

    Of course, if everyone brought their bags they would constantly be in the way which is why all gyms I've ever gone to have a rule against it, but selfish people are clueless about such things.

    Just like those who have no idea how to put their weights away.

    Or those who will let a line form behind them while they fill a gallon jug with water from the drinking fountain.

    Or those who will grab a pair of dumbbells off the rack and begin exercising right there.

    They're all just clueless.


    Those people aren't clueless. They know EXACTLY what they're doing.
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    Nov 28, 2015 3:48 AM GMT
    Nearly every gym has rules against gym bags on the workout floor. The reasons being they're a hazard to foot traffic, and guys steal weights.

    There are many clueless folks at the gym. The gym bag folks are part of that.
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    Nov 29, 2015 3:15 AM GMT
    I don't get the need for a bag? I bring water jug, towel, phone in pocket, headphone in ears, on the complicated days I wear in my versa grips or my knee sleeves, but other than that?
  • oldfart

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    Dec 06, 2015 4:52 AM GMT
    Thanks for the views, guys.

    Guess I'm lucky. Our locker room is clean. Has been since we opened 15 years ago (I'm a charter member.) It's so safe that a lot of guys don't' even bother with locks. You see everyone from young dads with sons to their grandfathers. Most of us know some of the others, and everyone talks with everyone else - just friendly.

    The bag thing seems to be *also* like a style statement too, at least bit. Or not? Would you rather not have to do that?
  • jjguy05

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    Dec 06, 2015 5:10 AM GMT
    Oldfart,

    Some of us carry things that we'll need on the gym floor: lifting straps, barbell collars (some bring our own, because of their scarcity...I don't use them all the time, but I do sometimes), certain cable handles that the gym might not have or are hard to get, a dip belt...etc. So, you always have those things handy when you need them, instead of running to your locker all the time.
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    Dec 09, 2015 1:53 PM GMT
    I don't have a problem with weightlifters bringing their bags into the workout area, as long as they keep them within a short distance of their location. It's when they leave their bags all over the place (sometimes blocking people from using the facilities or posing danger to people in the gym area) that bothers me. As a side note, I'm certain that gyms that allow bags into the gym area are in breach of their general liability coverage.