The gym is often a fascinating place for a spot of people-watching. People of all shapes and sizes, with their own routines and ever-so-slightly annoying habits. So we outlined our top twelve types of gym-goer, some of whom, you might be familiar with…
Hoarders don’t like to walk to their equipment… they like to use it to create a fort around themselves to ensure everything they need is at arm’s length. They’ll have a dumbbell in each size and colour, just in case they decide to use it. Glance at them in any way that suggests they might not be using it, and they’ll use it immediately, just to prove a point.
Whilst many of us understand the concept of manners, and pick up after ourselves once we’re done, the Brat expects that someone else (perhaps their Mum/Nanny/Butler) will do it for them. Stray kettle-bells, strewn towels and bosu balls making a break for freedom… in the presence of a Spoiled Brat, the gym quickly comes to resemble a child’s playground.
Many gyms have a shirts-on policy to ensure that everyone feels comfortable. Though, if there isn’t a policy, or at least a sign to say so, The Exhibitionist will strip straight down to it. Bare flesh, sweat dripping onto the free-weights and distractions that could result in an accident if someone’s not careful! Yes, you’re proud of it, you should be. But keep it covered, please.
Everyone has that particular playlist that gets us motivated during gym time. And that’s the joy of earphones. The DJ understands the concept of earphones, however hasn’t yet grasped volume control. Workout within 2 metres of The DJ and you’ll be close enough to enjoy their back catalogue of hip hop beats. If you‘re sharing your gym space, don’t feel the need to share your music tastes too!
Many people report to feeling intimidated in a gym environment, due to unwanted attention from others… and with a Gawker around, it’s easy to see why. Locking eyes with a stranger whilst mid-squat isn’t everyone’s idea of a good pick-up technique. It’s not going to win you any points in the cool stakes either. Look, by all means, but if you want to get friendly, start a conversations… don’t just stare.
Up to 32% of gym goers admit to using their mobiles during their workout sesh. The Talker can usually be found pounding the treadmill whilst simultaneously catching up on the previous nights’ gossip. Throw in regular dings from WhatsApp messages and beeps from Facebook tags and you’ve got a full cacophony of sounds to really distract your workout. Our Course Tutors say that if you’re comfortable enough to hold a full conversation whilst on the treadmill, you’re too comfortable to be getting a thorough workout!
Wearing an outfit endorsed by some celebrity, camera phone in hand, and hair looking a little too coiffed, the Instagrammer wants everyone to see where they worked out, how they worked out and what they were wearing whilst they did it. The funny thing is, they spend so much time perfecting their selfies, that they actually spend little time getting their workout done. #PutDownTheCamera #Seriously
The Amateur Dramatic
Whilst the chaps on World’s Strongest Man have every right to throw down the 10 tonne car they’ve just lugged across the beach, throwing your dumbbells down in the gym is a little dramatic, and a lot dangerous. Dropping dumbbells can damage them, as well as the floor, and your feet if you’re not careful. All of the above will make you look very uncool and probably cost you way more than a dose of embarrassment. Don’t throw your toys around.
The Wannabe PT
When you’re enjoying a spot of gym time, the last thing you find helpful is a complete stranger doling out advice you didn’t ask for. The Wannabe PT likes to assess and critique their fellow gym-goers, and offer a little guidance on everything from posture to technique and their preference on protein shake. It’s not only a tad condescending, but taking advice from anyone not qualified to provide it, isn’t something we’d recommend!
If you’re performing a heavy set that’s pushing your entire body to its outer limits, letting out a grunt here or there is perfectly acceptable. Though grunting your way through every rep isn’t too pleasurable on the ears of everyone else around you. The Grunter may well just be pushing themselves to the max, though many Grunter types like to be seen.. and heard. Just so you know they’re there!
Let’s get one thing straight. We all sweat. The harder we work, the more we do it. Though sweating all over the equipment you’re using and failing to wipe it off is just plain grim for everyone else. If you’re a Sweater, wear appropriate clothing (breathable, clean, deodorised…) and have a towel to hand to wipe down after you.
The Space Invader
One of the biggest annoyances is other folk encroaching on your own personal space. Not only can you feel the heat radiating off them, smell their sweat in your nostrils, but they’re also an accident waiting to happen. Getting a little close to any heavy moving object will result in pain. Let’s respect each others space, shall we!
Do you recognise yourself in any of these?