Top 5 things that drive you crazy at the gym

This could provide some good entertainment.. Everyone has some things that really get on their nerves when it comes to working out at Health clubs. Mine have changed a lot since i have been out of the typical gym world for awhile. I can honestly say I do not miss it at all. THe chance to be working one on one with clients in a smaller more intimate setting not only makes for better results, I am able to eliminate  many of the things that used to drive me insane.

I am going to do 2 posts on this. the first is going to be how I view it now. Then I will do another post on what used to drive me crazy when I was still working in the gym community.

Top 5 current list:

1. People who do not warm-up. I have posted on this several times and the reasons are always the same. Our lack of muscular efficiency makes it so much harder for our bodies to do what they are designed to when we ask it to exercise. This really limits are ability to get the true benefit from many of the exercises we do. Also it just creates greater amounts of imbalance in our bodies. Please Warm-up before any workout!!!

2. People who do not cool-down. Ok this is more or less the same as above but I have just as much of a problem with this one. When you exercise you create various imbalances in your muscular system due to fatigue and tightness. A cool-down is how you can address these issues and cut them off before they are able to become a problem. Please do a cool-down after your workout!

3. Your “Free” personal training session you get when you sign up. When I worked in the gym world this was each trainers chance to try and sell a training package to the client. They would schedule these sessions for trainers and their job was to show them a few pieces of machinery and then start pushing sales on them. Do yourself a favor and find a friend that has been working out in the facility for a long time. Have them show you around and explain how to use the equipment. THen once you are comfortable with it, ask a trainer to check your form real quick and make sure the settings are correct. They are much less likely to offer you some elaborate training package at that point. 

4. Dependency on machines. Gyms are like the Matrix that way, totally depending on machines to give people a good workout. Many classes do a good job of teaching you to use your own body weight but the gym is set up to get you to use their millions of dollars of equipment. I wanted to use the word worthless there but thats not fair, some of it is good.

5. Public Hot Tubs. I am sorry but this is just repulsive to me for some reason. There is a good chance that this might end up on my other top 5 as well. Just one giant pool of germs and grossness in my opinion. Do yourself a huge favor and do not go in to these. 

So I am very curious to see what you come up with for your Top 5 things that drive you crazy about he gym world.

4 Comments on this post


  1. coach S said:

    one thing that drives me crazy are the people who only care about working one specific part of their body or muscle group, and they spend a lot of time looking at themselves in the mirror. people think that if they can use a machine to ‘isolate’ a specific muscle they want to train, they can get quick results. the problem, as you outlined in the strength training philosophy, is that it develops a major strength imbalance.

    April 12th, 2009 at 4:55 pm
  2. Scott said:

    True, that can be a little painful to watch. I refuse to put mirrors in the training center I have now for that exact reason, it promotes vanity, not efficiency.

    April 13th, 2009 at 9:28 pm
  3. Patty said:

    When I worked in the gym, it drove me crazy to see someone working out on the stair master, gripping the rails, pushing downward with elbows and shoulders, hips rotating unnaturally. No wonder they beleived they were getting a good workout – their bodies were straining with so much grotesque inefficiency!

    April 18th, 2009 at 10:13 am
  4. leah said:

    i hate it when people stare at your for doing weird stretches and exercises, like roller coasters, cats&dogs, anything supine pretty much like active splits and wide femur rotations are a good kick for my team mates… and my nickname is now “Bear” cuz i would bear crawl

    November 10th, 2009 at 6:32 pm


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