Gym peeves

I've been going to Sweat (the gym) a little more often than usual, and I generally like the experience, but there are a few things that irritate the hell out of me:

1. People talking on their cell phones while working out on a machine. Is it necessary to be on the phone while you're exercising? Like, I understand that there might be emergencies, but since I can hear the entire conversation, I can tell you that I personally wouldn't consider a detailed discussion of The Hills to be an emergency. I guess a cell-phone exerciser would argue that I can always just put on my headphones--I don't have to listen. That's true. But it just seems like maybe, once in awhile, it's okay to take a break from talking on the phone. You probably don't talk on the phone while you're in the shower, right? Or while swimming? And at least one person in the world agrees with me.

2. Not turning off the TV after working out. Yes, each of the machines at the gym have tiny little TV sets, because we are spoiled. But some of us are even more spoiled and don't turn off the TVs after they've finished. This makes me have to walk around and self-righteously turn them off, thereby setting a good example for everyone else.

3. Loud noises. Of any kind. One guy at this gym I used to go to would like bark every few minutes or so. Others cough. My friend Leigh Ann knows a guy at her gym who burps incessantly. I don't want to hear any expulsions, if you can help it. And if you're having to bark or hock a loogie or if you sound like a locomotive, then you're pushing yourself too hard.

4. This one is the same as loud noises, except more specific to equipment use. Please don't just drop the 500 pound weight that you've managed to life for .098 seconds. I don't care how much you can lift. I'm not even paying attention. But I do care that when you drop it on the ground from the height of your shoulders, it makes a loud and sudden noise and causes the room to reverberate. More agreement here.

5. You can keep your shirt on.

Zumba tonight for the 4th week. I am not improving much, but I can at least fake it better--like, I'm able to go in the same direction as the teacher, though perhaps not using the same steps.


Jenn Bing said…

We are improving, or at least I think?
Aimee said…
Yes, we are getting better! Soon, maybe we can teach it ourselves.