As a fairly consistent gym-goer, I have developed a list of things that other people do at the gym that bug me. You may ask, “Don’t you have something better to do while working out than pay attention to what other people are doing and get annoyed?,” to which I would reply, “No, not really.”
* To the guy on the treadmill next to me texting and wearing a wool sweater: You’re not working hard enough.
* Stop hogging the machines!! When I’m using a machine, I do my 3 reps of 12 and move on. First, because I go in the morning before work and don’t have the time to dilly dally and stare off into space for twenty minutes between reps. Second, because it’s rude! Other people need the machines too! Keep it moving, people.
* No grunting!! Some gyms even have a rule about this. The other morning some guy grunted so loudly that it threw me off balance during my lunges and I almost tipped over. Of course I blame him and not my own lack of balance/coordination.
* Stop being macho and pretending you can lift weights you really cannot handle. The jig is up when you drop them on the ground because you can’t even muster the strength to place them back in their proper compartment.
* My lack of eye contact with anyone of the opposite sex (or same sex, for that matter) means that I am not there to make friends and I really, truly do not want to be hit on. In the same vein, don’t stare at people. It’s creepy.
* The cup holders on the treadmills and other cardio equipment are not intended as a repository for your dirty paper towels and/or tissues. Gross!
Wouldn’t the world be a better place if everyone just acted the way you wanted them to? Certainly for me, that would be true at the gym.