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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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