5 Gym Habits To Avoid – Pet Peeves

by Sarah on December 28, 2011 · 16 comments

As a self-proclaimed fitness junkie, I loathe the New Year but as a trainer, I am supposed to love the New Year. Not only is it the most affordable time of the year to join a gym, but it also means people are super motivated to get fit again! Many of these people think showing up to the gym for 30 minutes on an elliptical will grant them the power to eat what they want. Wrong.

There are a few pet peeves I have when it comes to the gym. If you are new to joining a gym, take note of the following habits you will want to leave at home.

I hate the gym during resolution season because it’s always so packed. I’m always guaranteed to pick up a cold as well. I love it though because I find that I feed off of others energy and determination. There is nothing more encouraging that seeing someone lifting heavy weights with super toned legs and lifted booty! I’m not a big resolution person because I don’t believe in starting tomorrow or next week. In fact, I started my “resolution” yesterday. I’m trying to chew less gum and added refined sugar. That doesn’t mean I’m not eating dessert, I’m just saying yes to frozen banana ice cream and no to cookies.

If you watch this video on YouTube and leave a comment (on YouTube), you will be entered to win an outfit from MPG via ActivewearUSA.com. The comment must be made on YouTube to be entered. Feel free to let me know below too what your pet peeves are.

The comments for the video are hilarious. As of 3 pm EST, there are over 260 comments so I’m already overwhelmed in trying to read them so if you have a good one, leave it here to make sure I see it :)

Also, where did the phrase “pet peeve” even come from? Such a weird saying, right?

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nicole December 28, 2011 at 8:48 pm

I agree, I HATE when people grunt and groan at the gym!! I can understand a little more why people do it when they’re lifting heavy weights (but still find it annoying!), but when I see men (because let’s be honest, it’s mostly men that like to grunt at the gym…) groaning when they’re doing a simple ab move or something of that nature? BARF. Cute video Sarah!


2 Sarah December 29, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Haha I worked at a gym last year this time and it was crazy! Blah I hate when people don’t wipe down the equipment… I do not want to touch your sweaty germs yuck. Love the video.


3 Allyson December 29, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Hate when someone is worried about sweating and messing up their hair.!


4 Heidi December 29, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I want to win the outfit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


5 Cynthia December 29, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Cute outfit! Just what I need to get me motivated to use the treadmill everyday.


6 Jessica LeBoeuf December 29, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I found out the history behind “pet peeve”…apparently back then peeve came from peevish which referred to what made you irritable or annoyed. Pet is just referred to as an individual such as teacher’s pet. Well there you go I thought you might enjoy that bit of information. I entered the bad gym habits on youtube by the way under THEMAN2790.


7 Rachel Sawyer December 29, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I hate when people don’t wipe down their machines… If I ever see that I usually wipe it down for them, but then I glare a little bit too haha! And I also don’t like seeing the girls at the gym that show up in full hair and makeup and revealing gym clothes, then they hop on the elliptical for 15 minutes and leave… really? That’s not a workout! C’mon…


8 Angelica December 30, 2011 at 12:42 am

My pet peeve is when people sweat all over eqipment like stepmills and don’t clean up after they’re done. Yuck!


9 Miriam December 30, 2011 at 7:52 am

I hate when someone lets his towel on a machine and he’s somewhere else talking to someone !!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU SARAH :D Wishing you what you deserve the most !! xxx


10 Jaimelee December 30, 2011 at 4:41 pm

My pet peave is people who spit while lifting. Sometimes there is a grunt but there is nothing worse than being next to someone doing a set and they blow out through clinched teeth and spit flies…gag


11 Ellie@Fit for the Soul December 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm

hahaha yesterday someone was grunting sooooo loud it was kind of embarrassing! I felt awkward and pretended not to hear anything….:P And my “pet peeve” is when men are always looking around everywhere, like constantly. And also, when people (it’s usually men) stay at certain stations or equipment for a long time but they’re not using it and just talking. Fun post, Sarah! And have a happy happy new year!


12 Heather January 2, 2012 at 11:43 pm

My biggest gym pet peeve is with members who feel the need to strut around the locker room in their birthday suit! It’s like a bad rendition of that LMFA video! For the love of god, throw some clothes on already!


13 EM January 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Fun read from WSJ that you may enjoy
“27 rules of conquering the gym”


14 Karri January 10, 2012 at 5:45 pm

When people gob on perfume or cologne… or smell like they just got done smoking.


15 Vanessa January 14, 2012 at 3:40 am

The grunting some people do at the gym makes me laugh. I’m guilty of holding the treadmill while running. I hadn’t realized until now that it reduces the impact of my workout!! Now I know thanks to Sarah.


16 Drew July 7, 2012 at 11:55 pm

There’s a good reason for grunting. Screaming your head off with every rep is not necessary however, when you are lifting weight you MUST MAINTAIN A TIGHT CORE. Nothing can simply deflate. A simple exhale is like releasing air from a balloon. Everything just deflates. You CANNOT relax your core while you’re pushing or pulling heavy weight. So when you’re lifting you should, at the very least be breathing out like a pressure valve (i.e. Making some noise). And for many (like myself) it’s an involuntary reaction. And honestly; if you’re that unfocused that a little grunting will distract you from your workout I think you should be more concerned about your mental health.


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