Gym Pet Peeves

  • sandiegovince

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    Oct 21, 2007 2:05 PM GMT
    Life has its little annoyances and the gym is no different. My biggest pet peeve isn't when someone forgets to wipe his sweat off the cross trainer or bench, though I admit, that's pretty gross. No, it seems I have the uncanny knack of choosing a locker that is always being blocked by another guy. Someone getting dressed or worse yet, the guy who thinks that the locker room is his personal social club. Case in point, I get to the gym very early. No one's there. I stash my stuff in a locker, get changed and head out to do my weight training. 40 minutes later, I come back to retrieve my Ipod to do cardio and a half-naked guy is sitting on the bench in front of my locker, his stuff spread all over the place, eating a pastry and sipping his Starbucks and talking about his golf handicap to the other guy down the aisle. He doesn't move or acknowledge that I wish to get into my locker. He just sits there flapping his gums. Anyway, I go do cardio and come back and guess what? The guy is back (or did he ever leave?) and now I need to shower and get the heck out of there to head to work and I just know it's going to be a pain in the ass doing it. So tell me, what's your pet peeve?icon_sad.gif
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    Oct 21, 2007 2:14 PM GMT
    Waiting for me to remove my earphones so that he can make small talk when I'm not interested. That's why I have earphones stuck in my ear.

    Not that I'm antisocial. I'm there to workout. In the lockers, my main priority is to shower, get dressed, leave.
  • Muunrakur

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    Oct 21, 2007 5:08 PM GMT
    I agree with the original post; do these guys show up and ITALIC TEXT GOES HERElookITALIC TEXT GOES HERE for lockers with locks on them???

    I can't stand coming out of the shower and finding someone with his crap spread all over the place, camping out in front of my locker when there are dozens and dozens of obviously empty lockers with empty benches and shelves all around them.

    I'm extremely modest, especially since I stopped working out regularly, and I can't tell you how uncomfortable it is to stand there in a towel (freezing!) while some moron is folding his socks or having a conversation over the locker with his friend on the other side. Its pretty infuriating!
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    Oct 21, 2007 6:23 PM GMT
    Yeah, check this one out......

    http://www.realjock.com/topic/39182/
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    Oct 21, 2007 7:45 PM GMT
    I can't stand stupid idiot guys who think it's cool to drop the dumb bells as well as weight plates. It's like they have no sense or respect for the equipment or other people around them.

    That, and the idiots who don't return the weights.

    Most of the guys I've encountered who do this are big "flabby" guys who think they're sexy as heck. icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 21, 2007 8:11 PM GMT
    Guys who lift over their ability by jerkin' the weights...Guys who slam the machine plates going at a manic speed. People who tie up multiple weight stations at once and the time bandit who tells you
    about their mundane life while you're trying to lift
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    Oct 21, 2007 8:35 PM GMT
    haha.

    I pretty much say fuck it i pay as much as they do and if they don't like it, i know they wont say anything.
    Like when people are using (really not using) a station, I'll do another, if someone doesn't use it in that amount of time, i consider it mine.

    Like I said, I pay the same amount they do
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    Oct 21, 2007 8:48 PM GMT
    This is discussed ad nauseam in another thread.

    http://www.realjock.com/topic/39182/

    I actually have a couple of things to add.

    1. If someone is standing in front of your locker, don't be a pussy. Just say, "Hey, Dude, I need to get in my locker."

    2. Understand neither you, nor the other person, should EVER require exclusive use of an apparatus / piece of equipment at the gym. It's o.k. to share, and what nice folks do. Back in the old days "Real Jocks" had about six pieces of equipment in the gym and shared nicely, thank you, instead of I,I,I. It's a concept called "teamwork."

    3. The gym is a cesspool of body fluids. If that bothers you, go to the bathhouse, or go home, because even if you wipe them off, they're still there. I'm completely convinced that, along with my anti-aging, is why I rarely get sick. I've been exposed to just about everything all ready. The whole object is being sweaty. If that means you hit someone else's slime then that means BOTH of you are actually working out. Gosh, you'd pack fudge, but are bothered by a little sweat? Be a man.

    4. Learn some fucking manners, and stop it with the I,I,I shit.

    5. If you're modest, stop it with the the I,I,I shit. There's 6.6 BILLION folks in the world. An extra dick hanging out in the locker room is NOT a world-changing event. Get past it. Do you REALLY think your pee pee is that important in big picture? Stop with the I,I,I stuff. Change, and be on your way.

    6. Just plain common sense should work at the gym. Don't walk in front of folks lifting; don't not re-rack your weights; etc. The I,I,I,...it's the illegal immigrant's job to rack my weights is bullshit. Act like a man.

    7. Somebody hogs a machine, just say, "I need to work in here on this machine. I have to be somewhere at {name a time}. Thanks for being considerate."
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    Oct 22, 2007 12:07 AM GMT
    That fat guy who always seems to be in the locker room when I'm changing... Not only is he talking on and on and on and on about God knows what, but he's totally nude and uncomfortably close!

    On a lighter note... I swear there's these three guys who're there exactly when I am, every time I'm there! None of us know or even talk to each other, lol!

    [edit] I totally shadowbox that mirror.... LOL [/edit]
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    Oct 24, 2007 4:18 AM GMT
    So I was kind of a jerk in the gym today, but I think that it was justified. This dude was using an incline bench, a couple of sets of dumbells, and a short barbell. He was doing at least three different exercises to save time, and when I asked if I could work in on the incline bench with him (he was using it for only one of his three exercises), he said "Dude, just wait. I have like two sets left." So I respected his space, and went to do another exercise that I had planned. When I came back, I watched him say the same thing to another guy when he asked about the bench. So I basically grabbed some weights and started using the bench when he started one of his other exercises. He STOPPED in the middle of his set to tell me to get off, he was still using that. I said, "I know. I'm using it too." And continued my workout. He just gave me a blank stare, and even though I got up to let him use it between sets, he never used it again. I guess that he was done....
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    Oct 24, 2007 7:50 AM GMT
    I generally try to lead by example, eloquently..like so...."I don't require exclusive use of the apparatus."

    That usually puts them right into their place.

    I grew up up lifting in the third floor weight room of an un-airconditioned building. We had ONE bench. 1 set of dumbells, and so on. I grew up sharing.

    Urban folks have forgotten how to be nice. Like rats in a pen.

    I grew up here, on 3000 acres of playground...(Dad's ranch July 4, 2001). I went 32 mile to grade school and 71 miles to high school, although I didn't live at home after 13 (we had multiple homes and I lived in one of them).

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    Oct 24, 2007 9:05 AM GMT
    I get creeped out and annoyed by people who absolutely MUST walk around the locker room naked. Is it that hard to wrap your towel around you after you get out of the shower?
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    Oct 24, 2007 9:41 AM GMT
    what exactly 'creeps you out' about a naked man in male locker room?
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    Oct 24, 2007 11:03 AM GMT
    i really hate it when i suck a guy off in the locker room and he doesn't call me back.icon_cry.gif



    lol j/k, they always call me back.icon_razz.gif



    seriously though, i try to not let anything bother me.
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    Oct 24, 2007 1:10 PM GMT
    Great picture, Chucky. It's serene and alive, yet desolate.
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    Oct 24, 2007 4:13 PM GMT
    i'll be more specific. It's the guys that get completely naked and just stand there drinking water for 5 or 10 minutes drinking water 3 lockers down from me. I dont want to have to see that, thanks.
  • Squarejaw

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    Oct 24, 2007 4:31 PM GMT
    I hate it when hot guys refuse to walk around naked in the locker room.
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    Oct 24, 2007 4:53 PM GMT
    Come to my gym and change that please!


    Back to topic: Cell phones!

    I hate finding myself next to soccer mom or buisness proffesional who answers his/her ipone and keep right on going. Lifting a weight in one hand while keeping the phone in the other. Worse are the bluetooth folks who spend their whole 30-45 minutes yacking.
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    Oct 24, 2007 4:55 PM GMT
    The salespeople.
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    Oct 24, 2007 5:14 PM GMT
    exactly squarejaw! It's not an ageism thing or anything like that. It's actually a wrinklism.
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    Oct 25, 2007 1:54 PM GMT
    me too sqarejaw. it's so inconsiderate!
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    Oct 30, 2007 3:01 PM GMT
    CLEAN UR SWEAT OFF THE MACHINE!!!!
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    Oct 30, 2007 3:18 PM GMT
    I hate in-house trainers trying to get you to train with them while you're doing just fine on your own. Especially those bossy trainers who have less appealing bodies than mine. The nerve!....
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    Oct 31, 2007 1:56 PM GMT
    ParadoxGreat picture, Chucky. It's serene and alive, yet desolate.


    So is the guy who posted it.
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    Oct 31, 2007 2:26 PM GMT
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    Guys that can't seem to focus on the ball (so to speak).