Texting/talking on cel while working out: why oh why?

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    Apr 13, 2018 5:47 PM GMT
    For those who text and talk on their cel phones while working out: why do you do it? icon_question.gif

    I was at my gym today, and there were 2 guys just yapping away on their phones. Sorry, but I don't like it. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • tonyatl

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    Apr 14, 2018 4:51 AM GMT
    I'm with you sister. You often have to ask if you can work in between texts because that's what they spend most of their time doing and tie up stations. I think I am the only one not with my phone
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 14, 2018 11:59 AM GMT
    That is the thing that has chased me out of the gym, people who are supposedly working on their physiques but too damn busy on their stupid iPhones and getting in the way. Also these gyms need to get rid of that obnoxious electronic disco and dance club music that they play and return back to rock n roll music and probably most of these people wont have to have their iPhones with wires hanging out of their ears.
  • barefootlover

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    Apr 14, 2018 9:04 PM GMT
    Our gym has a policy that no phones can be used in the gym. They must be turned off and and kept in your locker. They have had problems with members using their phones to take pics of other members without permission. So that's why phones are not allowed in the gym and locker room areas.
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    Apr 14, 2018 9:33 PM GMT
    I've used gyms that have signs in the men's locker room that forbid operating a cell phone. The reason is taking candid pics of naked guys without their permission. I mute my phone and stow it, but my Apple Watch tells me if I've got a call, and who it is.

    If it's important I'll take the phone outside to talk. Less rude to others, and gives me the privacy I prefer. Actually I could also take the call on my Apple Watch, a la Dick Tracy, but that would be annoying to others, and again violate the call's privacy.

    I do the same in medical waiting rooms and other settings where doing a cell call is neither appropriate nor welcome by others. Otherwise callers can leave me a message, and I'll just get back to them later.

    Today's hi-tech is wonderful. It's unfortunate it's often not matched by considerations of commom courtesy, and good manners. icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 15, 2018 1:00 AM GMT
    I don't use my cellphone to talk when I'm training but I do use it extensively to know my program, what exercise comes next, how much weight, how many reps, how to adjust the bench and so on. In this day and age I still see many guys using a piece paper to write all that when they could simply use google docs on their cellphones. When my personal trainer comes to train me he also has google docs on his cellphone so he already knows what weight I'll be using and update it while I'm doing the exercise. I will have the updated value on my cellphone right away since google docs will always sync it for me.
  • tonyatl

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    Apr 15, 2018 1:34 AM GMT
    bachian saidI don't use my cellphone to talk when I'm training but I do use it extensively to know my program, what exercise comes next, how much weight, how many reps, how to adjust the bench and so on. In this day and age I still see many guys using a piece paper to write all that when they could simply use google docs on their cellphones. When my personal trainer comes to train me he also has google docs on his cellphone so he already knows what weight I'll be using and update it while I'm doing the exercise. I will have the updated value on my cellphone right away since google docs will always sync it for me.


    I consider that a very legitemate use of technology
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    Apr 15, 2018 1:51 AM GMT
    I don't understand it either. Phone = chats, mails, work and everything that keeps you occupied with things that are happening actually miles away, instead of focusing on here and now. I also don't understand how someone can text while talking with someone.. this is so rude! And actually you can name many places/situations where using a phone is unappropriate but somehow everyone do so.
  • MuchoMasQueMu...

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    Apr 15, 2018 4:33 AM GMT
    I only use my phone to follow my workout programs which I have to look at in order to keep track of the rep range and poundage.

    Sometimes I take video footage of what I'm doing in the gym to make sure my form is adequate.

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    Apr 15, 2018 11:03 AM GMT
    MuchoMasQueMusculo said
    Sometimes I take video footage of what I'm doing in the gym to make sure my form is adequate.

    For me that's been a double-edged sword.

    Over the years I had shared with my golf pro instructor some pics of my vacations, that I have on my iPad. I usually bring it with me in the car. And he asked me if it could take videos. Well, of course.

    So he used my iPad to make a video of my swings on the driving range. When I saw them I realized for the first time how pathetic looking I really am, the range of motion limited by my spinal issues. I never took another lesson from him, and stopped playing golf with him and others (one of them an RJ member).

    I still sometimes go to the driving range on my own when It's early and mostly empty, and I putt at home with a practice mat and ball returner I have. My pro always said I was the best natural putter he had ever seen, I could sink 40-footers and better from the first I tried. Perhaps my deadly aim, plus my drives were unfailingly accurate, too, were related to my expert skill with weapons, earning the Army's highest recognitions, and even skeet club honors.

    One time he asked me to drive a ball into some trees, pointing to a wooden telephone pole. The idea was to teach me how to use foot placement to drive in different directions.

    "That pole is my target?" "Yeah". So I hit the damn pole, about 100 yards out. His jaw dropped open. I expected to get close, but hitting the pole was icing on the cake. For whatever reason my aim is always deadly, whether handling a golf club, a bow & arrow, or firearms.

    I do like golf, but no longer in public. That video really upset me, and terminated my being able to go golfing with others ever again. And nothing I can do about my spine, I'm stuck with it. A video of yourself can be instructive & helpful, and I'm glad it's been for you, but in my case a cringing career ender. icon_sad.gif
  • barefootlover

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    Apr 15, 2018 11:34 AM GMT
    Our gym doesn't allow any device even on the work out floor that has camera features. You can't take selfie's either. We have had too much problems even on the workout floor with taking pictures of members working out without permission. If you are caught using a phone, even for a selfie, your membership will be suspended and the gym itself has installed surveilance cameras in all public areas. They can't put them in the locker room, though, for privacy reasons.
  • barefootlover

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    Apr 15, 2018 11:54 AM GMT
    MuchoMasQueMusculo saidI only use my phone to follow my workout programs which I have to look at in order to keep track of the rep range and poundage.

    Sometimes I take video footage of what I'm doing in the gym to make sure my form is adequate.



    You can't take selfie's or videos or use any device with camera capabilities on the gym floor, pool area, or locker rooms at my gym. They can only be used in the lobby area by the front desk.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 15, 2018 12:22 PM GMT
    barefootlover said
    MuchoMasQueMusculo saidI only use my phone to follow my workout programs which I have to look at in order to keep track of the rep range and poundage.

    Sometimes I take video footage of what I'm doing in the gym to make sure my form is adequate.



    You can't take selfie's or videos or use any device with camera capabilities on the gym floor, pool area, or locker rooms at my gym. They can only be used in the lobby area by the front desk.
    This should be the established policy at all gyms and health clubs. Including the big national chains like LA Fitness, World Gym, 24 Hour Fitness, etc. There is no legitimate need to have an iPhone while working out. However all gyms and health clubs could make this more viable by permanently disposing that annoying electronic disco and dance club music and switch it back to rock n roll music which is suitable for the mass majority. Not everybody wants to listen to the garbage tunes that aerobics instructors love so damned much.
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    Apr 15, 2018 6:19 PM GMT
    ^
    Why do you care if bodybuilding is such a waste of time for you? Do you even go to a gym?
  • Killer32

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    Apr 15, 2018 7:51 PM GMT
    Aaaaagh! I totally hate people texting while working out. They just hug the machines and don't move there should be like state law no texting at the gym!!
  • Killer32

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    Apr 15, 2018 7:55 PM GMT
    MuchoMasQueMusculo saidI only use my phone to follow my workout programs which I have to look at in order to keep track of the rep range and poundage.

    Sometimes I take video footage of what I'm doing in the gym to make sure my form is adequate.



    A ti perdono!! You can text all you want ha! ha!
    Usually son los gorditos o los weekend work out warriors. That text or just are on their phone at the gym and don't let the real gym people like us to work out!!
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    Apr 17, 2018 3:05 AM GMT
    These people who talk and text at the gym are not oblivious; they know exactly what they're doing. Their motives are selfish and they know they're being inconsiderate - by tuning out the world, or appearing to do so, the world is less likely to want to engage them, and they can keep the equipment to themselves.

    I've had enough interactions with these people, particularly those drama queen, melodramatic equipment-hoggers who make a big show of laboriously peeling off their ear buds and glaring at me, pretending not to know why I'm daring to interrupt them, to know they know EXACTLY why I'm trying to catch their attention - to ask if I can work in, or how much longer they're going to be. I mean c'mon - why the hell else would I be interrupting them? To ask what's on their playlist? To ask what fit app they're using? To be a part of their phone conversation?

    People who use exercise phone apps on the gym floor are less likely to be as self-absorbed, but only marginally so.

    Gym management and culture enables too many of these people to behave this way for me to fight, so I make lemonade out of those lemons - their self-entitlement gives me opportunities for muscle confusion by having to switch up my workout by working around them. It's like using your turn signal knowing that the driver the lane over will speed ahead of you instead of slowing to let you in; you'll still make your exit because you're manipulating HIM to YOUR benefit. With this kind of an attitude you can prevent the world's assholes from getting to you. The best revenge is improving BECAUSE you're being cockblocked while the equipment-hoggers remain the same.
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    Apr 17, 2018 6:32 AM GMT
    I would go crazy if I didn't listen to my music at the gym. Different songs match different exercises, based on the rhythm.

    If someone is hogging a machine I want I have no problem asking to share it. They can glare all they want. My gym has signs posted everywhere promoting gym etiquette and if anyone gave me a hard time I'd just have the staff deal with them.

    Having said that I generally won't interrupt if it requires changing plates, unless the person is wasting more time than needed for a between-set rest.
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    Apr 18, 2018 5:22 PM GMT
    #1 Why are you so focused on what other people are doing in the gym and how does this affect the quality of your workout?
    #2 If you were to watch me workout, you'd probably assume I was texting, but I'm not. I use a fitness app called JEFIT, which I use to log my sets and reps everytime I perform an exercise. It's absolutely no different than the guys that walk around with a notebook and pen. And any gym that bans cell phones sounds like they're still operating in the dark ages.