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I just need need need to vent. I think I am pretty courteous when at the gym, I wipe up my sweat, don't sit on machines for long periods of time, and pretty much keep to myself.

While I'm glad people are actually at the gym and making an effort...WHY???

Do people wipe down a machine BEFORE they use it, but NOT after???

I have been preoccupied (I know I should just ignore it) with this behavior. It's so arrogant and clearly rude. I feel compelled to say something to the next person that does this!

Tue. Jun 12, 12:52pm

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more amusing than irritating

There's this woman at my gym who carries around a roll of paper towels with her and one of the squirt bottles that they provide for cleaning the machines. There's only about 10 squirt bottles provided and probably 50 people in the gym at any given time so they're obviously not for everyone to carry around with them, but she for some reason feels the need to have it with her at all times. She sprays the whole machine down until its dripping, does her thing, and then douses it again. If you were to walk up to it without seeing her there you would have sworn some incredibly sweaty person was just sitting there.

Actually, another really funny thing I watched her do was try to jump rope with the elastic strength bands. I almost fell off the treadmill when I saw that. I was going to be nice and say something but she figured out pretty quickly that's not what they were for.

People make me laugh.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 1:24 PM

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Whats worse is the gym locker room-the only thing worse than sitting on a sweaty machine is sitting where there was a sweaty naked butt! I'm far from prude, but we could all benefit from a towel or two while we change ya think.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 1:41 PM

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LOL! I use 3 towels at the gym, I'm not a germaphob, but I want to stay clean and not gross people out.

small towel for working out, which I hang on to and use to sit on in the steam room...then in goes in the towel bin.

Large towels, one to dry off in and wrap up in...the other for my hair and later to sit on or stand on (the floors are always a little wet).

Why doesn't everyone do this? LOL!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 2:11 PM

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My gym has co-ed steem room and sauna.... it's so friggin nasty when men walk in wearing underpants and white ones at that...ewwy!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 2:41 PM

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People don't wipe their friggn' machines down after they use them!!!!!!!!!! So sweaty and nasty and I can't stand it. I also hate when you go to pick up some weights and they are wet from someone's sweat---kill me. So gross...The bathrooms are a petri-dish of germs and so germie that I just can't deal. I am by NO MEANS a germaphobe but for the love of God and all that is holy why, WHY do people not care about it? Lazy? Dirty? I don't get it and it drives me nuts.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 5:55 PM

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my complaints - in no particular order...

- when someone picks the machine RIGHT NEXT TO MINE when there are at least fifty others available

- when people stink - either from body odor or too much cologne/perfume

- when people try to chat with me when I'm exercising

- when people (in worse shape than me) give me unsolicited advice about how to do an exercise better.

- when men stare (I'm not anything special to look at, good or bad - seriously!)

- when people spray indiscriminately all around their machines, not paying attention to any people they may hit!

oh - I'm sure there's more...! : )

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 8:45 PM

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people who live in glass houses...

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 9:02 AM

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i am not too concerned with germs, but i do of course wipe down my machine. but there is this lady that i see now and then, and she is quite odd in my opinion.

she works out in one of those long-sleeved pants outfits made of black plastic or something (i guess for weight loss). she has this GIANT blonde weave (it has to be) and it is like to her butt. she wears it down and curled. and SO much makeup. she carries a tube of those Lysol anti bacterial wipes. She douses the machine she gets on before-hand, and then when she's done, she just wipes it off with her sweat towel. it's crazy! cracks me up!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 9:53 AM

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you all seem to have so much time to watch and judge and criticise others while working out! i am way too focused to notice most of the things you all are complaining about. maybe you're not getting enough of a workout if you keep paying attention to the flaws you find in others! as far as sweat on machines, you're in a public place where people are sweating and touching everything! you should expect to have to disinfect and sanitize yourself after a workout! think about all the things you touch on a regualr basis-doorknobs/handles, refrigerator doors, faucets, microwave handles, coffee pot handles at the convenience store, gas pump handles, all of these things are touched by many, many people all the time and i'll bet you've rarely sanitized after coming into contact with most of them. germs are part of participating in the outside world, a normal part of socialising.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 10:18 AM

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I can't stand gym bunnies !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 11:04 AM

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I think 10:18 is one of the sweaty people who doesn't wipe down the machines. Wasn't that on a seinfeld episode?

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 11:47 AM

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what a nonsense deduction! why on earth would you assume that i am one of those people? because i expect there to be germs on publicly accessed gym equipment? while i am focused on my workout and not on other gym members, i am also considerate of people who will use the machines after me. thanks for the laugh, 11:47 !!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 12:02 PM

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10:18 You don't get it, do you?

What people are saying is that, while they aren't germaphobes, they do expect people to clean up after themselves. As for people who go to the extreme of disinfecting every surface, that's another topic of debate. And re-read through the posts, you'll see that people who overly clean are actually the target of criticism. I think in general most of us are considerate and wish others were too. And who says you can't get a great workout in AND be observant? I'd like to see your physique, being that you are so focused you don't even notice anyone else? I tell you what, I run about 3-5 miles at an incline, followed up with circuit training either upper or lower and finish with another 30-40 minutes of strenous cardio, when I'm done, I'm soaked, but I clean up after myself, now if that's not focused and observant AND courteous, then I'm at a loss.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 12:26 PM

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you are soooo cool and modest at that! i hope i can be like you someday.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 12:29 PM

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10:18 Don't take things so seriously, I'm not trying to pick a fight. But I guess light sarcasm doesn't get translated in typing. I was just trying to lighten the mood back up on what was an amusing thread until you squashed it with your own judgements about us. You jump down our throats for making judgements but assume none of us are focused on getting fit and working out. I happen to love people watching and am able to give full focus to my workout while still looking at people around me. I mean how much effort does it take to focus on your workout when you're running and going nowhere? (Although as another funny gym side note, I saw someone once trip and go flying off the back of the machine like in that razor commercial) Maybe when I'm doing weights I don't notice so much.

I don't take issue so much with the fact that you pointed out that gyms are full of germs, but aren't you the least bit grossed out when some sweaty person doesn't have the curteousy to follow the gym rules and wipe the machine down?

Let's all just take a deep breath and return to our light hearted rants before this turns into yet another argumentative thread.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 12:34 PM

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this is 12:34, I am the 11:47 poster

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 12:35 PM

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1018 here

hey, 1147, i got the joke. i thanked you for the laugh! i really don't take seriously most things in chat areas. i guess i am the type that totally blocks out the things going on around me in the gym. i don't mean to imply that i'm some uber-fit workout madwoman, i just focus on the exercise i'm engaged in. i think i learned that from denise austin...isn't that like isometrics? as far as others not wiping down the machines, i wipe a machine every time before i use it and after, i'm pretty sure. i don't overlook the wipe-down on purpose, but sometimes the endorphins might get the better of me, oops!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 12:47 PM

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LOL 8:45p - I've been sprayed many times by indiscriminate sprayers!

I'm peeved by people staking out large amounts of real estate at the gym - draping their towels over one bench, putting their water bottle on the incline bench all while using the ball NEXT TO the benches. Out of courtesy I asked a woman, "Are you using this (unused!) bench?" She quickly moved over from what she was doing and said, 'Yes.' Then she moved both benches together as if to say, "MINE!" Grrrrr.....

I'm also peeved by cell phone users!!! This may be an age thing (I'm old), but it really annoys me, especially if I can hear the conversation.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 1:22 PM

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Hey aren't these the kind of issues that were pointed out in the whole gym bunny thing, before everyone went postal on the OP ?

Respect for one's fellow gym goers is what it comes down to.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 4:49 PM

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as stated by the above poster, it comes down to respect. also comes down to finding SOMETHING to entertain us at the gym while we run, bike, and step absolutely nowhere. i mean really - if you forget headphones or a magazine, you NEED incredibly odd people to watch and laugh at during your workout. without people who just don't "get" the rules, what else would we do? stare at the wall? watch the heart rate monitor vary from 140-150 for an hour? please! we need some entertainment. i'm sure i've been the subject of someone else's entertainment by something stupid i've done, but i don't really care.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 5:50 PM

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my favorite thing to watch while i am running on the treadmill is the prospective new gym members getting a tour of the gym! there are all kinds of people! today, I swear two strippers came in! I'm talking bright, tight capris, silver stilletos, big hair, the works! it looked like they were going out for a night on the town (or the stage) and it was only 5pm. boy did heads turn!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 9:40 PM

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I workout at my apt gym and it drives me nuts when people bring their kids with them. I dont mind kids at all but they play on all the machines which is not safe by any means and when there are only 6 machines it is already crowded enough without having to ask some 5 year old if you can use the machine they are on :)

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 4:15 AM

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This is a place to vent about gyms, if you don't like it you don't have to read

No one here is being horribly serious, I think people are just noticing humerous things around them when they work out. Sometimes it is ok to vent about stuff, we are all human, we all need a forum to vent. The thread clearly stated that it was going to be a place where people were going to vent about the gym. If there are people who don't like that they are doing it, they need to find another place to post. I am not trying to be rude, but I find it funny when people go into a community that says it is going to talk about something specific and then someone comes in and gets annoyed about it. I read all of what people posted and I think it is so funny because when I have belonged to gyms in the past I have seen these people!!! HA!!!!! Ellen from Chattanooga.

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 7:33 AM

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People know this is a forum where people are going to talk about things that are funny or just a little off at their gyms, if others don't like it or find it offensive, they need to find another forum. I love when people do that, I see it all the time. Like they will find a forum that is about a subject and they will get upset about it. I think, wow, you knew this was going to be that type of forum and so why did you choose to enter.

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 7:36 AM

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Some people just want the fight

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 8:11 AM

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i thought this was about gym pet peeves, not thread etiquette?

i watch people in the gym who look like they know what they are doing, taking their heart rate and writing notes. i prefer to be inspired rather than try to find "entertainment". i agree that children should have NO access unless it's a special type of family gym. and it is clearly stated at my gym, all over the place in fact, that cell phones are not allowed to be used anywhere in the facility. i was told this new rule was due to so many cell phones having cameras built into them and the gym was concerned about invasion of privacy issues and / or candid locker room shots. i would complqain about the use of cell phones if i were you.

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 9:13 AM

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Cell phones out of the locker rooms - yes, but cell phones in the gym (not being used) may be required for someone who has kids that might need to get in touch with Mom or Dad.

Kids in the gym - no way! Even though it has a babysitting facility it doesn't stop the rats from climbing all over the equipment.

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 9:39 AM

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so what did families do before cell phones? and what about those without a cell phone? if there was some sort of emergency, the parents can be reached by the front desk at the gym. people can still take pictures of others in the gym area if cell phones are permitted, and i can't go for that!

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 9:45 AM

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...the one thing that really bothered me was...

when i was dripping sweat and a lady who was walking at about 3.2mph (tops) who appeared to be reading moved the fan (at my gym we have fans everywhere) from pointing at me and the other chick who was sweating her brains out.

and pointed it at her self..

sure she asked...but what was i gonna say "I"m sweating more and pushing myself more"

I was almost done anyway.

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 10:14 AM

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I hate the trannie who uses the ladies' locker room.
Management swears it is a woman as far as they're concerned, but a bad wig and lipstick do not supercede the large hairy hands, deep voice, lack of breasts/bra, veiny arms, masculine tatts, etc.

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 12:22 PM

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if someone asked me if they could turn the fan onto themself and do i mind, if i did, i would say so. i mean, the lady asked for a reason. you can still be polite by saying, "actually, i'm working pretty hard myself and i am enjoying the fan. thanks for asking!"

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 12:44 PM

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The worst for me is the "cute" women that decide to work out in the TINIEST shorts they could find (behind cleavage = nasty) and the tiniest tank top they could find.

a) We don't want to see what you ate for lunch
b) Who goes to the gym to pick up guys?
c) Although not really a good reason NOT to do it, it makes people a little more self consious, since a lot of people there DON'T have that type of body.

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 1:03 PM

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I think that dressing sexy at the gym helps some people stay motivated. For example if you've lost a lot of weight and you can wear something a little sexy and walk by the mirror and think "wow I look good". It is not about other people, it's about you. I'm sorry to hear it makes other people feel bad. Usually I look at those women and think I'll be really happy if I can help my body look that good.

As for what annoys me. I'm working out on a ball, in front of the mirror to make sure my form is ok and people walk in front of me and stay there to lift weights - find your own space. 2nd as to a previous comment - if I'm using a weight bench to do part of my routine - and I've laid my stuff on it - people who come to the gym after me should not take over the bench just because they are using it the whole time. Not when there are others available.

Thanks for the space to vent everyone :)

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 7:38 PM

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We have a spray fanatic as well...she doesn't usually bother me save for when I have to wait to use one of the circuit machines. She takes as much as, if not more, time to casually stroll over to the spray, retrieve it, wipe the machine, and return the spray before she comes back to use the machine as she does when she actually uses it. She then repeats the whole process after she's done. Fortunately, we don't seem to work the same sections of our body on the same day too often. It was funny, however, when someone thought she was done with the machine and hopped on before the spray lady had done her set. She was not pleased!

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 10:44 PM

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1.03 commenter back.

I don't mean sexy like a slightly tighter pair of shorts XD If that was all it was, it would be all well and good. I mean shorts so short that butt cheeks are hanging out and tight tanks without bras underneath =(

Friday, June 15, 2007, 1:17 AM

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cell phones are sooooo not allowed at my gym. they are looked upon as a form of contraband.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 9:43 AM

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it drives me crazy when i'm into a tv show while doing my cardio and someone just walks up and changes the channel without asking anyone around if they're watching it.

(premonition- someone is going to flame me for getting into a tv show while working out.) ;o)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 2:03 PM

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to the above poster

you shouldn't be watching tv. you should be concentrating on your workout.

Hahaha...i wanted to say more, but i had no reason as to why you should not watch tv, as i do it to. It helps me not think about how much longer until its over.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 2:54 PM

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have you ever responded to the channel changing? "excuse me, but i was watching the show you just changed."

Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 3:07 PM

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tee hee 2:54 ;o)

watching tv makes the time go by so much faster doesn't it? especially when i'm sweating my brains out knowing i have 20 minutes or more left to go... i can fixate on the show i'm watching instead of how painful my workout is!

i've almost said something a few times to the channel changers but i figure there's bigger battles to pick, but one of these days i'm sure i'll be in a particular mood and let em have it... in a completely passive agressive way of course! ;o)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 3:44 PM

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that's why i work out at home

or, take pure trim

i DON'T like to pick up things--
gyms are full of germs

i don't blame you at all for being mad --
i couldn't keep going to the gym,
since, i started to develop a phobia,
about catching someone else's kooties


Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 7:51 PM

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ew gym kooties!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 7:56 PM

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The old guy that is there just trying to be social, because he doesn't have anyone to talk to. Ok, that sounds really harsh, but I don't feel like entertaining or attempting to have a conversation with someone who is older than my grandpa, especially when he comments on how good I'm looking. At first, it's cute and nice, but it's gotten kind of creepy now...

Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 8:21 PM

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gym pet peeves

My biggest pet peeves in the gym:

1) cell phones: I understand you may need a kid to reach or whatever but for those people who talk about nothing on their cell phones while working out are pathetic. You come to the gym to workout not talk on the phone. If it's important take it outside.

2) those who don't wipe the machines. I wipe before I use one and after.

3) People next to you with their earphones so loud you can hear them 2 machines away.

4) when the staff gets some kind of take out food and the scent wafts throughout the gym. It's just wrong.

5) the person on the elliptical (or other machine) who is sweating profusely and it's going everywhere and they don't have any type of towel to wipe themselves off.

Wow, I have a lot of issues at the gym. I'm glad I just go in and do my thing and get out as quickly as possible.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 8:38 PM

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i have no problems w/ sweaty non-wipers or cellphone yakkers at my gym. but my pet peeve is the gym mirrors make me look about 20 lbs heavier than my mirror at home...

Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 8:43 PM

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i forgot about the trainers and their fast food and dairy queen blizzards! how about set a good example guys!!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 9:12 PM

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Our gym has actually put out candy for patrons on special ocassion days. Seriously, if you can't escape it at the gym, where do you go????

Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 4:11 PM

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I am definitely not a fan of mirror hogs!!!

I also can't stand when guys see me lifting my heavy weights and then they try to outdo me and lift heavier....I think it's stupid...I don't know why it's such a hassle for a female to be able to lift as much as a man!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 4:21 PM

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how about the guys who *grunt* when they're lifting?

Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 10:00 PM

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Grunt when lifting is annoying, especially since those same meathead wannabes clank the weights a lot.

I've got the ultimate grunter at my gym - on a par with Monica Seles, but the kicker is he's only on a freaking elliptical! Dear god, this same ridiculous man also cheers himself on for the last 5 minutes of his stint on the machine in a way that sounds an awful lot like wake-the-neighbors sex: "oh yeah! that's it! go go go, almost there baby! yeah, that's what I'm talking about, bring it home!"

Thursday, June 21, 2007, 1:18 AM

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i understand the need to vent, and i share the need, so i'm going to vent a little. some of these posts are so mean-spirited! some sound totally self-consumed and without an appreciation for others' efforts and achievements. if the same behaviour, of which you are out of control, bothers you time and again, can you shift your perspective on it a little? instead of correlating the man's grunts at the end of his workout with sex-sounds, remind yourself that his grunting is propelling him onward towards his gaol. imagine that just a couple months ago this guy was in a wheelchair and now look how far he's come.

while reading this thread, as i got closer to the bottom i felt a lot of negativity suddenly. some posts are funny and express annoyances, and i enjoy those kind. but some are just mean.

anyway, i get aggravated when the people who work at the gym give me a sad-puppy-dog-eyes glance after i've worked out and am putting my exercise chart back in the file. sort of a look like, "awww. you're done? good job! maybe you'll go longer next time..." of course, it's my own voice i'm hearing, but the looks sometimes say more than words.

Thursday, June 21, 2007, 8:59 AM

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The Bench In The Locker Room

I have a problem who just take over the bench in the change room. They finish their workout, they go into the change room, and proceed to empty the contents of their gym bag over the only bench in that area, and the worst is when they leave their smelly wet workout clothes on the bench while they go and shower. All I need is a corner to put my bag while I dig through to get what I want ten it goes back into the locker, or heaven forbid I actually would like to sit down to lace up my shoes / take them off.
Please, the locker room bench is not country that needs to be invaded to establish territory.

Thursday, June 28, 2007, 1:05 PM

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1:18-- Thank you for sharing the quote... Made me laugh so hard I almost spit out my water. Maybe the guy's advertising for a date... Like "If this is what I sound like on an elliptical, wait until you hear me in bed!"

Thursday, June 28, 2007, 2:44 PM

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1:18 - that is a good one :)

Thursday, June 28, 2007, 4:02 PM

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2:44- that should be on a t-shirt!

Thursday, June 28, 2007, 4:06 PM

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and the gym vending machines have nothing but garbage in them of course... who's thinking frosted honey bun after a spin class?

Thursday, June 28, 2007, 4:31 PM

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1) trainers who want everyone to buy their cardboard-tasting protein shakes

2) the guy/gal who stands at the front desk chit-chatting with the desk person, but blocks the card scanner so that i can't scan my card and get it.

3) people who primp in the locker room BEFORE the work-out.

4) ditto on the mirror hogs

5) people who don't return equipment.

and last but not least - a pool gripe - people who swim straight down the middle of the lane even though several other people are trying to share it.

Friday, June 29, 2007, 1:29 PM

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Hi I'm new here at PT. I gotta jump in on this one. My pet peeves at the gym I go to:

1. News shows on the TVs in the treadmill & elliptical area. I get bored easily. Can't they put on something a little more upbeat?
2. Trying to get some help from the staff without paying for a trainer.
3. Reserving the racquetball court like you're supposed to only to have people in there without reservations - and having to ask them to leave. It gets especially bad when they refuse. After the first couple of times I learned to be be much more firm in getting them out.

I don't have any experience with the weight machines, but I'm hoping to start soon. And hopefully I won't run into too much of the problems everyone here has! :)

Friday, July 13, 2007, 2:30 PM

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Gym Peeves

People whom talk on their cell-phones while exercising. I remember one patron carrying-on a conversation for about twenty minutes while riding a recumbant bike.

Saturday, July 21, 2007, 4:07 PM

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Hey! Excercising is boring, whats wrong with talking on the phone while you are doing it?

Saturday, July 21, 2007, 10:14 PM

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Oh my God does this EVER make for entertaining reading!

How about the women who show up wearing full makeup? Or gorgeous men with the "I am so hot strut"?

I much prefer friendly people who you encounter or train with. Here's a jokester of a trainer talking to me and my trainer as I ride the recument bike. Very short clip, Bally Total Fitness, Studio City.


Sunday, July 22, 2007, 7:21 PM

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Cell Phones

It would be IMPOSSIBLE to ban cell phones at my gym because half of the patrons are wannabe actors and 1/4 are real actors and 1/8 are usually in some media service or endeavor. The rest of us, well, just normal people.

I think it's an amazing feat to broker a television deal while training, as long as you use a hands-free device. What's funny I've seen actors (who you've probably seen on TV) reading scripts while on the cardio machines.

My chocolate phone doubles as my MP3 player :) It's great to do situps to Prince or Led Zeppelin, and it's true inspiration while doing sprints on a bike!

Sunday, July 22, 2007, 7:43 PM

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The cell phone really doesn't bother me, it is the perfume divas that kill me.

Sunday, July 22, 2007, 9:30 PM

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Only have one pet peeve - when the person next to me on the treadmill keeps looking at how fast I'm going and either, gloats b/c they are going faster or tries to catch up. The only person allowed to do this is my husband, and that's only b/c I do it to him!

Monday, July 23, 2007, 11:02 AM

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The nastiest of all

I finished my workout, walked into the women's change room rounded the corner to my locker only to almost walk into a woman naked ... not even a towel, bent over with her foot on the bench (so you can imagine for some poor unsuspecting soul to be confronted with a rather personal view of the female anatomy), AND she was clipping her toenails, which were leaping EVERYWHERE.


Friday, July 27, 2007, 5:21 PM

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ok, the toenail clipping might be gross, but the nudity shouldn't be a problem.

I mean, I'm going to shower nude, because that's how most people shower. I'm going to be naked when I put moisturizer on my body because I don't want to get it on underwear or my towel. I pretty much treat the changeroom as I treat my bedroom- keeping in mind that people need to have the space hygenic.

But if you don't like the view, look elsewhere...

Saturday, July 28, 2007, 12:20 AM

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12.20, I see your point...but at our gym they have curtains for the showers, which are relatively big enough so that you can moisturize and slip back into clothes in work out clothes ghoing in..come out fresh as a daisy..and clothed.

Nothing directed at anyone..but I wouldn't wnat people seeing ME naked. For their own sake.

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 12:58 AM

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No one has complained about the people who take really really long breaks between sets. Is it just me? I feel so frustrated when I look around the room and there are a whole bunch of people just sitting there! I have tried before to ask if I could squeeze in a quick set in between but I get the most mortified looks from people that it's hardly worth it. Ditto for people who socialize with their friends while sitting at a machine.

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 8:59 AM

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12:58- I'm not about to try and dry off, moisturize and change in a shower stall. I don't do that in my shower at home, I wouldn't do it at the gym. Besides that I wouldn't want to be standing on a wet spot when I try to get dressed, or that I doubt that they have a ledge to rest my foot on so I'm not bending down and banging my head on the wall in this little space, or a completely dry spot to keep my clothes and toiletry bag... Nope, God gave me this birthday suit, and sometimes it's the most practical thing to be wearing.

And I personally am not bothered by naked obese women in a locker room because a) it's a locker room- I expect grown women to ditch childhood modesty or shame, and b) if it ain't pretty, they're at least at the gym working on it, so no need to judge.

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 10:26 AM

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12.58 back.

"And I personally am not bothered by naked obese women in a locker room because a) it's a locker room- I expect grown women to ditch childhood modesty or shame, and b) if it ain't pretty, they're at least at the gym working on it, so no need to judge"

You just said it yourself. PERSONALLY. But, certain things are personal preferences, and you should have respect for everyone else there. I'm 17, and PERSONALLY find it kind of gross to see random women completely nude and stretching about in their birthday suits trying to get their legs into the right pant hole..not to mention jumping up and down and wiggling about trying to get into jeans when they're still a little damp. Since public nudity isn't something generally accepted by society, that preference should be respected. Just like nudist beachs have signs warning people who don't want to one should be forced to walk into a gym changing room and see a naked behind they were better off without.

No one's saying you should get changed under a tent...but a little modesty goes a reallllllyyy long way.

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 11:08 AM

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Yup, you're 17. A locker room is not public, therefore it's not public nudity. There's lots of things I find gross, but would never expect someone to behave in accordance with what I think is gross- I think eating mushrooms is disgusting, I think letting a 5 year old girl wear a haltertop and mini skirt is disgusting, and I think old men in speedos are disgusting. But, those are all things that people are entitled to do, and I would never expect anyone to change that because I find it disgusting.

There are places for modesty like business, family, religious atmospheres, etc. The gym locker room isn't one of those places.

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 1:13 PM

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A public locker room is public just like a public rest room is public...I mean everyone goes number 1 and should they get rid of the stalls as well?

Although they do that in Belgium....oh dear.

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 9:03 PM

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a gym limits it's access- you generally have to pay to get in. That whole "members only" thing differentiates it from public property. Just because the public is allowed access to a property doesn't make it public property. It is NOT the same as a public restroom.

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 10:25 PM

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Hey !! 12:20 here

It is not walking around nudity that I have a problem with, Yes people get undressed inthe change room / shower whatever - I don't care about that, it is the NAKED BENT OVER THE BENCH so that you can see exactly where there next child is coming from . I know what the female anatomy looks like but PLEASE PLEASE I don't need to see yours.
And before anyone says anything, no I was not looking purposfully, when you come around a corner, rolling up your earphones and suddenly look up to see that, well lets just say that it turns you off your lunch.

Monday, July 30, 2007, 9:26 AM

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9.26/12.20 - I completely agree with you! Understood if you can't change in the shower, and changing under a towel's a bit difficult. But don't spend 8943859304 years rubbing yourself and just sitting there in the nude and bending over all over the place.

Monday, July 30, 2007, 9:42 AM

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There is a local gym here that I have gone to a few times. It has showers and locker room and all that fancy stuff. There is an area with mirrors, sinks and a lot of outlets so you can dry and fix your hair. Well I was in there getting ready after my workout and this woman came in there to try her hair wearing nothing but a pair of shorts. ok i KNOW that drying your hair can make you really hot (i have long hair and its a pain) but please. I don't want to see your breasts all over the place while you dry your hair. you can do that at home, but i think that at the gym its crossing a line. and let me add she was not a small cup size :o/

Monday, July 30, 2007, 1:37 PM

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My gym also has the coed rooms! Things I've seen. Men in nothing but a towel with their stuff in plain view! Or in ahem, skin tight spandex! Have also seen a woman wearing nothing but her bra and thong panties!!!

I'm not really against any of these, I'm just sayin what I've seen! lol

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 12:50 PM

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Along the same lines but in the men's locker room. And it's always the one's with the big "package"!!!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 12:54 PM

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This thread is great. I was just thinking about this at the gym this morning:

1. The locker room bench hog who puts her stuff all over the bench and then leaves to take a shower. Hello, people! This is not your f'ing bathroom!

2. People that leave their locks on the lockers without visiting the gym for days and days. Of course they have to take the best, most accessible locker so that I have to jam my stuff into a tiny one in a corner!

3. Perfume sprayers - please please please stop doing this. Some of us are extremely sensitive to smell and having to get ready in a cloud of awful perfume is very unpleasant. Again, this isn't your house!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 1:11 PM

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Haha. Thank you 12:54 for the laugh.

Maybe they want to show off??

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 1:21 PM

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Same 1 & 2 in men's locker room!


I think so, some can be pretty eye opening! And to think that thing is flaccid!?!?!!!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 1:47 PM

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LOL! Mental pictures! NOOOO!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 2:09 PM

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 2:11 PM

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why not stare? i've never seen a naked woman in real life, in fornt of me. i am a woman, but never got into the whole changing-in-front-of-others routine. if i was in a locker room and someone paraded around naked, would that person maybe be offended if i stared at what they were parading around?

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 2:27 PM

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In the case of men, like 1:21 suggested, I'd say they are showing off. I'm a guy and have to admit.. I've done a double take at times!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 2:36 PM

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Oops that last one was meant for 2:27!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 2:46 PM

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It would be hard NOT to stare. Like 2:27 said, I have never seen a naked woman either. Well besides mom and sister when we were younger, but that doesn't count. It would be hard not to stare just out of curiosity or comparison :P

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 2:48 PM

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Haven't you been to strip clubs?

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 3:00 PM

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I know what you mean about "curiosity & comparison"! *blush*

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 3:02 PM

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227 here

no. never been to a strip club. really have no interest in being around that atmosphere. not that i disapprove of others having an interest, it's just not my bag.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007, 3:26 PM

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Co-Ed Steam Room & Sauna


This is exactly why I belong to a womens gym. LOL!

Monday, November 12, 2007, 2:31 PM

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People who drop their weight at the end of their set so you can hear a massive thud wherever you are in the gym, they think you are turning round to look at them, but actually you are just checking no one is hurt!

Monday, November 12, 2007, 2:42 PM

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Gym Peeves

- Women whom carry on conversations using their cellphones, while huffing/
puffing on the cardio machines. "Time to cut the umbilical cord from your
phone, ladies!" Thankfully, my new gym as a "no cellphone" policy!

- T.V.'s in cardio area: when the picture on the tube(s) isn't adjusted for
color & tone, barely visible to those whom want to watch while doing cardio.
OR ... when the Food Channel is on. "Hello! I'm trying to stay in shape, and
NOT eat decadent, rich foods! Are you trying to to sabotage my efforts?!"

Monday, November 12, 2007, 2:45 PM

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1. The locker room bench hog who puts her stuff all over the bench and then leaves to take a shower. Hello, people! This is not your f'ing bathroom!

ahaha lol I KNOW! I've been guilty of throwing their stuff onto the floor :] Oops.

Monday, November 12, 2007, 2:56 PM

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There are signs all over my gym about not changing the volume on the TVs. You can either put them on mute or have them at their preset volume. There is a woman who always turns up the TV SO loud. It really bothers me and I can tell it bothers other people around me but no one ever tells her to stop because she looks really cranky. I'm a bit scared of her. :)

Monday, November 12, 2007, 9:23 PM

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Gym Pet Peeves

I hate going to the gym and people are on their cell phones!!!! I have had people using the equipment with me and know that i am waiting for the machine they are on...but they just sit there on their cell phones...I have to say excuse me and then they get irritated with ME!

On the lighter side:
We have this one woman who comes to the gym in her tightest clothes and a ton of make up and....I swear I'm not making this up....HEELS! Yes I said Heels...she does the eliptical in Heels! I almost died....If you are not going to take the gym seriously...please don't bother to show up....If you are looking for your next date....go to the bar. :+)

Monday, November 12, 2007, 9:35 PM

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I hate it when people use their cell phones! There was one day when I was using the machines and I was waiting to use a particular machine and this woman was just sitting on it talking on her cell phone. When I mentioned that I would like to use the machine is she wasn't going to use it, but chat on the phone instead....she gave ME a dirty look.

We also have a lady that shows up in her tightest gym clouthes, a ton of make up, and HEELS....Yes I said heels!

I feel that if you aren't going to take the gym shouldn't go...If you are looking for a date...go to a bar. :+)

Monday, November 12, 2007, 9:40 PM

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Heels & Make-Up

That's so ... awesomely 80's. Let me guess - she also wears:
* a braided terry cloth headband?
* a shiny, jewel tone body suit, contrasting leggings?
* Reebok aerobic shoes?

Looks like a member of "The 20 Minute Work-Out" from the 80's?? LOL!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 12:22 AM

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Confusing Equipment

My gym has all sorts of balls, bands and foam things that i didn't know how to use. I found a great website with a ton of videos and i can search by equipment to get demonstrations on how to use it. Btw, you can also search by muscle group and sport and on. Its pretty extensive.


Thursday, December 13, 2007, 12:25 PM

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thought I would bring the thread back to see if anyone has any new ones -

I can not stand the people who stare at the runner on treadmills waiting for one to open up when there are 10 other (non-treadmill) machines open. Yes, I love to run more than any other cardio but I would rather get a warm-up in on something else while I wait than waste my time staring at a bunch of runner's butts for 10 min.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008, 12:02 PM

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I am tired of being stalked by this one guy everytime I go..seriously! All I want to do is work out darn it!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008, 12:08 PM

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Oh and people going to the gym just to hook up with someone...seriously you are paying 30 dollars a month to find someone to have sex with???? Why dont you just get on an online chat site and leave the people who are trying to be serious about getting fit a lone!!!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008, 12:10 PM

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I live in a college town and recently there have been a lot of young girls wearing ITTY BITTY shorts and tanks so that they basically have 10% of their body covered when they workout. Now I wear running shorts and a tank ("wife-beater" type) so I am not saying you need to be wearing track pants and an oversized T - but seriously, I don't need butt cheeks peaking out at me from the girls on the stairclimbers

Wednesday, April 02, 2008, 12:15 PM

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Which college town? How much is the membership? JK

Wednesday, April 02, 2008, 1:44 PM

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why is it that the most out of shape hairiest old guys are the ones walking around buck like it is their bathroom. C'mon where is the shame? Even Adam and Eve needed some leaves!
Speaking of that ... when am I going to get to walk into the women's locker room if the gay people are in mine...hello ?

Wednesday, April 02, 2008, 1:49 PM

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how about old hairy man in spandex (like road bikers wear) on the eliptical. sheesh.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008, 1:59 PM

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If you can talk on a cell phone while working out, you're not working out hard enough!

No joke, a woman came into the sauna, dropped her towel and did a full spread eagle. I'm talking one leg on the floor, the other stretched out on the bench. I know more about her than her gyno does!!! Mental note for me: bring a towel to sit on, who knows where else she splayed it out??

And while I'm not a prude and understand women have to change in the locker room, I'm not a big fan of the nude parade either. If I'm allowed to treat the locker room like my own bathroom, then that would mean my 2 year old gets to burst in on you while you pee, my husband can leave the seat up, and I can leave my wet towel on the floor for you to step on. There has to be some middle ground.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008, 2:19 PM

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We've got a guy who stands there drying off in the main hallway of the lockeroom. Just stanin there sort of looking around and drying off. IN THE MAIN FRIGGIN' hallway! Man, what the crap, I don't need to walk around you in that condition - go read Tim Allen's book!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008, 7:59 PM

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Screw 'em

sweat, nakies, kids, cells, smells, noise, spayin', cooties, food, chatters, bunnies, hoggers, slackers, stalkers, locks, vanity, ...whatever.

be glad you're at the gym, get in the zone - screw 'em !

Wednesday, April 02, 2008, 8:14 PM

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