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MyWickedLife
08-28-2008, 10:13 PM
So, I noticed that I got some weird looks from girls at the gym today for being....sweaty. Now, I for one, am at the gym to work out and get sweaty. I'm not there to attract a potential mate, although it would be nice to meet someone. Perhaps this is because I'm working out at the University's gym, but still....I thought the whole point of going to the gym was to be sweaty. Am I wrong? lol

Another thing that kind of irritates me is when people put the incline on the treadmill up so high that they are virtually hanging on for dear life as they attempt to run/walk. Now, I go to school at the University of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh/Oakland/Squirrel Hill has many,many,many steep hills that are just as steep, if not steeper. I don't understand why these people don't just run outside. I think it would be a little bit easier than trying to hang onto a treadmill and run.


dkneec19
08-28-2008, 10:46 PM
Dude!!! I SO agree with the incline thing!!!! I'll be doin' my little jog/walk routine and the girl next to me has her incline at like 5 babillion and she's hangin on the top!! It that point isn't it more of an upperbody workout??

Craziness....just craziness I tell ya.

PhotoChick
08-28-2008, 10:54 PM
Another thing that kind of irritates me is when people put the incline on the treadmill up so high that they are virtually hanging on for dear life as they attempt to run/walk. Now, I go to school at the University of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh/Oakland/Squirrel Hill has many,many,many steep hills that are just as steep, if not steeper. I don't understand why these people don't just run outside. I think it would be a little bit easier than trying to hang onto a treadmill and run.
Ok, seriously? This irritates you? How someone else uses the machine in the way it's meant to be used?

Honestly I'm not trying to be snippy or anything, but I have to say that I'm really bothered by the idea that someone might be judging me because I use an exercise machine in a way that is perfectly appropriate but they don't get.

How do you know that the person using the machine might not prefer to exercise inside for a variety of reasons. The biggest one I can think of is allergies, especially in spring/fall. Or not wanting to be out in the sun. Or wanting to avoid jogging on pavement. Or not wanting to be in the general public when they're working out. Or not wanting to have to deal with fumes from cars and other pollution. Or wanting to listen to music while they workout, but not wanting to wear a headset while running on the street.

I sometimes put the elliptical machine on it's highest setting at nearly max resistance to get that hill-climbing effect (it's great for the butt) but yeah, I have to hang on sometimes and really struggle to push the steps. I would hope that no one was looking at me and being "irritated" at how I choose to work my glutes.

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dkneec19
08-28-2008, 10:57 PM
yeah, good point Photo.

Maybe I'm just intimidated because if I was on an incline like that'd i KNOW i'd fall off.

mrs dorson
08-28-2008, 11:24 PM
what irritates me? i work in a call center. we can use our phone outside, in the break room and about 20 other places.

why do peeps have to come in the workout room to use their phone on speaker phone?


not while working out either. specifically and only to use the phone.

i cant use machines anywhere else, dude.

i used to suck it up. now? i turn the tv up and get right back on machine without saying a word.

mollymom
08-28-2008, 11:37 PM
Personally I take great satisfaction in getting sweaty and anyone who looks at me weirdly can kiss my sweaty butt.

Treadmill issue. I put "peaks" into my routine...3.4 mph 2.5 incline five minutes then mayb 3.8 6-7 incline two minutes..yep I have to hang on. But it is those peaks that get me sweaty. I then gradually work my way back down a minute a mile and an incline at a time..then five minutes then back up again. Otherwise I would be so bored I would never get on the hamster imitation machine in the first place.

What bugs me is when people have the speed so high they keep "slipping their shoes" ..hard to explain...and making a very very very annoying squeaking noise with every slip.

Also I am envious/hateful/in awe towards people who can do more than one minute on the elliptical...lol I can do 1.17 minutes then I die:^:

FB
08-28-2008, 11:38 PM
On the sweat thing- yeah, I sweat like a freaking pig. It never goes to fail that I am the sweatiest person there. I get looks, but I think it's acceptable - given my level of wetness. It really is a spectacle. I'd look at me too.

I recently started doing indoor cardio. I personally like machines maxed out for a key reason - I'm there to work as hard as possible. It's way different than outdoor exercise (which I do on a very regular basis) in that it's mind numbing bliss. I don't have to dodge traffic, chester molesters or dogs. I just zone out and work. I don't have to think. I just move and sweat.

Machines are also easier to manipulate for interval workouts I've found. On the street no one forces me to run at my hardest (unless a crackhead is on my heels), it's easy to forget to look at my Garmin thingy, I can stop a few seconds early. With a machine I can preset it and have all the info in my face.

FB
08-28-2008, 11:41 PM
Oooh Mollymom- I'm the opposite! I think the treadmill is harder! I did 70 minutes on the elliptical today and was staring in awe the whole time at the crazy runners.

Starrynight
08-28-2008, 11:57 PM
On the sweat thing- yeah, I sweat like a freaking pig. It never goes to fail that I am the sweatiest person there. I get looks, but I think it's acceptable - given my level of wetness. It really is a spectacle. I'd look at me too.

I recently started doing indoor cardio. I personally like machines maxed out for a key reason - I'm there to work as hard as possible. It's way different than outdoor exercise (which I do on a very regular basis) in that it's mind numbing bliss. I don't have to dodge traffic, chester molesters or dogs. I just zone out and work. I don't have to think. I just move and sweat.

Machines are also easier to manipulate for interval workouts I've found. On the street no one forces me to run at my hardest (unless a crackhead is on my heels), it's easy to forget to look at my Garmin thingy, I can stop a few seconds early. With a machine I can preset it and have all the info in my face.

haha that made me laugh.. my university is located in a town where there are plenty of those haha (but to be fair, the crime rate is the lowest it's been and the town's got a rich history)

That is pretty odd, I work out at my university's gym as well and everyone is sweating! haha.. in fact, if I do get looks, it'll be from a few guys.. not in that way though probably more like "Jeez she's sweating!" - which I don't mind.. I sweat soo much and turn red in the gym!
As for the interval thing.. idk I've honestly never really looked around while on the treadmill like that, usually it's just whatever to me as in their doing their own thing and I'm doing mine - I always have my music on so I kinda get into this zone..

Oh I loove the elliptical, I can't wait to use it again.. I only have a treadmill at home but I'd much rather the elliptical, less knee impact but just as hard work..

PhotoChick
08-29-2008, 12:00 AM
I wouldn't mind switching up and running on the treadmill .. but I can't. I bounce too much. And not just the boobs, but the fat and loose skin. It's actually painful. So if I'm going to do anything high intensity, it has to be on the elliptical. Maybe someday I'll be skinny enough to run on the treadmill! :)

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mamaspank
08-29-2008, 01:10 AM
I want to start off by saying, I love to sweat. I don't feel like I have worked out until I break a sweat. I actually would go so far as to say that I think my skin looks its most radiant after a run or a couple ball games. There, I said it. Sweaty guys, don't even get me started. So HOT!

Wickedlife, next time you are working out, there might be a guy with the same sweat fetish that I think I might have....you never know!:ebike:

jillnicole03
08-29-2008, 08:56 AM
I say sweat it out girl... dont even let them bother you. You should look at them crazy like 'what are you doing at a gym not working to your fullest' ;)

Lovely
08-29-2008, 09:07 AM
I love to sweat! I used to hate it before I started trying to sweat on purpose. Now, it often keeps me going on the treadmill cuz it feels so great! :woops:

I don't mind people using the incline feature ... but I do mind when they don't put it back down when they're done! I always put the machine back down to it's no-incline position even if I've only put a little bit of incline on it. It's just common curtesy to put things back the way that you find 'em ya know?

ddc
08-29-2008, 09:24 AM
Wicked, how do you know the looks were for being sweaty? Did they say anything? Sounds like you might just be a little self conscious. Don't worry about what other people think. You're at the gym to get sweaty--that's the point! You're doing good things for your body. Don't let some one else ruin your workout.
Best wishes :)

KLK
08-29-2008, 09:32 AM
I love being sweaty at the gym!

But one thing that DOES annoy me is when someone is just standing or sitting in a machine, cardio or weight machine, and they aren't exercising on it, just standing and talking on the cellphone. I understand they might have gotten an important call, and I'm not annoyed by public cellphone use generally, but: GET OFF THE *&#$% MACHINE SO SOMEONE ELSE CAN USE IT WHILE YOU CHAT!!!!!!!!!

So annoying!

MotoMichelle
08-29-2008, 09:50 AM
Oooh Mollymom- I'm the opposite! I think the treadmill is harder! I did 70 minutes on the elliptical today and was staring in awe the whole time at the crazy runners.

Ohhh me too! I can do the elliptical for quite a while, but if I start running on the treadmill I'm about to die after 4-5 minutes.

As to the OT, I love to sweat at the gym!! And I get very sweaty too. I will usually do some time on the elliptical or do a mile incline walk or flat jog/walk mile and then I get on the sweat making machine, also known as the stairmill. Holy cow does that thing make me sweat!!

BUT, when I'm done and all sweaty I'm like %@$#! yeah! It feels so good to have pushed my body. :D

So stand tall in your sweatiness! :lol::woohoo:

jamsk8r
08-29-2008, 07:27 PM
Here's one for you, from the free weight room...the mirror lovers. You know the ones, because they are so in love with themselves, they have to look in the mirror to do any kind of exercise, and if you walk between them and the reflection they love, they act like you just threw off their whole workout. Hello, curlboy? If you're that needy, don't put yourself in front of the DB rack! LOL. Personally, I can't fathom why the free weight room needs 3 mirrored walls. I've yet to run across even one exercise that required a mirror, and I just find them distracting (not to mention embarrassing, because no matter which way I turn, my butt is to the room, lol).

Jadeybaby
08-29-2008, 07:41 PM
I want to start off by saying, I love to sweat. I don't feel like I have worked out until I break a sweat. I actually would go so far as to say that I think my skin looks its most radiant after a run or a couple ball games. There, I said it. Sweaty guys, don't even get me started. So HOT!



I completely agree with you, especially about guys :D

zinkemomx2
08-29-2008, 09:10 PM
Here's one for you, from the free weight room...the mirror lovers. You know the ones, because they are so in love with themselves, they have to look in the mirror to do any kind of exercise, and if you walk between them and the reflection they love, they act like you just threw off their whole workout. Hello, curlboy? If you're that needy, don't put yourself in front of the DB rack! LOL. Personally, I can't fathom why the free weight room needs 3 mirrored walls. I've yet to run across even one exercise that required a mirror, and I just find them distracting (not to mention embarrassing, because no matter which way I turn, my butt is to the room, lol).

That is probably the only thing I hate about the free weight room. How the **** am I supposed to dead lift or do bent over rows with my butt everywhere I look.

PhotoChick
08-29-2008, 09:16 PM
You know the ones, because they are so in love with themselves, they have to look in the mirror to do any kind of exerciseA lot of us look in the mirror to make sure we're keeping form and when someone walks between us and the mirror it *does* actually throw us off.

It's considered a breach of etiquette in the free weight area to break someone's view when they're in the middle of a set. So yeah, I'd get testy, too.

You're supposed to wait until they're finished or walk around behind them.

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FB
08-29-2008, 10:29 PM
(not to mention embarrassing, because no matter which way I turn, my butt is to the room, lol).

That really did make me lol! I use it as kick my own butt off workout inspiration.

Kristen87
08-29-2008, 11:08 PM
I used to get super dirty looks from the 90 pound girls at the college gym for actually working out as well. The gym there was always a fashion show, where girls would go to try and pick up guys. I stopped going eventually because I was tired of people looking disgusted by me and I got a membership at an independent gym. You can only hear so many "ew, that's so gross"es before it gets to you.

denialisnthappiness
08-30-2008, 05:27 PM
Ah I sweat like the proverbial... it drips off my elbows... my hair is like I've just come out of the shower by the time I'm done... not a pretty sight but then I'm not there to be pretty :D It's just ''one of those things''. My father sweats a lot too yet I have a friend who is as dry as the desert!

Not many things bug me tbh... although I do get irritated when people run on the treadmills and overstep so that they basically hit the front of the treadmill base and not the belt... bang bang bang is all you can hear :(

Pink Geranium
08-31-2008, 01:04 PM
1. I sweat a lot at the gym. When I'm running. Doing yoga. You name it. I guess I sweat when I swim too, but I don't know about it as of course I am wet. I personally feel happy about it as I know it means I'm getting somewhere. So I say, come over and stand by me and we'll sweat and feel good about our efforts together! Anybody who objects to sweat or even notices it in a gym or on someone who is exercising, I think maybe they are confused about how exercise and the body work!

2. Treadmill - I am one of those who puts the treadmill on a high incline. At this point I need it to be there to get any effect from it, and I have to hang on to it because of balance issues (I hang on to it when it is level, too). I don't like the treadmill much, but I do not always have a choice of machines to use, and if I'm going to do the work, I'm going to WORK! I'd rather run or walk outside but I don't always have that choice, either.

I notice the things others do to exercise and have learned after a couple years at the gym, there are many styles, etc., - because people have all different goals and abilities. If I see someone doing something interesting or different, I ask about it. I've gotten some good advice that way.

PhotoChick
08-31-2008, 01:16 PM
I notice the things others do to exercise and have learned after a couple years at the gym, there are many styles, etc., - because people have all different goals and abilities.
Exactly! :)

I think what irritates me about threads that talk about what irritates you at the gym (*grin*) is two-fold:

The first is that so many people on this site have posted that they are scared to go to the gym because they don't want to be watched, judged, etc. And it's really hard to justify saying to them "most people don't care about what you're doing since they're focused on their own workouts" when the very next thread is "OMG someone was doing something weird and it pissed me off!!" or "OMG can you believe that people actually do that at the gym??" How can we encourage people to go to the gym on the one hand and on the other, complain about things that actually don't impact you at all?

Which is #2 - I'm amazed at the number of people who don't just complain but are actively annoyed at things that HAVE NO IMPACT ON THEM. What does it matter to you if the guy on the treadmill is at 100% incline, hanging on, with his feet dangling? Does it really hurt you at all? What does it matter to you if the ab obsessed guy preens in front of the mirror as he does his curls? Does it hurt you at all?

I totally get being annoyed by things that impact you. I would say 99% of the things that annoy me at the gym are based on people being selfish or thoughtless: Talking on your cell phone while you workout (so loudly that I can hear you over my iPod). Not wiping down the machine and leaving streaks/puddles of sweat. Hogging the swiss ball to sit on and chat while your friend is doing crunches. Not re-racking your weights when you're done, so I have to go searching for a 20lb barbell. Not un-racking your weights when you're done so I have to remove 80lb from the bar before I start my squats.

But when it's things that have no impact on you at all ... then you're just being judgemental and ... IMO ... rude.

<rant for the day>

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lovnmom
09-01-2008, 10:48 AM
Unfortunately I live in the middle of nowhere and do not have access to a gym, but thanks Photo for an enjoyable read....I always love how you say exactly what you are thinking..I miss you at the 40's chat immensely. It sounds like you're doing terrific. WTG!!

jamsk8r
09-01-2008, 02:12 PM
Photochick, I get what you're saying, but what I'm saying is, if a person needs a line of sight to a mirror to do curls, they ought not to do them in front of the ONE DB rack, because when there are 4-5 people there doing that, as their usually are at my gym, it makes it nearly impossible for anyone else to get to the DB rack without breaching the line-of-sight etiquette. I'm just saying, they could take it to a place that isn't blocking a piece of equipment, and that would be good gym etiquette, too.

PhotoChick
09-01-2008, 05:45 PM
they ought not to do them in front of the ONE DB rack, because when there are 4-5 people there doing that, as their usually are at my gym, it makes it nearly impossible for anyone else to get to the DB rack without breaching the line-of-sight etiquette.Totally agree. Blocking equipment is rude. But that wasn't what you said in your original post. What you said was:

the mirror lovers. You know the ones, because they are so in love with themselves, they have to look in the mirror to do any kind of exercise,
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If you're that needy,
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Personally, I can't fathom why the free weight room needs 3 mirrored walls. I've yet to run across even one exercise that required a mirror
You weren't really talking about someone blocking the weights. You were being really rude about people who use the mirrors in the weight room to monitor their workouts just because *you* don't think there's "even one exercise that requires a mirror." (And you'd be wrong about that, but that's another thread.)

If I were a newbie to the gym who was just learning to use the weights and had been told to watch her form in the mirrors, your little rant would really have embarrassed me and made me reluctant to go back to the gym for fear someone was thinking exactly that about me .. that I was some self-obsessed fattie who had to stare at myself in the mirror.

And it's all well and good to tell people that they shouldn't worry about what other people think when they're working out, but you know as well as I do that when you're new to the gym you're afraid everyone is looking at you and judging you for being the "fat chick lifting weights". Then to read something like what you wrote on a support board about exercise ... that would make me never want to go back to the gym again.

Seriously. People need to THINK about what they write here. This *is* a support board and before you go all nasty about the things people do at a gym, maybe stop a minute and think about if what you write might impact someone reading here ... who will start to feel really self conscious about what they do at the gym and who might decide that it's not worth going back.

PS - lovin - thanks for the kind words. I guess my saying what I mean can get me in trouble sometimes, but some things I just feel strongly about. :) I'll wander back over to the 40s chat and say "hi".

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Lyria
09-01-2008, 09:36 PM
I'd probably annoy just about everyone by the sounds of reading all this lol. Oh well.

I sweat like a pig - AND LOVE IT!

I run on the treadmill at about 8 mph and my shoes DO make a bit of noise...i.e. a lot of "whack whack whack" and some of the treadmills are squeaky at that speed

I love to have the incline up anywhere from 2-8 if I am doing intervals...although I don't hold onto the rails when I do that.

I DO check my form out in the mirrors when I am using the free weights because I like to make sure that I am hitting the right areas.

But basically...bottom line...I just LOVE LOVE LOVE going to the gym and getting all sweaty and tiring myself out. Love it!

I haven't noticed any dirty looks...but that could be because I am to self focused to notice.

Oh! Almost forgot that yes...I have actually answered my phone whilst on the treadmill BUT I was still running on it...they're usually work calls and I have to take them (unfortunately)

=)

ImpalaHoarder
09-04-2008, 05:27 AM
I dunno, I actually kind of like it when I sweat more than anyone else in the room. This actually applies more to fencing classes than treadmilling, but it makes me feel a bit better when my form is starting to fall apart a bit due to exhaustion, or when I can't quite keep up with the group- I'm working harder than they are, and that's why I tire myself out quicker, I'm not just lazy. I mean, I should know that already, but it's nice to have evidence.

Dark Angel Jade
09-04-2008, 05:38 AM
Nice to know im not the only one who enjoys sweating (not in a weird fetish way or anything!) I just see it as its working, well thats my inspiration to keep moving my butt. :D
What i dont appreaciate is when im walking/running whatever, is when people fart next to me, or when im on the machine behind them when theyre running. There is no escape route and people think its ME! I dont care what they say its NOT a sexy phermone!