Gyms are busy this time of year, with everyone trimming their bodies for shorts and T-shirt weather. Hitting the gym is tough, but even rougher when others annoy you with their bad habits. Think weight lifters grunting. What about cellphone yackers? You get it. So here are some other pet peeves, plus tips for playing nicely with others at the gym. Ever encounter these?
Jump off equipment without wiping away their elbow grease. A classic pet peeve. Even referenced in a “Seinfeld” episode. Elaine was wrong. It's not a gesture of intimacy.
It's just plain yuck for 24-year-old Nicole Wood of Omaha.
“It's disgusting. It almost kills the workout for me. You want to go home and shower.”
Stand on the running track chatting or checking their phone. Some groups walk shoulder to shoulder, creating a 2-mph roadblock. Seriously, people. Move!
Jason Rose, a 25-year-old from Omaha, sometimes feels like he's on West Center Road at rush hour.
“You try to dodge in and out.”
Take over treadmills, ellipticals and weight machines like they own them. So did you forget that whole sharing thing from kindergarten?
For 20-year-old Pedro Tellez of Omaha, these people have no idea when their time is up.
“It's not your gym. It belongs to everyone.”
Locker Room Slobs
Leave towels, empty shampoo bottles and other junk around. Some track in grass clippings and dirt. Hey, we're not your mom.
Melissa Head, a 35-year-old from Council Bluffs, has no interest in picking up your towel off the locker room floor.
“It's sweaty from you. Gross.”
Preening Muscle Guys
Strut around or take selfies after pumping up. Or both. C'mon, boys. You're not Aaahrnold.
When he sees these guys, 20-year-old Alex Zuehlke of Omaha feels like telling them gyms are for people, not peacocks.
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Gym Etiquette: Get Fit Without Offending
Source: Kathleen Solem of Prairie Life Fitness
» Avoid yacking on your cellphone.
» Go light on cologne or perfume.
» Avoid staring.
» Avoid grunting or forcefully dropping weights and equipment — unless you're at a gym that caters to power lifters.
» Wear clothes that aren't too revealing.
» Wipe off equipment when you're finished.
» Return dumbbells and other equipment where it belongs.
» Remember that others might be waiting for the equipment you're on.
» Avoid stopping on the running track. If you're walking with friends, don't walk shoulder to shoulder.
» Pick up after yourself in the locker room and workout space.