Way back when I first started blogging, I did a post about the most common gym pet peeves. You can read that post here if you wish. I surveyed six gym members about what truly irks them at times when sharing a workout space with others.
Today I had two of my pet peeves happen in one day! I was supposed to do my Let’s Get Shredded circuit workout on The Fitness Games App. When I got to the gym, I realized that I forgot the device where the app is downloaded. Oops. On to plan B.
I decided to go ahead with a chest, shoulders and tricep type circuit on my own. I always start with the most physically taxing exercise first after my warm-up while I am fresh and not yet tired. This is the bench press for me. As I walked closer to the bench, I noticed someone had their stuff spread all over it, but was not actually using the bench. I came a little closer and a girl had her towel, workout log and water bottle on the bench. Had it been another exercise, say for example, single arm dumbbell rows, any bench would suffice, but I needed this bench because it has the Olympic bar that I use for the bench press. The girl was beside the bench doing standing bicep curls.
“Hi. Excuse me,” I motioned with a wave when she was done with her set. She had her ear buds in. It “appeared” she didn’t hear me.
“Excuse me,” I said again, a little louder. She put her weights down, and took out her ear buds.
“Yes?” she said.
“Can I use this bench? Is this your stuff?” I pointed at the bench in question.
What did she do? She snickered! She was not even using the bench and she snickered and looked annoyed that I asked that she clear her things away. Well, too bad lady. If you want to lay your stuff all over the equipment then workout in the comfort of your own home. That was pet peeve number one. Using the benches as storage for all your things. Sure, go ahead if nobody needs the bench, but when someone needs the bench, it is time to shift your stuff.
Pet peeve number two happened when I needed the overhead shoulder press machine. A lady was using it. No biggie. I did some burpees while I waited. Rested and did some more burpees. When I really started to sweat, I walked over to grab some paper towels to wipe my brow. Lady was still on the overhead press machine. Okay, let me go and fill up my water bottle. When I returned she was chatting with the lady on the leg press across from her about her bunions. I am pretty patient. Let me do some hanging leg lifts. Let me give the benefit of the doubt. Maybe she’s resting between sets. After my leg lifts, I went back to the machine in question. Lady was now talking about the sales at Frescho…and her son’s university courses…..and then her highlights. The lady she was chatting with on the leg press was barely moving. It was clear they were simply having a gabfest while I had to wait. My patience was wearing thin by now. “Good afternoon,” I smiled approaching the lady.
“Hello,” she smiled back.
“Can I work in a set with you?” Lady looked confused.
“I’m sorry. What’s that?” she replied. Clearly she didn’t know that gym lingo.
“Are you going to be on this machine for much longer?” I asked.
“Oh. I’m so sorry. I’m done. I didn’t know anyone was waiting for it.”
Pet peeve number two. There is a Tim Horton’s, A Starbucks and A Coffee Time all in vicinity. Have your chat there. Not in the gym. I don’t think the gym is the place to have a gabfest. You’re here to work, not chat the time away and while on machines of all places. Then people wonder why they are not seeing results.
I was telling Andy about my pet peeves at dinner tonight. “What’d you expect,” he laughed.”It’s an all women gym. Women are moody and they like to chat.”