Here is my list of the 10 things that other people do at the gym that drive me absolutely crazy while I work out. Let me start off by warning my friends, that some of you may qualify for a certain one or two of the annoying gym traits mentioned below. Don’t worry, though, it’s not just you. Several of these things happen on a daily basis and it might not annoy everyone as much as it does me. From body odors, to equipment Nazis to being the idiot who wears his weight lifting belt to do bench press, without further ado here is my top 10 list of the most annoying gym habits of others.
Top 10 list of the most annoying gym habits
- Equipment Nazis – We’ve all seen them. The guy who uses the only squat rack in the gym to perform his entire workout. First legs, then shoulders and finally biceps. You go up to Gym Nazi and say “Hey, buddy, how many more sets you got?” and he looks at you confused and angry, telling you he just started his workout. Like you really need to use the rack for standing shoulder press and bicep curls, yam dummy?! And then he starts doing squats with a couple of 25s per side and you get even more annoyed.
- Walking Lunges around the Gym – Okay, so I know I am going to get called out a lot for this one as MANY of you do it, but please stop! Do you know how annoying and dangerous it is lifting heavy and taking plates on and off a barbell when someone is doing travel lunges in close proximity right in front of or beside you. Now, to be fair, the people that do this exercise are usually regulars who know what they are doing, but still, not in the free weight area. Go take your dumbbells to one of the studios or in front of the cardio machines. Stay away from the people pressing heavy.
- People carrying their gym bags with them while they workout – Folks, what’s the deal with your dirty, over filled, sweat-ridden and stank ass bag being left all over the gym floor? Last time I checked there were a few hundred lockers a hundred feet away. Go buy a $5 combination lock, or if you have a terrible memory you can even buy the cool little ones with the key! Put your crap in a locker like normal people and if you aren’t going to change at the gym, why not leave it in your car?
- Anyone who thinks the gym is their kickboxing dojo – So, this won’t apply to all gyms, but anywhere there’s a bag stand and heavy bag in a regular fitness center, I’m sure you will all know what I mean. Ever see that guy who’s a little past his prime, looks like he took a few Muay Thai kickboxing classes when he was younger and had some aspiring dreams to become the next Ken or Ryu from Street Fighter? And now he wants to show off his limited knowledge on how to perform a roundhouse to anyone who will watch. This is the same guy who comes to a good life, with a gym bag full of his old and very smelly wraps, bag gloves and Thai shin guards. He’ll deck himself out and proceed to pound away on that ONE and ONLY bag in the gym for the next hour and a half leaving a trail of sweat and body odor a mile long, while making the loudest noises the entire time in hopes that people will look at him and think he was once a UFC fighter.
- Skipping anywhere near where I am lifting weights – Where are my skippers at? Let me start off by saying, that I LOVE skipping. I am also not referring to what 90% of people would think of as skipping. Jump rope and Double Dutch do not count as skipping as it pertains to fitness. If you need to know more you can visit this link:http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-21978/the-10-most-annoying-things-people-do-at-the-gym.html for more information. Skipping when done right is a great cardio workout which helps with agility and speed and can make some pretty sick looking calf muscles. With that being said, please go find an open area, away from the free-weights and machines to do this. Skipping in the middle of the aisles in the busiest areas of the gym is not cool. It’s almost as bad as travel lunges to be honest.
- Guys who wear a lifting belt for no bloody reason – This really shouldn’t bug me. To be honest this has absolutely no impact on me whatsoever. Fact of the matter is, buddy, it makes you look like an idiot. I sometimes feel like an idiot because I wonder if maybe the person in question has a serious back issue I am unaware of, but then I see him lay on a bench to do a machine bench press and I know he has NO CLUE what a weightlifting belt is for. I wonder if they think if they do it up tight enough it’s working their core?
- Anyone using chalk for deadlifts of a couple hundred pounds – I personally believe chalk should be banned from all major trendy commercial gyms. The guys who need chalk, the power lifters, don’t generally go to a Good life or a local Community Center to do their power lifting. It’s just not the place. Where there is no 2000lb tested powerlifting barbells and no bumper plates, where there is no rows of dozens of power racks, there should be no chalk. These everyday gyms are not for that kind of lifting.
- Leaving free weights on the other side of the gym – Okay, here it is! MY NUMBER ONE MOST ANNOYING THING that you can EVER do at the gym. Not putting your stuff away! There are three categories in this one, and I hate it so much, I will go into detail for each.
- The person who puts their weight back in the wrong spot. This person is definitely not the most hated and we are all guilty of this at some point. Some gyms have co-op students or employees that stay on top of the ball here, others do not. It is annoying when you are in the dumbbell section and you have to walk back and forth for your next set of weights. Please just try to keep them in the general vicinity of where they should be. Don’t leave the 100s down by the 10s and 20s.
- Slightly more annoying is the girl or guy (I find it’s more often girls then guys with this one) that decides she wants to super set, drop set or do pyramids and have 10 pairs of dumbbells all around one bench so that she doesn’t have to get up and search for the weights that person listen above “number 1” has probably put back in the wrong spot to begin with.
- Ever been on your 3rd or 4th set and you go to look for say a pair of 40lb dumbbells to curl. Well guess what? You know that annoying walking longer we were talking about a little earlier? He or she finished their set of annoying walking lunges, and now your set of 40lb dumbbells are somewhere next to the drinking fountain beside the girls change room.
- Tying up equipment for impractical uses – “Hey, bro, I think it’s great that you are working so hard on your 6 pack, but could you please get the hell off the decline bench rack, so I can work my chest!?” or “Hello, miss, I think it’s great that you like stepping up and down on things, but that weight bench I could really use for about a million other things and eventually laying down on the dirt off your shoes is not one of them!”
- Body Odors – I often find myself wondering if certain people are really that oblivious to just how appalling they smell. Showering regularly, applying deodorant before and after working out, eating a clean diet and washing your gym clothes after every use easily fixes this problem. We’ve all gotten stuck on a machine next to one of these people and most of us are far too polite to ever say anything. I mean how do you tell a stranger, they stink in the kindest of ways? Carry an extra stick of deodorant and before you vacate the conjuring cloud of toxic human stink, place the deodorant slightly out of sight but on the piece of machinery they are using. Or, if they happen to be one of those annoying people who carry their gym bag everywhere, even better, slip it in their bag. Problem solved.