I just love this meme and always thought it was hilarious!
I'm feeling RANTYYYYYYYYYY again!
Come on, don't you love a good rant?
I wrote about annoying people at the gym before, but that was like a year ago.
It's time to revisit the issue!
1. "I Was Using That Bench" Guy
I am pretty aware of my surroundings at the gym. If I'm going to use a bench, I scout it out beforehand and make sure no one else is using it. Is there a towel on it? A water bottle or weights next to it? Someone standing right beside it? If the answer to all of those questions is NO, the bench is free game. The other day, I grabbed some dumbbells and sat down on a bench that was completely empty to do a set of shoulder presses. As I was getting ready, a guy came up to me. I pulled my ear bud out of my ear and looked at him. "I was using that bench," he said. I looked around at the two benches on either side of me that were completely empty and then looked back at him. "My mistake, excuse me," I said politely, and moved to an empty bench two feet away. TWO FEET AWAY! Ridiculous.
2. Girl Hogging the Assisted Pull Up Machine While She Flirts with a Rando Guy
I hate when people hog machines. I don't think you should sit at a machine when you are resting between sets. Someone else could do a set while you are resting. The one exception would be if it's a machine where it is time consuming to switch the weights- like the Smith machine. But anything that requires simply moving a pin? Get off the machine and let someone else work in! This girl took it to a whole new level. After her set on the assisted pull up machine, a guy came up to flirt with her and so they went at it for several minutes... The whole time, she stayed on the machine. I know I could have said, "Can I work in?" but I didn't want to be a bitch.
3. The New Gym Employee
Planet Fitness is weird. We used to swipe a card to enter the gym. Now we tell an employee our member number. They type it into a computer and that's that... unless it is a new employee. Because I joined at a different Planet Fitness, there are a couple more computer clicks involved with verifying my number. Most gym employees know me and know what to do to verify it, but new people don't. This is what happens:
New Gym Employee: Thanks. Oh wait... What gym location did you original join at?
Me: Paxton Street.
New Gym Employee: Okay... hmmm.... (clicking around on the computer)
New Gym Employee: Hmmm.... okay, ummm.... Are you suuuuuure....? (still clicking around)
New Gym Employee: Okay, got it.
**This whole process takes about 20 seconds but it should only take 3 seconds and it annoys the crap out of me!**
(ps. That is not my real gym number, I made it up.)
4. Guy Using His Whole Body To Do A Bicep Curl
This person embarrasses me more than he annoys me. There's this guy at the gym that loads the barbell up with an insane amount of weight to do a bicep curl. When he does the curl, he leans forward, then uses his back to get the weight up and also goes up on his tippy toes. What the heck!? I didn't think a bicep curl was a full body exercises but this guy somehow makes it possible. Wait a minute... what if he knows something we don't? Nah.
5. People Who Don't Re-rack Their Weights
How am I supposed to know you're done? I don't dare approach a machine with weights on it unless I stake it out and notice no one has been on it for like 15 minutes. I learned my lesson about two years ago when I got on the leg press machine when apparently someone else was using it... even though he was nowhere to be seen until I actually got on the machine. "I was using that machine, but that's alright, I'll play fair," he said to me in the douchey-est voice ever. So yeah. Re-rack your weights so we know you're done, people! Plus, why should we have to clean up your mess?
Don't worry, there are a couple people at the gym who I LOVE!
I love... the guy who wears the wolf shirt. He's awesome.
I love... the guy who wears Tweety Bird pajamas on the recumbent bike.
I love... the guy who runs, dives, does a forward roll, and then strikes a couple tai chi poses.
(I once tried to videotape this without him noticing but it didn't work.)
I love... the guy that spends a half hour on the elliptical and then stands outside and smokes a cigarette.
(Yes, I seriously love him. One big life change at a time, people!)
Have any good ranty gym stories for us?
Who do you hate at the gym?
Who do you love at the gym?