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Gym Fails – The top 10 Things That Drive Me Crazy in the Gym

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Everyone who reads this blog knows I am a gym addict. I love to use gym equipment, workout to maintain my toned body, and prevent myself from being inactive and dull. Exercising has now become an essential part of my life. I do a lot of classes to get a kick up the bum but sometimes I spend time in the actual gym. I’m tolerant of most stuff that goes on but some days: wow there are things that drive me nuts! I see total gym fails.

It’s hard isn’t it, as you don’t want to go to the gym and spend your life being mean and judging others and trust me, I don’t. I go and train with a friend or hit a class and come home. Now I have three kids, I haven’t got time for messing about in the gym for ages and watching other people. It is quite often a gym and run.

BUT I am human. Now and then, I have a nosey. See what others are doing. Steal their exercises and see their progress. Second nature eh?

There are always things that will bug you in life and here are my top 10 Gym fails:

  • Posing in front of the mirror between sets for 3 times as long as you do the actual exercise. It is going to time to build those muscles mate, not 10 reps.
  • Not putting the weights back. This drives me MAD! I want two 12kg dumbells, not one!
  • Hogging two machines at once; using one and leaving your towel on the other and rotating. No this is not cool. It’s called sharing and one at a time.
  • Sitting on a machine and chatting to another gym-goer for 10 minutes and hogging the machine. Everyone loves a chat but not in the middle of a work out please!
  • Girls who come to the gym caked in make-up and leave looking the same. Yes, you look hot but what was the point of the last hour if you are not going to even sweat out a drop?
  • The guys that treat you like a guy a bit too much. I love a good boxing session but you don’t have to show off and break my wrist.
  • Choosing the heaviest weight and not doing a full-rep or doing a set at 100mph. Just choose a lighter one and do it properly!!!
  • Wearing random clothes like jeans and brogues to go the gym. Yes, I have seen this happen.
  • Not wiping your sweat up. I am quite disgusting for a girl I know but I clean the equipment up. Can you do the same?
  • Coming to workout already stinking. Fair enough you are going to get stinky but coming already gross, in already worn gym clothes and sweating again all over them is just ming, Showering at least 48 hours before coming is a preference.
So a bit of a rant my fellow exercise and lovers but not too harsh I hope.
Have you got any gym pet hates?
top 10 gym fails


  1. August 9, 2015 / 5:56 am

    This made me giggle!! Thanks for the laughs 😉 #SundayStars

  2. August 9, 2015 / 6:18 am

    Funny! That has put me off going to the gym even more. I prefer to sweat along to workouts on youtube so I have managed to avoid all of this nonsense so far!
    x Alice

  3. August 9, 2015 / 6:37 am

    Tee hee you crack me up Sarah! Fair play though, a sweatty beast wearing brogues would wind me up too 😉 xx

  4. August 9, 2015 / 6:54 am

    Hehe some of these I have definitely experienced! It's been a long time since I've been in the gym but those machine hoggers are a pain in the bum! #sundaystars

  5. Emmas Mamma
    August 9, 2015 / 9:09 am

    Haha yep definitely seen most of those! Except the jeans and brogues. I can't even get my head around that. Said person must have forgotten an essential part of their gym kit and thought never mind lol 🙂 #sundaystars

  6. Carly Lawrence
    August 9, 2015 / 11:52 am

    Ha ha can relate to these (although its been a while for me). My worst one is the chatting to your mate whilst sat on a machine. Grrt #sundaystars

  7. August 9, 2015 / 1:15 pm

    I do most of my workouts at home these days, and a bit of running outdoors of course. This reminds me of all that I'm missing (!!!) at the gym!

  8. August 9, 2015 / 6:54 pm

    Haha this made me laugh! Since starting the gym I relate the these – especially the having a chat one. Really pevs me off #sundaystars xx

  9. NewMummy Blogger
    August 9, 2015 / 9:10 pm

    Hahaha, I agree, if people want to chat, go to the coffee shop, not the gym! You wouldn't expect it the other way round 🙂

  10. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
    August 12, 2015 / 7:08 am

    My friend says he Bangkok gyms are mostly full of gay men posing and on the prowl. He said most don't do enough exercise to break a sweat or interrupt their texting. I wouldn't know as I'd have to be dragged in kicking and screaming.


  11. Wander Mum
    August 12, 2015 / 7:19 am

    LOVE this. Agree with all your points. I also don't like it when I see two or three men gathered around a machine – not doing a lot – except staring at me and other women. Get on with it and stop being a perve! People 'alternating' between resistance machines winds me up. Why are you taking up TWO pieces of equipment, one with your sweaty disgusting towel on. Don't get me started on talking on the phone whilst hogging machines… #bestandworst

  12. Janine Woods - Unhinged Mummy
    August 12, 2015 / 7:25 am

    Ah so that's how you get your super toned bod, the gym of course! Maybe I should try it, but then again after the list you just wrote, maybe not 😉

  13. Mary Smith
    August 12, 2015 / 7:45 am

    Hahahaha Sarah this is hilarious! I havent been to the gym in a few months, it was becoming stressful and strained my chest wall trying to life too heavy pahahahhaha But im with you with the girls caked in make up and also those that sit gabbing forever , I often wonder "why the heck are you even here?" glad you said it out loud haha x #bestandworst

  14. August 12, 2015 / 9:18 am

    It's been a while since I have been to the gym but the towel hoggers used to annoy me too! #bestandworst

  15. August 12, 2015 / 10:28 am

    Ha ha ha!! I am totally giggling reading through all these and nodding! Hogging machines is one of my greatest bug bears – simply as I have a set routine and kinda don't like anyone getting in my way! I was next to a stinker of a man on the treadmills the other day… however mid run, you cannot help but immediately think it is you, so you start leaning down to try and see if the waft is emanating from yourself… luckily it wasn't! Fab post and definitely made me chuckle!! Sim #WeightLossWednesday xx

  16. Sarah Lawton
    August 12, 2015 / 12:51 pm

    Ewww, there's nothing worse than a drippy gym machine! I go to a gym in Essex and the make up is unbelievable. I saw one girl come in with a tracksuit and sparkly wedge trainers on! WEDGE TRAINERS! #bestandworst

  17. August 12, 2015 / 12:00 pm

    people that have their earbuds in and think just because they didn't hear their fart, nobody else did either. Dude, I'm on a bike right behind you

  18. Silly Mummy
    August 12, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    Haha, yes, when I used to go to the gym all the time I saw & was annoyed by most of these! #bestandworst

  19. August 12, 2015 / 3:40 pm

    This made me laugh. I haven't been to the gym in a year or so, sadly, but when I did go people chatting away in the weights corner would drive me mad. Funnily enough, it's usually men who do all the sitting around talking, and yes, to them staring at other people. Unpleasant and creepy when you're just trying to get on with your routine. #bestandworst

  20. August 12, 2015 / 7:24 pm

    Haha, this made me chuckle, My brother does the whole posing in the mirror thing, lol! I can't believe someone rocked up to the gym wearing brogues!!
    Thank you for hosting #Bestandworst
    Becky xx

  21. August 12, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    I'd love to say I identify with these but I haven't been near a gym for over five years! BUT they do all sound super-annoying, especially smelly people, ugh! Becky #bestandworst

  22. August 12, 2015 / 9:24 pm

    When I was college my friend and I would just sit on the exercise bikes chatting away to each other and half heartedly peddling! #bestandworst

  23. August 13, 2015 / 10:47 am

    Birilliant, I love a good rant and totally agree with these! Can anyone else hear your Mummy Voice coming out in number 3?! #BestandWorst

  24. August 13, 2015 / 6:46 pm

    Haha this made me giggle, although I was that girl that used to go with a little bit of makeup (mascara at least!) but I did used to sweat ALOT!! Great post 🙂 #bestandworst

  25. Katy F
    August 13, 2015 / 8:11 pm

    Haha jeans at the gym?? That is just plain silly!! #bestandworst

  26. Hannah - Budding Smiles
    August 14, 2015 / 10:44 am

    Hahaha Sarah I have images of you glaring at a smelly brogue-wearing chatterbox with loads of make-up on who's hogging the machines!! Thanks for linking with #BloggingToJogging xx

  27. August 14, 2015 / 1:22 pm

    Hehe this made me chuckle. Although the not wiping sweat off machines I used to hate that, became a proper pet hate. Shame I haven't set foot in a gym since having Sam…tut tut! bestandworst xx

  28. Katie Humphrey
    August 14, 2015 / 3:12 pm

    This made me giggle and nod with agreement. It's been many years since I frequented the gym. There was one lady who regularly came, used the recumbent exercise cycle for 20 minutes, while eating a bag of crisps, then went home! Thanks for linking up with #sundaystars

  29. Mrs Tubbs
    August 14, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    Ewwwww. Smelly people anywhere! I have never been to the gym ….!

  30. August 16, 2015 / 8:09 pm

    I don't go to the gym but am now glad I don't. Some of those sound gross. Some people bewilder me :-/