I am sure you all have a few of these kinds of people at your local gym, whether it humours you or annoys the heck out of you! Here is a list of the most annoying people that I have experienced over my years of working out.
1. Mr (not-so-perfect) Universe
‘Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who’s the vainest of them all?’ Checking themselves in the mirror, before during and after every set. Making sure that they look epic and that any (non-visible) gains are checked regularly.*
*For anyone that doesn’t know, any difference you see immediately after a set are going to be gone in a few hours anyway.
Where I train there are 2 main types of grunters; there are ‘pushing-through-limits’ grunters, where people are genuinely trying to push that last repetition, where a little grunt here and there is fine, and in my case sometimes comes subconsciously.
But then there’s what I like to call the ‘pet monkeys’. Grunting and screaming as loudly as possible, regardless of what weight or movement they’re doing. If they put as much effort in to focusing on their workout, rather than their vocal cords, they would no doubt make greater progress.
3. The Entourage
The clan of ‘pretty boy’ youngsters, standing around the same machine, talking about nothing. Stop it, split up and plan your workout. Surely you spend enough time talking in school anyway
4. Talk, Talk, Talk
Seriously, go away. I go to the gym to work out, we can talk about things you ‘need’ to discuss afterwards, not midway through my 5km run on the treadmill.
People that try to make small talk during a set or routine…if my headphones weren’t a sign of ‘I AM BUSY’ do not ring loud enough, then I don’t know what does!
5. Unwanted Teacher
If you’re not a personal trainer, or built like Arnie, please don’t critique my workout. That person who goes around actively looking to give quick, usually useless tips, on how to improve other people’s workouts. Stop it now, I pay the gym and its personal trainers to advise me, not you.
6. Mr Nudity
So, some people are confident with their bodies, that’s great. However what about everyone else in the changing room? Others and I do not come to the gym to be exposed to prolonged periods of nudity, and having a conversation with you post-shower. Please do us all a favour and put your clothes back on in a timely fashion. Not after discussing the recent football results or news scandals.
7. The Mayor
Spending 99.9% of his workout talking to his or hers ‘friends’ which just happens to be everyone and anyone. They must design their workout as a circuit around the gym, just to make sure they say hello to everyone.
Anyone else experience this?