The following are things I've witnessed knuckleheads do when in the gym that make me either cringe, laugh inside, or consider first-class entertainment when in the gym environment:
- Lifting too much weight at the expense of good form
- NOT re-racking weights (!)
- NOT replacing weights in the appropriate place (!)
- NOT allowing enough room in front of the weight rack for others to walk when lifting (!!)
- Dropping the barbell onto the floor when deadlifting (!!!)
- Performing incessant ab crunches as if that's all that's needed to obtain a 6-pack
- Leaving free weights unattended at a bench
- Leaving keys and/or water bottle and/or towel at a bench and working out elsewhere (!!)
- Hovering near a weight bench without using the bench (i.e.., performing standing barbell curls near a bench)
- Walking around the gym puffing the chest and invisible lats
- Performing the same routine over and over and over again with nary a change to the physique
- Performing barbell curls at the squat rack when others are waiting to get in some squats or deadlifts
- Spending way too much time talking on the phone or incessantly checking text messages between sets
- Bouncing the barbell off the chest when bench pressing
- Lifting the legs up when bench pressing
- Leaving 10 plates on the leg press machine
- NOT squatting to parallel
- Squatting 400-lbs for a 5-inch range of motion
- Wearing jeans and/or flip flops (I'm talking to you college students)
- Leaving sweat on any piece of equipment when done
- Dropping dumbbells onto the floor at the end of the last rep (!!)
- Grunting way too loud when lifting
- Preening in front of a mirror
- Excessive body odor (and this is before the workout!)
- Doing ridiculous balance exercises with a stability ball, a Bosu ball, a flex band and a medicine ball--is this really necessary?!
- Chatting incessantly (often with a hot girl) rather than working out--save the socializing for outside the gym!
- Performing quick jump roping on a mat, creating a loud nuisance
- Jumping on and off of a treadmill which is going at a high rate of speed (Believe it or not, I actually saw this. Is this really necessary?!)
I'm sure this list will grow, perhaps almost every day, as I witness the pitiful inanities within the walls of the gym. Ah, humans are mighty entertaining indeed.
Brian Danley, CFT
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."