AT THE REQUEST OF SIOUX......
I am posting this excerpt from my training journal for all to view. I am sure all of you can relate, laugh, and add your own pet peeves so feel free to expand on this list.
From Journal Entry 12-30-08......
That brings me to a funny topic......gym etiquette
This may be an overdone topic but since its MY journal and I want to vent about it, I thought I would. So there. I posted this on another one of my blogs and the response was hilarious.
Over the years I have been not only the recipient of REALLY horrifying experiences with this as well as an unfortunate offender from time to time. And don't lie.....we've all done it someway, somewhere.
Here are the top 10 worst experiences/pet peeves of mine:
Oh...and PS, I am listed them in order from bad to absolutely sickening)
1. TEXTING AND/OR ANY OTHER CELL PHONE USAGE WHILE IN THE GYM!!!!
Really people? Its THAT important? Unless you are waiting for a call about a liver, kidney, or some other crucial organ....I just think its just rediculous. Especially the people that do it in between and even during each set or excersize! There was a guy I was trying to work in with on the leg press machine a few months back and in between every excersize he'd walk ALL the way outside to call someone else back!!! Unbelievable.
2. CARDIO COMPETITORS.....one of my favorites.
You know who you are! Those people who are constantly eyeing your incline/speed/resistance level as if they risk losing their first born if they aren't equal to or surpassing it. This is not only silly to me but even more hilarious when they can't keep up or begin to look like they are on the verge of an aneurysym -- red-faced, panting, etc. These people truly worry me Its mostly the men that end up next to me that usually start these reindeer games. Figures...
So, eh hem......To whom it may concern, I am working this hard because in a few months I will be half-naked in front of a judges panel.....unless that is the case for you???? SLOW DOWN and spare us the inevitable CPR!!!
3. PESKY PICK-UP LINES OR ANY CONVERSATON AT ALL WHILE I HAVE MY iPOD ON AND LOOK LIKE I MEAN BUSINESS!!!
I really hate it when guys in particular try to hit on you or make conversation while trying to get a heavy workout in and even try to talk OVER the music in my ears. I have my iPod on for a reason. Its to keep me in the zone and focused. Its so that I can do my work out and leave. The gym is NOT my social club or dating service. That's ok for those of you who see it this way. I am not judging. It just is a lot more serious for me than most people. That's my choice, and I know that. I just get a little frustrated when I get interrupted for something silly. Its usually those repeat offenders too......You know the type. They prowl around the gym just chatting it up with every woman in there looking for their moment to throw out the stupidist pick up lines...."hey, we should do legs together one day". Whatever.
4. GYM BULLIES....is there any greater crime?
This one will be a short one because I just get too angry. Just because you happen to want the machine I am using, and just because I have 3 more sets, and just because I may happen to be a girl.......DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO NOT ONLY KEEP ASKING ME IF I AM DONE YET (AGAIN...), BUT IT ALSO DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO CIRCLE ME OVER AND OVER LIKE A DAMN BUZZARD ON ROAD KILL. Take a lap, go get a drink of water, and breathe a little. I'll be done when I'm done. Nuff said.
5. INAPPROPRIATE ATTIRE
Although this one can be annoying....its pretty damn funny too. So I would like to thank everyone guilty of it. You provide much needed comic relief from time to time. This one includes but is not limited to.....waaaayyyyy too short shorts (men AND women....ew!), those stringy tank tops that the meat-heads wear from the 80's, thong excersize leotards over leggings(another culprit circa 1980 aka the Olivia Newton-John "let's get physical" look), Jeans and Timberlands....come on, xtra small sports bra with xtra large breasts, and last but not least......excessive make-up/jewlery/and any other outfit coordination that looks like it took longer than an hour to put together.
6. NOT WIPING OFF YOUR SWEAT FROM THE MACHINE.....need I say more? That's just wrong.
7. OVERLY SEXUAL GRUNTERS
Yes, we know that its heavy....its supposed to be. But some of you should win an oscar for best supporting actor/actress in a deadlift and/or benchpress for the dramatic portrayal of how hard you are working. I understand that breathing is important and a little grunt here or there never hurt anyone....but some of it is down right obscene. Yes....you have ALL of our attention. Are you happy? You should'nt be! You should be ashamed of yourself.
8. SHOWER NOSE-BLOWERS
I am often amazed in the locker room with what I see but even more amazed at what I hear. DON'T BLOW YOUR NOSE IN THE SHOWER.......GROSS! Get a tissue or some toilet paper like the rest of us will ya? These barn-raised perpetrators must really not care how sick and disgusting that is. Maybe its just my pre-occupation with mucus and how much it makes me want to gag from my traumatic nursing career, but I think you all feel my pain.:sick3:
9. CHRONIC LOCKER ROOM POOPERS
There are just some people who must hold it until they get to the gym EVERY DAY to do it. Boggles the mind.
This one is not for the faint of heart and my final pet peeve. Oh man.....where do I begin? I get that some of you are from the peace/lovin' 60's and are ok to embrace that free spirit of yours....but can you spare the rest of us your brazen exhibitionism?? NO ONE WANTS TO SEE IT..... ANY OF IT. That's why they have towels! Eureka! A little peak from time to time.....no biggie, we are all women (or men) but prancing around the locker room as if the world is your oyster.....NOT OK!!! :Melissa 2: I think I would like to share a personal experience with everyone to close out this blog for the day....because quite frankly I am a little tired. True story......there was this woman at my gym about a year ago who would (EVERY DAY...keep in mind) finish her morning cardio and then strip down and walk around butt-naked talking to people, using the bathroom, etc for at least an hour. It was absolutely repulsive. The straw that broke the camel's back one day was that she had completed her normal morning routine (naked...duh), got into about 3-4 conversations with other clothed people, and began to walk towards me. We had talked only a few times but I felt my heart racing and was trying to plan a getaway. I was unsuccessful. As she began to talk to me about something she grabbed the public hair dryer on the wall, put her leg up on the bench that I was sitting on, and began to dry herself off with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Use your imagination or don't to spare yourself that image in your mental rolodex....I'll understand. But WOW!!! I know!!! Needless to say I had to confront her on how innappropriate I thought her usual routine was and that I wasn't sure about anyone else but I was really uncomfortable with it. I think she gives me dirty looks to this day. I aint losing any sleep over it....lemme tell ya.
In closing.....there are just certain things that you do at YOUR OWN HOUSE, ON YOUR OWN TIME. Please spare the rest of us your bad habits and disgusting quirks! In a day and age where most people on this planet need to value their health and be attending the gym for excersize on a regular basis lets not scare them off. Thank you.
This has been a public service announcement from Eryn Strickland. The views expressed in this blog are 100% how she feels and should not be taken lightly.
PLEASE ADD TO THIS LIST AS I AM SURE THERE ARE SOME I HAVE FORGOTTEN. LOL!!!! :lol5::lol5::lol5::lol5::lol5::lol5: