Lack of good gym etiquette

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    May 31, 2009 9:00 PM GMT
    Most of the people at my gym are really friendly, curtious & clean. I keep to myself unless someone needs a spot or I need one. I guess I'm a "get in and out" as quick as I can while still getting in a good workout kinda guy.

    I find myself getting really irritated by this one guy who is a regular. He drapes his gym hoodie over the weighted barbell rack everytime he is there and it drives me f*ckin' nuts. He uses it as a clothes hanger while he travels all around the gym doing his routine. He will also place his water bottle right on the 2.5 lb magnet weights. The reason I find it so irritating is because I'm having to move his shit to get to my weight because it's draped over it. He even had his car keys on top of the rack yesterday! Isn't that what lockers are for?

    So, my question is.. should I say something to the desk about it? Or just ignore it and move around his mess? What would you guys do? Last thing I wanna do is piss this guy off.. he's a tank!! lol
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    May 31, 2009 9:57 PM GMT
    Is it possible he's just oblivious to the fact that he's being rude? Some people are genuinely unaware of their surroundings, particularly when they're in a situation where they are going through the motions, like working out.

    I'm sometimes guilty of this. Perhaps you could just ask him where he'd like his water bottle the next time you need to move it. That could be a subtle way of letting him know he's inconveniencing you (and others) without it being adversarial. Or, find someone bigger and stronger to kick his ass.

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    May 31, 2009 10:07 PM GMT
    Mention it to the desk.
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    May 31, 2009 10:44 PM GMT
    Tell him that his mom doesn't work at the gym. He needs to clean up after himself.




















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  • Timbales

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    May 31, 2009 10:48 PM GMT
    I just move stuff like that out of my way, usually to the floor.
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    May 31, 2009 10:50 PM GMT
    EDMGUY27 saidMost of the people at my gym are really friendly, curtious & clean. I keep to myself unless someone needs a spot or I need one. I guess I'm a "get in and out" as quick as I can while still getting in a good workout kinda guy.

    I find myself getting really irritated by this one guy who is a regular. He drapes his gym hoodie over the weighted barbell rack everytime he is there and it drives me f*ckin' nuts. He uses it as a clothes hanger while he travels all around the gym doing his routine. He will also place his water bottle right on the 2.5 lb magnet weights. The reason I find it so irritating is because I'm having to move his shit to get to my weight because it's draped over it. He even had his car keys on top of the rack yesterday! Isn't that what lockers are for?

    So, my question is.. should I say something to the desk about it? Or just ignore it and move around his mess? What would you guys do? Last thing I wanna do is piss this guy off.. he's a tank!! lol


    I would say something to the desk about it. You are paying for your membership as well. He needs to get his shit together or he should stay his ass at home.
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    May 31, 2009 10:56 PM GMT
    Yeah I think I might talk to the desk if it keeps happening. I also just find it kind of gross having someone's clothes draped over the weights. It's bad enough most people don't wipe down equiptment after they use it.. this guy is taking it to the next level. lol

    This sparks my curiosity as to if this type of thing other people notice at their gym. Like, what type of things to people do at the gym that really erks you?
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    May 31, 2009 10:57 PM GMT
    A couple of times I have moved stuff out of my way then put it back when I was finished. I'll only do that if I can't tell who's it is. One of those times the guy was appreciative that I actually put it back. He had been working out at another part of the gym and left his stuff which got in my way with me doing my supersets. We were the only ones working out and I figured it was someone that had gone to the bathroom or something. Otherwise I'll ask if they are still using the equipment.
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    May 31, 2009 10:59 PM GMT
    I would just move the stuff and maybe mention it politely to him 'en passent' sometime that it is kind of in the way. If he is rude about that, than I'd tell someone to please ask him to clean up his stuff.

    I HATE people that don't clean their stuff after using it - that is so disrespectful and nasty
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    May 31, 2009 11:02 PM GMT
    growingbig saidA couple of times I have moved stuff out of my way then put it back when I was finished. I'll only do that if I can't tell who's it is. One of those times the guy was appreciative that I actually put it back. He had been working out at another part of the gym and left his stuff which got in my way with me doing my supersets. We were the only ones working out and I figured it was someone that had gone to the bathroom or something. Otherwise I'll ask if they are still using the equipment.


    I agree. Try the polite approach first, by asking if he is finished with the machine, or whatever.
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    May 31, 2009 11:04 PM GMT
    There are so many infuriating things like that that happen at my gym. From not wiping down equipment to leaving their stuff on a machine for ages whilst they walk around the gym for 10 minutes (literally) and even keeping 2 machines at once and getting up telling people they cannot use one when they are training both machines at once.
  • Tiran

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    May 31, 2009 11:09 PM GMT
    Turn the stuff into the front desk for lost and found and tell them you found it just laying there. icon_eek.gif Especially if he leaves his keys laying around. That should get the message across. Otherwise just drop the stuff on the floor and kick it into the corner. Or somewhere where people can walk aross it.
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    May 31, 2009 11:10 PM GMT
    Yeah I had that happen to me as well yesterday for the first time. I wanted to use the seated cable row and there was a towel draped over the bench. So I got some water.. walked around for a min, came back and it had not moved. It was my last workout before I was finished. Luckily there was only like 7 other people in the gym so I approached the guy who I figured it was an sure enough I was right. He looked baffled that I wanted to use the cable row even though he was busy at another part of the gym doing wrist curls.

    I was friendly and he was..well.. awkward. But he abliged and moved the towel and asked if he could cut in when he needed it. I told him yes and that was that. He never did come back to it. lol icon_confused.gif
  • Tiran

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    May 31, 2009 11:21 PM GMT
    Which gym? So I know what to watch for. And how to provoke you if I ever go there icon_wink.gif
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    May 31, 2009 11:38 PM GMT
    Screw that. There was this one guy that would always leave his towel on a bench, did one set, and then went on to perform some crazy ass super duper hypersets all over the gym. My rule of thumb is, if you leave your shit abandoned for more than 10 minutes, then it's gonna get tossed on the floor so that I (and everyone else) can use the equipment. Leaving your stuff on the equipment doesn't entitle you to use it all damn day. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • calibro

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    May 31, 2009 11:48 PM GMT
    I say counter protest and leave a used jockstrap on the machine he's trying to get on
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    May 31, 2009 11:55 PM GMT
    Just confront the guy and say what the problem is. Don't waste your time and act like a bloody cry baby by going to mngmnt. Complete rubbish.
    Say something and be done with it. Approach him cordially, yet sternly. And respond in kind.
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    Jun 01, 2009 12:03 AM GMT

    Pick your battles. Even if you had to move his hoodie once or twice, it won't hurt you. Especially if you are too yellow to let him know, how is he supposed to know it's bothering somebody. If it were a collective nuisance, he would have been reported already. It is just so small an infraction. The last sentence of your op is telling. The reason this bothers you is because you find him attractive. If he weren't, you would have either reported him or told him off by now. Don't hate the hoodie, it might make for a good ice breaker once you work up the courage to throw your cap at this tank.

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    Jun 01, 2009 12:13 AM GMT
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    throw your cap at this tank.



    interesting...
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    Jun 01, 2009 12:17 AM GMT
    I think he was trying to be "punny".
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    Jun 01, 2009 12:21 AM GMT
    I'll usually just ask them if they are on the equipment I'm after and they'll usually move their stuff. I'm sorry but their water bottle doesn't need a bench of its own.
  • inuman

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    Jun 03, 2009 6:20 PM GMT
    The gym I currently go to is NASTY as hell, both people's attitude and the cleanness of the place.

    Each time my guy and I go to the gym either in the morning or evening *depending on the day* we have to wipe down the machine because the person who used it before us still has their sweat draped all over the dam machine icon_evil.gif

    When we are walking to the weight lifting area and there are oh say four or so guys blocking the way, I'll say and look one of them in the eye as I say it "excuse me" he will just look and turn away, oh gotta love the ones who go there to socialize and take up space, it's a gym okay, wanna socialize, go for coffee.

    I think that's why I always listen to my music so I can focus on it rather than all that is going on around me and also my workout. icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 03, 2009 6:31 PM GMT
    EDMGUY27 saidMost of the people at my gym are really friendly, curtious & clean. I keep to myself unless someone needs a spot or I need one. I guess I'm a "get in and out" as quick as I can while still getting in a good workout kinda guy.

    I find myself getting really irritated by this one guy who is a regular. He drapes his gym hoodie over the weighted barbell rack everytime he is there and it drives me f*ckin' nuts. He uses it as a clothes hanger while he travels all around the gym doing his routine. He will also place his water bottle right on the 2.5 lb magnet weights. The reason I find it so irritating is because I'm having to move his shit to get to my weight because it's draped over it. He even had his car keys on top of the rack yesterday! Isn't that what lockers are for?

    So, my question is.. should I say something to the desk about it? Or just ignore it and move around his mess? What would you guys do? Last thing I wanna do is piss this guy off.. he's a tank!! lol


    Fucking clueless fucks really rub me the wrong way, too. Don't mention it to the flunkie at the front desk. Talk to the operations manager about it. He'll take care of it. If he / she doesn't take care of it, call corporate.

    It's that bullshit, I,I,I,me,me,me crap of urban dwellers that needs to be throttled.

    I've had vice presidents of gym orgs back me up on stuff.

    There's no excuse for some of the clueless behavior in gyms.
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    Jun 03, 2009 7:00 PM GMT
    Just pick it up and take it to him and say "is this yours mate?" while smiling. Do it enough and heĀ“ll get the point.

  • danisnotstr8

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    Jun 03, 2009 7:09 PM GMT
    I've had this experience at my gym. I work out at a very friendly, super-clean place that's filled with mostly doctors, grad students, professors, and generally considerate people.

    One dude always plays the same game you're talking about.... it's almost like he's pissing all over the gym trying to mark the place as though he owns it.

    I said something to the front desk. They were extremely apologetic on his behalf, and the next time I saw him he had changed his routine. You're paying for a membership-- and the perks include customer service. Most of the people who work at a gym are probably on your side. They'd hate to have the same thing happen to themselves.

    Just say something to them if it bothers you that much. What's the worse that could happen? They won't tell the guy who complained. It worked for me.