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NFT: gym etiquette: not using lockers

haper : 1/12/2019 11:45 am
What is it with ppl who don't use the lockers? Some pile all their shit (jacket, pants, purse, sunglasses, phone, etc) against a wall or worse on a piece of equipment and leave it there during their entire workout.

The second type is considerate enough to bring a gym bag but then carries it to each piece of equipment they use, often leaving it in the middle of an area where ppl walk. And these aren't small bags either, they're big enough to fit a dead body.

I understand that on occasion ppl forget a lock (even though my gym is the type where hardly anyone feels the need to lock up their stuff). But there are a lot of ppl who do this all the time.

Thx for letting an old man rant . . .
No worries my friend  
BigBlueShock : 1/12/2019 11:54 am : link
You wonít have to deal with it very long. That ole ďNew Years ResolutionĒ will get old real quick and the gym membership you just got will be a thing of the past. Keep your chin up, things will get better soon.
People just don't think rules apply to them  
Eman11 : 1/12/2019 11:59 am : link
They're above what everyone else seems to abide by. I have guys at my gym who do this as well but I put the blame on management. They need to make the rounds and enforce the gym rules of that not being permitted.

I do get a kick out of the guys who put their bags on top of the lockers. I don't get that one at all. Your stuff is there for anyone to go through or take and while you're not cluttering the gym floor itself, what's the point of not just putting it in a locker?

How long does it actually take to open and close a gym locker?
What about putting weights away  
BillT : 1/12/2019 12:05 pm : link
That's mt pet peeve. Someone puts weights on a piece of equipment then walks away leaving it there for the next person to put their weight away before they can put on their own.
Not re-racking weights  
Ash_3 : 1/12/2019 12:11 pm : link
is probably the biggest faux pas at the gym. It harms everyone involved. For those not re-racking, all those mini-lifts add up to build grip and forearm strength. For others, it's annoying to try and find the appropriate weights through a muddle of plates.
RE: What about putting weights away  
Eman11 : 1/12/2019 12:12 pm : link
In comment 14259413 BillT said:
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That's mt pet peeve. Someone puts weights on a piece of equipment then walks away leaving it there for the next person to put their weight away before they can put on their own.


Oh man there's so many we could list and that's definitely another one. Happens all the time in spite of all the "rack your weights" signs posted around the gym.

I'm sure some new comers just don't know any better but I know a lot of people just don't give a shit about anyone else.
My biggest pet peeve  
LawrenceTaylor56 : 1/12/2019 12:18 pm : link
is the guy tying up 3 machines because he is doing some circuit workout.
A lot of gym lockers get broken into  
ZogZerg : 1/12/2019 12:19 pm : link
Maybe they don't want their stuff stolen?
By February  
Ash_3 : 1/12/2019 12:20 pm : link
things will thankfully settle down and the crowds will taper.
The lockers not being used doesnít bother me  
UConn4523 : 1/12/2019 12:28 pm : link
lock or not itís generally a place left unattended and people get stuff stolen all the time.
RE: A lot of gym lockers get broken into  
Eman11 : 1/12/2019 12:43 pm : link
In comment 14259437 ZogZerg said:
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Maybe they don't want their stuff stolen?


Then why leave them unattended on top of a locker when you're in the gym? I see this every time I go and can't figure it out.

Also, I can't speak for other gyms but mine is pretty secure, and clean. There are always employees on the gym floor and in the locker room cleaning, filling soap, towels etc and I think we only had one locker broken into and that was years ago.

Definitely a big reason why I use that one instead of any of the ones a little cheaper in town.
Worse are the people who do not wipe down equipment  
Ace718 : 1/12/2019 12:44 pm : link
after using it. The gym I go to has disinfectant sprayers and wipes all over the place but 50% of the people don't bother using them. It's so common that now I've developed a habit of wiping equipment down before and after using it.

Also, people taking dumps in the bathroom. The locker rooms, showers, urinals , and toilet stalls are all in about the same area. Sometimes it gets unbearable. Can't you wait till you get home?
RE: Worse are the people who do not wipe down equipment  
mfsd : 1/12/2019 12:48 pm : link
In comment 14259476 Ace718 said:
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after using it. The gym I go to has disinfectant sprayers and wipes all over the place but 50% of the people don't bother using them. It's so common that now I've developed a habit of wiping equipment down before and after using it.

Also, people taking dumps in the bathroom. The locker rooms, showers, urinals , and toilet stalls are all in about the same area. Sometimes it gets unbearable. Can't you wait till you get home?


Spot on about not wiping down equipment. That should be a bannable offense.

As for dropping a deuce, however - thatís to be expected. Sometimes a good workout has a stimulative effect. Not uncommon that I donít want to try and hold it until I get home.

Courtesy flushes, however, should be standard practice
RE: RE: Worse are the people who do not wipe down equipment  
Eman11 : 1/12/2019 1:52 pm : link
In comment 14259481 mfsd said:
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In comment 14259476 Ace718 said:


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after using it. The gym I go to has disinfectant sprayers and wipes all over the place but 50% of the people don't bother using them. It's so common that now I've developed a habit of wiping equipment down before and after using it.

Also, people taking dumps in the bathroom. The locker rooms, showers, urinals , and toilet stalls are all in about the same area. Sometimes it gets unbearable. Can't you wait till you get home?



Spot on about not wiping down equipment. That should be a bannable offense.

As for dropping a deuce, however - thatís to be expected. Sometimes a good workout has a stimulative effect. Not uncommon that I donít want to try and hold it until I get home.

Courtesy flushes, however, should be standard practice


Totally agree about not wiping down equipment. It should be a bannable offense or at least a suspendable one. Continue doing it and you're gone.

I'm with Ace too as I always wipe my equipment before and after.

As for taking dumps, I don't make a practice of if at the gym but when you gotta go, you gotta go. Like anywhere though, courtesy flushes are a must.
I canít  
Les in TO : 1/12/2019 1:57 pm : link
Stand people who leave their crap everywhere or claim a bench or area and disappear. Lots of selfishness on display at gyms
This is why I have my own little gym in my home =)  
Ryan in Albany : 1/12/2019 2:03 pm : link
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The hardest part about the gym  
fivehead : 1/12/2019 2:09 pm : link
Is trying to check out hot chicks without getting caught. Mirrors on all of the walls are great for viewing angles, but it's also easier for the chicks to catch you gawking.



Or maybe they are checking me out, and I am catching them?
i carry my  
lightemup : 1/12/2019 2:35 pm : link
sweatshirt around with me where ever i go in the gym. I can't leave it in a locker room in a gym with a bunch of people i don't know. Never bring a bag to the gym tho.

Can't stand people at a machine resting for 5 minutes in between sets on their phone and also putting weights back in the proper place. 50 pound dumbbells where the 40s are supposed to go
enroll in a yoga class and get in the back row  
gtt350 : 1/12/2019 2:40 pm : link
you're welcome
If having to step around a gym bag is a big effort  
since1925 : 1/12/2019 3:04 pm : link
....well, that should tell you something.
RE: i carry my  
Les in TO : 1/12/2019 3:06 pm : link
In comment 14259556 lightemup said:
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sweatshirt around with me where ever i go in the gym. I can't leave it in a locker room in a gym with a bunch of people i don't know. Never bring a bag to the gym tho.

Can't stand people at a machine resting for 5 minutes in between sets on their phone and also putting weights back in the proper place. 50 pound dumbbells where the 40s are supposed to go
yup very annoying and selfish
Curls in the squat rack!  
Eman11 : 1/12/2019 3:11 pm : link
Or anything in the Smith Machine other than actually using the machine.

My gym has two SM's and one was down for repairs and there was a guy on Thursday doing dumbbell presses on a flat bench in the Smith Machine. Meanwhile people are waiting to actually use the Smith Machine.

He wasn't using the machine at all and the gym has a nice sized area with benches of all types with plenty of room to do whatever dumbbell lift he wanted.

Not as common as curls in the squat rack but it happens too often.
when did working out in shin high  
DC Gmen Fan : 1/12/2019 3:17 pm : link
black socks become acceptable gym fashion?
Girl in front of me in my yoga class this morning  
DC Gmen Fan : 1/12/2019 3:19 pm : link
ripped a huge fart just as we were transitioning into the corpse pose at the end. It was a stinker too and in the 90 degree room it lingered.
Not wiping down machines  
Ssanders9816 : 1/12/2019 3:25 pm : link
My biggest pet peeve. Fucking lazy disgusting slobs
Spending 15-20 minutes on a single machine  
John In CO : 1/12/2019 3:47 pm : link
This is a pet peeve of mine and probably stands out at the moment because it happened to me this morning. I moved on to do some other stuff, figuring that at some point the machine would be clear and I would make this the last thing I did to finish the workout instead. TWENTY minutes later, I go back and same guy is just sitting there in a deep conversation with someone. Heck, I dont even know if he ever started his set! So that, and the person doing a circuit and throwing their towel on the machine so no one will use it.

About the locker issue.....I always use a locker AND use a lock. But it seems that every other workout, I go in and look for an empty locker and in the process of doing that ill open maybe 3-4 lockers that are actually occupied but with no lock. Ive see keys, wallets, phones, you name it, just sitting there. And then these people will probably complain about the gym when their stuff gets ripped off!
Three pet peeves for me  
tangled up in blue : 1/12/2019 4:00 pm : link
people sitting on a machine for long periods of time while they play with their phone

people coughing without any awareness to cover their mouth

how many guys don't wash their hands after taking a piss
RE: Girl in front of me in my yoga class this morning  
spike : 1/12/2019 4:13 pm : link
In comment 14259584 DC Gmen Fan said:
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ripped a huge fart just as we were transitioning into the corpse pose at the end. It was a stinker too and in the 90 degree room it lingered.


big thumbs?
Unless you must shower at the gym  
Aaroninma : 1/12/2019 4:34 pm : link
Ive never really understood bringing a bunch of stuff into the gym with you.

Maybe a sweatshirt, but thats about all ive ever brought to the gym that I wasnt going to actively use
RE: Girl in front of me in my yoga class this morning  
mattlawson : 1/12/2019 4:58 pm : link
In comment 14259584 DC Gmen Fan said:
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ripped a huge fart just as we were transitioning into the corpse pose at the end. It was a stinker too and in the 90 degree room it lingered.



Did you hear it?
RE: RE: Girl in front of me in my yoga class this morning  
DC Gmen Fan : 1/12/2019 5:11 pm : link
In comment 14259671 mattlawson said:
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In comment 14259584 DC Gmen Fan said:


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ripped a huge fart just as we were transitioning into the corpse pose at the end. It was a stinker too and in the 90 degree room it lingered.




Did you hear it?


oh yup
Funny thread  
mattlawson : 1/12/2019 5:18 pm : link
I honestly donít give a fuck what you wear, where you put your shit, or what you do for exercise. The not returning weights, not wiping down upon a sweaty display of exercising, and generally not following basic decency and awareness of others with the equipment is where I get annoyed. But not so much that it ruins my day
My peeves  
jnoble : 1/12/2019 5:55 pm : link
Being around stereotype meatheads who are doing stereotype meathead things...grunting loudly while dropping weights on the floor between constantly checking themselves out in the mirrors.

The weirdos who are in a machine but aren't using them or doing anything. Just sitting there creepily looking around giving everyone the stink eye or not so subtly gawking at the nearest girl's ass

When I used to work out at the YMCA, the old men in the locker room doing old men things...walking around nude, drying their nuts with the hand dryer in the bathroom, leaving shaving cream and hair all over the sink from shaving. Fucking gross.

RE: My peeves  
Les in TO : 1/12/2019 7:00 pm : link
In comment 14259742 jnoble said:
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Being around stereotype meatheads who are doing stereotype meathead things...grunting loudly while dropping weights on the floor between constantly checking themselves out in the mirrors.

The weirdos who are in a machine but aren't using them or doing anything. Just sitting there creepily looking around giving everyone the stink eye or not so subtly gawking at the nearest girl's ass

When I used to work out at the YMCA, the old men in the locker room doing old men things...walking around nude, drying their nuts with the hand dryer in the bathroom, leaving shaving cream and hair all over the sink from shaving. Fucking gross.
lol at the hand dryer that happens at my gym as well

Also have seen poop on the floor of the showers more than once
RE: Funny thread  
Jay on the Island : 1/12/2019 7:17 pm : link
In comment 14259701 mattlawson said:
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I honestly donít give a fuck what you wear, where you put your shit, or what you do for exercise. The not returning weights, not wiping down upon a sweaty display of exercising, and generally not following basic decency and awareness of others with the equipment is where I get annoyed. But not so much that it ruins my day

Agreed to all. I would just like to add the people who put their bags,keys,phones, or other personal items on a bench that they are not using. That drives me crazy. How can you be so unaware or inconsiderate? Another is the jacked douche bags that leave the weights on the olympic bar because they are either too cool to have to take it off themselves or they want others to see how much weight they lifted.
Oh and another thing  
Jay on the Island : 1/12/2019 7:19 pm : link
I know that deadlifts often make noise which I understand but there are these two guys that go to my gym at night who not only slam the bar down on the ground with each rep but on their final rep of each set they drop the bar standing completely upright. They don't even have the decency to lower it down. It not only makes an absurdly loud noise it also risks damaging the olympic bar.
RE: RE: Funny thread  
jnoble : 1/12/2019 7:20 pm : link
In comment 14259799 Jay on the Island said:
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In comment 14259701 mattlawson said:


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I honestly donít give a fuck what you wear, where you put your shit, or what you do for exercise. The not returning weights, not wiping down upon a sweaty display of exercising, and generally not following basic decency and awareness of others with the equipment is where I get annoyed. But not so much that it ruins my day


Agreed to all. I would just like to add the people who put their bags,keys,phones, or other personal items on a bench that they are not using. That drives me crazy. How can you be so unaware or inconsiderate? Another is the jacked douche bags that leave the weights on the olympic bar because they are either too cool to have to take it off themselves or they want others to see how much weight they lifted.


Douchebags who are grunting and audibly straining so loud the whole place can hear it. If what you're lifting is THAT heavy you're going to tear a muscle or seriously injured yourself thus ending your workouts for a long time while you painfully rehab, Mr Universe
RE: Girl in front of me in my yoga class this morning  
BlueLou'sBack : 1/12/2019 7:44 pm : link
In comment 14259584 DC Gmen Fan said:
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ripped a huge fart just as we were transitioning into the corpse pose at the end. It was a stinker too and in the 90 degree room it lingered.


Yeah, but was she hot?
My gym is a pretty serious  
phil in arizona : 1/12/2019 7:48 pm : link
Itís against policy to leave gym bags on the floor. Iím sure that goes for jackets, etc too.

If it bugs you, just mention something to the front desk/manager. Iím sure some of this stuff is a liability issue.

Grunting/Dropping weights never bugged me  
phil in arizona : 1/12/2019 7:54 pm : link
When within reason.

If there is a serious power lifting culture at the gym, you just have to deal with it. What they are doing is extremely hard and they HAVE to do those things to make it through.
My biggest pet peeve was when the gym has a very  
phil in arizona : 1/12/2019 7:58 pm : link
Limited resource and the trainers claim it for group sessions.

Itís typically easy enough to share equipment and Iíd do it for anyone who asks. Just sucks when there is a one way street.
My last gym didn't have any free lockers... So  
BlueLou'sBack : 1/12/2019 7:58 pm : link
folks without one had to bring their stuff into whatever workout room they used. But the equipment room (the only one I ever used, there were other rooms for spinning, yoga, MA, etc.) had cubbies for your gym bag and whatever and everyone used them. Guess we had a respectful clientele. I really don't recall any "bad" behavior aside from people eclipsing they one hour time limit on individual pieces of equipment.

Occasionally all the cubbies would be full; then one just left their stuff on a shelf above one wide low rack of cubbies. No one ever stole anything, so far as I knew. But that's Israel for you as opposed to NYC I guess.
Women who wear sheer leggings and no panties...  
Milton : 1/12/2019 10:52 pm : link
...and then spend all day on the leg machines. They think that just because they have a perfect ass and shaved off all of their pubes it's okay.
I have a backpack.  
madgiantscow009 : 1/12/2019 11:48 pm : link
It has my stuff in it and it is used to signify the equipment is in use when I go get a drink. People leave their weights on the bars; it is worse waiting for something nobody is even using.

I'm not going to go in the locker room every time I need a change of equipment or shoes.
RE: Not re-racking weights  
madgiantscow009 : 1/12/2019 11:51 pm : link
In comment 14259423 Ash_3 said:
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is probably the biggest faux pas at the gym. It harms everyone involved. For those not re-racking, all those mini-lifts add up to build grip and forearm strength. For others, it's annoying to try and find the appropriate weights through a muddle of plates.


people always compliment my forearms, must be all the re-rackings--it's like an alibi.
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GiantsUA : 1/13/2019 1:01 pm : link
Austin Powers: Only two things scare me and one of them is nuclear war.
Basil Exposition: What's the other?
Austin Powers: Excuse me?
Basil Exposition: What's the other thing that scares you?
Austin Powers: Carnies. Circus folk. Nomads, you know. Smell like cabbage. Small hands.
RE: Women who wear sheer leggings and no panties...  
Eman11 : 1/13/2019 3:27 pm : link
In comment 14260261 Milton said:
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...and then spend all day on the leg machines. They think that just because they have a perfect ass and shaved off all of their pubes it's okay.


Wait, this has to be sarcasm right? I mean what straight man would complain about that?

RE: Girl in front of me in my yoga class this morning  
Bill L : 1/13/2019 10:18 pm : link
In comment 14259584 DC Gmen Fan said:
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ripped a huge fart just as we were transitioning into the corpse pose at the end. It was a stinker too and in the 90 degree room it lingered.
was there laughter??

Tbh, this is one f my biggest fears in the yoga room. Itís not for nothing they have something called the ďwind releasing poseĒ.

All that lower abdomen twisting, Iím surprised this isnít a frequent occurrence.

Hot yoga is awesome though.
Jeez... What kind of gym do you guys go to...  
aimrocky : 1/14/2019 8:36 am : link
Sure, some people at my gym will park themselves on a machine for a few minutes too long, or they'll get into a conversation hogging a machine, but it's not serious enough to have a 2nd thought about it. I barely deal with meathead antics or old men doing creepy things. Maybe it's because I'm at the gym with the 5 am crowd, but my place is fairly stress free.

My only real pet peeve is my own fault because I'm such a creature of habit. I have a specific treadmill that I use, mainly because of it's positioning to the large TV and clock (I'll jump back and forth between the news and SportsCenter, so I can catch the weather report at a specific time). Because I get to the gym so early, 90% of the time I get that treadmill. The 10% I don't get it bother me, but 10 minutes into my run I'll forget about it.
Agent Smith -  
ArtVandelay : 1/14/2019 10:43 am : link
The guy that does his entire workout on the Smith machine ...which means you're not using it today
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