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2014-03-05 04:28:29 PM  
Ah, the good old gym-peeve thread.

The person who picks up free weights and lifts standing right in front of the rack, making it impossible for anyone to get to that part of the rack until s/he is done.  Pick up your weights and step back, go find a place where you don't block everyone's access.
 
2014-03-05 04:38:44 PM  
BuzzPost? HuffFeed? BuzzHuff?
 
2014-03-05 04:39:48 PM  

vernonFL: BuzzPost? HuffFeed? BuzzHuff?


*snert*

I vote for BuzzHuff.  It sounds a little dirty.
 
2014-03-05 04:40:55 PM  
There's gotta be a study out there on the percentage of buff gym people who get fat later in life, and non gym people who stay fit later in life.

The constant grind of having to lift weights constantly has got to wear thing. Its always rare to find an ageing former muscle bound wrestler who isn't tubby when theyre far out of the lime light.
 
2014-03-05 04:49:14 PM  
#7 is a big one, I can't stand when I'm at a machine, and some meat head comes up to me within 30 seconds of my starting to exercise to ask me how many more sets I have. Seriously, bug off, I will be done when I'm done. When people do this to me, I intentionally dawdle and take way longer than I would have otherwise.

#8 is annoying too, it seems like every time I'm at the gym, it doesn't matter if there's three dozen other treadmills available, grandpa who smells like a combination of Preparation H and Geritol, or the dirty bum that hasn't showered in a year have to choose the one right next to me so we're bumping shoulders.

#9 is a nuisance, if you're that important that you can't go for a 45 minute workout without having to talk on your phone, maybe you should stop going to the gym, or find a better time.

#6 is bad only because it's always the people you DON'T want to see naked (not to imply that there are people you DO want to see naked, but you get my point) who are strutting around in the buff. You need to take off your clothes to change or go to the shower, that's fine, but don't make a show out of it. Ever notice that the average age of the people who shower or get naked in the locker room these days is like 78?

What's more annoying about #1 is when the staff at the gym don't actively do anything about people who don't clean off the equipment when they are done. This seems to be a problem exclusive to Planet Fitness and other low cost gyms however, I've seen people get reamed out pretty good for trying this at the classier places.
 
2014-03-05 04:51:46 PM  

hervatski: There's gotta be a study out there on the percentage of buff gym people who get fat later in life, and non gym people who stay fit later in life.

The constant grind of having to lift weights constantly has got to wear thing. Its always rare to find an ageing former muscle bound wrestler who isn't tubby when theyre far out of the lime light.


At least some of that's GOT to be muscle to fat conversion.

I started doing *light* workouts, and gained 5 pounds while dropping 2 shirt sizes.

Stop working out, having been pretty heavy to begin with, and do the reverse...
 
2014-03-05 05:07:56 PM  
stupid farksticks doing their P90X shiat move from machine to machine without wiping up after themselves.  makes me crazy.
 
2014-03-05 05:13:39 PM  

vernonFL: BuzzPost? HuffFeed? BuzzHuff?


FeedPost, it's where the cattle line up.
 
2014-03-05 05:26:11 PM  
The never include annoying swimmers in these things:

-People who butterfly stroke while sharing a lane
-The old ladies who do water aerobics in the pre-work time, even though they're retired and could slowly    walk up and down the lane some other time
-Speedos
-People who are faster than me
 
2014-03-05 05:28:02 PM  
One of these days the front page of the New York Times will just be "the 17 cutest Corgi puppies in the 5 boroughs" followed by a
"Which Puerto Rican stereotype are you?" Quiz.
 
2014-03-05 05:28:13 PM  

vernonFL: BuzzPost? HuffFeed? BuzzHuff?


Buzzfeed should one-up Huffpost by posting the 14 annoying gym pet peeves. And then Viralnova can come in and post an article called "Six Shocking Things You Can't Believe Happen At the Gym." Then The Consumerist can do a write-up examining one distraught gym customer's terrifying encounter with a pet peeve during his workout, and whether the gym owner should be required to pay compensation for it. And then Opposing Views could create an article consisting of one sentence lifted from each of the other ones. Finally, Cracked would re-post the original Huffpost article with snarky titles, and the cycle would be complete.
 
2014-03-05 05:55:25 PM  

spman: #7 is a big one, I can't stand when I'm at a machine, and some meat head comes up to me within 30 seconds of my starting to exercise to ask me how many more sets I have. Seriously, bug off, I will be done when I'm done. When people do this to me, I intentionally dawdle and take way longer than I would have otherwise.


Except, of course, those of us who have as big a peeve about people who don't let other people "work in", as the posted rules on the wall say they should.  Seriously - you never heard of active recovery between sets?  Get your ass off the Leg Extension Machine between sets and share, you selfish bastard.


#8 is annoying too, it seems like every time I'm at the gym, it doesn't matter if there's three dozen other treadmills available, grandpa who smells like a combination of Preparation H and Geritol, or the dirty bum that hasn't showered in a year have to choose the one right next to me so we're bumping shoulders.

This is true.  You don't have to take the treadmill or bike alllllll the way at the other end, but at least leave one between us. Unless there's no other option.  I'm lucky in that my gym has the equipment spaced well enough that it's not so bad even when everything is full.


#9 is a nuisance, if you're that important that you can't go for a 45 minute workout without having to talk on your phone, maybe you should stop going to the gym, or find a better time.

True dat.  Shutup and work, dammit.


#6 is bad only because it's always the people you DON'T want to see naked (not to imply that there are people you DO want to see naked, but you get my point) who are strutting around in the buff. You need to take off your clothes to change or go to the shower, that's fine, but don't make a show out of it. Ever notice that the average age of the people who shower or get naked in the locker room these days is like 78?

I'm sorry there aren't enough ripped, sweaty, sculpted-ass young men to suit you in your locker room.  How the hell are you supposed to cruise for some rough trade with all the oldsters?  The nerve!


What's more annoying about #1 is when the staff at the gym don't actively do anything about people who don't clean off the equipment when they are done. This seems to be a problem exclusive to Planet Fitness and other low cost gyms however, I've seen people get reamed out pretty good for trying this at the classier places.


I agree - my gym has bottles of sanitizer and sham-wow type things within a few steps of any piece of equipment, and Cthulhu help you if you don't wipe up after yourself.
 
2014-03-05 06:00:48 PM  
#3 happens when I go to the gym because of all the old people.
 
2014-03-05 06:01:20 PM  
What BuzzHuff might look like.

i.cdn.turner.com
 
2014-03-05 06:02:53 PM  
I wish my gym had cleanup stuff near the machines.  It's all over the place near the cardio stuff bu the machines don't have any of it.  Thankfully almost everybody is in good enough shape that they're not dripping sweat.

Me on the other hand, I'm wet.  But I carry a towel so it's good.
 
2014-03-05 06:04:33 PM  

JonnyBGoode: What BuzzHuff might look like.


hahahahah, oh no

Buzz is a very fitting name for him!
 
2014-03-05 06:05:27 PM  
I guess none of that bothers me because I'm not an uptight asshole.

And I've never seen a naked male in real life. I've manged to avoid that my entire life.
 
2014-03-05 06:08:32 PM  

spman: #7 is a big one, I can't stand when I'm at a machine, and some meat head comes up to me within 30 seconds of my starting to exercise to ask me how many more sets I have. Seriously, bug off, I will be done when I'm done. When people do this to me, I intentionally dawdle and take way longer than I would have otherwise.

#8 is annoying too, it seems like every time I'm at the gym, it doesn't matter if there's three dozen other treadmills available, grandpa who smells like a combination of Preparation H and Geritol, or the dirty bum that hasn't showered in a year have to choose the one right next to me so we're bumping shoulders.

#9 is a nuisance, if you're that important that you can't go for a 45 minute workout without having to talk on your phone, maybe you should stop going to the gym, or find a better time.

#6 is bad only because it's always the people you DON'T want to see naked (not to imply that there are people you DO want to see naked, but you get my point) who are strutting around in the buff. You need to take off your clothes to change or go to the shower, that's fine, but don't make a show out of it. Ever notice that the average age of the people who shower or get naked in the locker room these days is like 78?

What's more annoying about #1 is when the staff at the gym don't actively do anything about people who don't clean off the equipment when they are done. This seems to be a problem exclusive to Planet Fitness and other low cost gyms however, I've seen people get reamed out pretty good for trying this at the classier places.


Re: #7 I ask so I know how long to wait and not have to sneak glances at you every 2 minutes like a leery-eyed creeper waiting for the machine to be open. Unless you like feeling stalked.
 
2014-03-05 06:09:24 PM  
 
2014-03-05 06:12:26 PM  

Mugato: I guess none of that bothers me because I'm not an uptight asshole.

And I've never seen a naked male in real life. I've manged to avoid that my entire life.


You don't watch porn?
 
2014-03-05 06:12:30 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: spman: #7 is a big one, I can't stand when I'm at a machine, and some meat head comes up to me within 30 seconds of my starting to exercise to ask me how many more sets I have. Seriously, bug off, I will be done when I'm done. When people do this to me, I intentionally dawdle and take way longer than I would have otherwise.

Except, of course, those of us who have as big a peeve about people who don't let other people "work in", as the posted rules on the wall say they should.  Seriously - you never heard of active recovery between sets?  Get your ass off the Leg Extension Machine between sets and share, you selfish bastard.


This.  Done with your set?  Move along.  This machine is not your personal furniture.
 
2014-03-05 06:13:04 PM  
Huh?  I go do my workout and go home.  Mind your own business and you'll be fine at the gym, and in life in general
 
2014-03-05 06:14:22 PM  

Anne.Uumellmahaye: spman: #7 is a big one, I can't stand when I'm at a machine, and some meat head comes up to me within 30 seconds of my starting to exercise to ask me how many more sets I have. Seriously, bug off, I will be done when I'm done. When people do this to me, I intentionally dawdle and take way longer than I would have otherwise.

#8 is annoying too, it seems like every time I'm at the gym, it doesn't matter if there's three dozen other treadmills available, grandpa who smells like a combination of Preparation H and Geritol, or the dirty bum that hasn't showered in a year have to choose the one right next to me so we're bumping shoulders.

#9 is a nuisance, if you're that important that you can't go for a 45 minute workout without having to talk on your phone, maybe you should stop going to the gym, or find a better time.

#6 is bad only because it's always the people you DON'T want to see naked (not to imply that there are people you DO want to see naked, but you get my point) who are strutting around in the buff. You need to take off your clothes to change or go to the shower, that's fine, but don't make a show out of it. Ever notice that the average age of the people who shower or get naked in the locker room these days is like 78?

What's more annoying about #1 is when the staff at the gym don't actively do anything about people who don't clean off the equipment when they are done. This seems to be a problem exclusive to Planet Fitness and other low cost gyms however, I've seen people get reamed out pretty good for trying this at the classier places.

Re: #7 I ask so I know how long to wait and not have to sneak glances at you every 2 minutes like a leery-eyed creeper waiting for the machine to be open. Unless you like feeling stalked.


Also to allow the person using the machine to graciously offer to let the asker to work in, like civilized folks.
 
2014-03-05 06:15:06 PM  
I hate gym bros. I don't dislike the motivational ones (the ones that say 'I know you can lift harder, bro!'), but I do hate the rage-roid filled 'I do alpha male shiat!' annoying douchebags. Yes, I know you can beat the shiat out of me, your dozen muscles in your ears confirm it, can you stop telling me that so close to my face!? I'm here to do ten push ups and then go to my house and cry myself to sleep, thank you.
 
2014-03-05 06:15:08 PM  

odinsposse: Mugato: I guess none of that bothers me because I'm not an uptight asshole.

And I've never seen a naked male in real life. I've manged to avoid that my entire life.

You don't watch porn?


He said "in real life".  The catch is that he's also never seen a naked female in real life either.
 
2014-03-05 06:16:18 PM  
Here's an idea, if gym people piss you off so much, *raises hand*, find ways to work out at home. It's not the individuals for me, it's the amount of people. farking clubs today aim to cram as many sweating, heavy-breathing, bullshiatting customers into their 1,500 sq. ft strip mall store, that you get a workout just walking in the front door because you had to park across the highway. But hey, $10/month, bro!
 
2014-03-05 06:17:34 PM  

what_now: The never include annoying swimmers in these things:

-People who butterfly stroke while sharing a lane
-The old ladies who do water aerobics in the pre-work time, even though they're retired and could slowly    walk up and down the lane some other time
-Speedos
-People who are faster than me


Hey I wear these because they take 15 minutes to dry.
 
2014-03-05 06:17:37 PM  
spman:  #6 is bad only because it's always the people you DON'T want to see naked (not to imply that there are people you DO want to see naked, but you get my point) who are strutting around in the buff. You need to take off your clothes to change or go to the shower, that's fine, but don't make a show out of it. Ever notice that the average age of the people who shower or get naked in the locker room these days is like 78?

s3.amazonaws.com
 
2014-03-05 06:18:45 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Seriously - you never heard of active recovery between sets?


I loved my old gym because the machines I used were all clumped together and I could rotate easily. At my current gym, they're on completely different floors, so it's a pain in the ass and I end up just focusing on one at a time. No idea if that's hurting my workout, don't really care. I may be at the gym but I'll be damned if I have to go up and down a flight of stairs in between sets.

I usually go during the down periods anyways, so I'm not holding anybody up.
 
2014-03-05 06:20:03 PM  
Who the hell takes pictures in the gym?
 
2014-03-05 06:20:33 PM  

Anne.Uumellmahaye: Re: #7 I ask so I know how long to wait and not have to sneak glances at you every 2 minutes like a leery-eyed creeper waiting for the machine to be open. Unless you like feeling stalked.


You are doing it wrong.  You have to stare at them so hard that you burn holes in them.  It is only appropriate.
 
2014-03-05 06:21:26 PM  
There's only one rule in the gym AFAIC: clean your station after use. That means re-rack your weights and wipe the bench down.
 
2014-03-05 06:21:30 PM  
Having to leave my house is the best and worst part about gyms.
 
2014-03-05 06:22:41 PM  
I initially thought the headline was bashing the "featured partners" on Fark that prompted me to install Adblock.
 
2014-03-05 06:22:44 PM  
5. Lording over the TV like you're the only one watching.

Go to a gym where each machine has their own TV, you peasants.

asmodeus224: Huh?  I go do my workout and go home.  Mind your own business and you'll be fine at the gym, and in life in general


I'm so glad my gym is literally a block from my apartment so I don't have to deal with locker room bullshiat. Plus, it eliminates any excuse not to go during the winter.
 
2014-03-05 06:22:57 PM  

spman: #7 is a big one, I can't stand when I'm at a machine, and some meat head comes up to me within 30 seconds of my starting to exercise to ask me how many more sets I have. Seriously, bug off, I will be done when I'm done. When people do this to me, I intentionally dawdle and take way longer than I would have otherwise.

#8 is annoying too, it seems like every time I'm at the gym, it doesn't matter if there's three dozen other treadmills available, grandpa who smells like a combination of Preparation H and Geritol, or the dirty bum that hasn't showered in a year have to choose the one right next to me so we're bumping shoulders.

#9 is a nuisance, if you're that important that you can't go for a 45 minute workout without having to talk on your phone, maybe you should stop going to the gym, or find a better time.

#6 is bad only because it's always the people you DON'T want to see naked (not to imply that there are people you DO want to see naked, but you get my point) who are strutting around in the buff. You need to take off your clothes to change or go to the shower, that's fine, but don't make a show out of it. Ever notice that the average age of the people who shower or get naked in the locker room these days is like 78?

What's more annoying about #1 is when the staff at the gym don't actively do anything about people who don't clean off the equipment when they are done. This seems to be a problem exclusive to Planet Fitness and other low cost gyms however, I've seen people get reamed out pretty good for trying this at the classier places.


For #1, the big problem is that no one teaches gym etiquette.  The first few times I went, I didn't know this was expected, and it was only because I observed other people doing it that I figured it out later on.  If gyms had someone who set the expectations when you sign up, I would have done it from the first day.  It's obvious, in retrospect, that you should wipe the machine, and of course I will!
 
2014-03-05 06:23:35 PM  

asmodeus224: Huh?  I go do my workout and go home.  Mind your own business and you'll be fine at the gym, and in life in general


This pretty much.  I use headphones so it cuts down on needless chatter and helps with the singers and those who talk constantly (whether on the phone or to another member).  I can mostly tune out the annoying people.  We do have the nude guy at my gym on Saturday mornings.  He spends about 1/2 hour "grooming" himself in front the the mirrors in the locker room while completely naked.  Oh and he's about 70 years old.

The most annoying people at my gym, to be honest, are the racquetball regulars.  Especially the older guys.  They are far worse than the muscleheads.

Mostly I just give people credit for trying to get/stay in shape.
 
2014-03-05 06:25:06 PM  
And farking share machines you cocks. You may think you are the first guy there, but chances are someone else is walking a lap during his rest orwanted it earlier. Just alternate sets and dont be a biatch.
 
2014-03-05 06:25:13 PM  
Ugh, the guy who gives the unsolicited advice is my biggest gym pet peeve.  It's always some muscle-bound cretin with no neck who does this, and usually to the women.

CSSis: I have bursitis in both knees, so I can't jog or run.  (A good brisk walk works well for me.)  So I'm walking on the treadmill when The Fount of Useless Information, a meathead who had to have his buddy help him push his arms together on the fly machine because he put too damn much weight on it, sidles up to me and says, "You know, HON, you'd get a much better workout if you ran."  I looked at him and said, "You know, HON, my doctor told me I can blow out my knees if I try to run or jog, so I'm more inclined to listen to him than some stranger at the gym."  He slunk away muttering something about "only trying to help."  Moran.
 
2014-03-05 06:27:05 PM  
I just crop dust anyone who annoys me.

Oddly enough they had the doors open when I left yesterday. Hmph.
 
2014-03-05 06:29:34 PM  

CygnusDarius: I hate gym bros. I don't dislike the motivational ones (the ones that say 'I know you can lift harder, bro!'), but I do hate the rage-roid filled 'I do alpha male shiat!' annoying douchebags. Yes, I know you can beat the shiat out of me, your dozen muscles in your ears confirm it, can you stop telling me that so close to my face!? I'm here to do ten push ups and then go to my house and cry myself to sleep, thank you.


Has this ever happened? 15 yrs of gym and ive never seen it.
 
2014-03-05 06:29:58 PM  

Gergesa: Anne.Uumellmahaye: Re: #7 I ask so I know how long to wait and not have to sneak glances at you every 2 minutes like a leery-eyed creeper waiting for the machine to be open. Unless you like feeling stalked.

You are doing it wrong.  You have to stare at them so hard that you burn holes in them.  It is only appropriate.


Of all the things I'm doing wrong at the gym, making men awkwardly uncomfortable isn't one of them.

It's my forte.
 
2014-03-05 06:31:45 PM  
I hate all the dirty looks I get when I'm trying to finish a cigarette near the entrance before going in.

It's just a little smoke, Franz.  You'll be fine.
 
2014-03-05 06:32:50 PM  
What is this "gym" thing subby speaks of?
 
2014-03-05 06:33:12 PM  
Other than #1, these articles are always so whiny. I imagine its from a new years resolutioner thinking of excuses why they didn't last into March this time.
 
2014-03-05 06:33:38 PM  

Smackledorfer: CygnusDarius: I hate gym bros. I don't dislike the motivational ones (the ones that say 'I know you can lift harder, bro!'), but I do hate the rage-roid filled 'I do alpha male shiat!' annoying douchebags. Yes, I know you can beat the shiat out of me, your dozen muscles in your ears confirm it, can you stop telling me that so close to my face!? I'm here to do ten push ups and then go to my house and cry myself to sleep, thank you.

Has this ever happened? 15 yrs of gym and ive never seen it.


It happened to me at a Gold's Gym, a while ago. Ever since I moved to another one that was smaller, but, it's owned by a retired local boxer.
 
2014-03-05 06:35:33 PM  
Number 13 is really to only one that bothers me. I mean seriously, the whole point of going to the gym is to not be lazy. Is it really that hard to put the weights back in their right spot.
 
2014-03-05 06:38:55 PM  
I've never seen most of these things at my gym.  Honestly, my biggest pet peeves are:

1) People who hog equipment and won't let you work sets in between.  I once had to wait on a guy who was doing some pyramid workout requiring 8 sets on the same machine. Of course he spent 3 minutes standing around between sets.
2) This goes double if you're doing a circuit workout and won't allow anyone to use all three pieces of equipment in your rotation.  I only experienced this once and just ignored the guy and did my sets in between his.
3) The guy at my gym who brings his laptop and does his P90X workout in the main area.  Of course this is during a busy time when there is a class going on in the group exercise area.  I totally understand that you might live in an apartment where you can't do P90X, but if you're going to do it at the gym, save it for a time when you can go in the group area.
4) Bad form-- this one was covered in TFA.  I always have to laugh at the dudes on the pulldown machines that put on a ridiculous amount of weight and then contort their backs all over the place getting in their 12 reps.
5) People who don't rerack, or people who don't rerack weights correctly -- no I don't want to pull off 8 25-pound plates to get to the two 10-pound plates I need. (also covered in the TFA)
 
2014-03-05 06:39:16 PM  

CygnusDarius: spman:  #6 is bad only because it's always the people you DON'T want to see naked (not to imply that there are people you DO want to see naked, but you get my point) who are strutting around in the buff. You need to take off your clothes to change or go to the shower, that's fine, but don't make a show out of it. Ever notice that the average age of the people who shower or get naked in the locker room these days is like 78?


This.

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And this.  This was the norm at the YMCA I used to attend; you'd think they would be a little more conservative.
 
2014-03-05 06:40:40 PM  

fusillade762: What is this "gym" thing subby speaks of?


I think it's a spirit made from juniper berries that you mix it with tonic or vermouth and drink.
 
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