Monday seems to be the busiest day at my gym, so in light of that I offer the following public service announcement:
DON’T BE AN ASS AT THE GYM
How’s that? Oh, you think I need to be more specific? Alrighty then –
1) If you grab dumbbells off the weight rack, don’t do your reps right there where you’re standing. You’re blocking me from grabbing the specific dumbbells that I need to do my reps, which I assure you are not less important than yours. Why yes, I will stand diagonally behind you and do the hip jut while I give you the stink-eye in the mirror. And then I will purposefully invade your personal space as I swoop in the nanosecond you move to grab / put away the dumbbells I need. Just like I do every goddamned time you do this. How have you not figured this out yet?
2) If you use a machine, use it and then get off. Don’t sit there for 12 minutes (yes, I clocked your ass) playing on your phone while you rest for four minutes between your 20-second sets at the lowest possible weight. There are other people here, and some of us want to use that machine which, as you will observe, is the only one of it’s kind in the gym.
Exception: If you are old, disregard #2. You are a badass and I am more than happy to work around you.
3) Don’t spray the cleaner out in the middle, forcing us all to breathe it in. I don’t want that shit in my lungs. Spray a towel discreetly in the corner and then come over and wipe the machine off.
Overall, my gym is pretty awesome. We have people of all sizes, shapes, ages, and levels of fitness there, and people are usually pretty good about being considerate and working around each other. If we can just tamp down on these inconsiderate habits, the place will be even more pleasant.