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Gym Pet Peeves
My quandree more of a curiosity of mine for my fellow gym people on here. I've been working out for nearly 6 years at this point and I'm starting to think I've seen it all. I'm going to tell you all about a few of my biggest pet peeves I experienced in the gym and I want to know if any of you share in my annoyance.
#1: By far my biggest pet peeve is when people do not put weights or other equipment back after they have finished using it. Like not only does this make other people think that the equipment is still in use and thus unavailable to them but sometimes if it is on or near other equipment it may even prevent people from using that equipment as well. Recently when I was in the gym I witnessed a couple kids repeatedly leave weights behind and never go back for them. Finally, I asked them if they were finished with the weights they'd just left behind at a pair of benches, when they said they were I asked if they were planning to put the weights away. It was like the suggestion was a novel concept to them like they'd never expected to have to put back what they were using after they finished.
#2: My second biggest pet peeve is when people are not actually using a bench but will still leave stuff on or near it and claim to be using it when asked. Like someone who will put their phone and or water bottle on a bench while they do standing curls then use the bench to rest the weights on between sets and when someone who actually wants to use the bench for it's intended purpose asks to use it they are told no because the current person is "using it".
#3: My third biggest pet peeve has only happened to me a few times but when it does it is quite frustrating. That is when a person knowingly steals the equipment you are using and refuses to return it to you and/or takes it with them when they are finished. One time that sticks out in my mind, I was doing supersets (which is where you shift rapidly between two or more exercises with little to no break in between) and I had just finished a set of seated bicep curls and left my bench to go do pull-ups, upon returning I noticed a man sitting on my bench using the weights I'd left behind. I politely waited for him to finish his set then asked if I could have my bench back as I needed to do my next set. The man refused, saying that I had left and that I could have the weights and bench back when he was done (I'd been gone max 2 mins). I told him what I was doing, that I was going back and forth and that he could work in with me if he wanted but he still refused to give me the weight, the bench, or the time to do a set while he was resting.