We all have certain pet peeves that just bug the heck out of us. So, in today’s writing, I will go over some of my gym/workout pet peeves that drive me nuts! But then I have to stop and tell myself, “to each his own.” I then feel better and go on with my life. After all, what someone else does is none of my business, right?
Pet Peeve: Texting while at the gym.
Yes, cell phones are part of our every day lives, I get it. I also know that I’m technologically challenged and I’m sure I only use my cell phone in a minute capacity for what it was designed. BUT, when someone is waiting for a machine or for a particular weight, and the person “using” it is texting away, that’s just wrong! Several years back, when all cell phones did was make calls, there was a guy working out at my gym who wore a strap around his waist that had his cell phone, his pager, some gizmo that unlocked his house, and a beeper to let him know if someone opened his front door (I’m not kidding). I was friends with the guy, so jokingly I asked him if he was applying to be the new Batman because he already had his Batman utility belt on! He told me he needed all those items on his person in case something happened to his cat. Huh? (and he wasn’t kidding) Today, I understand cell phones are used for music, so I have lessened my pet peeve on that just a bit. BUT, if you text or make calls while you are supposed to be working out at the gym… FINGER OF SHAME TO YOU!
Pet Peeve: Not racking your weights.
As much as people talk about this, it’s a never ending problem at some gyms. People, if you’re strong enough to lift it, you’re strong enough to put it away. Other people aren’t there to serve you. It’s simple, if you’re too lazy to put it away, you shouldn’t lift it to begin with… period! If this is you… FINGER OF SHAME!
Pet Peeve: Not wiping your sweat.
Yup, I’m sure we’ve all seen this before. I LOVE the feeling of having sweat dripping off my nose during my workouts. That makes me feel like I’ve done something. And, I love it when I see others doing the same thing. BUT, I don’t care to see other’s bodily fluids dripping off a piece of equipment I’m about to use to begin with. Bring a freaking towel and clean up your stuff!
Pet Peeve: Leaving a gym bag in the middle of the floor.
Some people bring a gym bag to the workout area of a gym with them. I always ask, what could they possibly have in that bag? If it’s so important, they should leave it at home or at least in their car. If it’s their change of cloths, why don’t they leave it in the locker room? If they are afraid something will get stolen, maybe they should look for another gym, or get a lock, or again, don’t bring it in the gym to begin with.
Most people who do this are nice enough to at least keep their bag in the corner, or against the wall, but there are some people who just flop the bag out anywhere and expect people to walk around it. Which leads me to…
Pet Peeve: Not being courteous.
Some people walk around the gym as if others should bow down to them. Seriously? Just because you may be able to lift more than me, or have that super model body, doesn’t give you the reason to look down on me. Oh sure, I’m envious, I’m jealous, I’m impressed, but I certainly DO NOT think you are better than me. And, I’m sure I’m naive with this statement, I usually assume people feel the same as I do. When you look down upon someone, and feel you are superior to them, all you’re doing is letting the rest of the world know how much of an ass you are. FINGER OF SHAME TO YOU!
Pet Peeve: Tying up an area.
OK, this one could be misunderstood, so I’ll explain it the best I can. If you are working out with more than 3 people, you should NOT be all doing the same thing. For example, if you are there to workout, then four people sharing a bench press is NOT a workout, it’s a freaking social club! You have WAY too much rest and conversation between sets. Sure, we all like to talk to each other and we could use spotters, but that does NOT mean all the spotters should be working out on the same equipment either. The same thing goes with the treadmills, bikes, or any other cardio type machines. Regardless whether you feel those machines are good or not, people use them. If you do use them, be aware if others are waiting to get on that machine. If you want to chat with others, do so away from the machines and let other “play though”, so to speak.
Once again, these are my pet peeves. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the gym is one of the friendliest places to be, but there are a few people who abuse this atmosphere, please don’t be one of them. I would LOVE to hear about your pet peeves, this could be fun!