Over the 16 years I’ve been training in gyms, I’ve noticed they all have certain ‘downsides’ in common…here are my Top 7:
1) People not putting their weights back
I’m not sure what else to say about this. It’s always hard to pinpoint exactly who’s leaving their stuff out, but goddamn it’s annoying.
In the words of Liam Neeson: “I will look for you…I will find you…and I will tell you to put your weights back.”
When I open a JD Fitness gym I will employ Liam Neeson to cruise around the gym floor and loudly berate anyone who doesn’t replace their equipment.
2) The Changing Rooms/Toilets
The mens changing rooms and toilets are the worst place in the world. Worse than even the most disgusting public toilets.
A general disregard for the cleanliness of public facilities by the gym population, combined with topless selfies make the mens changing rooms without a doubt the worst part of using a gym.
3) People not wiping down equipment
Arriving at a bench to find someone else’s bodily fluids is disgusting. If you’re sweating, good for you, but please wipe it up.
4) Equipment hoggers
Generally the people who hog all the dumbbells and all the weights don’t have a clue what they’re doing and are trying some fancy new pre-exhaustion, super drop set which they pulled from Mens Health and requires the WHOLE gym. Unnecessary. Stop it.
A grunt on a max effort lift is one thing, but groaning and moaning your way through a set of tricep kickbacks is unacceptable. Save it for when you’re at home, Arnie.
6) Weight slammers
Unless you accidentally drop a weight there is literally no reason to be chucking weights on the floor and you’ll feel my wrath if you do so (unless you’re bigger than me and you’re throwing 60kg dumbbells around).
If you’re strong enough to pick the weight up, you’re strong enough to put it down.
7) The music
Most gyms have two music playlists: Happy hardcore OR something completely inappropriate and slow like the Titanic theme tune.
You can’t please everyone but at least have a selection of music on rotation. Or even better play different music at different times…I’d DEFINITELY go to the gym and train if I knew they’d be pumping some 90’s hip hop.
What would you add to this list?