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Friday 5: 5 Things That Drive Me Nuts At The Gym (And 5 Things You Need To Get Over)

by Erika Nicole Kendall


When I first started working out, I had a gym. I experienced a bit of success but, like I’ve written before, it wasn’t until I actually abandoned my old eating habits that I truly experienced success.

At that time, I wasn’t even working out… just changing the food I ate… but I knew something was missing. I eventually wound up working out at home. Keeping it (sort of) simple, I just filled a couple of half-gallon jugs that I’d had on hand and got to work. I lost a lot of weight that way. A lot.

That being said, I’m pretty attached to the idea of working out at home… but my current [temporary] home could double as Barbie’s Urban Dream House. If I lift a dumbbell, I’m likely to put a hole in the wall. If I do a one-legged downward facing dog, I’m likely to put my foot through the ceiling.

Thank you, New York real estate, for convincing me to get myself a gym membership.

My gyms before were quite small…but now? Huge… which means more people… which means more things to drive me nuts. I’m just sayin’… if you do one of these things, and I catch you… just don’t be mad if you get a hole stared through you.

1) People who are more preoccupied with their cell phones than their workouts. There’s nothing more frustrating than the person who wants to sit on the machine while they’re talking on the phone or responding to their e-mails. We get it, you’re important. But can you take your important ass to the lobby or the snack shop and handle your business, so that I can handle mine on the equipment you’re hogging up?

I know, I know, you’re just waiting between your sets. But friend, if you’re waiting upwards of a whole minute between your sets, you need to just get up and let someone else “work in” with you. In other words, let someone else do one of their sets while you’re waiting. It’s just fair.

Say no, and you might get tossed across the room, anyway. Anything to free up a machine. Just sayin’.

2) People who leave fresh booty sweat on a machine. Man, you and I both see that long strip of sweat on that seat. If you’re hitting your workouts commando or baby-powder free, whatever. That’s cool, I guess. But can you be so polite as to spare the rest of us from your booty sweat? Your back sweat is bad enough, whatever, I’m hitting the showers anyway. But booty sweat crosses the line. It just crosses the damn line!

3) Inappropriate dress. By nature, the gym environment is going to require a lack of clothes, or at least clothing of the “form fitting” variety. So no, this isn’t a rant of the “just because its in your size doesn’t mean you should wear it!” ilk. This is, however, a rant of the “if you have triple Ds, don’t wear only a sports bra as a top to yoga class and share your areolas with your fellow downward facing doggers” type. It’s an “if you’re on the abductor/adductor machine, make sure your shorts can accommodate all your junkage… or at least make sure you have on underwear” type rant. It’s a “for goodness sakes, if you’re going to insist on doing pull ups, make sure I can’t see straight into your shorts when you hang up there curled in a ball!!!” type rant. And yes, I’m too busy working out to be gawking, but it’s amazing what you get a glance of when you get up from one machine to move to the next.

4) The conversationalists. Chile, I can’t talk to you. I’m too busy trying to not have the greatest treadmill fall of all time… all time!

I mean, I get it. You’re warming up, you’re not “in your zone” yet, okay. Cool story. But… I am! Go watch the TV, shuffle through your iPod or talk to a gym staffer or something. Don’t interrupt me while I’m focused because you’re not. That’s not my problem!

I’ll never forget this big hulking dude interrupting me while I was on a lifting machine in the middle of a set to ask me when I’d be done… and had the audacity to get mad when I ignored him. Just because you think my weight is penny Annie compared to what you lift for breakfast doesn’t mean it’s not challenging for me. Show some respect! You were scrawny once, too!

5) The slob. You know what, I hate you people the most. You’re the jerks who leave your towels on the equipment – so that you can walk around during your “rest time” instead of staying your ass put or letting someone else “work in,” instead – as a means of keeping people off of it because you know that leaving your towel somewhere is soooooooo disgusting that it’s a great way to ward people off. I hate you with the fiery passion of a thousand burning suns. Hate.

There’s also you awesome people who leave your towels all over the benches in the locker rooms. Hell naw, I’m not about to sit there – the towel you just dragged through between your legs was just all sprawled out on that bench! And can we talk about people who literally do the dance while they drag that towel through between their legs? And did you just put that towel on a communal space, not directly in the towel bin? Gosh, and I thought I was country. (And no, I’m not looking, but seeing someone wiggle from side to side while they do that makes it much more identifiable in your peripheral vision.)

I get it – if you pay enough for a gym, it absolutely should feel like home. But…this ain’t your damn house – you share it with other people, who you have to consider in your regular actions.

There are, however, five actions that drive people nuts at the gym that I’m generally not bothered by:

1) Makeup girl. Hey, boo. I see you. You look cute… you didn’t do that for the gym, right? Usually, not. “Makeup girl” is, more often than not, coming from some place where she needed to wear that makeup, and didn’t have the time necessary to wipe it all off. This may not always matter, but it does if you’ve only got, say, an hour to get it all in.

Now, don’t confuse “Makeup Girl” with “Flirty Girl,” who comes in both the “make-up” and “no make-up” models. She is another pain in the hind quarters entirely. And we all know why.

2) Sweat on the equipment. I know, I know, I’m contradicting myself. I know… but I firmly believe that booty sweat is a-whole-nother level of disrespect. Sweat on the equipment can come in any form from hand sweat on the weights to neck sweat on the bars to back or chest sweat on a lay-down. You have to be proactive about dealing with sweat, which falls right in line with being considerate. Get yourself a nice towel and wipe down any equipment before and after you use it. Repeat after me: “I will wipe down equipment before and after I use it.” You’ll thank me later.

(Oh, and if your gym doesn’t have spray bottles or wipes with cleaner to keep the equipment clean? Consider leaving a sugestion in the “suggestion box.” Every. Day.)

3) The resident Alpha Dog. There’s always one. Cut-off shirt, peacock strutting, halfway pretty and halfway scumbag? There is absolutely always one. It’s considered a privilege to be able to ascend to that level. Don’t watch them, watch yourself. You might not want to be that hyper-confident, but you want to be confident… and some day, your confidence level will wind up looking like you’re Alpha Doggin’ it across the room. Sometimes, the swag… it’s uncontainable. Even when it’s mildly annoying.

4) People who ignore the cardio machine limits. Why? Because I understand. Someday, it’s likely that this’ll be you. Just… it’s frustrating, but go easy on it. Find something else to do – jump rope, jumping jacks, mountain climbers – to bide your time until it’s your turn. (Orrr you could just go to the gym during off-peak hours…. Or find a gym that doesn’t have cardio limits… they do exist, and thank goodness.)

5) Grunting, dropping of weights, and ugly faces. I’ve already shared I’m a proponent of the ugly face. It’s just… it’s a marker of “I’m ridin’ ’round and I’m gettin’ it” that everybody understands. However, the grunting and the weights dropping frustrates people just because they throw others out of their zones. I mean, don’t get me wrong – nothing scares me more than hearing a big husky voice growling behind me…but have you ever had to do the kind of lift where it’s so heavy, you drop the weight at the end? The kind where your face turns red? It’s not as easy as “if the weight feels that heavy, you need to decrease it” for everyone, and I think that’s fair. Just like the ugly face is a marker of “gettin’ it,” so is that grunt and so is that drop. (Provided the gym has a floor that accommodates weight dropping, in which case that’s an issue the gym’s management will take up with the culprit.)

Either way, when you hear that grunt or that drop, snap back into your zone and start going so hard that you might find yourself growling a time or two, yourself! (Maybe not growling, so to speak, but maybe close? How else are you going to get those fit booties?!)

What drives you nuts at your gym? What bothers others that you’re generally not affected by? Let’s hear it!

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Streetz May 11, 2012 - 12:39 PM

This basically covers it all! I wont front, I aspire to be the “He Hate me” dude in the gym, lol. Just to say i am, then i can chill and tone it down. I think we all do at one point and that’s normal.

The sweat thing I’ve gotten over. I can wipe for myself. Its when they look like they just came out of a swimming pool that I get a bit upset.

Here’s one thing that I hate: People who WONT let you work in. Theres one guy at my gym who swears that people will interfere with his Qi if you hop in during the workout. One time I asked to hop in on a pullup bar, he tells me “I just got 2 more sets” which #REALLYMEANS “nah n-word, find another bar to swing off of, ya monkey!” lol… Then when I go to do another exercise, all hes doing is resting IN BETWEEN SETS! Seriously?! I couldnt get my 10-12 pullups in while you huffed and puffed?! Ass…

Also for the ladies who want to look like Superheroes… and wear those type of outfits… thank you and I hate you equally. Sometimes its distracting, sometimes you need a distraction. But if you cant wear it right, its VERY COOL to just come to the gym in a t shirt and shorts. Trust me!

Michelle August 10, 2012 - 10:06 AM

This is absolutely hilarious!! I see ALL of this at my gym daily…Sometimes, I’m so caught up in these people that it affects my workout. LOL! I will see my HR start dropping as I fixate on them. There’s one chick who talks on her cell phone the entire time on the bike..wow..really? Oh, this week, there was a personal trainer, who looked just like Shrek, watching over his clients. He was just standing by the treadmills. Ugh..go do something!!! I now label him “The Menace”.. lol…Great post!

PoshBrandi May 11, 2012 - 12:41 PM

LOL scary how you just described my gym to a tee! A tee! Might I add another annoyance? The women that prance around in the locker room in all their glory as if no one else is in there. You’re body is poifect! Great! Awesome even! But ummm, I’m not interested in getting a full frontal before breakfast; lunch or dinner for that matter. I’m just saying is all (in my Texas drawl).

Vee May 15, 2012 - 4:16 PM

That is so annoying when people parade around in the locker rooms like they are the only ones there ugh…so annoying.

Taylor June 8, 2012 - 5:08 PM

Haha PoshBrandi, you have me looking at my locker room habits in a whole new light. Having grown up in Europe I sometimes forget that standards on nudity are very different here in the U.S. Whoops, lol. I’m definitely going to be taking that in to consideration from now on.

Mish Clark October 5, 2012 - 3:52 PM

I’m American and somehow didn’t receive the nudity issue growing up. Maybe it’s the 23 years of dance (that my body no longer shows the history of) but nakedness never bothered me.

val May 11, 2012 - 12:48 PM

Well if the alpha dog fits ….LOL….we make our new class members feel welcome and we support them ….but a lot of new comer’s hate those of us that get it in..and are often shitty when you try to be nice and supportive…in all honesty you can’t hate those of us that are really taking it serious ….I say be the best you that you can be….nice article …

Alexandrea Ward May 11, 2012 - 1:32 PM

That is one main reason that I don’t like going to a gym. I’d much prefer working out at home. What’s the point of all the posturing and all that when we’re all there to work out, not catch a man? That’s not what it’s for! Wearing makeup or itty bitty outfits to the gym?! Ugh!

soulsentwined May 11, 2012 - 1:57 PM

yeah I used to judge the woman who worked out in full makeup until I saw her changing out of her business suit before class.

Nicole May 11, 2012 - 2:06 PM

Worse than the general conversationalist is the “advice giver.” This gym type believes s/he knows all there is to know about fitness and feels the need to give unsolicited advice about the types of exercise you need to do. There’s a guy like this at my gym. I find him rude and insulting. I got to the point where I told him “Sir, I’ve lost more weight (170 pounds) than what you currently weigh!” He left me alone after that.

Brittany May 11, 2012 - 3:18 PM

Lord knows I get annoyed by MOST of these every time I hit the gym. Talkers annoy the crap out of me. Especially if I can hear them over my music. I mean, let’s face it – if you can talk regularly while on the treadmill or elliptical, you ain’t working out hard enough.

And sadly I still judge the makeup’d women. I go to the gym no later than 6am. Sooooo, just where are you going with all of that blush? Because you ARE going to shower after your workout, right? No? Hmm. Okay.

beth May 11, 2012 - 3:32 PM

really enjoyed your article! And for me the worst is the ones who won’t let you work in a set when they are resting. Some of them are ignorant of what you mean when you ask – but some know exactly what you mean and are just rude.
Pretty much the rest of it doesn’t bother me.

Hope to enjoy more of your writing moving forward!

Goldeelocks1908 May 11, 2012 - 3:37 PM

OMG You so hit hte nail on the head!! I think the attire in the gym and the flirty girl irritate me the most! I’m like uh… this is not a fashion show and while you’re not trying to get your heart rate up and mess up your hair and make up… I am. lol.

Dre May 11, 2012 - 4:01 PM

You forgot to add person using machine or station not for its correct purpose. Why are you doing push ups on the bench press setup!!!

Erika Nicole Kendall May 11, 2012 - 4:18 PM

I thought about this one, and I can’t say I felt either way about it enough to put it on here, just because I’ve got to admit – I learned some of the best exercises through watching other folks. Like, the bench press bench… it ain’t just for bench pressin’! LOLOL

Trina May 11, 2012 - 4:14 PM

People who hover drive me nuts. Like instead of asking what set or how long, they just stand and stare at you. Oh, the territorial guys in the free weight section. Like, we (girls) are in their domain, so they huff and puff and hover. And the gym I go to has a towel sercvce so most folks have an extra towel to wipe down the machines, so I don’t have worry about that.

Briana Myricks May 11, 2012 - 4:54 PM

I can’t stand the Starer. They would be the conversationalist but they hear H.A.M. coming loud and clear from your headphones. So they keep staring at you while you’re on flight 37 on the Stairclimber or mile 12 on the stationary bike. It’s creepy. It’s awkward. It’s strange.

Keydra May 12, 2012 - 11:02 AM

My personal faves: 1. The guys who hang out at the door during Zumba class to booty watch. Stay classy, gentlemen. 2. The “elites” who think that they should always be in the front of the class. I pay that same fees that you do, so occassionally I’d like to see myself in the mirror. 3. The annoying teenagers who play around while others are working. Take your asses to the mall.

Daria May 13, 2012 - 4:17 AM

I think I can deal with all that was listed but I can’t stand the guys (always guys) that must stand super close in front of the dumbbells and watch themselves in the mirror. How is anyone else supposed to use the other weights if you’re standing there?! Also, not re-racking weights drives me crazy. Then there’s the guy doing bicep curls in the squat rack or the girl following her man around acting cute and not really there to work out.

Janine November 30, 2012 - 1:42 PM

Keydra: amen on the teenagers!!

Crystal May 13, 2012 - 12:00 PM

Fantastic article!!! I gotta add one … The “All Up In Your Space-er” That person in your workout class who is continually in your lane. Leaving you with little space to get your proper workout on. I constantly find myself trying to suppress the desire to bow this chick in the face!!

Dominique May 18, 2012 - 9:45 AM

OMG! I have an “All Up In Your Space-er” at my gym. He gets there halfway through my strength routine. I have my mat in a spot where people can get to the stack of mats but not too far that it’s in the middle of the floor. This leaves room for 2 more mats on the right of me. This man will grab is mat and wedge it between mine and the stack of mats. Then he walks around me before he settles down. I always end up moving over. After a couple days of this, I set up further away to avoid him. DO YOU KNOW HE PUT HIS MAT ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF ME WITH THE SAME AMOUNT OF SPACE! This time I had to move to the left! Why does he insist on being all up on me! lol

Valarie May 13, 2012 - 6:04 PM

My all-time bad gym behavior favorite was a belly-dance instructor who spent more time watching herself in the mirror than making sure her students were performing the moves correctly.

Vee May 16, 2012 - 2:27 PM

Wow talk about being modest.

Tremilla May 14, 2012 - 2:13 AM

There’s a girl at my gym who wears tank tops and booty shorts. And I do mean the type of shorts where her cheeks are hanging out. This is her usual gym outfit. SMH!

Reese May 14, 2012 - 10:13 AM

My gym is connect to the hospital which is really nice. It dont get overly crowded and people are respectful. When Im working out I have a very intense facial experession I have been told…that says…”NOT NOW. IM BUSY” LOL

Lisette May 15, 2012 - 1:15 PM

What annoys me to no end is when people don’t put weights back where they belong. Disorganization/clutter pisses me off to the max becauses it infringes on my limited time when I have to hunt for weights. I do find myself sometimes putting up weights other people left behind because I just can’t stand the disorder. Yeah, I know I have CDO.

Besides, it’s dangerous when weights are left all over the floor. Somebody could trip and fall. And the weights left behind are usually the super-heavy ones (85+ lbs)–way too heavy for me to lift easily.

What doesn’t annoy me are the makeup ladies because I’m one. People make assumptions, but what they don’t know is that I drop my teen off at home after school and immediately head to the gym because if I stop to do anything else, I might decide to not go work out. So, yes, I’m coming with my makeup on.

Claire Huxtable May 15, 2012 - 7:38 PM

PERFUME!!! Folks that take a SHOWER in perfume and then come and try to workout next to me on an elliptical machine, treadmill, stairstepper, etc.

Tina February 15, 2013 - 10:17 AM

Yes! This!! Hack! Wheeze! The last guy that did this was also talking to EVERYBODY within a few feet of him wherever he wandered!

Rachel La Touche May 16, 2012 - 10:16 AM

These comments were so incredibly on point I couldn’t help but laugh… one annoyance with sweaty bodies on machines is that I find patrons at my local gym are inconsistent or down right FAILING to clean the machines after they use them. There are towels and spray bottles available EVERYWHERE, yet many gym-goers refuse to use them. This annoys me to no end, because the management are doing their part, and I’m doing mine as well. I make a point to workout during off-peak times so that I can take my time during sets, and wipe off the machines both before AND after I use them (cardio equipment included)…. I also tend to extend my time (past the set limits) on the cardio equipment during off-peak times because there isn’t anyone waiting on me to get off the machine. There are ways to work around many of the typical annoyances at the gym, but some are mild (make-up girl, grunting/weight dropping etc) and others are straight up health concerns (booty sweat, dirty towels etc). Thanks for posting this Erika!

Gloria May 18, 2012 - 9:33 AM

Oh, the leave-towels-on-the-equipment people, grrrr… they drive me to Hulk levels or inner rage indeed

Denise E. June 4, 2012 - 5:39 PM

I didn’t have the opportunity to read through all the comments, so someone might have mentioned this one already: what about those that wear cologne and/or perfume while exercising?! The combination of stale perfume and sweat is NOT a good mix! Especially for those of us who have nasal allergies. Please stop!

Ceej July 7, 2013 - 8:40 PM

OMG THIS! I have told someone “I’m sorry but your perfume is overwhelming” and then moved to another part of the gym. If I can smell your perfume from more than arm’s distance away, you are wearing too much.

SNH July 10, 2013 - 1:22 AM

I Would have to say in addition to the too much perfume/cologne is the person that doesn’t wear enough deodorant. I get it, you’re sweaty and slimey (which btw ew @ folks sliming the machines) so you do NOT have to smell like you have NEVER worn deodorant and don’t even know what it is.

Jennifer June 8, 2012 - 9:37 AM

Girllllll!!!! You not only hit the nail on the head…you hammered it straight home!! Sheesh! I have been annoyed by just about all of the same things. My biggest thorn is talking on the cell phone while sitting on the machine that I want to use. I have a life!…and I don’t want to spend half of it in the gym waiting to get through my work out. Sometimes while I’m working out on one machine I find myself glaring at an offender hoping that via mental telepathy they will get the message I’m sending, which is “I’m on my last set so you betta get off that dang phone and finish up or just be off the machine by the time I’m ready for it!!!”.

I had sometimes wondered if I was just too impatient or irrational. Glad to know it’s not just me. Thanks girl! 🙂

Jennifer June 8, 2012 - 9:46 AM

Oh ya!… the Alpha Dog! Ha ha! There’s one at my gym who regularly struts himself across the gym carrying a bar bell over one of his shoulders from the back of the gym (the free weight area) all the way to the front (the cardio machine area), and I can’t understand why? It’s an enormous sized gym so it’s a long walk. And a dangerous one too for everyone else. It’s not as annoying as it is so funny sometimes…the things I see these “Alpha Dogs” doing!

Well I guess I can depend on regular entertainment while I’m working it out! LOL.

Dorothy June 8, 2012 - 2:02 PM

Wow!! these post bring back memories of 20 years ago. I gave up gyms for the same reasons. I see nothinnnnnng has changed. Nevertheless it was funny going down memory lane with each post. I applaud anyone who can tuff it out with that crew. I gave up the ghost on that one (gym). Never will I find these feet of mine waiting to use the various machines after the sweat monkeys have dripped all over them. I don’t miss the toilets not flushed by nasty patron, sanitary pads left on the floor and intentional public nudity. Nor do I miss the clearly anorexic ladies exercising through their intense hunger. I have not forgotten the poorly trained and ill advised instructors. I am exercising at home and taking long walks. All things having been said the gym still has merits. The gym can be fun and finding a workout buddy there is most rewarding.

laschelle June 15, 2012 - 8:09 PM

Everything you just posted I experience daily during my morning work outs. I like to be focused and when I’m in my zone I do not have time to chat. I can’t stand those types that want to talk while you’re doing the cycle,the treadmill, or on the glider. I don’t like to chat during my cardio work out. We have a person we call MISS OLYMPIAN she is all over the place constantly on all the machines. She needs to realize that you don’t barge your way into another’s space when you are working out. She jumps up on the bench seats doesn’t clean them off plus they are not made for stepping on. Loved this article it really hit home for me.

Catherine June 15, 2012 - 9:02 PM

Personally I wear make up to the gym if i work out in the evening as I am coming straight from work and have very little time to take it off and rationalize that it’s economical to do it after my work out when I have my shower . I’m in and am I’m out due to time constraints. Definitely not a poser! The one thing that grates my nerves is women hoarding the bench space in the mornings when either getting ready for work after their work outs or women who are not conscious of the fact that they need to be not selfish when opening the locker doors and not shutting them as its a health and safety issue for starters. It’s frustrating when you’re in a rush to get out when you’re done working out and you have to be shutting locker doors to get to your own.

Nell June 15, 2012 - 11:21 PM

You know what really burns me up? (other than someone using every machine and not wiping it down; didn’t you catch my dirty look?) Why do the guys in the gym act like women are not supposed to use the weights? They act as if I am in their way…ummm excuse me but I pay for the use of this facility just like you do aaannnddd I am going to use everything in it LOL! What is that about?

Shannon June 15, 2012 - 11:37 PM

I use the walking track at my local community center and have to deal with some of the same mess. I have discovered that people walk on the track the same way they drive (scary!). There are the hoverers who won’t pass or back off, but are all in my kool-aid. The ones who read books or talk on their cell phones are the weirdest (how CAN they be paying attention). The strangest yet? One girl was trying to do her Beyonce impression while on the track (Honey, this isn’t Soul Train, we’re trying to walk here and I have my OWN music, thank you.) Lawd, and that’s just the track!

Kailyn June 16, 2012 - 10:07 AM

This was so funny and soo dang true!!! All if it! My biggest gripe is the personal trainer, who, while I’m running full speed on the treadmill, starts talking to me and then asks if I’m interested in paying for some sessions. Seriously? Why has this happened to me a few times? A personal trainer should know better! Ask me when I’m done, and even then, the answer is still “no.” The girls who are too busy flossing, which gives guys this impression that we’re all there to hook up. Gripe #2: The guy who tries to pretend he’s looking for “a workout partner.” Come on man. Nah.

SNH July 10, 2013 - 1:31 AM

YES! Your biggest gripe is also mine & turned me off of a local gym – especially when they kept asking! OMG! Take “No” for an answer, already!

MICHELLE June 22, 2012 - 6:09 PM

Ran into the conversationalist…an old high school friend who had just arrived to the gym. I had been there about half an hour doing cardio. I was taking a water break and starting another 30 mins when we noticed each other and we talked through my 30 minutes. But I didnt give up I started back at my cardio as he continued to talk and not take a hint. Long story short I was there another hour and a half working and he spent that time on the phone. LOL

Kennita August 28, 2012 - 1:45 PM

The Elderly at the gym. The Silver Sneakers crew. (Don’t judge me, y’all). I’m all about being fit at every age. But, I try to go early in the am. And, I’m competing with them for machines. I gotta get to work and they kind of “slow bopping” around the equipment that they don’t know how to use. I get annoyed. But, you can’t say nothing about it. Like, what type of jerk yells at the elderly (I’ve actually seen that happen at the grocery store over a parking space… trust me, when you yell at older people… YOU NEVER WIN. You look like a jerk).

But, the elderly do grind my gears a bit at the gym

Erika Nicole Kendall August 28, 2012 - 2:19 PM

LMAOOO This is terrible ROFLLL But I cannot stop laughing LOLOLOL “Silver sneakers?” LMAO

I hope you are being nice, even when you’re annoyed. I really do. LOL

christine July 11, 2013 - 9:59 AM

Arrgh..silver sneakers was in there yesterday..I was raised to respect my elders I wanted to scream at pops to move!!! Fog horn leg horn (cartoon chicken) was also in there working his shoulders..I wish his bird leg behind would go somewhere else..all the strutting and grunting did not impress me

Retta April 8, 2014 - 12:47 PM

LOL!!!! FOGHORN LEGHORN???? TOOOOO funny….:)Bird leg behind, oh my…this is toooo funny. Now, now, repect ya elders, HA! HA! HA! HA! All that strutting and grunting???? girl stop!!!! I’m crying over here!!!!!

Shani Nicole August 28, 2012 - 4:25 PM

I cant stand people in booty shorts. I just dont understand why in the world your shorts have to be that damn small. I also hate the girls flopping around wasting time on machines chatting while they lift about 10 bs

mj September 14, 2012 - 10:44 AM

Can I add one? The fitness guru (there is one at my gym). The guys think he’s so cool,but he works out in crocs and grunts loudly and then drops weights.He works out in these mc hammer pants and a cut off tshirt.To top it off smokes after ever workout(how crazy is that)

Rick September 14, 2012 - 11:04 AM

” But have you ever had to do the kind of lift where it’s so heavy, you drop the weight at the end? The kind where your face turns red? It’s not as easy as “if the weight feels that heavy, you need to decrease it” for everyone, and I think that’s fair. ”

Strongly disagree with that statement. When you drop the weight at the end, it is called a failure set. It can be used as an effective tool in finding your baseline of intensity. If your face doesn’t turn red, that means you are not training hard enough. For everyone, and I think that’s fair, you have to go to a real gym and not a fitness center…

Erika Nicole Kendall September 14, 2012 - 11:10 AM

It doesn’t sound like you’re disagreeing with me at all, actually. I said that people needed to be allowed to grunt, mostly because of reasons you listed but also because you HAVE to figure out what that 1 rep max is so that you can know where to go next. I mean, that’s way more technical than I intended to be with this post, but I’m agreeing with you on that. LOL

Kellie September 14, 2012 - 3:39 PM

I can pretty much get over anything….EXCEPT….the loud gum chewer/popper. Why you gotta get on the stairmaster next to mine and chomp on that gum like it’s your last meal?!? All that snap, crackle and poppin’ makes me wanna throw a dumbbell at your head.

And then there’s the American Idol wannabe who likes to sing (off key) to whatever song they’re listening too. I once asked a lady if she was okay because she was sounding like she was injured!! I don’t want to hear you singing just like I don’t want to hear your music. If I can hear the music and lyrics from your player over my own, either your volume is too loud or your headphones are too cheap!

kley October 5, 2012 - 8:28 PM

Pet peeve number 1: Blood on the barbell left after deadlifting.

Erika Nicole Kendall October 5, 2012 - 8:50 PM


Kalila October 23, 2012 - 1:30 AM

This was too funny. I read each comment just to keep smiling. I am a self confessed booty sweater. I wear cotton bikers under my pants too. Sorry y’all. I do wipe down the equipment though. I am a starer too. I need something to get my mind off my flat feet and time left on the treadmill. I imagine what your lives are like, what your goals are, etc. Is that creepy, lol. My pet peeves are 1. Jerky dudes that act annoyed at the presence of women or thirsty dudes that stare at me or talk about the way my booty jiggles when I jog 2. Women who wear wigs to the gym. It’s hot as hell. Put a baseball cap on Wendy Williams. 3. Girlfriends who just want to leisurely walk and talk, sometimes about my sweaty ass and afro. I don’t know what you came here for, but I came to work.

Jen August 15, 2013 - 7:31 PM

I have a friend who wears her wigs to gym. Her cancer is in remission, its been almost a year. Hair has grown a lil, but she isn’t comfortable with it yet.

Tia November 23, 2012 - 3:27 PM

Haha! I am one who ignores time limits so, I usually go to the gym while everyone else is working or sleeping in order to avoid those peak/time limit hours. I love a 24 hour gym for this reason too.

MermaidsRReal February 4, 2013 - 11:48 AM

I have seen all of these, but what about the Gym Rats? There is a man who appears to be in his 50s at my gym. He always wears dark shades and a hat inside the gym (which is weird) so I don’t really know what he looks like. It’s not a 24 hour gym, but it is open 7 days a week. I kid you not–no matter what day or time I go to the gym, he is ALWAYS there!!! Always! This would not annoy me if he was actually working out and being productive, but the majority of time, he’s just hanging out and talking. He talks to every guy who comes into the gym, regardless of their age or anything. He has something to say. Every now and then, I see him using a machine (he is particularly fond of the leg press machine and presses over 500 lbs on this machine). But he is not in particularly good shape, which proves he isn’t making good use of his hours in the gym. I’ve never seen him upstairs using the cardio equipment. Whenever I make my way downstairs to the weights, I make no eye contact because I am afraid he may start talking to me.

As for the makeup, during the week, I go to the gym after work, so of course I will already have my makeup on. On weekends, yes, I do wear my concealer around my nose (I have atopic dermatiis, which creates some dark, bumpy dry patches), and my BareMinerals powder. I’m not going to the gym to meet a man, but I am very self conscious about the skin issue, although it’s not severe. That’s my own issue that I have to deal with.

I’ve am beyond annoyed with people who can’t seem to do anything without using their cell phones.
I leave mine in the car when I go to the gym.

I have huge breasts and a big stomach so I make sure to wear a large t-shirt to the gym. LOL

Shay April 21, 2013 - 11:04 PM

OMG!!! I’m especially annoyed by the conversationalists. The “workout buddy” kind (they don’t actually workout they just want to talk) and the gym regular (more like “rat”). Needless to say, I don’t have a workout buddy. As far as the gym “rat”- SO ANNOYING. I drop hints to let them know, it’s time for them to move on and let me continue my workout- they NEVER get it. To make matters worse, I actually live in Korea now. I barely know/speak the language, but I’ve gotten comfortable enough to sign up for a gym membership and go regularly. You would think all I’d deal with were stares because I’m one of few (if any) Black women they’ve encountered, but “No” I’m still dealing with conversationalists. There’s a group of older ladies who constantly try to hold a conversation with me. I don’t speak enough Korean and they don’t speak enough English… What the heck! I just wanna workout!

Ceej July 7, 2013 - 8:36 PM

I hate The Fat-Shamers: those folks who shoot fat people dirty looks at the gym. And more often than not they have something nasty to mutter under their breath, just within earshot of the fat person. You shame fat people for not working out yet when they come to the gym you shame them for being fat in your presence!? Jerks.

LizzyM September 4, 2014 - 11:32 AM

Hm.. I am not trying to be rude when I say this but I don’t think anyone is fat-shaming at the gym. That’s the whole reason for going, to get in shape! I just can’t fathom someone doing that, especially in the gym. When I see a larger person in the gym, I always smile and try to make them feel welcome.

Erika Nicole Kendall September 5, 2014 - 10:46 AM

“I don’t think anyone is fat-shaming at the gym.”

This is inaccurate.

occhiblu July 8, 2013 - 1:08 AM

* The people who talk REALLY LOUDLY to each other (or on their cell phones) while on the cardio machines, even though the rest of us have headphones in and are presumably trying to listen to something. You want to exercise? Great – go to a gym! You want to have a long conversation? Great – go to a cafe!

* Perfume/cologne, especially people who put clouds of it on in the locker room. My last gym had a hot tub in the locker room, and at one point I almost choked from the steamy nasty perfume one woman was spraying.

* The women taking up WAY TOO MUCH room in the locker room. My last gym even had free lockers, so there was no reason to leave your crap spread out over all the benches.

Erika Nicole Kendall July 8, 2013 - 9:54 AM

“The women taking up WAY TOO MUCH room in the locker room. My last gym even had free lockers, so there was no reason to leave your crap spread out over all the benches.”

I am totally this woman. It’s not my fault, though! My bag is huge! LOLOL

I mean, it’s only while I’m digging through it, though – I’m not just leaving my stuff all over while I go work out. I hope that makes a difference. ROFL

christine July 9, 2013 - 12:31 PM

I am over here in hysterics..you got everyone except the parent who brings their kid. We have to wait on the treadmill because lil Billy can’t sit in the corner and read a book. Instead he plays around and gets in everyones way

Erika Nicole Kendall July 9, 2013 - 1:19 PM

You know what, I completely forgot about that.

I’m sympathetic to that, mainly because I used to have my child next to me in a stroller while I was on the elliptical. Not on the equipment, mind you, but next to me in the stroller. LOL

KelliZee August 15, 2013 - 5:49 PM

I agree wit everything you mentioned in your post and almost every single comment on here. From booty sweat to booty shorts, I have totally grumbled about it all. My big gripe right now is the people who arrive late to exercise classes and insist on standing in “their spot” which is usually in the front and always occupied when they arrive. This pushes everyone together and makes the whole class a cramped mess so you can’t work out to your fullest potential because you can’t see the instructor for the packed front row or you can’t move because you’re crowded into the person next to you.

“Spot savers” are another problem. Your “spot” is not where your girlfriend set her water bottle, it’s the one your body is in when class starts…if you get there late, then your “spot” is wherever there is not another body. Ugh…zumba in 1.5 hours. I need to have a zen moment…..

Oh, and please, please, please….naked ladies in the locker room, PLEASE do not sit your nekkid butt directly on the bench without putting down a towel first. I’m begging you.

One last gripe…people who get on the exercise bike and don’t actually turn it on…they just peddle in an oh-so leisurely fashion while they thumb through a magazine, chat n the phone or watch TV.

Erika Nicole Kendall August 16, 2013 - 12:39 PM

Spot savers get no country from me. You want to be next to your extra late friend? MOVE OUR BUTT TO THE BACK NEXT TO H[IM or H]ER. Ugh!

Creole Soul August 15, 2013 - 6:51 PM

The one that grinds my gears is Mr. “Even though I’ve been seeing you come in here for the last 2 years and noticed you have lost a significant amount of weight, I wouldn’t dare talk to you because you were too fat, but now you are just my size. I will now stop giving you snare and will smile when you look my way and might even talk to you now.”

Nothing gives me greater pleasure than ignoring these guys when they try to strike up a convo with me, especially when they acted like they couldn’t be bothered with me XX pounds ago. LOL

Jen August 15, 2013 - 7:27 PM

I hate when I am taking a class at the gym and I am there (ON TIME) and someone stands so close to me that I can smell them, hear them breathe, etc.! BACK UP PLEASE! Give me my personal space. I get there on time to scope out a good spot!! I especially hate it when the classes are not even crowded and someone is right on my back! uggggh. I may be a gym snob, but I cannot stand to have my personal space invaded!

christine August 16, 2013 - 12:44 PM

I thought I’d seen and heard it all until Monday…I’m on the treadmill and out of the corner of my eye I see a foot..Why isn’t this guy stretching out before he get on the treadmill..has his leg all propped up..and he keeps it there..I guess he wanted to show me his walnuts but I kept trying to keep my eyes on the screen..So he takes his leg down..and just stands there,,I glance over..and up goes the leg again lol..Some folks have no shame

Jessica June 3, 2014 - 11:01 AM

I am a jogger. I go to my local park/lake and jog around it about 3 times a week. I hate the ladies that are fully covered in makeup and all perfumed up. And the men wearing their Gucci cologne to jog. I’ll be thinking “you must want all the bugs chasing you” lol. I don’t wear makeup at all, ever. I barely like to wear chap stick to jog because when I am usually covered in bugs when I finish, I don’t want them sticking to my lips too, gross lol. also, the people that wear those hefty bag looking suits or sweat shirts and sweat pants so they can sweat more. I live in saint Louis. our humidity is enough to fry an egg on the street. early may we had temps reaching mid 90’s. people want to literally be fit or “die” trying. I mean, didn’t they learn from Martin Lawrence when he passed out from jogging in 90 degree heat with sweats!! omg lol

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