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First-world distractions at the gym...

These are some of the things that bug me at the gym. I'm not looking for advice, comfort, or solutions for them.

And I do realize that these are first-world problems. But they're my problems, and the fact that they're first-world doesn't dismiss them.

  1. I am suspicious of people who stretch parts of their upper body and then do a lower body workout. And vice-versa.

  2. I wonder what people who do some upper body machines and some lower body machines in the same workout are trying to accomplish. Or avoid.

  3. I get annoyed with people who spend more than ten minutes on one machine. Especially if a good percentage of the time they are playing with their gadgets. Or worse—for some odd reason—if they're just sitting there staring into space.

  4. It annoys me that my Planet Fitness has a "Cell Phones Prohibited" policy, but they don't enforce it. Even when the staff is giving a tour to prospective members, and they walk right by people who are screaming into their phones.

  5. Male-female couples who "PDA" (if that can be a verb) in the gym. Really??? Are you that in love?

  6. Too much mirror work. And I mean between reps and sets, not during them.

    Man kissing his image in a mirror


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 9th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
My rants:

not wiping down equipment after using it
not returning equipment after using it
butt cracks
smelly people
hogging equipment or machine and NOT using them

Minor rants:
watching people do their sets in poor form or too fast
women who wear tons of make up to work out.

Mar. 10th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing yours! I can go either way on the "butt cracks": depends on the butt. ;-)
Mar. 12th, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC)
Things I hate the the gym...
I do some upper-body and some lower-body every work out. Just trying to get everything, I guess. :)

As for the things that bug me...
People who "dress up" - do their hair, sometimes even their make-up for the gym. Why, people? Do you not understand what you're doing there!?

But the WORST is people who wear perfume at the gym. Try spending 30 minutes on an elliptical next to that - ugh.
Mar. 12th, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Things I hate the the gym...
Oh yes! I should add that perfume one to my list, too! Ugh, indeed! Thanks for sharing.

Note: I'm guessing that this comment is from Jen. :-)
Mar. 15th, 2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Things I hate the the gym...
Yes, of course it's Jen!

And I forgot to tell you this yesterday, but hopefully it'll make you laugh from your sickbed...

I was at the gym Tuesday and I found a new pet peeve... people who EAT in the locker room! I came in to change and there was a woman sitting there eating a salad. Like, a real meal! I couldn't bring myself to undress in front of her. I mean, what if she choked? Or puked? It could be totally unrelated to me undressing and all about the salad but I would NEVER be able to undress in front of anyone ever again after that!
Mar. 16th, 2012 02:36 am (UTC)
Re: Things I hate the the gym...
OMG. That's gross! As Pedro would say, "I never sausage a thing!" (And hope I don't!)

Thanks for the laugh!
Mar. 12th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
I am suspicious of people who stretch parts of their upper body and then do a lower body workout.

I do this. My stretching happens between sets, not before though. My rationale is that because I alternate upper- and lower-body workouts across days, my lower-body is tight/sore on days when I'm doing an upper-body workout and vice versa. I take advantage of the time between sets to stretch whatever muscle group seems tight. Not sure if that assuages your suspicions or elevates my suspiciousness :)
Mar. 12th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
Makes complete sense!
Thanks for sharing.
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