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2014-03-05 05:28:13 PM
4 votes:

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 08:05:25 PM
3 votes:
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 06:55:42 PM
2 votes:
No curling in the farking squat rack.

No curling in the farking squat rack.
2014-03-05 05:55:25 PM
2 votes:

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 05:28:02 PM
2 votes:
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 05:13:39 PM
2 votes:

vernonFL: BuzzPost? HuffFeed? BuzzHuff?


FeedPost, it's where the cattle line up.
2014-03-05 04:49:14 PM
2 votes:
#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 04:28:29 PM
2 votes:
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 09:40:02 PM
1 votes:
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 08:59:59 PM
1 votes:
[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 08:54:30 PM
1 votes:
Grunting is not needed.

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

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2014-03-05 08:04:12 PM
1 votes:
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 08:04:10 PM
1 votes:

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 07:19:47 PM
1 votes:
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 07:07:49 PM
1 votes:

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 07:06:57 PM
1 votes:

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 07:04:08 PM
1 votes:
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 07:01:04 PM
1 votes:

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 06:58:37 PM
1 votes:

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 06:56:25 PM
1 votes:

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 06:54:46 PM
1 votes:

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 06:42:28 PM
1 votes:

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 06:41:11 PM
1 votes:

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 06:38:55 PM
1 votes:
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 06:25:13 PM
1 votes:
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 06:23:35 PM
1 votes:

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 06:21:30 PM
1 votes:
Having to leave my house is the best and worst part about gyms.
2014-03-05 06:21:26 PM
1 votes:
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 06:20:03 PM
1 votes:
Who the hell takes pictures in the gym?
2014-03-05 06:17:37 PM
1 votes:
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 06:15:08 PM
1 votes:

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 06:15:06 PM
1 votes:
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 06:01:20 PM
1 votes:
What BuzzHuff might look like.

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2014-03-05 05:26:11 PM
1 votes:
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 05:07:56 PM
1 votes:
stupid farksticks doing their P90X shiat move from machine to machine without wiping up after themselves.  makes me crazy.
2014-03-05 04:38:44 PM
1 votes:
BuzzPost? HuffFeed? BuzzHuff?
 
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