gym BO ettiquette

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    May 31, 2010 3:26 PM GMT
    now, we've all been there ourselves, and we've all experienced the spectrum of others' degrees of odor in the gym- we know it can range from pretty sexy and feramone-laden, all the way to "omg, who let the homeless man into the gym??"

    my general question i guess is, what's acceptable, what's just obscene, and is it ok to mention it to the truly offensive ones that they're ruining everyone else's time? i mean, you'd wanna know if you had a big booger hanging out of your nose, right? lol

    there was this fat dude in the aerobics room at the campus rec the other day, and he smelled SO bad- like earwax and vinegar and dead things in the summer sun- that i tried my best do to my ab routine, but just had to leave the room until he'd left. the next day he was back, and smelled just as over-ripe.... so i asked him if he wore deodorant.... he was taken aback, and mumbled something about working out for long periods of time, and so i said something about maybe needing a stronger brand because i could smell him from 15' away.... in the nicest way possible of course lol

    thoughts?
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    May 31, 2010 3:37 PM GMT
    Gym BO etiquette: Don't. And if someone stinks, tell them. If they can't handle it, it's their own fault for stinking in public.
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    May 31, 2010 3:45 PM GMT
    Any kind of odor .... and that means you too Gay Men who empty a whole bottle of cologne on themselves before they go to the gym
    ..... is Offensive
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    May 31, 2010 3:48 PM GMT
    GQjock saidAny kind of odor .... and that means you too Gay Men who empty a whole bottle of cologne on themselves before they go to the gym
    ..... is Offensive
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    You must live in a weird area. Where I work, it's the straight guys who overdo the cologne. icon_lol.gif
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    May 31, 2010 3:54 PM GMT
    GQjock saidAny kind of odor .... and that means you too Gay Men who empty a whole bottle of cologne on themselves before they go to the gym
    ..... is Offensive
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    Yes!!! Tell more gay men this. There is no need more you to spray the entire bottle of Acqua di Gio or Abercrombie and Fitch cologne on you. I hate being around someone and there is a cloud of cologne. icon_mad.gif
  • Celticmusl

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    May 31, 2010 4:04 PM GMT
    I work at a gym. We've had to revoke quite a few memberships because of BO issues. At first when we are told by other members regarding the offending issue, we speak with the member regarding the smell. If they don't do anything about it after repeated complaints by the members we revoke the membership.

    Some people just have really deplorable hygiene habits, and considering they have been this way all of their life, they don't seem to readily change just because someone is complaining about it at the gym.
  • jlly_rnchr

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    May 31, 2010 4:28 PM GMT
    I think that's rude to just go up to someone and tell them they stink.
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    May 31, 2010 4:41 PM GMT
    Telling someone they stink is sometimes necessary. The OP described the guy as very heavy, so working out may be something new for him. He just might not understand how gym clothes need to be washed regularly. I know that sounds surreal, but I have met guys who use the same clothes for several days before washing them. Telling someone that they are giving off a bad odor should give them a clue to change something. You can then talk about special laundry detergents for athletes with febreeze, baking soda additives, etc.

    And you never know, you might make a new friend. But at the very least you've helped someone who is trying to improve themselves. Who knows how long it took just to get them into the gym in the first place?
  • DrewT

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    May 31, 2010 4:55 PM GMT
    If you don't tell them, tell the staff.
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    May 31, 2010 4:59 PM GMT
    I had a friend in grad school who never washed his gym clothes. It was probably worth an extra three or four points to him in raquetball, because his opponent was always gagging. He also kept them in his desk drawer, in the lab where we all worked. One day, everyone received junk mail with free samples of some concentrated orange cleaner. At least three or four of us independently dumped ours in this guys gym bag.
    He still didn't wash his gear, and the orange smell was possibly worse icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 31, 2010 5:34 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidI had a friend in grad school who never washed his gym clothes. It was probably worth an extra three or four points to him in raquetball, because his opponent was always gagging. He also kept them in his desk drawer, in the lab where we all worked. One day, everyone received junk mail with free samples of some concentrated orange cleaner. At least three or four of us independently dumped ours in this guys gym bag.
    He still didn't wash his gear, and the orange smell was possibly worse icon_rolleyes.gif


    “extra few points,”... I used to play basket ball with one of my sisters exes and If I tried to block him I was met with an olfactory assault; I think he did it on purpose.
    I never said anything, but some time later my sister and I were talking about exes and his name came up; she started going off on how much he stank and how she would make him take multiple showers.
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    May 31, 2010 5:36 PM GMT
    jlly_rnchr saidI think that's rude to just go up to someone and tell them they stink.


    I think it's rude to stink up a gym and ruin others' workouts with one's effervescence.
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    May 31, 2010 5:37 PM GMT
    Brandon112586 said
    jlly_rnchr saidI think that's rude to just go up to someone and tell them they stink.


    I think it's rude to stink up a gym and ruin others' workouts with one's effervescence.


    agreed.... I think the best BO etiquette is to NOT have it.
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    May 31, 2010 5:42 PM GMT
    If I had to choose between too much cologne and too much BO, i'd prefer the cologne. That being said, a simple stick of deodorant and a shower can go a LOONG way...maybe a spritz of light cologne on your shirt if you're gonna go at a crowded time just as a courtesy to others or to cover up the next person'
    stench.

    Of course I have a terrible sense of smell so if an odor is bad enough to bother me, then it's probably already caused the people around me to pass out...kinda like putting a canary in a coal mine.
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    May 31, 2010 5:54 PM GMT
    One day at the gym I was doing my cardio warm-up on the treadmill when another patron got on the machine next to mine. He had obviously just started at the gym (no sweat or anything), but he already reeked to high Heaven...or low Hell, really, in my estimation.

    The smell only worsened as he jogged. And, there happened to be one of the circulation fans right in front of him oscillating slowly, with dependable frequency wafting his increasingly unbearable stench my way. After three minutes, I was forced to abandon my treadmill warmup and move to the rowing line because I was gagging and holding my breath.

    When I came into the gym the next day, he was on an elliptical in front of the treadmills on the far side...so I hopped onto a treadmill on the side of the line of treadmills nearest the door. To my horror, after he was done on the elliptical...he got on a treadmill two over from mine (there was a girl on the one next to mine). I got off before he even finished setting his machine's program.

    I know I myself haven't always smelled like roses (the worst is doing lat pull-downs then). I try as much as possible in those instances to not move excessively, and keep my arms down.

    This gentleman happened to be from Pakistan/India, and so I was far too afraid of some sort of racist interpretation to any suggestions to "switch to another brand of antiperspirant"--since his current brand was obviously Nihil.
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    May 31, 2010 6:43 PM GMT
    I think it's really bad when the BO smell lingers in the air, long after the person has left the area. It's even worse when the BO smell rubs off on the equipment and then rubs off on to you. icon_confused.gif
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    May 31, 2010 6:52 PM GMT
    Brandon112586 said
    jlly_rnchr saidI think that's rude to just go up to someone and tell them they stink.


    I think it's rude to stink up a gym and ruin others' workouts with one's effervescence.

    Um, you're in a gym, how sweet-smelling do you really expect it to be?

    If he's so rank, then move far away to another cardio machine. At least in my gym, there are plenty to go around and it's very easy to escape people.
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    May 31, 2010 7:24 PM GMT
    xrichx saidI think it's really bad when the BO smell lingers in the air, long after the person has left the area. It's even worse when the BO smell rubs off on the equipment and then rubs off on to you. icon_confused.gif


    Oh man, this directly ties in with my other biggest peeve - when that rank-ass biotch next to you on that machine or curling bench just leaves and there's that amazing pond of sweaty love for you to touch.

    Please, for the love of all that is holy, wipe that shit up! I don't wanna smell like your ass after spicy food. F*cking sick. I'm really neurotic about that sort of stuff. I wipe down the equipment after I use it for the next person. I even wipe it before I use it.

    I once was running on the treads when this woman gets on the machine next to mine. All of a sudden, as things start heating up, I notice a pungent, almost putrid odor coming from someplace. I thought it was the bro next to me, but when he left, it was still there. At that point, I realized it was this woman's presence that was filling my nose. I've never smelled a yeast infection before, but I'm pretty sure that's what it was. Not to mention there was definite BO. I actually had to stop, go to the rear cardio room and continue there. Luckily, there was this total hottie who went on the machine next to me, so it evened itself out.
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    May 31, 2010 7:52 PM GMT
    I am not playing devils advocate at all, as my eye brows have been singed off a few times but some people just have a natural scent; it may be their diet, recovering from a cold, or they may just NOT smell good, lol.

    NOW, I know if we smell it, I know the person who is dealing it can smell it as well. One member of my gym knows he has a certain smell, so he briefly showers before AND after a workout. Sounds good to me! lol
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    May 31, 2010 7:57 PM GMT
    jlly_rnchr said
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    jlly_rnchr saidI think that's rude to just go up to someone and tell them they stink.


    I think it's rude to stink up a gym and ruin others' workouts with one's effervescence.

    Um, you're in a gym, how sweet-smelling do you really expect it to be?

    If he's so rank, then move far away to another cardio machine. At least in my gym, there are plenty to go around and it's very easy to escape people.


    yeah i think its a bit retarded to really let someone's scent mess up ur work out. and if ur not sweating and smelling at least some ur not working out right. If u really have a problem with how people smeel when they work out WORK OUT AT HOME.
    This is the kind of stupid pretentious gay shit that makes the gay community come off as bitchez that should be treated differently, rather than liek everyone els. "um im sorry when ur around us you should smell a certain way... and dress a certain way, and suck dick. if you dont its so pedestrian... god straight people sjut dont know do they?"
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    May 31, 2010 7:59 PM GMT
    GBRelentless said

    NOW, I know if we smell it, I know the person who is dealing it can smell it as well.


    Oh you would be so, so surprised. Simply peruse the deodorant threads on RJ. "I never smell bad when I work out so I don't need deodorant!" There a lot of gross people who are deluded into thinking they have to smell their own rankness first for others to smell it.
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    May 31, 2010 8:02 PM GMT
    Some people honestly think their sweat doesn't stink their clothes up if they don't wash them.

    I seem to remember a thread on here not long ago where a cute young guy was claiming he didn't need to wash his gym t-shirt that often because he didn't think he smelt. Yeah, right.

    That said, I wouldn't dream of telling them they stink. And there are a couple of guys at my gym who are really rank. I just don't work out near them. They are the sort of guys who don't use the showers.
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    May 31, 2010 8:16 PM GMT
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    GBRelentless said

    NOW, I know if we smell it, I know the person who is dealing it can smell it as well.


    Oh you would be so, so surprised. Simply peruse the deodorant threads on RJ. "I never smell bad when I work out so I don't need deodorant!" There a lot of gross people who are deluded into thinking they have to smell their own rankness first for others to smell it.


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    May 31, 2010 8:27 PM GMT
    redheadedryan saidOne day at the gym I was doing my cardio warm-up on the treadmill when another patron got on the machine next to mine. He had obviously just started at the gym (no sweat or anything), but he already reeked to high Heaven...or low Hell, really, in my estimation.

    The smell only worsened as he jogged. And, there happened to be one of the circulation fans right in front of him oscillating slowly, with dependable frequency wafting his increasingly unbearable stench my way. After three minutes, I was forced to abandon my treadmill warmup and move to the rowing line because I was gagging and holding my breath.

    When I came into the gym the next day, he was on an elliptical in front of the treadmills on the far side...so I hopped onto a treadmill on the side of the line of treadmills nearest the door. To my horror, after he was done on the elliptical...he got on a treadmill two over from mine (there was a girl on the one next to mine). I got off before he even finished setting his machine's program.

    I know I myself haven't always smelled like roses (the worst is doing lat pull-downs then). I try as much as possible in those instances to not move excessively, and keep my arms down.

    This gentleman happened to be from Pakistan/India, and so I was far too afraid of some sort of racist interpretation to any suggestions to "switch to another brand of antiperspirant"--since his current brand was obviously Nihil.


    Yeah...its an unfortunate but true fact the us Indians tend to be more likely to smell bad. Sorry for that...but that being said, general cleanliness and hygiene helps alleviate it. Its one of the things i tend to be paranoid about. Knock on wood, i haven't had that issue but its more because as someone who's a member of a race of people who tend to smell bad, one has to be more diligent when it comes to matters of the nose. Of course, that being said, there's a difference between smelling bad because you sweat alot and smelling bad because you haven't discovered soap.
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    May 31, 2010 8:45 PM GMT
    Nothing better than the smell of a sweaty hot man. icon_wink.gif