11 Bad Gym Habits That Make People Hate You a Little
We’re usually all up in science’s business and things can get pretty heavy when we’re in the nitty gritty of reality. So– we decided to lighten things up and ask a bunch gym rats what their biggest gym pet peeves are.
Hey—there’s nothing wrong with blowing off a little steam. Science says—-Ok, ok, we’ll skip the science and just reveal the results of our research.
Put on your humor hats and have a little fun learning about 11 GYM HABITS THAT MAKE PEOPLE HATE YOU A LITTLE….
*drum roll please*
These people are identified as the ones who refuse to use, or do not own, deodorant or a shower. Waltzing in like Charlie Brown’s Pal, Pigpen, their rotten aroma sickens the stomachs of fellow gym patrons.
On the opposite end of this complaint, people also found those who doused themselves in too much cologne or perfume to be equally unbearable.
We know you’re going to sweat when you’re in the gym, but let’s keep it at one day’s worth at a time, yeah?
SERENITY NOW! There is a thin line between etiquette and justified violence. People who take up your valuable workout time by chatting it up run the risk of seeing a person cross over from courteous listening to proving spontaneous combustion is real.
The general consensus on this one is—if a person is wearing headphones—don’t interrupt their mojo. Most people come to the gym to work out their muscles—not their jaws. They don’t want to hear the latest scoop on why a trainer got fired or if you got laid last night. They don’t want to speak full sentences while churning out some cardio and they don’t want to chat about your relationship problems. They want to work on results.
This was a consistent pet peeve amongst gym-goers. The rule is simple—keep it short and sweet, and hopefully about fitness. Respect the clock.
This is a serious issue amongst all gym rats: machine hoggers. Most of the complaints center around those who hog up machine real estate while texting on their phones or browsing through their playlists for extended periods of time.
Additionally, in the absence of a phone, people who sit on the machine ‘in between sets’ rather than getting up and letting people work in were a close second. Either way, if you do either of these things, you need to work more on your manners than muscles. #RUDE.
Sweaty Seat Leavers
Did we just say that? Yes we did. There is nothing more repulsive than seeing the sweat line of an ass crack that isn’t yours on a machine seat and having to wipe it down. Vulgar, man, vulgar.
These offenders should bring a towel –if a towel is forgotten most gyms have towels to wipe your body’s fluids off the machine.
Rats who Refuse to Rerack
WHY GOD, WHY? There is nothing more frustrating than using some of your gym time to re-rack weights for the uncultured who treat the gym like their personal playground. Are we working out in a daycare or a gym? Have some culture and respect the reracking rules. Because if you don’t –people are secretly hating you. It’s ruthless, we know, but the people have spoken.
Full Monty in the Locker Room
Everyone wants the confidence of walking around nude without a care in the world, but in a gym locker room—it’s an uncomfortable sight to see a full monty or nude bodies prancing around with pride, sitting with legs open wide or exposing a full moon. Most people don’t mind others getting dressed quickly, but those who lounge around in their birthday suit have many people loathing the locker room.
Equally as incensing as those who hog machines are those who hover over them while others finish up their set. Seriously, its cool to make eye contact, its great to nod to let them know you’re there, but things get tense and uncomfortable when you’re violating comfort zones and helicoptering the leg machine. Back off and relax. You might find SOME people finish more quickly when their space is respected.
We had mixed reviews on this one. It’s almost a 50/50. Some people don’t mind hearing others moan, grunt, cuss or verbally narrate their every struggle during lifting. Others want to punch them right in the throat. So if you’re a grunter, we assume you’re a gambler. If you’re not—keep that throat protected 😉
This is a big complaint from women. While many are open to critique from a trainer, they don’t like to be given advice when they didn’t ask for it. A lot of the time they report the form advice is incorrect, or a poor attempt at a pickup.
Don’t be that guy. Just don’t. If someone wants form advice, they’ll ask for it. Otherwise, keep those headphones in and keep to yourself.
Gym Selfie Snappers
This was on the top of nearly every single person’s list. While most don’t mind a quick snap—and they may give you an eye roll if you’re duck-facing it up, but they don’t hate you.
What they hate is the people who take more time taking pictures than lifting weights because it interferes with their ability to either access weights (or take life seriously). Mostly—they want you to stop loving your own face and body more than you respect gym etiquette. Put the phone down and pick some weights up.
Body Shamers with Cell Phones
This one, this one right here? People don’t just hate these offenders—They hope their pinky toes are infected with a necrotic disease resulting in nerve damage so they struggle with balance for the rest of their lives. OK that was harsh, but they find these types of people even MORE harsh.
While the rest of these were for fun, this one, we can’t even joke about. These are the people who take pictures of people with less than perfect bodies or form and post them on the internet to make fun of them. These people are the worst of the worst. Even we don’t like these people. Anyone who is at the gym to improve themselves or their health deserves respect. We don’t like body shamers or bullies, so while we’re pretty chill here at MaxQ, we have no tolerance for this pet peeve.
For those who have been victims of this, don’t let it destroy you. Keep focused on that finish line and you’ll reach it. You have mad respect from us. Need help? Go here.
So, what is your experience? Got a pet peeve to add? Are you one of these people?