Jake and I joined a gym back in December, and for the most part we have been loving it! For a little over a year, we were using the “free” gym at our apartment complex, that is more or less a graveyard for 1992 Nordic Tracks, and a stationary bike that is at risk of falling apart just by looking at it. t was also used as unofficial daycare center, as several parents would let their small children just run about and play with the equipment. Needless to say, it was time for a membership elsewhere. Jake is getting super into weight lifting, and I’ve been loving running on a treadmill that doesn’t feel like a potential fire hazard. While we’ve enjoyed our new workout routines, we can’t help but notice that there’s a few regulars that are unfortunately ever-present, and seem to make the experience a little less enjoyable (depending on the degree of annoyance), or just laughable. the I understand we are all there to try our best, stick to our goals, and better ourselves, but like literally any other facility, there’s always someone that has to make it weird for the rest of us!
Almost always a dude. Awkwardly stands behind, or paces behind you while you are on a machine waiting for you to get off. Unless there is an allotted time limit to a machine (my old gym has a 25 minute limit for all cardio machines if there is a wait), I will only use this machine longer to annoy the weirdo behind me. Last week, I watched a guy stand stand right behind a girl who was using a Stair Master for nearly 10 whole minutes until the guy next to her got off. Nevermind that there was an entire empty row of elliptical machines directly behind him that he could have used while he waited.
The “Unwarranted Advice Bro”
This happens more to Jake than it does to me, because it seems to be specific to the weight lifting crowd. Personally, I think that you are obviously using a machine/device wrong, or at risk of hurting yourself or someone else, then by all means step in and tell someone, but if it’s someone interrupting your workout to tell you how you can enhance your routine, or just straight up pointless advice, mayyybe just keep it to yourself. I always think of one time years ago when my sister was running on the track at our home gym, and a total stranger told her “Go faster” (or something along those lines. Feel free to chime in, Meg), and even though it didn’t happen to me, I always just thought that was so rude and uncalled for!
The “At Risk of Breaking The Treadmill Super Athlete”
I always almost end up on the treadmill next to someone who is sprinting so hard that the machine sounds like it is about to give way beneath them, and I’m terrified that a shoelace will come untied, and they’ll slip, take flight, and slam into a wall. I’m so happy that you are able to run super fast, but please be careful! I once saw a guy slip off a treadmill, and it looks like it hurt pretty bad!
The “Water Bottle Hoarder”
This one is less of an issue, if the water bottles are kept in a locker, or cubby area, but I’ve seen a few people bring their regular water filled bottle, their pre-workout, and their post-workout shake (count ’em, 3!) with them to each station. I am 100% on board for hydration, but I don’t think it’s necessary to tote three water bottles with you to each and every machine, not to mention the last place you want to have a tripping hazard is in a weight room. Also, wouldn’t it make more sense to drink your pre-workout before you start working out, and then save your post-workout for after your workout?
Normally sticks to just the treadmill, elliptical, and free weights section, because everything else looks terrifying. Also, only manages to only get the machine in front of the TVs set to CNN and Fox News. Can I just get an hour break from America please???
Why can’t we all just go to the gym and workout without hassle? Until I win the lottery, have a home gym, and have Kate Hudson’s personal trainer (and entire Fabletics collection), I suppose I’ll have to make it work. I’m just kidding, these are minor annoyances at best, but dangit if I don’t happen upon these people all of the time!
What annoys you the most at the gym?