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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.

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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?

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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.
 
2014-03-05 06:41:11 PM  

TacoBeelzebub: 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.


Entirely that.

So many people talk about how being judged/watched/whatever by other people is the main reason that they don't join a gym - and it is the guys like that that are causing it.  Most of the people there are content to mind their own business, and the rest know the cardinal rule - there is No Good Way to give unsolicited advice.  Even if you're right, and your guidance would solve every problem in the world for this other person - you keep it to yourself.
 
2014-03-05 06:42:28 PM  

Shadi: 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.


Resolutionaries.  Most of them are already gone from my gym.
 
2014-03-05 06:42:34 PM  
I sweat so much on a spinning bike, I have to drag it down to the car wash.
 
2014-03-05 06:43:05 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: 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.


I'm in fairly decent shape, but I drip sweat when I work out. I see it as a good thing, but I also clean up after myself.

What's annoying about it is when I'm doing a plank and a little bead of sweat runs right down my nose but won't drop to the floor. It's like torture.
 
2014-03-05 06:43:48 PM  
I hover over a machine if it's one of my preferred ones and stupid muggles are just standing on it instead of using it. Put your phone in your locker, too.

Speaking of lockers, there are hundreds in the locker room to choose from that aren't close to mine. I want to change without you all up my ass. No, I'm not going to stand and wait until you're done. People who don't use locks deserve to have their shiat stolen, too.

Also, sadly not touched on by the article, but two massive peeves:

1) When you get into my lane in the pool, number one, dangle your legs in the water instead of jumping right in. When I see your legs when I go to turn, I know you want to get in, and we can quickly coordinate. When you jump right in, I may run into you or have the crap scared out of me when I have to do a full emergency stop to avoid running into you.

2) YOU ARE NOT DOING FLY OR BUTTERFLY AFTER GETTING INTO MY LANE, YOU FILTHY ABUSIVE MUGGLE.
 
2014-03-05 06:44:16 PM  

balki1867: 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)


You can easily write down the p90x workout too. You don't need the video.

I only use the video for the yoga at home.
 
2014-03-05 06:48:04 PM  

Vector R: I hover over a machine if it's one of my preferred ones and stupid muggles are just standing on it instead of using it. Put your phone in your locker, too.


data2.whicdn.com

/Because if not
//Then you don't get to use muggle
 
2014-03-05 06:51:01 PM  

CygnusDarius: Vector R: I hover over a machine if it's one of my preferred ones and stupid muggles are just standing on it instead of using it. Put your phone in your locker, too.

[data2.whicdn.com image 500x666]

/Because if not
//Then you don't get to use muggle


Witch, yes. Also, 'muggle' is a lot nicer than what I REALLY want to say. :)
 
2014-03-05 06:52:50 PM  

Jster422: TacoBeelzebub: 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.

Entirely that.

So many people talk about how being judged/watched/whatever by other people is the main reason that they don't join a gym - and it is the guys like that that are causing it.  Most of the people there are content to mind their own business, and the rest know the cardinal rule - there is No Good Way to give unsolicited advice.  Even if you're right, and your guidance would solve every problem in the world for this other person - you keep it to yourself.


The only time I ever gave someone unsolicited advice at a gym was telling a kid who was new to the whole weightlifting thing how to do a proper squat. Probably saved him a lot of pain.
Someone who worked there probably should have done it instead, but the trainer just walked by him on his way somewhere else.
 
2014-03-05 06:53:58 PM  
Thankfully the gym at my work place doesn't have any of these. Except for #5...it's so arrogant of those self-absorbed SOB's to show up every day in full royal attire. The satin cape and golden crown is distracting and pretentious.
 
2014-03-05 06:54:21 PM  
The most annoying thing is people who feel the need to constantly remind others-- by way of writing articles, for example-- that they go to the gym.

/Goes to workout room sometimes
//Doesn't make a religion or other addiction out of it.
 
2014-03-05 06:54:46 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.


Bingo!  We quit Lifetime, because our town's park district built a new facility and we save around $75 a month.  I go everyday, and the only thing I change is my shoes.  The locker room has always got old guys walking around with their junk hanging out.  I go home to take my shower, and I don't see why these mopes can't do the same, it not like they have anything else to farking do. They're not going back to the office.  If fact, if you watch them, they never break a sweat, anyway.

Disclosure: I 63, but, these guys act like their 90.
 
2014-03-05 06:55:42 PM  
No curling in the farking squat rack.

No curling in the farking squat rack.
 
2014-03-05 06:56:25 PM  

El Dudereno: The only time I ever gave someone unsolicited advice at a gym was telling a kid who was new to the whole weightlifting thing how to do a proper squat. Probably saved him a lot of pain.


Care to share for the rest of us?

/That and lunges.  Stupid things only hurt my toes.
 
2014-03-05 06:56:28 PM  
I don't give a shiat about your form. Just clean your machine after you use it and don't be a dick. And don't talk to me. And if you are a pretty girl, I apologize if I oogle you too indiscreetly.
 
2014-03-05 06:58:37 PM  

balki1867: 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)


This is about the only "problem" I have at the gym.
 
2014-03-05 07:00:02 PM  

El Dudereno: Jster422: TacoBeelzebub: 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.

Entirely that.

So many people talk about how being judged/watched/whatever by other people is the main reason that they don't join a gym - and it is the guys like that that are causing it.  Most of the people there are content to mind their own business, and the rest know the cardinal rule - there is No Good Way to give unsolicited advice.  Even if you're right, and your guidance would solve every problem in the world for this other person - you keep it to yourself.

The only time I ever gave someone unsolicited advice at a gym was telling a kid who was new to the whole weightlifting thing how to do a proper squat. Probably saved him a lot of pain.
Someone who worked there probably should have done it instead, but the trainer just walked by him on his way somewhere else.


Oh yeah, I have no problem if someone sees that I'm using a machine incorrectly and tells me the correct way to use it or something like that.  You were actually the Fount of USEFUL Information for that kid. :-)
 
2014-03-05 07:00:19 PM  

Nix Nightbird: The most annoying thing is people who feel the need to constantly remind others-- by way of writing articles, for example-- that they go to the gym.

/Goes to workout room sometimes
//Doesn't make a religion or other addiction out of it.


Being fit is an interest to some people....who then write or read articles about it

Sorry to like things you don't like
 
2014-03-05 07:00:27 PM  

mjohnson71: balki1867: 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)

This is about the only "problem" I have at the gym.


Yep. And the dumbell rack. I resort it every trip I think.

But fark it, gives me something to do during rest.
 
2014-03-05 07:01:04 PM  

meyerkev: /That and lunges.  Stupid things only hurt my toes.


Squats:
Keep your weight on your heels or the balls of your feet, but never your toes.
Don't let you knees get in front of your toes

Lunges:
For your front foot, keep your weight on your heels or ball of your foot, but never your toes.
Don't let your front knee get in front of your front toe
 
2014-03-05 07:01:48 PM  

balki1867: meyerkev: /That and lunges.  Stupid things only hurt my toes.

Squats:
Keep your weight on your heels or the balls of your feet, but never your toes.
Don't let you knees get in front of your toes

Lunges:
For your front foot, keep your weight on your heels or ball of your foot, but never your toes.
Don't let your front knee get in front of your front toe


That works.  Thanks.
 
2014-03-05 07:03:55 PM  

TomD9938: 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.


It's not whether or not someone'll "be fine", it's the smell.  I'd give you the same look if you were standing near the entrance ripping off a series of farts.
 
2014-03-05 07:04:08 PM  
vudu's free gym:

1 Buck up and maul split and stack 12 cords of wood every year.
2 Move the stack 1/2 cord at a time from wood shed to basement
3 Move stack, one rack full at a time each week to room with wood
4 Haul ashes outside
5 Snowblow 1/4 mile of steep driveway once a week doing 8 passes, and the turnaround
6 Mow 2 acres of yard and rake trimmings and haul to bank all summer after raking wood chips up
7 Park far from entrances to shopping destinations and walk.
8 Walk to berry bushes and pick and walk home
9 Weed garden daily
10 Shovel out mailbox in winter
11 Walk the 2 miles to the store on nice summer evenings to get a cold iced tea
12 Bike to waterfall on hot days and swim
13 Learn how to make a rope bridle on the fly and help neighbors round up stray livestock, horses at night.
14 Weed yard by hand and mulch those bad boys.
15 Climb ladder to roof on clear nights to watch shooting stars.
16 Help kids chase firefllies and put in jars with holes in lids
17 Take the stairs to another floor to use the bathroom at work.

No dues. Fresh air. And the only time you might see some dude's junk is if you gave a pal some beer to help you out and he pees in your yard.

Country club membership has its privileges.
 
2014-03-05 07:04:49 PM  
Gime? What's a gime? Ohhh.... a gime! ...
 
2014-03-05 07:06:57 PM  

meyerkev: balki1867: meyerkev: /That and lunges.  Stupid things only hurt my toes.

Squats:
Keep your weight on your heels or the balls of your feet, but never your toes.
Don't let you knees get in front of your toes

Lunges:
For your front foot, keep your weight on your heels or ball of your foot, but never your toes.
Don't let your front knee get in front of your front toe

That works.  Thanks.


There are a lot of helpful YouTube videos showing proper form for different lifts/movements. My favorite is a woman in yoga pants demonstrating a deadlift. I'd link, but I'm on my phone.
 
2014-03-05 07:07:11 PM  

meyerkev: 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...


Muscle to fat conversion? What alchemy have you bought into? You can lose muscle, and gain fat, but they don't convert.
 
2014-03-05 07:07:49 PM  

Vector R: I hover over a machine if it's one of my preferred ones and stupid muggles are just standing on it instead of using it. Put your phone in your locker, too.

Speaking of lockers, there are hundreds in the locker room to choose from that aren't close to mine. I want to change without you all up my ass. No, I'm not going to stand and wait until you're done. People who don't use locks deserve to have their shiat stolen, too.

Also, sadly not touched on by the article, but two massive peeves:

1) When you get into my lane in the pool, number one, dangle your legs in the water instead of jumping right in. When I see your legs when I go to turn, I know you want to get in, and we can quickly coordinate. When you jump right in, I may run into you or have the crap scared out of me when I have to do a full emergency stop to avoid running into you.

2) YOU ARE NOT DOING FLY OR BUTTERFLY AFTER GETTING INTO MY LANE, YOU FILTHY ABUSIVE MUGGLE.


That's a good point. One time last year my wife and I were sharing a lane and in the middle of my lap I almost ran head-first into some guy who had decided to join us by just jumping and starting to swim down the center of the lane. WTF, man?
 
2014-03-05 07:08:13 PM  
I've joined a gym twice in my life.

The first time I quit because of a combination of #8 and #11, usually with #8 causing #11.  I just wanted to be left the fark alone when doing my workout.  One time I literally had to get a staff member to remove a guy because he wouldn't stop giving "advice" after numerous attempts at telling him to fark off.

The 2nd time was explicitly due to #6.  I switched gyms (closer, cheaper, and a much better facility) and there was this group of literally 30 guys who'd always come in the same time I did who would literally hang out in the locker room in the buff for 30 minutes, work out for 25-30 minutes, then go back in the locker room, strip off, talk about whatever, and then leave after 30-45 MORE minutes.  After about the 5th time of that, I said fark it.
 
2014-03-05 07:11:11 PM  

Shazam999: 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.


I believe your mom self identifies as female.
 
2014-03-05 07:16:04 PM  

Russ1642: Muscle to fat conversion? What alchemy have you bought into? You can lose muscle, and gain fat, but they don't convert.


Muscle is denser than fat*.

So if you stay the same weight, and lose a bunch of muscle, that turns into fat, and you get huge.

And since those guys were pretty big to begin with, AND were doing a bunch of working out...

*Or I really need to get to the doctor right now.  See "Up 5 pounds, down 2 shirt sizes".
 
2014-03-05 07:19:09 PM  
#3: Going thirty minutes on a treadmill is boring! I would appreciate someone to talk to while I did it.

#6:
i.huffpost.com

Why would you have vinyl seats in a locker room?

As for everything else, I have an acquaintance who is a personal trainer, and he's complained about the "summer chickens" doing three out of every four things on that list, so it seems eerily familiar.
 
2014-03-05 07:19:47 PM  
I don't like it when it's used as a meet market.  I'm looking at you my ex-wife (twice that I know of).
 
2014-03-05 07:22:10 PM  

TacoBeelzebub: El Dudereno: Jster422: TacoBeelzebub: 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.

Entirely that.

So many people talk about how being judged/watched/whatever by other people is the main reason that they don't join a gym - and it is the guys like that that are causing it.  Most of the people there are content to mind their own business, and the rest know the cardinal rule - there is No Good Way to give unsolicited advice.  Even if you're right, and your guidance would solve every problem in the world for this other person - you keep it to yourself.

The only time I ever gave someone unsolicited advice at a gym was telling a kid who was new to the whole weightlifting thing how to do a proper squat. Probably saved him a lot of pain.
Someone who worked there probably should have done it instead, but the trainer just walked by him on his way somewhere else.

Oh yeah, I have no problem if someone sees that I'm using a machine incorrectly and tells me the correct way to use it or something like that.  You were actually the Fount of USEFUL Information for that kid. :-)


Yeah, it's only happened to me once.  A guy came up and told me my form was wrong, and he was right.  Sometimes you don't realize that you're doing it wrong.
 
2014-03-05 07:23:17 PM  

LoneWolf343: #3: Going thirty minutes on a treadmill is boring! I would appreciate someone to talk to while I did it.

#6:
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Why would you have vinyl seats in a locker room?

As for everything else, I have an acquaintance who is a personal trainer, and he's complained about the "summer chickens" doing three out of every four things on that list, so it seems eerily familiar.


My gym's locker room has vinyl seats.  Naked men like to sit on them.
 
2014-03-05 07:24:23 PM  
People who don't use locks on the lockers are way more annoying. Now I gotta go through 15 lockers full of purses and clothing before I find one that is empty because you're "trusting". It's insulting that they think I won't steal their stuff.
 
2014-03-05 07:24:41 PM  

Mugato: Shazam999: 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.

I believe your mom self identifies as female.


Papa?
 
2014-03-05 07:25:26 PM  

riverwalk barfly: I don't like it when it's used as a meet market.  I'm looking at you my ex-wife (twice that I know of).


3. Sorry about that.
 
2014-03-05 07:30:28 PM  

strife: 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.


eil.com
 
2014-03-05 07:33:03 PM  

balki1867: 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)


I'm not familiar with all the steps of P90X, but if it's an exercise they can do in various areas of the gym, why should they only get to do it during certain hours?  How does it screw with everyone else for them to do it in the non-group space when it's just one person doing it?
 
2014-03-05 07:34:59 PM  

Vector R: I hover over a machine if it's one of my preferred ones and stupid muggles are just standing on it instead of using it. Put your phone in your locker, too.

Speaking of lockers, there are hundreds in the locker room to choose from that aren't close to mine. I want to change without you all up my ass. No, I'm not going to stand and wait until you're done. People who don't use locks deserve to have their shiat stolen, too.

Also, sadly not touched on by the article, but two massive peeves:

1) When you get into my lane in the pool, number one, dangle your legs in the water instead of jumping right in. When I see your legs when I go to turn, I know you want to get in, and we can quickly coordinate. When you jump right in, I may run into you or have the crap scared out of me when I have to do a full emergency stop to avoid running into you.

2) YOU ARE NOT DOING FLY OR BUTTERFLY AFTER GETTING INTO MY LANE, YOU FILTHY ABUSIVE MUGGLE.


No one deserves to get their shiat stolen.  Do you really prefer a situation where you have to lock everything down or any random person can take it?

Maybe the reality is that people who don't lock shiat up get their shiat stolen.  That doesn't mean they deserve it.  The thieves are still wrong.
 
2014-03-05 07:38:28 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.


img.fark.net

Have you ever seen a grown man naked
 
2014-03-05 07:40:03 PM  
Two words........Sweaty  Nutsack
 
2014-03-05 07:46:46 PM  

BluVeinThrobber: Two words........Sweaty  Nutsack


Tried cornstartch, all it did was make gravy
 
2014-03-05 07:47:06 PM  

balki1867: 3) The guy at my gym who brings his laptop and does his P90X workout in the main area.


People do that?

I've done the p90x routines at the gym but I just print the workout.
 
2014-03-05 07:47:12 PM  

vudukungfu: vudu's free gym:

1 Buck up and maul split and stack 12 cords of wood every year.
2 Move the stack 1/2 cord at a time from wood shed to basement
3 Move stack, one rack full at a time each week to room with wood
4 Haul ashes outside
5 Snowblow 1/4 mile of steep driveway once a week doing 8 passes, and the turnaround
6 Mow 2 acres of yard and rake trimmings and haul to bank all summer after raking wood chips up
7 Park far from entrances to shopping destinations and walk.
8 Walk to berry bushes and pick and walk home
9 Weed garden daily
10 Shovel out mailbox in winter
11 Walk the 2 miles to the store on nice summer evenings to get a cold iced tea
12 Bike to waterfall on hot days and swim
13 Learn how to make a rope bridle on the fly and help neighbors round up stray livestock, horses at night.
14 Weed yard by hand and mulch those bad boys.
15 Climb ladder to roof on clear nights to watch shooting stars.
16 Help kids chase firefllies and put in jars with holes in lids
17 Take the stairs to another floor to use the bathroom at work.

No dues. Fresh air. And the only time you might see some dude's junk is if you gave a pal some beer to help you out and he pees in your yard.

Country club membership has its privileges.


Can I push a truck a few miles per day to?
 
2014-03-05 07:48:45 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: No curling in the farking squat rack.

No curling in the farking squat rack.


sphotos-a.ak.fbcdn.net
 
2014-03-05 07:59:14 PM  

balki1867: meyerkev: /That and lunges.  Stupid things only hurt my toes.

Squats:
Keep your weight on your heels or the balls of your feet, but never your toes.
Don't let you knees get in front of your toes

Lunges:
For your front foot, keep your weight on your heels or ball of your foot, but never your toes.
Don't let your front knee get in front of your front toe


Meyerkev argued he was fat because it was impossible to work out at home.

His comments in thus thread should be dismissed in their entirety.
 
2014-03-05 08:00:29 PM  

ami5000: People who don't use locks on the lockers are way more annoying. Now I gotta go through 15 lockers full of purses and clothing before I find one that is empty because you're "trusting". It's insulting that they think I won't steal their stuff.


Go to the dollar store and buy some padlocks.  Make note of the lockers with clothes in them, but are not locked.  On the way out, place dollar store lock on said lockers.  The gym usually has a pair of bolt cutters to remove locks, so they will still be able to get their stuff out.  You spend a dollar and they experience some serious anguish.  Fair trade.
 
2014-03-05 08:04:10 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: 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.


Sweating easily can be a sign of good health. No, I'm not talking about the John Candy in "Splash" sweating and jogging or otherwise exercising.  What I mean is that it is possible and even desirable to easily sweat, so long as your metabolism is raised in a healthy manner.

At the gym I drip so much people must hate it, but I am in (good enough) shape, and I do wipe off the machines.

/not as good as shape as usual
//mmmmn junk food
///yes sweat as easily on strict dietary plans too
 
2014-03-05 08:04:12 PM  
I don't have a gym membership, per se, but I am taking a weight training class at my local college.  The only problem I have thus far is with two guys from a different class which has started using the same weight room as my class.  These two guys are part of what I've heard called "the hoo-rawf crowd."  They're the grunt-screamers, and they are annoying as all hell.  Especially when I can see their classmates who are lifting  more weight manage to get through a set without sounding like a painfully constipated moose.  Shut the fark up.  The primal screams are not necessary.
 
2014-03-05 08:05:25 PM  
This list does not have the most basic and most common offense.  Sitting on equipment in between sets or when you are not using it.

Yeah, you'll be using it again in a minute.  Great.  Get back on it in a minute.

Also, this is why TFA's point #7 is stupid.
 
2014-03-05 08:07:11 PM  

bikerific: This list does not have the most basic and most common offense.  Sitting on equipment in between sets or when you are not using it.

Yeah, you'll be using it again in a minute.  Great.  Get back on it in a minute.

Also, this is why TFA's point #7 is stupid.


I admit to babysitting equipment, sometimes by sitting at it. But I never refuse a sharing.
 
2014-03-05 08:07:19 PM  

timujin: TomD9938: 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.

It's not whether or not someone'll "be fine", it's the smell.  I'd give you the same look if you were standing near the entrance ripping off a series of farts.


I prefer to fart next to the guys that skip leg day.  Which is almost everybody.  It's like my ass is Chesty Puller in Korea.
 
2014-03-05 08:16:18 PM  

Aestatis: I'm not familiar with all the steps of P90X, but if it's an exercise they can do in various areas of the gym, why should they only get to do it during certain hours?  How does it screw with everyone else for them to do it in the non-group space when it's just one person doing it?


I work out in a pretty small gym where the common spaces are pretty tight.  There isn't really a spot in my gym where you can set up your own equipment and work out for 45-60 minutes (unless you're in the group exercise room).

If you want to put down a mat and do ab work that's not a big deal-- people can step into the machines between your sets and it's not holy hell if someone accidentally steps on your mat. This guy, however, set up some rope ladder thing and his laptop at 6pm on a weekday so that nobody could use two pieces of equipment near him for the entire time.

In his defense he really did try to be out of the way but common sense should prevail in that situation and he shouldn't be trying to monopolize space during peak hours.
 
2014-03-05 08:20:39 PM  
Still waiting for a link to a site that will teach me "One weird trick that will shave 26 minutes off your trip to the gym."
 
2014-03-05 08:23:17 PM  

MustangFive: Still waiting for a link to a site that will teach me "One weird trick that will shave 26 minutes off your trip to the gym."


Go to the local Pub
 
2014-03-05 08:25:19 PM  
My pet peeves...
1.dont curl in the squat rack
2.if you dont have a minimum of 3 plates, dont grunt like your passing a stone
3.dont sit on the bench and text
4.put your chiat back when you're done
5.if your wearing a sports bra, im gonna stare
6.head to toe under armour is for sponsored athletes, not douche bags who are just there to check in on FB

/26minutes is up
 
2014-03-05 08:44:35 PM  

teenage mutant ninja rapist: Can I push a truck a few miles per day to?


you want the VFW work out.
you go to the VFW and dance with the gals
we call that "pushing the trucks around"
 
2014-03-05 08:45:29 PM  

akuma976: My pet peeves...
1.dont curl in the squat rack
2.if you dont have a minimum of 3 plates, dont grunt like your passing a stone
3.dont sit on the bench and text
4.put your chiat back when you're done
5.if your wearing a sports bra, im gonna stare
6.head to toe under armour is for sponsored athletes, not douche bags who are just there to check in on FB

/26minutes is up


Grunting aids in tightening the core.

I will never be worlds strongest man material, but I will still vocally exhale.

Go f yourself.
 
2014-03-05 08:48:05 PM  
Fyo if grunting useful then all should partake.

If not the no man should.

So at the very least your three plates cutoff is stupid.
 
2014-03-05 08:51:35 PM  

Saul Goodman: 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.


Gawd, so much this.
I want to do 10 reps on the fly machine. There is only one of them at my planet fatness. I them move on and do another machine, repeat. People do their reps and then farking SIT THERE for 5 minutes, waiting to do their next set AHHHHHH! Also, am I bad I'd I don't wipe the machines? I'm not sweating.I'm not wet.I'm not leaving any moisture behind.
 
2014-03-05 08:54:30 PM  
Grunting is not needed.

Is it ironic that the grunters are doing so because of an old wives tale?

howstylishclinteastwood.jpg
 
2014-03-05 08:58:24 PM  

jbrooks544: Saul Goodman: 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.

Gawd, so much this.
I want to do 10 reps on the fly machine. There is only one of them at my planet fatness. I them move on and do another machine, repeat. People do their reps and then farking SIT THERE for 5 minutes, waiting to do their next set AHHHHHH! Also, am I bad I'd I don't wipe the machines? I'm not sweating.I'm not wet.I'm not leaving any moisture behind.


Fly machine is garbage.
 
2014-03-05 08:59:41 PM  
Funny that's this article came up. Just got back from the gym. Wanted to do some squats in the cage, but some meathead was taking his time there. I just went and worked out on four other machines, came back around and the stupid gorilla was still there, now talking to his muscle-bros. Another 10 minutes, and Mr. No-Neck finally left and I was able to do some squats.
 
2014-03-05 08:59:47 PM  

Smackledorfer: akuma976: My pet peeves...
1.dont curl in the squat rack
2.if you dont have a minimum of 3 plates, dont grunt like your passing a stone
3.dont sit on the bench and text
4.put your chiat back when you're done
5.if your wearing a sports bra, im gonna stare
6.head to toe under armour is for sponsored athletes, not douche bags who are just there to check in on FB

/26minutes is up

Grunting aids in tightening the core.

I will never be worlds strongest man material, but I will still vocally exhale.

Go f yourself.


Grunt and breathe to finish up a set, cool. But You dont need to sound like The Hulk on Taco Tuesday
 
2014-03-05 08:59:59 PM  
[Clarification]OK, It's like this: an honest grunt. A REAL grunt not and then is OK.

But not the, "Hey, I just got here. What's up, Tom? Hey, Jill!  *gets into leg machine*

"BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!

BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAhhhh!!!

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUhhhh!"

-at ear-piercing levels needs to be outlawed at the gym.

Not every lift is vengeance against imaginary marauders that killed your father(who is still alive and playing WoW) sowing the seeds of revenge on your epic quest.
 
2014-03-05 09:08:01 PM  

Smackledorfer: jbrooks544: Saul Goodman: 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.

Gawd, so much this.
I want to do 10 reps on the fly machine. There is only one of them at my planet fatness. I them move on and do another machine, repeat. People do their reps and then farking SIT THERE for 5 minutes, waiting to do their next set AHHHHHH! Also, am I bad I'd I don't wipe the machines? I'm not sweating.I'm not wet.I'm not leaving any moisture behind.

Fly machine is garbage.


No machine is garbage.  Most will never see it be much of a benefit but some might.  I use the leg abductor machines because riding bareback uses those muscles.  You shouldn't judge what's being used.
 
2014-03-05 09:09:27 PM  

Smackledorfer: jbrooks544: Saul Goodman: 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.

Gawd, so much this.
I want to do 10 reps on the fly machine. There is only one of them at my planet fatness. I them move on and do another machine, repeat. People do their reps and then farking SIT THERE for 5 minutes, waiting to do their next set AHHHHHH! Also, am I bad I'd I don't wipe the machines? I'm not sweating.I'm not wet.I'm not leaving any moisture behind.

Fly machine is garbage.


It is working great for me. The only way I can think to get the same angles would be to move a bench between the cables, but that would be a pain. The fly machine really works for me. I arch my back, so that my shoulders stay pinned to the back.
 
2014-03-05 09:09:45 PM  
What's his max?

/Big McLargehuge
 
2014-03-05 09:12:11 PM  

balki1867: Aestatis: I'm not familiar with all the steps of P90X, but if it's an exercise they can do in various areas of the gym, why should they only get to do it during certain hours?  How does it screw with everyone else for them to do it in the non-group space when it's just one person doing it?

I work out in a pretty small gym where the common spaces are pretty tight.  There isn't really a spot in my gym where you can set up your own equipment and work out for 45-60 minutes (unless you're in the group exercise room).

If you want to put down a mat and do ab work that's not a big deal-- people can step into the machines between your sets and it's not holy hell if someone accidentally steps on your mat. This guy, however, set up some rope ladder thing and his laptop at 6pm on a weekday so that nobody could use two pieces of equipment near him for the entire time.

In his defense he really did try to be out of the way but common sense should prevail in that situation and he shouldn't be trying to monopolize space during peak hours.


Honestly, this shouldn't be an issue.  The gym workers should be stepping in and telling him "No" if he's blocking access.  I've only been a member a couple places, and this issue hasn't arisen when I was there, but I may have just been lucky.

It really just sounds like gyms need to enforce a courtesy process, and let their members know when that isn't working.  It shouldn't be up to peak-p90x guy to guess how big a deal it is at different times of day.
 
2014-03-05 09:26:31 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: timujin: TomD9938: 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.

It's not whether or not someone'll "be fine", it's the smell.  I'd give you the same look if you were standing near the entrance ripping off a series of farts.

I prefer to fart next to the guys that skip leg day.  Which is almost everybody.  It's like my ass is Chesty Puller in Korea.


A upper body day and then a lower body day - never skip.  I keep a book, so I know what day is what.
 
2014-03-05 09:40:02 PM  
Oh the thing I hate that's not listed: throwing/dropping your weights. You don't need to drop 300lbs every time you deadlift, Hulkster. As far as I know, there's no benefit to that as opposed to placing them back on the ground. You just make a loud ass crashing noise that's maybe even worse than your hernia grunting.
 
2014-03-05 09:40:48 PM  
Feh. These are concerns of rich, girly-men.  Rather than paying folks to maintain your landscaping, play with your kids, wash your cars, paint your house, replace the roof, etc. just do all that crap yourself and you probably won't need to pay for a gym membership.  You will end up with more money in your pocket all the way around.  Plus you won't have to deal with the sort of fruits that go to the gym.
 
2014-03-05 09:40:52 PM  
Look, about the cell-phone thing... mind your own damned business.  Sure, anyone talking while working is probably doing lighter sets than they absolutely have to, but if you're paying enough attention to other people to be annoyed they're on the phone then you're failing to focus on your own stuff to an extent that's probably dangerous to yourself and others.

Plus, if you're hating on people talking on a cell in a situation where they're very legitimately not interrupting anyone else and have nothing else to do, it's  you that's being the meddling dipshiat, not them.

walktoanarcade: Grunting is not needed.

Is it ironic that the grunters are doing so because of an old wives tale?

howstylishclinteastwood.jpg


Well, breath control is important, and it's usually going to be audible to some extent.

Being louder than necessary, though, is still kind of a dick move.
 
2014-03-05 09:45:42 PM  
Jim_Callahan:
Well, breath control is important, and it's usually going to be audible to some extent.

Being louder than necessary, though, is still kind of a dick move.


True, true. You know I'm railing against King Conan, not James or Keisha.
 
2014-03-05 10:22:32 PM  
I run and bike outside when the weather is decent and there is enough daylight, when there isn't I run and occasionally use stationary bike at my gym.  The gym has one of those 1/10th of a mile indoor tracks with a fairly wide walking lane and a skinny running lane, 3/4 of a lap there is no place inside or outside of the track to go.  Leading me to my biggest frustration(s):

Walkers that walk 3 people wide and have an arm or more into the running lane.

Walkers that pass other walkers by going into the running lane without checking behind them.  I've been passing them every x amount of time, after getting passed frequently you'd think maybe they'd realize they shouldn't step out into the running lane.

People (runners included) that finish up and stop or cross the running lane without looking.

In general, running indoors sucks, and I know there is limited space, but you are already walking, it doesn't take much effort to glance over your shoulder before stepping out into the fast lane.
 
2014-03-05 10:35:07 PM  

whosits_112: Oh the thing I hate that's not listed: throwing/dropping your weights. You don't need to drop 300lbs every time you deadlift, Hulkster. As far as I know, there's no benefit to that as opposed to placing them back on the ground. You just make a loud ass crashing noise that's maybe even worse than your hernia grunting.


When I deadlift, even if I drop the weight as carefully as I can, it makes quite the racket. Sorry.
 
2014-03-05 10:47:36 PM  

Smackledorfer: balki1867: 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.

You can easily write down the p90x workout too. You don't need the video.

I only use the video for the yoga at home.


Yep, that. Hell, I don't even have some of that stuff written down, I just remember the basic cycle (shoulder - bicep - tricep).

/Don't really follow the program, just do the DVDs in whatever order strikes me.
 
2014-03-05 10:48:01 PM  

Shazam999: whosits_112: Oh the thing I hate that's not listed: throwing/dropping your weights. You don't need to drop 300lbs every time you deadlift, Hulkster. As far as I know, there's no benefit to that as opposed to placing them back on the ground. You just make a loud ass crashing noise that's maybe even worse than your hernia grunting.

When I deadlift, even if I drop the weight as carefully as I can, it makes quite the racket. Sorry.


Well you at least careful about it. These guys just toss it down like it's a bag of rice.
 
2014-03-06 12:04:47 AM  

Vector R: I hover over a machine if it's one of my preferred ones and stupid muggles are just standing on it instead of using it. Put your phone in your locker, too.

Speaking of lockers, there are hundreds in the locker room to choose from that aren't close to mine. I want to change without you all up my ass. No, I'm not going to stand and wait until you're done. People who don't use locks deserve to have their shiat stolen, too.

Also, sadly not touched on by the article, but two massive peeves:

1) When you get into my lane in the pool, number one, dangle your legs in the water instead of jumping right in. When I see your legs when I go to turn, I know you want to get in, and we can quickly coordinate. When you jump right in, I may run into you or have the crap scared out of me when I have to do a full emergency stop to avoid running into you.

2) YOU ARE NOT DOING FLY OR BUTTERFLY AFTER GETTING INTO MY LANE, YOU FILTHY ABUSIVE MUGGLE.


You sound like a dick
 
2014-03-06 12:07:41 AM  

zimbomba63: 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.

Bingo!  We quit Lifetime, because our town's park district built a new facility and we save around $75 a month.  I go everyday, and the only thing I change is my shoes.  The locker room has always got old guys walking around with their junk hanging out.  I go home to take my shower, and I don't see why these mopes can't do the same, it not like they have anything else to farking do. They're not going back to the office.  If fact, if you watch them, they never break a sweat, anyway.

Disclosure: I 63, but, these guys act like their 90.


The isa perfectly good shower there. Why not clean yourself before getting back in your car?
 
2014-03-06 01:06:16 AM  
Wow

... men expecting others to believe their claims that they are neither stalkers nor male prostitutes nor their clients still pay money to go to commercial gyms?
 
2014-03-06 01:43:06 AM  
Wearing a sports bra to the gym sounds sexy and playful, until granny shows up and there's a shortage of eye bleach.

i62.tinypic.com

/actual photo from my local 24 Hour Fitness
/the place smells like sweaty man butt
/most Farkers in here sound like fat blobs who are jealous of people who workout
 
2014-03-06 08:43:55 AM  

Pocket Ninja: 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.


Don't know if it's already been mentioned but you forgot that each one of them would be a green light on Fark. Then they cycle would be complete.
 
2014-03-06 08:45:13 AM  

EmperorSled: Pocket Ninja: 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.

Don't know if it's already been mentioned but you forgot that each one of them would be a green light on Fark. Then they cycle would be complete.


Damn it. The one time in forever I don't use preview.
 
2014-03-06 11:55:05 AM  

StanTheMan: Wearing a sports bra to the gym sounds sexy and playful, until granny shows up and there's a shortage of eye bleach.



/actual photo from my local 24 Hour Fitness
/the place smells like sweaty man butt
/most Farkers in here sound like fat blobs who are jealous of people who workout


Wow, you're rude.
 
2014-03-06 01:16:12 PM  

Beeblebrox: The most annoying people at my gym, to be honest, are the racquetball regulars.


I thought that racquetball died out with the 80s business man. I'm pretty sure people stopped playing when scientists found that it causes Boneitis.
 
2014-03-06 01:27:38 PM  
Can we add jumping around on the 30-minute workout circuit and / or using it as a waiting area for the Zumba class, please? I mean, c'mon, this is not rocket surgery:

1. Pick an open station in the circle.
2. When the light turns green, exercise.
3. When the light turns red, move to the next station to your left (otherwise known as clockwise).
4. Later, rinse, repeat.

It's a red light, a green light, and a circle - we learned this in kindergarten!!! If you want longer reps than the green light allows, that SAME MACHINE is available on the general workout floor!!!
 
2014-03-06 02:37:03 PM  

12monkeys: Beeblebrox: The most annoying people at my gym, to be honest, are the racquetball regulars.

I thought that racquetball died out with the 80s business man. I'm pretty sure people stopped playing when scientists found that it causes Boneitis.


img3.wikia.nocookie.net

 
2014-03-06 03:42:02 PM  
Left out communicable foot diseases.

Seriously, how freaking hard is it to get someone with a mop and a 1-10 bleach solution to give the floor a once over?
 
2014-03-06 05:26:45 PM  

denverstevens: Can we add jumping around on the 30-minute workout circuit and / or using it as a waiting area for the Zumba class, please? I mean, c'mon, this is not rocket surgery:

1. Pick an open station in the circle.
2. When the light turns green, exercise.
3. When the light turns red, move to the next station to your left (otherwise known as clockwise).
4. Later, rinse, repeat.

It's a red light, a green light, and a circle - we learned this in kindergarten!!! If you want longer reps than the green light allows, that SAME MACHINE is available on the general workout floor!!!


Do you work out at a curves?
 
2014-03-06 06:50:06 PM  

StanTheMan: Wearing a sports bra to the gym sounds sexy and playful, until granny shows up and there's a shortage of eye bleach.

[i62.tinypic.com image 367x571]

/actual photo from my local 24 Hour Fitness
/the place smells like sweaty man butt
/most Farkers in here sound like fat blobs who are jealous of people who workout


How the fark do so many people walk like that?!  Really, all my life I have kept quiet on that one detail, but look at her gait and foot placement on her right.   I tried to walk like that once and I nearly fell over and I imagine anyone watching thought I had pooed my jeans.
 
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