10 Most Annoying People At The Gym !!!

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  1. Torres

    Torres MuscleHead

    Sep 16, 2013
    You've got to give credit to anyone who's in the gym instead of being permanently adhered to a couch with Cheez Whiz. Then again, some of today's gym-goers just drive us crazy.

    1. The Misplaced CrossFitter

    You've seen them. Tall socks, Reeboks, blank expressions, mindlessly doing whatever WOD that Senator Palpatine and his minions at CrossFit HQ randomly pulled out of their butts that morning.

    One minute they're doing a high-rep Olympic lift to exhaustion between two benches other people need to use. The next minute they're blocking the dumbbell rack by doing burpees in front of it.

    You know that saying, CrossFit would be pretty cool if it wasn't for all the CrossFitters? Yeah, that's about these guys.

    Now, there are some awesome things about CrossFit, but if you want to do it, please go to an actual CrossFit box that has the right equipment and where you might actually learn something.

    Right now, in the middle of a busy commercial gym, you're just being an annoying wannabe.

    2. The Phone Zombie

    Dear phone zombies, we'd like to introduce you to other people.

    "Other people" are all those human beings who are not you. Crazy, we know.

    And here's the thing: other people would like to use that bench, rack, or machine that you've been sitting on for 15 minutes while lost in the magical fairy land of your phone.

    Oh, you need to log your workout? Try a spiral notebook, which does not double as a TV, music player, social media device, hook-up tool, or gaming platform.

    But what will you ever do between sets? How about think about your next set, log your weight and reps with a pencil, gives cues to your training partner, stretch, or have a sip of your workout nutrition drink? If you're that damn bored, then it's clearly time to do another set.

    Stay out of the phone zone. If you must have music, vow to keep it in your pocket if you don't have the self-discipline it takes to switch songs in less than 10 minutes.

    You'll get a better workout, make faster progress, and show some respect to those "other people."

    3. The Newbie Steroid User

    Despite the common stereotype, steroid users usually aren't violent bullies out to intimidate other gym members and send them running to Planet Fitness so they won't be "judged."

    Related:  The Planet Fitness Nightmare
    In fact, most are humble and even soft spoken. The problem isn't experienced steroid users. It's newbie steroid users, those douchey "eat clen and tren hard" guys that start practicing their struts and catch phrases two minutes after their first injection.

    Don't worry. They usually don't last long. They learn nothing about proper lifting and diet since they're handicapped by their early reliance on drugs. It's a "rented physique" as Christian Thibaudeau says, and these posers aren't smart enough to keep up the lease.

    4. Just About Anyone Doing a Kettlebell Swing

    The kettlebell swing is one of the best "new" exercises in existence. Use it for conditioning, use it for power development and hip snap practice, or use it to build an ass of steel. Just please, for the love of Dan John, know what the hell you're doing.

    Related:  Master the Kettlebell Swing
    Have you ever seen someone in a commercial gym do a correct kettlebell swing? Most of the time it looks like a slow-motion squat that has been incestuously bred with a front delt raise.

    Stop it. The kettlebell swing is an act of controlled violence, not a weighted yoga movement. Think angry thoughts and swing over a box to fix your form.

    There's no reason to be ignorant on this subject. Educate yourself, because your form is so bad it's distracting.

    5. The Dumbbell Rack Blocker

    One-arm rows are great. Do them. But don't do them while hanging on to the dumbbell rack and blocking access to several other sets of dumbbells.

    If you continue your egocentric rudeness, then know that we have declared an open season on your toes.

    Each toe is worth 1-5 points with the smaller toes worth the most. So if you happen to be blocking the rack and someone drops a dumbbell on your toe, maybe it was an accident because, you know, you are in the damn way after all.

    Or maybe not. Maybe they just scored a two-toe, 9 point slam dunk.

    6. The Bros

    Guys, we hate to interrupt your fifth chest/bi's workout of the week, but here's the thing. When you train with eight of your bros, you're taking up one piece of equipment for over an hour.

    You're also getting a pretty crappy workout given the fact that you rest 22 minutes between sets. Training density. Google it.

    When you add in texting, changing songs, taking selfies, and wondering aloud about your chances with that girl over there on the treadmill, you've spent two hours in the gym and have done three sets.

    And by the way, it's not "all you, bro." It's your spotter upright-rowing 30% of the load.

    Try this instead. Break from the bro-herd and train solo for a while. You'll learn a ton and probably do more than three sets of chest per workout. You may even have time for legs. (Those are the bipedal limbs below your waist, which also contain muscles.)

    7. Mr. Octa-Set

    There are a lot of great training programs that use circuits. But here's the thing: you can't do an eight-station circuit and take up one-fourth of the entire gym. Don't get all butthurt because someone slips in and uses a piece of your equipment either.

    If your program calls for multiple exercises in a circuit or complex format, use dumbbell exercise variations and place the 'bells near the machine or rack. That way we don't have to stand around and wonder if you're finished or just on the 7th exercise of your 8-round circuit.

    8. The Crappy Personal Trainer

    We try to focus on our own workouts and ignore him, but that's like sitting in the middle of a three-ring circus and trying to ignore the jugglers and dancing elephants.

    There are a lot of smart, hard-working personal trainers out there... and they're embarrassed to be in the same profession as this clown.

    Are you really discussing some TV show with your client who's clearly about hurt herself because her form is so bad? Do you really have a 70 year old man doing one-legged curls while standing on a BOSU ball? Are you texting while your client is doing a set?

    Find another part-time job. Preferably outside the fitness industry.

    9. The Talker

    You can make great friends at the gym, but don't be "that guy." You know that guy – the guy who interrupts your workout to chat. Incessantly. About nothing... except himself of course.

    The Talker is either oblivious to things like proper rest periods and general gym etiquette, or he (or she) has no sense of body language, personal space bubbles, and verbal context clues.

    No matter how hard you politely try to get away, you just can't break it off. The worst offenders will follow you and continue to talk even after you've started a new set.

    You may not take your workout seriously, Talker, but other people do. And they have sets to do, PRs to break, and a limited amount of time to do it.

    You may begin to notice that people avert their eyes when they see you and make a beeline for the other side of the gym. You know why? Because you've become "that guy."

    At the very least, save your chatter until you see us walking out of the gym or we're in the locker room. And if it's the latter, please don't start the conversation while you're naked. No one needs to see that.

    10. The Creeper

    Every gym has at least one. Sometimes these are just dudes with poor social skills, and sometimes their behaviors are downright predatory.

    There's the guy who wears short-shorts and purposefully does his stretches in front of women so they'll see his baggy balls. There's the awkward guy who takes cell phone pics of women for "later use."

    There's the "pick-up artist" whose sole goal of being in the gym seems to be to spread herpes or genital warts. The worst case scenario? The creeper who works in the gym.

    What do you do about creepers? You turn them in to management. There are actually creeps out there who have been banned from every gym in town for their creepy creeping. Word gets around.

    Tell the owner that either the creeper goes or you and several of your dues-paying friends go.
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  2. StrongLyfe

    StrongLyfe Mr. Worxx

    Aug 25, 2012
    11. The Show Off - generally struts around flexing and acting like know it all. Puts other lifters down and says he does better than that...when he FAILS.
  3. Torres

    Torres MuscleHead

    Sep 16, 2013
    There's a dude at my gym , that I have to say has got decent gains, but he walks around w that snug look on his face , like his shit don't stink and always wears those 70's Jack Tripper shorts w/ different color sneakers that lean to one side and his 10 year olds wife beater . Stupid Bastard !!!
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  4. Fury

    Fury MuscleHead

    Jun 6, 2012
    Attractive women need to be band because I can't concentrate when I'm training lol
  5. zipbolang

    zipbolang TID Lady Member

    Apr 18, 2015
    hilarious list! and very real!
  6. FLEXjs

    FLEXjs TID Board Of Directors

    Apr 23, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2015
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  7. StrongLyfe

    StrongLyfe Mr. Worxx

    Aug 25, 2012
    Yep this type of annoying gym rat is all too common these days and they collectively drop the IQ of the place by 50 points IMO

    LMAO, but good article over there though and the bonus is that elderly lifters are awesome
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2015
  8. Torres

    Torres MuscleHead

    Sep 16, 2013
    Na that wasn't FIST LOL. I saw that on T Nation and thought it be a great read. It was I !!!
  9. Jay Cutler

    Jay Cutler Member

    Sep 30, 2016
    I suppose this info about little gyms, because when I start to visit big gyms, 50% problems of these people disapearred))
  10. Rottenrogue

    Rottenrogue Strongwoman Administrator Staff Member

    Jan 26, 2011
    Hmmm I would think big globo gyms would have more of these folks around
  11. sityslicker1

    sityslicker1 TID Board Of Directors

    Oct 6, 2010
    missing one...the kid fixing his eye brows, picking his teeth, popping a zit and/or flexing in the gym mirror thinking he's really something haha.
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  12. Jay Cutler

    Jay Cutler Member

    Sep 30, 2016
    It's true, but in our country fashion on gyms have gone, so now I haven't this problem)) I see a lot of people in 2013-2015, who visit BIG gyms only to boast...etc))
    But now this problem resolved))

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