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The 8 Worst Types of Gym Behavior


Going to the gym is one of the best parts of my day. I even love the atmosphere of the gym. But every once in awhile, there are a few people that can make a gym session very, very annoying.

The Hog

Just because they want to get a good chest workout, it doesn't mean they own the bench or the chest press machine. Those people that spend an hour or more on the same machine are incredibly annoying, and they're not even getting a good workout as they're just working the same muscles over and over.

The Socialite

Working out with a friend may be a good way to keep up with a training program, but it doesn't give you a right to talk over the music. If someone nearby can hear you through their noise canceling headphones, you're too loud. Remember that you're at the gym to work out and do exercise, not hang with your buddies. Focus on that workout, and talk when you're done.

The Phonester

There's always that person that leaves their phone nearby with the ringer volume turned all the way up. They inevitably get a call while they're in the middle of a set, and they let the phone ring and ring and ring and ring and ring until you are tempted to drop that 50 pound dumbbell onto the stupid thing. Please turn your ringer volume down, or just set it on vibrate to avoid annoying fellow gym-goers. The worst is when you talk too loudly into your phone, so answer your calls someplace where no one can hear you.

The Disorganizer

We've all seen that guy or girl that comes to the gym, does their workout, and leaves the weights scattered around the floor. They could leave the weights just a few inches from the racks where they should be placed, but they will never quite put them back in their place. There are racks along the wall for a reason, so put away the weights once you're done with them. It's just good manners.

The Noisemaker

Singing in the locker room showers is just one of the very annoying habits of the noisemaker, and they'll be the same person groaning with relief when they sit in the sauna, emitting weird sounds as they sit on the toilet, or breathing heavily as they finish their 5-minute run. There are some gym noises that just can't be avoided, but remember that you're not at home!

The Amateur Trainer

You're at the gym and someone comes up to you. He offers you advice on an exercise, a workout, a diet habit. You didn't want or need the advice. But that doesn't stop him. Sound familiar? If you do this, stop it! There are professional trainers that people can talk to if they want advice, but the amateurs that think they know everything about weight lifting will just annoy everyone else.

The Eyeballer

It isn't wrong for you to look around the gym as you rest between sets, but settling your eyes onto that lady's cleavage or that gentleman's very tight shorts is definitely not the way to go. There's something to be said for keeping your eyes to yourself, and avoid eyeballing everyone around the gym. A quick glance is fine, but it's best to mind your own business.

The Incorrect User

"Let's use that chest press machine to work out our calves!" We've all seen those fools that use a machine for the wrong exercises. Not only do they waste their time at the gym, but they occupy a machine that another hard-working-out individual could need. Plus, they're endangering themselves. If you don't know what the machine is for or how to use it properly, ask a professional or don't use it at all!


Andy Peloquin had battled with weight loss issues his whole life. To overcome this, he began studying fitness and is now in the process of becoming a certified professional fitness trainer. He exercise seven days a week and is excited to share his down-to-earth knowledge of exercise and fitness.

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