4 Major Annoyances at the Gym

By: Tom Parker

Once you have been going to the gym for some time you will start to realise that there are certain things there which annoy you. Some are just minor distractions whilst others can become quite frustrating. In this article I am going to discuss four of the things that annoy me most at the gym.

1) Cell Phoners:- These are the people who chat away on their phones in the middle of their workout. The actual chatting does not annoy me if people chat on the phone without taking up valuable equipment. However, when people talk on the phone and also take up the scarce benches in my gym it starts to get annoying. It gets even worse when people refuse to temporarily vacate the bench whilst they are on the phone. If they want to talk fine but this should not be at the expense of other people's workouts.

2) Starers:- These are the people who do not ask how long you will be using the equipment for and do not ask if they can do alternating sets with you. Instead, they stare at you in silence in the hope that you will abandon the equipment you are using. This can be quite distracting an also rather intimidating. I would be quite happy to share the equipment or do alternating sets if these 'starers' would just come over and ask. However, they never do and instead continue to stand and stare.

3) Bangers:- These are people who bang and clang their weights regularly as they work out. I understand that there are some points during your workout where you will inevitably bang your weights or drop them. However, when it starts to happen regularly it can get very annoying, particularly when everyone of your sets starts to get disrupted with the sound of a huge crash. There is no reason for people to bang their weights down after finishing a set. If they cannot control the weight fully throughout then they should lift a lighter weight.

4) Annoying Music:- This is probably the thing that annoys me most at my gym. They play a type of music which I am not a huge fan of and they play it loudly and constantly. The reason it annoys me so much is that it is inescapable. Everywhere you go in the gym the music is there. I think a much fairer way would be for the gym to play no music and then if people wish to listen to some as they train they can bring their own portable music player.

Exercising is generally a fun process for me. However, like with everything else going to the gym does have its bad points too. Luckily, the positives far outweigh the negatives in this case. I hope you found this article entertaining and enjoyable.

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