OT: Annoying gym members and / or their habits

Submitted by NFG on August 25th, 2017 at 8:40 PM
If you're like me, the days of trying to impress have sailed away, and now you're trying to maintain what little physical dignity you have left. That also means you are subjected to different generations and their annoying mannerism while working out. For me, it's the guys who wear hats or boat shoes while lifting, man-buns(!), and/or sitting on a machine texting and not using it at all. Also, wipe down your benches after you've sweated all over them and put your damn weights away. Thoughts?



August 25th, 2017 at 9:13 PM ^

Many years ago in the IM building at Michigan there was an old guy (70+, probably pushing 80) who had a strange and (to me) disgusting conclusion to his shower routine.

After a normal soap 'n rinse sequence, he'd adjust the shower nozzle to whatever the opposite of "mist" is. Focused stream, I guess. Then, facing away from the stream he'd bend over forward really far and shuffle around until he had the shower acting as a high-velocity, high-volume bidet.

I was like WTF when I first saw this and wondered if he just had some kind of issue that day. Nope. I saw him again a couple weeks later and he did the same thing. Blew my mind ...

Years later I heard a caller to WRIF's "Drew and Mike" show complain about something similar. I wondered if it was the same guy. (He didn't say where he'd seen it.)


August 25th, 2017 at 9:43 PM ^

There was an older guy at my gym who used to fart and grunt simultaneously while running on the track. Every time his foot hit the track, fart and grunt. It really ruined my rhythm because I'd laugh out loud and that would screw up my breathing


August 25th, 2017 at 9:23 PM ^

I go to the gym in Orange County, CA. The lack of etiquette I see every time I go is still mind-boggling, even after a year. The people here act like they're the only person on the planet. My biggest pet peeve is when people throw their bags (even though bags aren't allowed) on one machine to "save" it and then proceed to use another machine.

I can't wait to get out of here.

MMB 82

August 25th, 2017 at 9:35 PM ^

mostly up on the cardio floor, but

-people who sweat all over a machine and don't wipe it down

-people using the machine at slow speed, having a loud cellphone conversation

-you're watching one of the TVs while doing cardio, and someone just up and changes the channel without regard to if anyone else is watching

-people doing the stepmill facing backwards; never understood that

-someone using a treadmill, and they rest by stradling the belt while it continues to run

-working out while wearing expensive watch, or a lot of jewelry (leave it at home, maybe?)

-using a shower, and leaving towels/razors/shaving cream all over the place; and we are talking manscaping here, can't you do that at home???

-blasting mutliple TVs in the locker room; cacophony!

Bisquiteen Trisket

August 25th, 2017 at 9:35 PM ^

Saw a dude wearing boat shoes at the gym for the first time today and thought it was weird.

Here's one from me: people who bring a milk jug full of water to work out with. Dude just being a water bottle and refill it.

Another one: people singing along to music. If I wanted to hear you singing I'd be listening to that on my headphones but I don't so just let the music do its thing.


August 25th, 2017 at 9:44 PM ^

The girl at my YMCA who takes cologne/perfume ads scrubs them against her hairy armpits and aerates a noxious mix of stink and sent throughout the entire gym.


August 25th, 2017 at 10:23 PM ^

last time I went to the gym I walked into the locker room which was filled with thick, hot steam from the showers running. The thickness in the air only accentuated the cross smell of feces and man sweat. After I gagged on the first inhale, a fat, hairy naked man walked past me with a 75% chubby. Fucking nasty ass place. Never again.


August 25th, 2017 at 10:58 PM ^

I was facing the sinks and mirrors. My buddy was standing sideways from there with the sinks to his right.

This older chubby guy with tons of grey body hair walks up to the mirror and grabs the hair dryer and lifts his Johnson by the tip and starts blow drying his nuts.

I was kinda stunned so I matter of factly said that's not something you see everyday. My buddy turns to look just as the guy looks over and now they have locked eyes.

I had turn away giggling my ass off.


August 25th, 2017 at 11:05 PM ^

do your set, get off, let someone else work in.  be efficient and everybody can do all the sets they want. 

and yeah, not only put the weights away, but kind of like grrranimals, how about you match them up - 45's go with other 45's, 35's with 35's, etc. 



August 25th, 2017 at 11:45 PM ^

Knuckleheads that don't know what a weight belt is for. You only wear it if you're going to get crushed otherwise doing squats. Don't wear the damn thing for biceps curls. If you need it for curls, you're doing it wrong. And if you don't but you're wearing it anyway, you're a tool.

That felt good.

Goggles Paisano

August 26th, 2017 at 6:04 AM ^

The dude who after his workout will sit his naked sweaty hairy ass right on the wooden bench. His sweaty balls are rubbing all over it and some poor sap will come in there after him and sit right there or put his bag right there.  

Or you get the guy who thinks he is still in the Navy and walks around the locker room totally nude.  He will go to the sink and shave, dry his ball-fro with the wall dryer, and/or just walk around conversing with anyone who will listen, while still totally fucking nude.  What is wrong with people man?  


August 26th, 2017 at 6:20 AM ^

who walk across the track from the halled area without looking, in spite of warning signs.  I collided with one guy while running and he was pissed at me!


August 26th, 2017 at 8:22 AM ^

my number one pet peave are the people who shake the whole room by throwing their weights on the floor after every set. These are often the same people who grunt loadly on every rep.


August 26th, 2017 at 9:30 PM ^

... both to grunt, and to drop weight. The origin of the grunt is an aggressive exhale against intra-abdominal pressure, which allows one to move more resistance. And sometimes dropping the weight is the safest method of parking it (for the lifter).

But I've been in commercial gyms -- most idiots in a commerical gym abuse both of the ideas above.


August 26th, 2017 at 8:32 AM ^

Someone putting all their shit, water bottle, towel, notepad (really, you can't remember your routine), by a machine. The do one rep on the machine, then do like crunches right next to it, and go back an forth for a half hour. 

Talkers- STFU.

"Experts"- STFU