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Love the Exercise, Hate the Gym

It is getting cold here in New England. I awoke to frost on my pumpkin. My morning runs have disappeared into darkness, and the Canadian Geese have traded a cold Molsen Ale for a cup of hot chocolate.

I am not really worried about the Bermuda triangle (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's). Nope, I am most worried about getting to the gym. It takes 10 minutes each way, adding another 20 minutes to my already cluttered life.

I have a few pet peeves about the gym. Here is a short list.

Stupid People: These are the ones that stand chatting in front of the two membership card readers so you have to reach past their fat rear end to check in.

TV: There are 4 TVs. I don't get it, isn't that why you are here, too much CNN, Ellen and CSI? I can see your treadmill is set to 1 MPH; you are not fooling me. I think they should be playing Public Service Announcements of people having heart attacks, as well as having lippo suction and breast enhancement surgeries. Then you'd hear those treadmills humming!

Noise: The sign says NO CELL PHONES", and that means you genius. Plug in your iPod and sing in your head.

Velveteen Workout Suits: You are not dressing for the office, and I know you want to cover your self up. But let is all hang out and use the elliptical by the mirror; you'll be motivated instead of looking like and oversize cat toy. Richard Simmons may be on to something.

Boogers: Do I really need to explain this?

Posers: I now you worked hard on that body. Cracking a bicep pose does not negate the fact that you are 120 pounds overweight. I mean people are still going to see your belly.

Stretchers: Are you going to exercise or not? 45 minutes of stretching and walking past a row of exercise machines does not constitute cardiovascular exercise in which your heart rate needs to exceed 130.

Water Fountains: OK, so you needed to spit in there why?

Trainers: Well the ones that look like Attila the Hun and have that "I can break you in two look in their eye."

How about you, what do you dislike about the gym?

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31 comments:

bill_i_am wrote 131 months ago:
haha, the Bermuda triangle, I like that!
Dawn1084 wrote 131 months ago:
The women who put on make up and hose themselves down with purfume BEFORE they work out!
Black_Swan wrote 131 months ago:
People who completely turn around the exercising equipment and then I cant get it back to normal position because Im too weak. One day Ill get my revenge!
staroftheeast wrote 131 months ago:
That the nearest one is 55 miles one way. A long time ago, in another city, it was the gym junkies who would offer free advice that I knew was totally wrong. So I guess my category would be the know it alls who have no real background or education in the field.
jwhit31 wrote 131 months ago:
That's exactly why I have a home gym!!!! Besides, I don't like to share.....lol!!!
thedreamhazer wrote 131 months ago:
People who decide to sit in the 15x15 space that is the free weights area and do ... nothing. Sitting on the floor resting for 5-10 minutes between you sets of 50, 2-lbs tricep kickbacks (ladies, I am SO looking at you) doesn't really count as exercising.
launawe wrote 131 months ago:
I don't like driving back and forth. I don't like having to exercise indoors. I don't like if I have to wait in line for equipment, or people who don't wipe down the machine after they use it. I don't like running next to somebody who is 20 years younger and who can run 20 x's longer than I can.
sandynx820 wrote 131 months ago:
Everything....sorry, but I just hate everything about the gym, especially going!!!!!
MissMaryMac33 wrote 131 months ago:
The people who arrive to group fitness classes 10 minutes and proceed to stand right on top or in front of you. Drives me nuts! I get there early to get some space - get out of my way
Chickabittie wrote 131 months ago:
Bermuda Triangle! Ha ha! Never really thought of calling them that before! And I exercise at home, just feel more comfortable there. : )
Daisy374 wrote 131 months ago:
the boyfriend and girlfriend who need to get a room! And people who play with the equipment.. ie: bouncing the exercise balls to see how high they can make them go... which was done by boyfriend previously mentioned....
runnermama81 wrote 131 months ago:
guys who sound like they're giving birth while lifting weights. Really guys? We know you think you're all macho...but it doesn't impress us. :)
STARSHINE1975 wrote 131 months ago:
That person who seems to know EVERYONE and just hops from one person to the next just to chat and never really exercise... People who think that the rest of us want to hear them sing out loud what they hear in their earphones. I don't like my ears to bleed so early in the morning thank you.
SeasideOasis wrote 131 months ago:
When you are trying to do exercises (such a burpees, following by jumping jacks, then lawmowers...you get the idea) and people look at you like you are crazy. Excuse me, but my heart rate is kicking yours in the ass right now as you're just sitting there watching me.....Gurrr
Dee6565 wrote 131 months ago:
omg - I laughed when I read this..been going to the gym for over a year and have seen all of these things..love the one about standing in front of the scanners, happens everytime...also the post about the makeup and perfume..I see this in the locker room almost everyday and wonder what it is for? I don't know about them, but deodorant and a towel are my beauty preps for the gym!!

Also - sandles and jeans are one of mine - how can you work out without sneakers and in denim, really?

couples walking the track - holding hands...I mean really, you go to the gym to stroll the track and hold hands? Get out of my way!!

people that can't tell time - our cardio equipment has 30 minute limit..so idiot, get off the machine if its 40 minutes, someone else probably has it booked!!..This goes hand in hand with reading - look to see if a machine is booked before you get on it!!
NinjaMonkey201 wrote 131 months ago:
The trainers who think they're God's gift to everyone. The "you won't lose without me" mentality. And then harrass you to sign up for their training sessions (that cost a butt load of money).
And the trainers that don't know a darn thing. I went to one gym that had a trainer who wore high heels and a mini skirt every day. (yes, it was a female).
MissLuana wrote 131 months ago:
I would have to agree with the perfume irritation. Since I tend to breathe harder than normal at the gym, your gallon of perfume is really going to enrage the head ache gods...lol
bambier wrote 131 months ago:
All of the above. Except the TV's. I use the TV on TLC. I want to look pretty in my wedding dress someday too. And I don't want to be so fat that it impacts the decision I have to buy a house because I can't get through the closet... Plus I up the speed for the commercials and really push myself.

I really hate the girls who spend 20 minutes in the lockerroom prepping to go workout. Seriously? Who cares... they're also the same girls that slow their machines down when they start to break a sweat, and start to giggle at eachother when a buff guy walks by. Yeah, you're not here to exercise...

Also hate - the people who have been successful that suddenly think they should offer you unsolicited advice. No, I'm actualyl losing weight just fine and am not stalling. Yes, I'm sure body pump would help me lose weight, but I hate going to classes and I prefer to workout on my own. I'm doing fine on my own thankyouverymuch.

rileamoyer wrote 131 months ago:
I have decided, after reading your blog and a few others, that I am very fortunate in my selection of a gym. A small one, franchised. It is close to my work with 24 hour access. Sometimes I may not get to a particular piece of equipment during a session, but I have yet to have to deal with

1) People hogging the machines
2) Posers
3) Meat market mentality
4) Rudeness
5) Fashionistas
6) Sweaty equipment (left by previous user)
7) Obnoxious trainers
8) any of the other issues I have seen posted here

Maybe it's a small town SD thing, everyone there has always been polite, cheerful and pleasant.

Hmm, think I will email this to the gal that runs the gym.
gaylelynnbell wrote 131 months ago:
The women who come in with 'just so' hair, full makeup and tons of jewelry. And the leave the same way without ever breaking a sweat. Get real...I leave there dripping with sweat! I only live 1/2 mile from the gym so it's easier to shower at home than to pack a gym bag (for those who are wondering why I leave all sweaty!)
Rjdj3530 wrote 131 months ago:
It is very hard to watch TV and keep up a good pace on the treadmill. LOL I still try though sometimes and the lowest I go is 3.5 to cool off. I think my biggest peeve at my gym is the body building videos and bikini women videos that seem to be on loop on half the TVs. I am still not sure if the guys are watching vintage Arnold to see his form or watching the bikini models for motivation. I can say they both do nothing for me.
Fairysoul wrote 131 months ago:
I am never comfortable at the gym, I prefer good ol nature, cold outside or not!!!
dsjohndrow wrote 131 months ago:
Well, we had 88" of snow last year. It's hard to walk, run or ride a bike with no sidewalks. ;) Thanks for commenting.
MEMA5 wrote 131 months ago:
I LIVE IN MICHIGAN AND I FEEL YOUR PAIN ABOUT THE COLD AND THE SNOW. I AGREE WITH ALL YOU SAID ABOUT THE GYM, BESIDE THE FACT THAT I AM ON A BUDGET WHICH DOESN'T INCLUDE AN EXPENSIVE GYM FEE. IN THE WARM WEATHER I DO TRY TO WALK OUTSIDE, I ALSO USE AN ASSORTMENT OF DVD'S WHICH INCLUDE QI GONG, HOME WALKING, CARDIO BOXING..I;M PRETTY SURE YOU BUILD YOURSELF A FAIRLY NICE FITNESS LIBRARY FOR THOSE COLD WINTER MONTHS AND THE UP AND COMING BERMUDA TRIANGLE ( I'M THERE DUDE)ALSO IF YOU ARE SO INCLINED NO PUN INTENDED, YOU CAN'T INVEST IN A TREADMILL OR STATIONERY BIKE WHICH EVER SUITS YOUR BUDGET AND PREFERENCE. WITH ALL THESE YOU CAN WORK OUT WHENEVER YOU WANT,AND YOUR CONVINCE AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT YOUR GYM LIST..HOPE THIS HELPS..PEACE ISSY
wysmom2000 wrote 131 months ago:
Out of everything you said, I keep coming back to "frost on my pumpkin"...gotta hate when that happens, LOL :P
mmhenry28 wrote 131 months ago:
I cant stand, girls in full kit of makeup and hair just for the gym

I also cant stand all the people who judge me because I work my butt off and end up sweaty and beetroot looking. This is what people should look like after a hard work out at the gym.

STOP LOOKING AT ME LIKE IM THE CRAZY ONE
george_ie_girl wrote 131 months ago:
The only thing I don't like about gyms is people with bad attitudes.

Can't say I've ever experienced what you guys are talking about - I don't really pay much attention to others when I'm working out though. My gym's massive, so there's always equipment available and they have classes going all the time. I have to say I like it when men lifting weights make noises (or anyone making noises) - it shows they're pushing themselves and getting a good workout. I also like the pictures around around with bikini body women and muscly men - that's what my goal is and it's good to have a reminder of that. I don't know - I love the gym!
teller186 wrote 131 months ago:
I agree with everything you said what is so funny about it its the truth. When I use to go to gym its as everyone is looking at you. The only thing I have to say is i love the way i felt when i came out., but i've learn you can feel just the same at home.
Stooooo wrote 131 months ago:
Hahaha. LOVE IT!!!!
paulinhabic wrote 126 months ago:
Hahaha!! I just joined mfp, because I was googling for an activity to do and I love exercise but hate the gym. Found this blog and thought it was pretty funny. Gym is smelly and boring, all that effort on the treadmill and you don't get to any place! That is why I need TV, to make the time go by kind of unnoticed. Maybe in the future ppl will wear virtual reality glasses, or something to pretend they are in a trail, in a mountain, with the objective of reaching some place in the end :-)
Anonymous wrote 90 months ago:
Mmmm I detest the small talk at the counter as you arrive,it's normally a half baked attempt to be friendly but neither party enjoys it.
I hate people that sit on a machine I wanna use and check their phone,this can go on for fifteen minutes and in that time they have done one set.

People who have a party around a machine,normally guys in packs of 6 who have no intention of having a work out but instead talk crap about what girls they have banged the night before,as annoying as this is you can normally tell that most of what they say is complete BS.

People who work out for 5 minutes and go on the lowest setting or lowest weight,but then spend 45 minutes in the coffee area afterwards or before.

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