PSA: Kindly Shut the F**k Up When You’re at the Gym
It’s Monday, and that means I thought about going to the gym twice over the weekend while I lounged luxuriously on my couch (because putting on real clothes that you don’t sleep in was too much effort.) Living in LA, there are a plethora of gyms to choose from and pay a monthly service to (and basically never go to) but one problem consistently rings out throughout the land: people who won’t shut the fuck up when they’re there.
Maintaining the mental energy to focus on working out is a personal experience, especially if you’re not someone who really enjoys being there. Nothing can snap you out of the zone quicker than some braying jackass’s voice cutting in over Lose Yourself (the best song to run to, it is known) because they don’t seem to realize that they share the room with other people.
Typically these talkers can be split into two separate categories: the cell phone users and the socializers. They are both garbage people, but in their own way.
Cell Phone Users
Where to begin…
Look, I get the point that the gym can be terrible and that multitasking can help you get through it, but your right to multitask ends where mine begins. Having a loud one-sided conversation next to me while I’m trying to focus on not maiming myself in the free weights room is rude and distracting. You can have your conversation anywhere, don’t do it in the designated rooms for exercise.
Also, there is a 100% correlation between cell phone talkers and people who sit (not exercising) at machines just to have their conversation. For the love of all that is good and holy, if you absolutely must have a conversation on your cell phone at the gym, remove yourself from the designated exercise area and conduct your call there. Also, you don’t get to claim a machine and leave it empty while you talk on your cell. If you’re not there to work out, you don’t get a machine. Them’s the breaks.
This is a bit trickier, as conversation can be used to help motivate an exercise buddy or give (solicited) tips to someone. In those cases, as long as your voice can’t be heard over the reasonable level of Lose Yourself on repeat, you do you.
Who is lumped in? Those who have excessively loud, prolonged conversations that have nothing to do with the task at hand.
Once on the ellipticals, I had a guy stand directly in front of my machine and proceed to have a conversation with the man next to me for well over 30 minutes. Who does that?!
There’s a trainer at my current gym who can best be categorized scientifically as a “Chatty Cathy.” She has loud one-sided conversations with her clients while they work out where she tells them all about her life and what’s going on in it. Why?! I guarantee you no one else wants to hear about what she did that morning. There are many, many places to socialize; the exercise rooms of the gym shouldn’t be one of them.
Have we as a society regressed to the point that we no longer care about anyone else in our surroundings? LA is particularly heinous for this; the environment tends to breed self-absorption. Perhaps this is just a “me” problem, but I can’t be the only one who wishes people could leave some spaces we share quiet.
I’m begging, for the love of god, shut the fuck up when you’re at the gym. Let me listen to Eminem in peace.
Am I off base here? Is talking the number one problem that plagues us at the gym? Is there another blight on society that I left out when it comes to gyms?
Comment below, and let it out.
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