The Skinny On "Stinky" And Making Sure You Do Not Follow His Poor Gym Etiquette
Posted Aug 23 2008 3:10pm
Every gym has one of these… a gym head that thinks he’s the stuff and spends his whole workout grunting and moaning and… STINKING.
Yes, stinking. At my gym we have a member that we all affectionately refer to as “Stinky” (behind his back of course). Stinky drives me crazy and gets under my skin for more reasons that just his lack of antiperspirants and his poor choice of cologne.
Stinky thinks he owns the gym … that is his first down fall. He will jump on any machine any time he wants even if it is crystal clear that I am still working on a superset. This is just wrong. If you know that someone is not finished then move to your next exercise and wait for the equipment to free up.
His second down fall…
He has no respect for anyone else’s “zone” . Even if you have never had the pleasure of meeting Stinky he will have no problem walking up to you in the middle (yes, the middle) of a set and ask for you to spot him. RUDE RUDE RUDE. People are at the gym to often get away and get into their own mode. Once in that mode of a workout they just go flawlessly through. An interruption can really of set someone and its a pain.
If you need a spot then take a friend or ask someone that works for the gym. It is my pet peeve when I see Stinky introducing himself to a stranger who is obviously in the middle of their own workout to ask for a spot. It isn’t even spotting for just one set… he will keep bothering the poor victim several times.
Nope, not done.
Stinky should also be called Grunts . The whole gym is aware when he is lifting heavy. What is even more amusing is that he thinks this is some turn on or “wow” factor to a workout. When ever an attractive girl walks by we know it by the loud lion roar he lets out during his set. As if he is lifting the weight of 10 large men.
Don’t follow in any of Stinky’s foot steps. For your own reputation and for the people around you…
Wear deodorant (don’t cover up with cheap smelling sprays)
Don’t jump ahead of others
Don’t bother strangers who are obviously in their workout “zone”
Work hard, but don’t let everyone in the whole building know about it.
The last thing you want is to have some crazy pet name that you don’t even know about. I have already told my gym friends that if he ask for my spot I am inclined to say no. Not to be rude, but if I say yes, He will take me for granted and expect me to be his “weight lifting caddy”. No thanks.