Gym Observations

Hello! Now that I’m back training in a gym after a few years training at home, I’ve compiled a list of gym observations which I feel are probably universal in any gym. This is meant to be a light hearted take on gym users not a whinge list (okay, maybe it is), but I’m sure a lot of gym users can identify with this peeve list. So come take a trip with me while I share my people watching findings and feel free to add any of your own. Gym

The mirror. Is it necessary watch yourself perform every single box jump, press up, sit up? Yes, I know it’s to check form, but every single set and rep? I’ll use it for a quick form check, but if I’m really working out hard enough, I don’t notice it or need to look at it.

The grunters. Why? If you’re lifting heavy and I mean heavy, 1 -3 reps all out power, then yes, grunt, but standard strength set? If you do grunt, please keep it down.

Dropping weights on the floor. Respect equipment!

One of my biggest observational peeves: not putting equipment back and leaving it out on the floor for anybody to trip over. Do they leave everything strewn out on the floor at home? It really doesn’t take much effort to return things.

Personal space. Those who train too close for comfort. I try to respect others space working out, but find some will happily muscle in your space or walk past you close enough for you to clock them in the head to get the equipment they probably won’t put back. You can be in bright pink and they still don’t see you lunging as they too busy watching themselves walking in the mirror to get the equipment they probably won’t put back.

Asking if you’ve finished with equipment while your still using it. Please wait a few seconds until I’ve finished my set or come up with an alternative. If I have a medicine ball I’m currently not using that you want, please wait until I’ve finished my current set before asking or wait your turn. It’s common curtesy.

Equipment hoggers. The ones that leave a towel draped over a bench or machine, go away use something else or have a chat and no one can use the said equipment until they remove the towel.

Not wiping down equipment after use. I’ll add not putting a towel down either on the equipment. Many times I’ve picked up a mat to find it covered in sweat. Cue shuddering.

Unsupportive sport bras on cardio machines or unsupportive sports bras in general. Ouch.

Guys who don’t wear pants (underpants) under their short shorts and flop down next you in the stretch area. Seriously?

Girls with see through leggings. I really want to say something to them as I know they might be mortified if they knew, but have no idea how to approach it. Maybe they know and like the attention. I’ll add see through and no underwear to the list. I’m not sure which is worse.

The guys who only work their upper bodies and have tiny, stick like legs, yet know everything about fitness. I have a few of these at my gym (who also don’t put equipment back and love the mirror). I don’t get it. They also tend to be the gym ‘silverbacks’.

Those that stick to the same tried and tested workout. I joined my old gym and the regulars are still there. Some have changed their bodies 180, others nothing changed. I see them perform the same workout (mostly machine based) without results with a bored look on their faces, but don’t want to change what they do.

No deodorant. You might think it doesn’t matter as you’re going to get sweaty, but it does matter. To the nose of the person next to you.

The exact opposite; too much scent. Some ladies in the changing room really go to town spritzing perfume and hairspray. I don’t want to leave smelling like them!

Stinky feet. Deodorant works on feet too.

Those that take up all the bench space in a busy changing room.

Girls like me. We go, just to train, not to talk until after we’ve finished and even then we may just want not to talk and go. I’ve noticed a few other girls who have a similar training style to me and I like that they box jump, burpee, are just about the training, putting 110% into it. We might be perceived as aloof, moody as we’re walking with a mission, but we have fight for our space from the above! I’ve also noticed that we get a bit more respect from the guys with similar training styles. They give us space! Not all of them, but some.

Believe it or not, I am making friends/acquaintances at the gym.

I’m sure there’s more I’ve not included so feel free to add your gym observations!



  1. says:

    I go to the gym all the time so I really enjoyed reading this! haha everything was so spot on, gym culture can be pretty funny when you think about it. I also see people taking selfies of themselves in the mirror all the time. And my favorite is just watching gym bro’s bonding/grunting to each other. Glad someone else understands lol 🙂

    1. says:

      Selfies have yet to hit my gym. I’ve seen some younger girls sit and just take photos, but as yet no selfie posers! The bro bonding is a different kind at my gym and at times I’m like, please find somewhere else to flirt! Have a great weekend!

  2. says:

    I think you’ve covered it! I hate, hate those who refuse to wipe sweat marks from benches. Very inconsiderate.

    1. says:

      Yes, it is. Which makes you wonder how often the equipment is cleaned. A really good deep clean.

  3. The proverbial gym. 🙂
    I do only weights there, and just run and cycle on my own outdoors for my cardio. (cycling not in winter though)
    The grunters do intimidate me a lot in the free weight area, so I usually just stick to weight machines.
    So much I can identify with what was shared. 🙂

    1. says:

      I thought it was just the ladies that are put off by the grunters. Thank you for clearing up that men are too! I normally turn my music up to drown them out!

      Running always outside. I’m lucky that I can all year round and the same with cycling. I hate it when the weather puts a stop on play. Heavy wind and rain mostly, though I don’t mind running in the rain. Cycling in heavy rain and wind, I’ll take public transport if it gets me there on time, otherwise, I’ll stuck it up!

      Maybe next time you’re in the free weights, see if there are any functional exercises you can do to help with your running. They’re a lot more fun than standard dumbbell work. Medicine balls, resistance bands, fit balls, can really help runners!

      Thank you for reading 🙂

      1. Yep, big time anti-grunter! 🙂
        Thank you so much for the suggestions. My gym does have medicine balls, and I do have a book that includes exercises for them, but I have never used them.
        So thank you. I will put them to use. 🙂

      2. says:

        Medicine balls will make the gym more fun!

  4. says:

    Yes to everything. 🙂

    1. says:

      Tee hee 🙂

  5. says:

    I think you hit the nail on the head there totally, i cringed when you mentioned no underwear yeesh!! Another thing that put me off gym or aerobic sessions were if people had on light coloured leggings and then have the sweat stains, i know we all sweat but couldn’t they have chosen navy or black leggings??? It used to be hard to know where to look especially if they were right in front of you or partnered work eeeek! I only bike, walk , or run these days which does have pros and cons but the biggest thing thing for me is the cost, so i choose the free versions 🙂 x glad you are getting some space and respect tho, bet a lot of people at the gym don’t blast out the burpees like you do xxxxxx

    1. says:

      I completely forgot about light coloured leggings and sweat! That’s why I don’t wear grey bottoms! Keep you what you do, everything counts and your’e doing great! xo

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