My 6 Gym Pet Peeves
Okay so I work out a lot. Nothing hardcore like when I was in college and I was a tad obsessive, taking pleasure in tormenting my hungover fraternity brothers when they would join me, but enough to stay in shape. Being a regular at the gym the following is a list of my pet peeves of some fellow gym goers:
6 – Using a towel or water bottle to “hold” one machine while you’re working out on another. I’ve had people not in sight of a machine come over while I’m doing my set and ask if I saw their towel. “Um, yeah but I didn’t see you!” Unless of course the person is huge has roid rage potential. Then I apologize, meekly get out of the way, and let him use the machine.
5 – Men wearing tank tops. Really? Why not just rub your bare ass on the machine? And it’s always the dudes that sweat the most that wear them. And if you’re one of those dudes and you’re reading this, the heavy cologne combined with the sweat only makes it worse!
4 – Talking/Texting while sitting on a machine. Hey life happens, I get it. You want to text? Text. But take it to the side. (I think if I were to see someone take a selfie why using a machine my head would explode.)
3– Hitting on the hot receptionist while others are waiting to check in and get in. I cannot tell a lie. On occasion I have attempted to flirt with the hot receptionist. BUT, only when another check station/person was available, otherwise I would move to the side to let other members get in. And for the love of GOD guys, learn to pick up on signals and move on if she is not interested!
2 – Using a sweaty smelly not laundered for weeks towel to wipe down a machine. I appreciate the thought, but if you’re not bringing a clean towel please leave the bacteria infested one at home.
1 – Also, as a recovering germaphobe I understand the urge to use half a spray bottle to wipe down a cardio machine. I don’t spray them since it is only my hands touching the machine. I find the chemicals and smell to be toxic. If you don’t lick you hands, or pick your nose, and you wash your hands after you work out, you should probably be okay. As it stands, I’m doing my cardio, the guy next to be finishes, sprays/ wipes down the machine… two minutes later and another member sprays/wipes it down before she is going to use it. Me? I’m about to pass out from the fumes!
Minor pet peeves aside, working out is a great way to start the day!