gym pet peeves??
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At AF the other day and it was fairly busy. A guy is on the bench (and had been for close to 30 minutes). He finishes a set...and pulls out his cell phone! He sat on the bench (the only flat bench at our gym) and continued to talk on it for several minutes! I noticed 4 different people on their cell phones that day in the gym! It is one of my biggest pet peeves! I am sorry...but few of us are THAT important that we can't turn our phones off for an hour and workout!

Any other gym pet peeves?!? :o)

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PERFUME. Please, please, please don't wear perfume to the gym. Some of us are highly sensitive to the smell,and, unreasonable as it may seem, we like to breathe while we work out. Really!

Although equipment "hoarders" can be an inconvenience, I have never been shy to asking nicely if they would move, or could I work in.

Vicki Bowland 53k
4 years ago
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I hate when people try to have a conversation with me while im working out. Hi, how are you's are fine, but thats it. Im not there to make friends, or hear about whats going on in your life, and Im not answering questions about mine. Just be quiet, let me focus on my workout. If you want to chat and Im done, cool. But when Im working out, we are playing the silent game!

RWashburn 9k
4 years ago
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Ah yes!! Perfume is a good one! I never understood why people (women in particular) do their hair and put make-up on to go to the gym! LOL

TyCoDi 2k
4 years ago
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Ok...now i gotta admit. ill dab on a little lip gloss and a sweep of mascara before heading to the gym. But im a single girl, and guys DO talk to you sometimes. I can say im honestly appreciative of the eye candy and enjoy watching the guys workout in front of me.

My pet peeve though...I get people staring at me. Which is really disconcerting, makes me always do a once over to make sure nothings hanging out or outta place! lol
Sometimes its just when im walking around, changing machines, but often when im in the studio room doing ab work and some free weights. Ive seen guys walk by, look in, and then stand there and stare! sometimes they walk away, then come back, away, then back. I wanna go open the door and ask, Im sorry, can I help you with something?? lol weird

Shasta Webb 1.6k
4 years ago
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A couple things that peeve me is when all of the cardio is full, and you're waiting patiently for someone to be done (and not hovering to make people nervous) - but because you're not "hovering" someone else cuts in front of you and swipes the next open machine when you were there first!

The other thing - when super sweaty people don't wipe down their machines! There are other people that are going to use those things - keep it clean!

(Oh and the make-up deal...my make-up is on because I go to the gym straight after work!)

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Katrina Boche 5.4k
4 years ago
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The cell phone thing kills me.... It's always that over attentive person glaring in the mirror that thinks they need to do 10 sets that is always on the damn phone in between sets. I have done everything but say something, and its about to result in that if the gym doesnt implement something!

bmb2282 9.7k
4 years ago
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I can't stand cell phones. They're convenient when needed but there's a time and place to use them. I've only ever had my phone on once at the gym and that was because I was expecting an important phone call. Otherwise, I leave it in the car or turn it off. I'm a manager in retail so sometimes I need to be reached. However, workout time is my time and I don't want it to be interrupted.

brittanymorris2 945
4 years ago
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To be quite honest, I am in my own little world when I'm at the gym, so I don't notice when people are doing annoying things.

The thing that really annoys me at the gym, though? When people steal your mp3 player (which is partially my fault, I mean, I set it somewhere and I live in a college town).

If anyone wants to come forth and return my music maker 5000, I won't ask questions. He misses his home. Plus, I licked it. You have my germs now.

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Debbie Pias 57k
4 years ago
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Concerning the sitting too long on the bench (or any other piece of equipment for that matter), I know it may be hard at first, but 99 times out of 100, if you will just politely ask them if you "could work in", share that piece with them, they will be cool with that. I think most people are in their own worlds (being able to kinda zone out is something I think people like about training sometimes)and don't realize that is what they are doing. To be able to "work in" is common gym courtesy, something I grew up with. Nobody should ever not be cool with that, in fact, they should assist you with a spot if you need one.
Also, I always make a point to tell new people, when they are in the free weight area (where the more muscley folks tend to hang out) that those folks are REALLY focused, and they don't notice much of what is going around. At our place, they're all nice peeps and usually smile and say, "Absolutely, work on in with me" or maybe, "I've just got one more set if you don't mind waiting a sec". Seriously, it's all cool, just smile and ask - we're all in this together!!


4 years ago
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People not wiping equipment after use!!

BrentBlevins 565
4 years ago

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