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Gym Rant

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Am I the only one on the planet who thinks that there are some people that are very weird at the gym? Am I the only one that sits or stands there and says nothing when they are bugged by the same said people? Please let me know that I am not alone in this. Or, let me know I am alone in this and maybe I can try to ignore some stuff. Lists of crimes and misdemeanors at the gym.

1. The last straw was yesterday. There are rows of lockers and benches where people put their stuff. Well, there was a woman I would say a mature one, in her fifties, who sat changing with her naked tush on the bench! Now, I am not a doctor but isn't that poor hygiene? We all use that bench. Would it not be prudent to lay a towel down and then sit? Does anyone else find it as gross as me? She left me speechless but really I should have said something.

2, Or how about the people that stand primping naked in front of the mirrors for a half hour or so. I am not talking about just being naked for a shower or changing this is more some weird narcissistic action. I also, have someone that always talks to me stark naked. Her, not me. Yeah, yeah the human body is beautiful etc. etc. But hey if I wanted to join a nudist colony I would. Where has modesty gone? She could put something on while wanting to talk to me. I have to look her straight in the eyes when speaking to her lest I look elsewhere and look rude.

3. How about people who come late for a group exercise class and stand right in front of you at the last minute blocking your view of the instructor. This happened last week in my Zumba class. Now I am no Ginger Rogers but I can keep a beat. Well, the lady who budged in front of me was part of the rhythmless nation! It is like singing with someone tone deaf - suddenly I could not put one foot in front of the other.

4. Or what about people, especially lifting weights that make terrible sounds and grunts. Yes, we all sweat and strain and make a bit of noise but this is akin to performance exercise. Nobody has to make that much noise doing anything. Seems to me like they may be faking it!

Well, sorry for this rant but I just had to get it out. It saves me the money for therapy and hopefully someone out on spark found it funny not just a tragic lack of tolerance on my part!
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  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I'm not real comfortable with the naked part.
    Never saw anyone sitting naked on a bench. Most
    have a towel or stand.
    The Grunting is the worst! Especially the big
    macho guys...Sometimes I have to make a noise,
    but not so the whole gym can hear it, unless I'm
    in PAIN!

    Thanks I enjoyed reading your article.

    Those of us who sympathize with you for sure.
    3063 days ago
    I bought home gym stuff because the weirdness at the gym. Its totally not just you!
    Thank you for sharing!
    3063 days ago
    You go girl! Well written and I enjoyed the rant. emoticon
    3064 days ago
    emoticon emoticon I don't think I'll be joining a gym anytime soon!
    3064 days ago
    I had to laugh when I read your blog. The senior ladies swim class gets out mid morning and if my timing is off, I'll be in the locker room at the same time they're showering/dressing. ALL of them are parading around in nothing and it doesn't bother them. Kudos to them for being so comfortable in themselves. I'm not that comfortable, but that's okay. I just avert my eyes, and without my glasses, I can't see them anyway, just big loose blurs! ha! And we have concrete benches that gets power cleaned several times during the day, that yes, they sit on, no towel, just bare buns. I never thought about the hygiene, but have wondered if they're cold! lol!

    3065 days ago
    I empathize with your rants..
    I would have been ranting also.
    I do rather envy those people who don't seem to care who sees their naked body... but the sad thing is ... I don't care to see their naked body. In my humble unbiased opinion most live in-person naked human bodies are about as beautiful as a plucked chicken.
    And as to the person with the bare butt on the bench.... well that is one more reason everyone else wants at least their own clean towel between their body and the bench !!

    Being an oldster, I have started being able to tap someone on the shoulder at inform them that the line starts at the rear. If they want to be in the front row, then get there first not last. Thought less a.k.a. no-manners people quite often need to have their short comings pointed out to them in no uncertain terms. Hey it isn't as if you were trying to cultivate a rest-of-your-live friendship with them, is it?

    Well, now I have expressed my rant too!
    Have a great day...
    Looking forward to hearing about your cruise.

    3065 days ago
    How Cow! Yeah, Not sure how I would take the naked conversation. I wish I had that kind of confidence. You'd be lucky to see my big toe. lol!

    And I totally get the Zumba part! I always try and get there a little early (when I was able to go) and there would ALWAYS be someone coming in at the last minute jumping right in front of me! Err! Makes you want to stick a foot out! lol!

    And blogging is TOTALLY my therapy. emoticon emoticon
    3065 days ago
  • 1EMMA2011
    Couldn't agree with you more. These people are thoughtless. Good for you for blogging about this and I'm glad you are there because you will speak up and tell them what for next time... in fact because of this we all will!!

    Wendy, I had a situation where the hot tub didn't have chlorine in it!!!!! It was disgusting!! I seriously debated leaving my gym when I heard about this. Now I closely monitor these things. I feel we must. I don't want to leave - in a way it is a microcosm of life. We have to watch out for these things in life, in public.

    Well, I'm glad you went to the gym. Tell the owners to put some signs out about nudity! Obviously they need to review the rules a bit here!

    Thinking of you! We are AWESOME!!! Never forget!!!!

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    3065 days ago
    WOW! So I don't go to a public gym ~ but I've run into this at the swimming pool locker room and other places ~ and whole heartedly agree with you!! If I wanted to be a part of a nudist colony I'd join (NOT!) but we are in a public place and I just don't wish to go there! :-)

    I like COWGRLKT's suggestion about the earring.... wouldn't that leave her wondering! lol!

    Zumba ~ yep, I hear ya there! just happened to me on Monday ~ 20 minutes late ~ and there was PLENTY of other space! I'm not the most coordinated either, but when you can't get past watching someone else making up their own moves... it's just irritating.... although on the flip side, we have a gal in our class who is always in her own world and doing her own moves... cracks me up and lightens the mood! It's the people that are "overdoing" the move or not even coming close while invading my space that bother me! lol!

    Keep your eyes averted and keep moving! emoticon
    3065 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12146214
    Naked Butt on bunch....yuck...precisely why I shower at home

    Someone talking to me while they are Stark Nakes - precisely why I shower at home

    Grunts and Groans from Weight Lifters - I work out in the morning == less people

    People coming in late for class -- My gym locks the door and closes the curtains

    So I found that if I can stand the smell of myself in the car, I just shower at home....Although I change my shirt in the bathroom of the gym where the pool is and that way I don't get cold
    3065 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13027140
    Okay, I get it.

    Naked tush on a public bench...nasty. Yes, a towel or panties is in order. Maybe next time try walking over, looking around her and saying "Have you seen my earring?" I thought it was right here... Make her wonder where it went. ;-)

    I refuse to engage in conversation until you are dressed. If available recommend the sauna for drying so your body isnt' sticky and clothes will go on quickly.

    Zumba - Yep, I get it. Even as far as 1/2 way thru class someone comes in and either stands RIGHT in front of you or so close you have to "twirl in place" and refuse to use your arms for fear of smacking them. I try and be patient, but it is frustrating. Suggestions #1 - stand in the front of the class (which I never do, I hate doing and I'm to self conscious to do). Suggestion #2, when they walk in start flailing yourself in every direction going the wrong way and all over the place so they think, nope, i'm not standing there, she will be bumping into me every time I turn around.

    Can I add to your list the people that act like because they are in top performance mode in Zumba that you are really just in the way of THEIR class because they know every song by heart and have perfected every move. I'm sure they are really a Zumba instructor in training....

    All of that being said, to increase your tollerance, try to remember you never know what someone else is going thru in their life. Maybe it is perfect, or maybe they just found out someone they love has cancer and a towel is the last thing they thought about as their thoughts are somewhere else. Maybe they are late to Zumba because they are working 2 jobs becuase their spouse got layed off. Maybe they like to stand naked ....nope, can't do that one. Put your clothes on. No naked talking. Enjoy your nakedness at home in your own bathroom. Modesty is require in public places.

    Have a great day!

    3065 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13466047
    Aren't people strange?
    3065 days ago
    Hi REFFIE1,
    :) WOW! I'm glad I don't go to the gym!


    **Come to the dark side – we have cookies.**
    3065 days ago
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