By David Saunders, Health Editor
The summer season may be upon us with Britain expected to bathe in a heatwave, but the flurry of gym-goers is by no means over. The last-minute panic to be in your ‘best shape’ before departing on holiday begins to set in – and everyone else is feeling it too. From overcrowded gym mats, non-existent mirror space and long waits for equipment, it’s no surprise your workout isn’t as straightforward as it should be.
No matter how much you spend on a gym membership, everyone has certain expectations when it comes to exercising. What you probably do not expect to find is the puddle of sweat left on every machine, locker room exhibitionists or those that decide the gym is the perfect opportunity to catch up on social media.
As a result, online golf shop GolfSupport.com analysed thousands of tweets using ‘gym pet peeve’ related hashtags, therefore compiling an extensive list of more than 50 of the most annoying gym habits.
Golfsupport then surveyed 1,246 gym-goers to rank which gym habits are this summer’s biggest gym pet peeves. Some of the results will surprise you, and others will certainly not…
The results are as follows:
According to a whopping 86% of gym-goers, ‘Someone choosing the machine next to you, despite all the others being free’ is the biggest annoyance at the gym. This was closely followed by 82% of gym-goers finding ‘People that stand and wait for you to finish on a piece of equipment or machine’ irritating.
Furthermore, 8 in 10 people (80%) are infuriated by ‘People that try to ‘reserve’ machines/equipment’ for themselves or a gym friend.
Unsurprisingly, vocal weightlifters are not welcomed with 77% ranking ‘Loud grunters’ among their least favoured gym habits.
Another trait highlighted at the gym that is sure to frustrate gym-goers are, ‘People that come over and ask how many reps you have left’, with 71% in agreement.
A disregard of basic etiquette seems to aggravate most gym-goers, with the following also ranking among the top 10 gym pet peeves:
People that ‘Listen to music without headphones’ (66%)
‘Not putting equipment away’ (60%)
‘People watchers’ (54%)
People that take ‘Loud phone calls’ (47%)
‘People that spit in the water fountain’ (44%)
Golf Support can also reveal that the following slightly more unusual gym pet peeves also ranked highly:
‘Strangers that try to compete with you’ (38%)
‘People that video themselves working out’ (36%)
‘Couples that grope each other in between workouts’ (31%)
In order to gain further insight into the etiquette of gym-goers, Golfsupport.com spoke to Gary Lockwood, CEO of 24/7 Fitness:
“Humans have come a long way in the last 250 million years. From caves to cities, hunting to farming and cave painting to IPhones. It’s 2019 and we must consider ourselves at the very peak of civilisation. So why is it all these things seem to be forgotten as soon as we walk into the gym? Why do some gym members regress to, at best small children and at worst a lawless mob?
First on the list has to be failure to put weights away. Leaving machines fully loaded with large weights and then watching other smaller members struggle to take them off.
Second on the list are the texters! This is a relatively recent offence that appeared around the same time as the mobile phone. Members hogging machines to use as armchairs while they text their friends.
My last choice was very difficult to narrow down. Members who drop weights crashing to the floor or the grunters, who scream like silverback gorillas lifting even the most modest weights. However, third spot has to go to the sweat monsters. Moving from machine to machine leaving puddles of warm salty moisture for the rest of us to sit in.
It’s hard to believe, but the gym is a public place just like any other. We all share the space. Most are incredible value for money and offer a great service. They are a wonder of the modern world. So please, be considerate to the people around you and the world you live in and act in a civilised manner when you want to work out.”
Article courtesy of Golf Support