May 17th, 2011
by Amy · Filed Under: Ramblings
I’ve written before about the things that annoy me in the gym. While I can be funny, I don’t always come across that way in writing. However, I have a very good friend who also has a plethora of gym annoyances and he is hilarious.
I’ve known Norman since college and while he still lives in Philly, we still text and email all the time, much of which is about gym annoyances. Thus, I thought I’d share a few with you, to see if any of these antics go on in your gym.
I have to fist, however, set the tone. Imagine that randomly on a Saturday morning or a Wednesday evening after work a random text message appears on your phone. I get these quite often and it never ceases to amaze me that I come across the same people in my gym.
Text Message: Gym annoyance, people who think their workout logs need a bench.
Text Message: Hey, lets do one set (using way to heavy weights leading to bad form) then walk around like a badass for 5 minutes before your next set.
Text Message: (Disclaimer ,thankfully this has never happened to me as I don’t frequent the men’s locker room) Turning into locker room, see guy butt arse naked bending over, putting in his contacts….really? How about putting on a towel or using the bathroom. (I responded with “are you scared for life”) Then the response back was: so pale, so white, the horror.
Text Message: Gym annoyance #264: “Cell phones” (specifically texters)..Do you really NEED to have a convo via text between each set?
Text Message: I am such a gym loser…all my shirts have sleeves.
Now I say that I get these random text messages, but I also send them. For example, today I wrote about the guy who HAD to squeeze into the already crowded stretching area with a stability ball and two dumbbells. He then proceeded to kneel on the stability ball and do side raises. I am not quite sure this image needs further explanation
Other times gym annoyances are set out in e-mails that go a little something like this:
Email 1: Imagine if you will…
Barbell Rack, someone inside holding a barbell, someone outside holding someone’s feet, as the third person does pushups from the top “level” with his hands on the barbell and feet held by the outsider.
If you need two people and a machine to do an exercise, maybe you should just find something else to take care of whatever muscle you are working on.
(I read this and literally had no words. I forwarded this one to Heather I was so amused. And she even said she couldn’t quite figure out what was gong on there).
Email 2: Dear Bally’s
I understand that in order to make money, you need to have your clientele invest in personal training sessions. As an American who supports capitalism I fully agree you need to do what you need to do in order to make a profit. Before last year, there wasn’t a designated “training area” for your personal trainers to work and they were forced to work among the rest of the people in the gym. Then, you decided to move some free weights into another less crowded area to have a “place to call your own”; I can understand and have no problem with this. Last month, you decided to clear out 8 elliptical machines on the second floor so you could have even more space to train your clients, while this further added to the queue and aggravation of those who use cardio (more people than machines), once again, I had no problem. So with all this room you would figure to have more than enough space to do your own workout without interfering with the rest of us. Ahh..not so fast, for some reason, your trainers decide to use the bottom of weight racks to hold down the clients feet while they are doing the latest mens/womens health exercise of the month. Thus inconveniencing everyone in the gym who wants to, dare I say, “work out” and use a free weight or a bar bell. I know you are “Bally’s” but you are a gym, could you even try to care about those not wasting $300 a month to get personal trainers? Jesh, we swipe our own cards now since the people at the desk are too “busy” texting or chatting away. Just let me work out in peace.
(This one is SO on point for my gym. We have a “trainer” designated area yet they insist on taking up space in the rest of the gym)
Email 3: gym annoyance #263: Not only did I see a guy sit on the incline chest press and proceed to spend the next 30 minutes talking/texting on his phone (I watched it out of annoyance), but I also saw some not so in shape chick (wearing new fancy shoes, spandex tights, etc) spend 5 minutes stretching, 5 minutes messing around with her ipod, and another 5 minutes texting away ALL WHILE STANDING ON A NON MOVING TREADMILL. Unf. I couldn’t see if she actually did anything since my 15 minutes of elliptical madness were over and I was out
(I think every gym has a few of these)
I don’t know about you, but I thoroughly enjoy these emails and texts. Not only because they are hilarious but because they are SO dead on point with what goes on in my gym. Which leads me to ask, does any of this go on in your gym?