Thursday, November 29, 2012

Gym Etiquette: 10 things you shouldn't be doing

Earlier this week, Deb from Aspiring Mum asked if I had written a post about gym etiquette. I couldn't believe I hadn't and I loved the idea. Thanks Deb.

Now, I am not the rule girl on all manners and I would love to have your input. Here are my ten 10 gym annoyances:
  1. Forgetting your towel. You are there to work up a sweat, it's great that you do but you need to wipe down the equipment. Even the handles
  2. Loud grunting when doing your reps. I haven't worked out if this is on purpose or not. I have been known to do a few heavy sets and I do not groan - EVER. You will be lucky to catch me grimacing
  3. Treadmills are like toilet cubicles. If you can, give people some space
  4. Spin/RPM classes. Put some resistance on your peddles else you'll be bouncing around like a handball. Bouncing bums are really distracting. Put on a little resistance and you'll stop the bouncing. Plus all that bouncing must hurt your lady bits
  5. Remove and/or replace weights to their correct home when you have finished with them
  6. In classes, moving AND STAYING in other peoples personal space. Classes can get crowded but we do need more than a postage stamped size area to whip out a roundhouse kick or some awesome Jam moves
  7. If you aren't Rhianna then don't singing really, really loudly to the class sound tracks. We can hear you
  8. Don't hog equipment if you aren't using it. Don't stand there chatting or just leave your towel hanging on it for 10 minutes
  9. Personal trainers you pay by the minute that spend your valuable time talking, peeing or eating. (In case my PT is reading this - I'm not talking about you)
  10. BO. This is really unpleasant. Gym, exercise, sweating, I know it can sometimes be hard to control the smell. But start clean and wear antiperspirant.
Or you can just avoid the gym and use my tips on how to look fit when you are not.

What a your biggest gym annoyances?

16 comments:

  1. Oh! Number 4! like we can't all tell that you have it on super easy and you aren't really as good as your fast spinning legs would like us to believe.... *coughs* yep, im fine here.

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  2. 10 reasons why I'm glad my group PT is at our trainers house and not in a gym. I can't stand gyms. But that might have been b/c all the time I've ever joined I've been overweight, unfit and self conscious.

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    1. It's a great idea to have PT at your house. I think many people are self-conscious when they first join a gym.

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  3. Love it! Another annoyance is people who faff about. They spend a few minutes on the equipment, but then leave their towel and other bits & pieces and go off and do who knows what. I don't think they actually work out - they just like to give the impression that they are gym junkies.(This may just be the same guy who didn't give me space on the treadmill...)

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    1. The hogging of the equipment is really annoying.

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  4. Oh I love the people who don't have any resistance on their bikes! They keep me entertained as they wobble and try to stay on the bike.

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  5. I'm not into the gym but according to my hubster, his pet annoyance is people who hog the equipment for AGES and shoot other potential users dirty looks as if to say "back off it's mine"!

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    1. This is so common. Just do your reps and get off. Rx

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  6. OMG the singing! People shouldn't do that anywhere, except maybe at home or at a karaoke bar. There's a girl seated near me in the office, always has earphones on and sings loudly. Drives me crazy.

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    1. It drives me crazy too. There was one person at my gym who was sooo loud

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  7. The towel is SO important. I mentally freak out at weirdos with no towels. Buy one for $2 at the desk!!

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  8. I haven't been to the gym in a long while, but my pet hates then where;

    1 Nudity in the bathroom. OK, you have showered, well done - put some clothes on and stop parading around nekkid. Really.
    2 Talking during yoga class. STFU, you are ruining my prana.
    4 Commenting on other peoples physiques. (OK mine.) Rude.
    3 When the gym continues to deduct money from my account after my membership has expired, despite many phone calls, and will only cancel my membership 'if I go down and discuss it with them' Looking at you, Fitness First!

    And I think we have discovered why I no longer refuent the gym!

    xx

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    1. Nudity in the bathroom can be a little confrontational if you don't expect it. I have never done the gym nudity thing.

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