How to shoo-away dudes at the Gym
- 05-16-2006, 04:22 PM
How to shoo-away dudes at the Gym
Before I start, I'm a hetero male. Now that we got that out of the way, I'm wondering how you guys politely deny conversation with your fellow gym members. Don't get me wrong--I'm not a ****. I'm never needlessly rude to people.
However, I hate being at the gym any longer than I have to. I prefer to knock out my workouts with as much intensity/focus and as little rest as possible: partly because I need to be home in time for work (I work out ~6am), but MOSTLY because I simply cannot last more than ~1 hr at the gym with the intensity level I work out at. (To prolong my workout is to prolong my misery.)
I already wear headphones, and try not to make eye contact with them, but these other people are just so chatty. The worst part is when they're dying to tell/ask me something as I'm in the middle of my set. (FYI, there's no way in hell I can speak intelligibly during my sets. I'm too preoccupied moving the weight while trying to breathe properly.)
So, how do I let them know I'd rather not talk to them...without hurting their feelings? (I really don't want to hurt their feelings because I truly think they're nice people.)
- 05-16-2006, 04:27 PM
05-16-2006, 04:27 PM
Haha...Or tell them one time you grunt so much when you lift because lifting aggravates your hemroids.Originally Posted by Admin
05-16-2006, 04:32 PM
I capitalized on an opportunity to tell one guy that a couple weeks ago, and it seemed to work. He took it well, too, and I had a fantastic workout that day.Originally Posted by JBlaze
Unfortunately, this week he seems to have forgotten that conversation.... Yap yap yap yap yap.
05-16-2006, 04:36 PM
If I did this, it would piss off everyone in the weight room, cardio room, bathrooms, and probably the neighboring businesses, too.Originally Posted by Admin
05-16-2006, 04:38 PM
05-16-2006, 04:54 PM
Remind him...2 times is usually enough.Originally Posted by heftylefty58
I have a somewhat similar problem to you, but with me it's random **** in the gym asking me the same question that 6 other guys asked that week. I have no problem with a little chit chat between sets as long as they are my friends.
05-16-2006, 04:55 PM
When you figure it out let me know because i've yet to find a way to tell someone nicely to piss off while i'm working out. Headphones on and blasting. I don't mind lending a hand at spotting or offering advice if asked but full on conversations especially ones with nothing to do with lifting piss me off.
05-16-2006, 04:58 PM
I think you're right--the second time might do the trick. Don't get me wrong, though--my situation isn't exactly horrible. It's just distracting.Originally Posted by JBlaze
Good luck with your situation, though.
05-16-2006, 05:04 PM
05-16-2006, 07:11 PM
05-16-2006, 08:55 PM
Bezzle is such a charmer!
Really, being a prick works. I don't make eye contact with anyone, I have headphones on all of the time, and if someone tries to talk to them I pretend I'm in my own world and ignore them or I'll start sexing up the nearest machine. If you're bad at being a prick, then be as big of price as you can while still being nice.
05-16-2006, 09:41 PM
in all seriousness, ignore them. who gives a flying **** if they're offended? they should know better than to bother you while you're lifting. i've had a few here and there that attempt to address me in the middle of a set but i just simply tune them out. after the set, i'll generally ask them what they wanted. i've yet to have anyone cop an attitude.
05-16-2006, 09:42 PM
lol..I wonder why Beelze....Originally Posted by Beelzebub
Weird Guy Trying to Ask Beelze A Quest: "Excuse me, I was wondering blah blah blah"
Beelze: (ignores till end of set)
Weird Guy: "Excuse me you 260lb monster who has a back tattoo bigger then my entire body, I would like to fight you"
Just doesn't seem like a plausible situation..
05-16-2006, 09:51 PM
that would be funny though. i would say "no no no, i'm 265"Originally Posted by Mulletsoldier
it's just proper gym etiquette. if they don't understand it, then you probably don't want to talk to them anyway and i doubt you'll miss out on any valuable pointers.
05-16-2006, 09:52 PM
Yeah, I cannot stand when they do it right in the middle of the set. The funnies thing for me is when I come into the gym, and some buddy who is bigger then me will snicker, or do something prickish. And then after my second sead of Deadlifts he is usually asking me something..lol
05-16-2006, 09:58 PM
I have a creepy gay guy that has followed me around my last 2 workouts. I was nick at first, but after a couple of sets I started to act like a huge prick just to get him off my back and he still doesn't get the point. He doesn't even workout he just stands there and talks to me in the middle of my sets. I started working out at different times just to get away from him.
05-16-2006, 10:00 PM
05-16-2006, 10:05 PM
05-16-2006, 11:14 PM
marla, the big tourist. like the sore on the roof of your mouth that would heal if you stopped tonguing it......but you can't.Originally Posted by Mulletsoldier
05-16-2006, 11:33 PM
Farting, being a prick, Gym jacking, headphones are all noteworthy ideas and could be used seprately or together to be anti social. But nothing beats permant foul body odor couple(like funky BO) with bad breath.
Farts fade over time
For really hard cases you could do all at the same time.
05-16-2006, 11:52 PM
I had a lot of trouble with this issue, and could not conquer it. I workout at home now, putting dumbells together sucks.
05-17-2006, 12:16 AM
05-17-2006, 12:22 AM
Lol, I started taking a bunch of fish oil caps before I go to the gym, then I munch on some copenhagen, the BO comes in after about 15 minutes, so I have a good solid ration of Fish Breath/BO going. If anyone starts bothering me, I become instant close talker, it's been working fairly good. Some guys just don't get it though, you have to spell it out and sometimes more than once. Unfortunately I just moved and now I may have to start the process all over again, hopefully not but probably.Originally Posted by okboy63
05-17-2006, 12:50 AM
Go into the gym with one of those sleeping masks, preferably black satin. Not only would that freak people out, they'd probably wanna stay away from the sleepy dude doing deadlifts and bench presses.
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