What is the Most Obnoxious Thing You’ve Seen While Working Out?

August 10, 2007

I have to vent! About 1/2 the people who workout in most of the gyms I have belonged to are completely obnoxious!

If you are new to working out and are intimidated by the bodybuilding retards that live in the free-weight rooms…don’t be!

Seriously…many of these guys have serious personality disorders and don’t do very well in the “real world”. The one place where they feel like they have control is in the gym.

It is hilarious watching a free-weight room. They are a few personality types that are common in almost every gym I have worked out in. I’ll list a few…tell me if you can relate.

1) The Everlast “clown pants” wearing guy with the small cut tank top. He is big and strong…usually really tan, but not very toned. He does a lot of benching and takes 5-10 minutes in between sets so he can lift more. This guy NEVER does cardio and it shows. Often times the guy has a mullet…or other bad 80’s hair style.

2) The disturbing, spandex shorts wearing bodybuilder guy. This guy is usually big and ripped and does a lot of posing in the mirror between sets. He also screams during his lifts. He will do a set of dumbbell curls right in front of the rack, so nobody can access the weights until he is through. He will also leave all of his weights all over the place…I think he believes that his workout is much more important than any of the other members.

What Not to Wear!

3) The guy that gives advice to everyone…especially people that don’t ask for it! The ironic thing is that this guy is never in very good shape.

4) The guy that sings or raps loudly while listening to his I-pod. This one drives me nuts! We don’t want to hear you, we don’t think you are cool…everyone thinks you are an idiot!

5) The guy who is “super-setting” and using 3 different pieces of equipment when it is busy. When someone tries to use one of the three machines or benches…he screams “I’m using that!”. I actually got in a fight with one of these guys (good thing it was broken up…I would have got my butt kicked, LOL!)

6) The “Dumbbell Dropper”…these are the guys who drop the dumbbells to the floor no matter what exercise they are doing. Curls, Incline Dumbbell Press, Shrugs, etc…Watch your feet! These fools are going to drop the weights as soon as they are finished!

7) The “Lat Flexer’s” these are the guys that walk around with their lats flared out. They normally walk slow…you know…because “they are moving so much muscle mass”…LOL! I actually think this one might be contagious…it is reaching epidemic proportions!

8) The smelly guy that smells like sour milk. We had a guy in our gym like this and someone asked him if he ever showered. He said “sweat is a natural shower”…eeeeew!

9) The “I used to bench xxx pounds guy” or “back in highschool I squatted xxx pounds guy”. Nobody cares what you used to do…nobody believes you anyway…and now you are a slob, so get over it!

10) The really attractive 25 year old single girl that just moved here from Sweden and wants someone to show her the town…OH Wait…that isn’t obnoxious at all…my bad!


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Christine August 10, 2007 at 10:51 am

For me since I go the rec center on campus, mine is absolutely filled to the brim with FRAT DADDIES! I am terrified of going in there even though I really want to do weights – there is only so much cardio I can do!!

It’s hilarious they all have perfect hair and wear the greek or brand name t-shirts with the sleeves cut off half the time and stare SO HARD at the girls in the room – who are ironically all the sorority girls who apparently don’t mind!!

Angie August 10, 2007 at 11:36 am

The other day there was someone on the elliptical machine on her cell phone, talking so loudly everyone in the gym could hear her! Seriously, we don’t want to listen to her gab, gab, GAB!!

FitClubScott August 10, 2007 at 1:58 pm

You mean no one has mentioned the “Bench Press Team”. Some guy, always a guy, tries to bench about twice what he can and his “spotter” hoists the rest of the weight.


admin August 10, 2007 at 8:06 pm


Yeah…the Frat Guys these days are totall pretty boys! They probably take longer to get ready than their girlfriends.


I had a girl talking on her cell phone next to me once when I was interval training on the treadmill next to her. She looked completely irritated that I was interrupting her conversation with my workout. She was one of those girls in her early 20’s that say “like” every other word…her “I’m like trying to like talk on this cell phone to my bbf…hello!”


That is HILLARIOUS! I had no term for these bench press dorks…”bench press team”…I love it! What’s even worse than that is I’ve been “recruited” into a bench press team before. Some guy wanted me to spot him and kept saying “I’m going to do one more”…I was straining my back and doing most of the lifting! I wanted to say…”No, you mean I’m doing one more!”

Good Stuff!


Scott August 14, 2007 at 11:08 am

Good one Rusty!

My personal favorite is ‘The Barnacle’. He is the guy (or girl) who sits on the most popular equipment and will sit there for 15 minutes.

Gregg August 15, 2007 at 9:45 am

Great list! Don’t forget to forward me the single girl’s phone number. On the flip side of that, don’t forget the girl dressed to kill, that barely breaks a sweat. She’s just there to look at herself and have others look at her. She likes to do stiff legged deadlifts and turn her head sideways so she can watch her butt in the mirror.

And the guy who uses a ton of weight on exercises but uses his entire body and the range of each rep is only a couple of inches. On the bench, his ass is in the air, he drops the weight and bounces it off his chest and then he gets nowhere near lockout before dropping it on his chest again.

admin August 16, 2007 at 10:01 am

Gregg…I’m keeping the number for myself, but she has a 23 year old sister…I’ll see what I can do for you!

We have a few of those women in my gym who are dressed to drive guys nuts. I try my best to ignore them, but every once in a while I get weak and sneak in a quick look.

We have a couple of guys in my gym who bench exactly as you described. The funny thing about these guys is that they typicaly wait 5-10 minutes in between each lame set.

Jay September 1, 2007 at 9:18 pm

The other day I was waiting for the Hammer Strength flat bench, since all the other free weight benches were in use (my gym gets really crowded in the evenings). There was a guy with 35 lbs on each side of the machine, and he was using one of them and pushing it up with no effort while talking on his cellphone. After about 30 bad reps, he switched arms. =/

admin September 1, 2007 at 11:25 pm


That is funny as hell! They should ban all cell phones in the gym. I can’t stand it when people talk on cell phones when they should be concentrating on other things. I own a cell phone, but I’m kind of anti-cell phone in a lot of cases. Some people just can’t do two things at once and it drives me nuts!


PS: The guy probably was one of those jerks that had no idea that you were waiting to use the equipment.

Savio September 21, 2007 at 6:46 am

Here’s a comment card much like yours. This guy is pretty graphic about his ranting, only he doesn’t attack many bodybuilders, probably because there aren’t many in the SF Bay Area. He just comments on anything that ticks him off in the gym.


admin September 21, 2007 at 7:29 pm


Yeah…I just clicked over to that craigslist link…that is pretty funny. So I’m not the only guy annoyed with these fools!

Great Stuff!


Grant October 10, 2007 at 11:58 am

There are many culprits that piss me off. The guy who puts the 45LB plate over the 5LB plate on the weight tree. The guy who puts the 75LB dumbbell in the 30LB dumbbell spot. The people who do wrist curls or barbell curls in the squat rack.

Sergio October 12, 2007 at 1:50 pm

The Mom, she took her 8 year old child to the gym and he was trying to figure out how to use the only elliptical machine available.

kris10 October 13, 2007 at 10:39 am

There should be a gym ettiquette class out there somewhere… there are these two guys at my gym that just take up SO much space, you can barely get around them and when i do squeeze in and find a spot they just watch and try to talk to me. I know it might be rude but the last thing i want to do at the gym is stand around talking.

kris10 October 13, 2007 at 10:40 am

oh, and we have a mom that brings her 9 year old and makes her sit and watch tv, only most of the time the girl is wandering around picking up weights and touching things she shouldnt, shes going to get hurt one day..

DangeRuss January 4, 2008 at 12:49 am

I’m new to this site but I like everything that I’ve read so far.

At the gym where I used to workout there was this guy who would show up every day and he would either sit at one of the machines watch tv and talk to everyone else or he would walk around the locker room naked and watch tv. This guy was fat and never once did I see him so much as lift any weights. Guy pissed me off!

admin January 4, 2008 at 2:25 am


I forgot about this post…that video makes me laugh every time. There are a bunch of gym with weird “pervs” that walk around naked in the locker room. What is up with this odd behavior?

Thanks for the compliment!


Matt February 9, 2008 at 3:29 pm

How bout the guy who finds the attractive girl doing free weights in the mirror then gets right next to her grabs 2 huge dumbbells(to show how strong he is) and then starts using terrible form and screaming at the top of his lungs. Like shes going to be so impressed she gonna f*** him right then and there.

admin February 10, 2008 at 1:06 pm


You mean that doesn’t work? Just kidding! Great comment…Those guys are idiots.


timothy February 20, 2008 at 4:17 pm

1. People who wear perfume or cologne at the gym. Some guys and gals should shower BEFORE they work-out, as well as afterwards.

2. Vultures: People who ask if you have many more sets, and then, instead of working-in or going to another exercise, sit there and stare at you like a circling buzzard until you’re done.

3. Couples that have “gym dates”: Your girlfriend may be cute, but she is NOT a very good spotter, and your lovey-dovey small talk and half-assed work-out are slowing everybody down and making us queasy. Save it for apres-gym.

4. People who work out right in front of the dumbell rack. Move away from the rack and mirror so others can get at them too.

5. Personal trainers who are up your butt rushing you off a machine because they’re “with a client.”

6. Gym staff and trainers who don’t know how to, or won’t, help you with a spot.

7. Folks who use the squatting rack for barbell curls.

8. People who affect to look down on you because you’re bigger and/or stronger than they are.

9. Guys who come in to “hang out”, not “work out”.

and the number one complaint about gyms…

10. People who DO NOT RE-RACK THEIR WEIGHTS! Where were they raised, in a barn?



admin February 20, 2008 at 6:27 pm


I laughed at the “Gym Dates” pet peeve. I have seen that and it is obnoxious!

Great list!


Jason March 21, 2008 at 8:21 am

I am a little surprised nobody mentioned the guys who lay all over the benches and cover it in sweat and, if their head touches the bench, in grease, then leaves it so the next unfortunate person can clean it up for them!

admin March 21, 2008 at 11:58 pm


I one time hopped on a bench after a greasy guy got off it. I got his “head grease” on my shirt and it wouldn’t come off.



Gary M. March 28, 2008 at 10:02 am

To all gym goers,
I have to say, for the sake of sanity, retreat to a home gym(if possible). A simple olympic barbell set and a jump rope will be all anyone needs for a great workout, not to mention your sanity. Add adjustable dumbells and an adjustable bench then your set. Doing the farmers walk with medium to heavy dumbells in your backyard or at a park on the weekends is an excellant alternative to cardio work done in the gym. A dip/chin station is another piece of equipment anyone could put in a bedroom or wherever there is not enough space for other equipement along with the dumbell clean & press and were set up for an awesome workout.
I found my sanity several years ago and have never looked back. Every once in a while I try to work out in a commercial gym then immediately realize why I enjoy working out at home. Not to long ago, my girlfriend has the oppurtunity to bring a friend on fridays at her gym, as soon as I walked in the air conditioning had to of been set in the 60’s, and way to cold for me to get a good workout. The body works much better when it’s warm! Well thats my 2 cents I understand everyone is different and it’s just to much fun to crack on the state of affairs that we see in gyms today.

Gary M.

Paul March 30, 2008 at 4:57 pm

Agreed with all the comments thus far…

Like Gary mentioned above, working out from home is the way to go for me, and I’m in no rush to sign up for a gym membership… my modest setup suits me just fine! Haven’t stepped in a gym since I was a student, but the arrogance of some members I witnessed then was just unbelievable!

Been a lurker on this blog for a few weeks now, but this was too funny not to comment on!

Also, keep up the great work Rusty – your entries have proven to be invaluable to me these past couple of months!

rome May 30, 2008 at 6:47 pm

I work(ed) out at my university’s gym. Usually you’ll find regulars at the same time that you usually work out at.
Anyways, during one of my workouts, one of these regulars walked into the weight room, with a bottle of protein shake in hand, and started strutting infront of the mirror. Now, this was in the morning, so there weren’t many people in the weight room to disturb, but him sitting on one of the benches, sleeves hiked up, flexing his bicepts, or standing to flex his tricepts etc etc for about 10-15 minutes, was still quite a sight.

Oh, and a whole new level to the ‘bench press team’: At the same gym, mornings as well, there’s a bunch of University staff (professors, lecturers, etc), all older guys, that would come in and do bench press. Thats cool and all, and I respect them for staying in shape (at least to some extent), but when there’s 6-7 guys, all cycling through the same bench press…..

admin June 1, 2008 at 2:50 am


What a tard! Seriously…I can’t stand the guys who flex in the mirrors at a public gym. So corny!


GarthFader June 12, 2008 at 10:22 pm

Call me a ‘phobe’ whatever – But my biggest peeve is the guys that insist on strutting around the locker room naked! The other morning I walked into the locker room to some douche-clown drying his feet off with the hand dryer.

To make matters worse, he had the *balls* to prop his leg up on a towel hamper above waist level.. Did I mention he was buck-ass-naked? Some people’s kids…..

“Now seriously, is that *really* necessary?”

–the last gym I went to had private showers, this one features ‘bath-house’ facilities. That may be the deal, but they have large towels at the door?!

I’m going back to Golds!

admin June 12, 2008 at 10:59 pm


I am laughing out loud right now! Great call…what is up with the guys that walk around the gym buck naked? There are guys in my gym that brush their teeth naked, shave naked, etc…not a towel in sight.



Jeremiah November 5, 2008 at 3:57 pm

I had a guy walk up to me in the middle of a set and ask for the dumbbells I was working with. He literally stood there and insisted that I give them to him while I was on the bench, mid-rep. It got to the point that I had to stop and tell him to piss off to get him to go away. I kinda felt like a jerk until I saw him do the same thing, several more times. His attitude was quickly adjusted when a particularly large guy threatened to throw him down the stairs if he didn’t go away.

Viknesh April 1, 2009 at 4:34 am

Not to forget the Rocky Balboa types who shadowbox with dumbell weights in front of the mirror , goodness why cant they just head down to a nearby boxing gym or do those stuff at home.

GERMANOFF April 8, 2009 at 6:06 am

The guy that bothers me more than anyone else is the steroid freak that got pumped, bodybuilder look in 6 months and starts giving advises arround, still with the fresh acne from the injected hormones.

Greg May 9, 2009 at 11:11 am

Timothy – I agree with all your points, except what is wrong with using a squat rack for barbell curls? At most gyms if you are going to do barbell curls, your choice is either a squat rack or to use one of the bars at a flat bench, in which case you may end up holding up someone coming in to gym to do bench presses. As for the original post, I do not see anything wrong with the bodybuilder working out in short, tight shorts. You should focus on your own workout and not what others are wearing.

donixa May 26, 2009 at 8:19 am

what is the function of that big belt they use ?
i never ask this when i was at gym, and never like to wear them….

dan May 27, 2009 at 10:59 am

Great list and website! I’m glad I stumbled across it. I prefer to workout at home by myself, but back in college I remember joining a gym and these 2 guys used to literally BARK when they would bench press. I mean if you couldn’t see them, you’d swear there were 2 big german shepherds in the gym…lol. It was hilarious.

Mike December 4, 2009 at 12:04 am


Well I work out at the university rec center, and of course I have the old professors going to town in the mornings. Every morning I come in there they are sitting naked talking about their classes, I am even more disturbed to go to class and have them as a professor… Awkward can I say much.

Even worse than that is, every time I’m in the gym and I see a certain Mirror Junkie I know not to go there. This brother goes in front of the dumbbell rack by the mirrors and just lets em rip… I have become the famous dumbbell dropper due to the smell the kid releases.

Andrea February 11, 2010 at 4:07 pm

This post is great, I am cracking up from all the comments out here!

One time I was using the weight room in my gym, and there was only 1 other guy in there so I wasn’t too intimidated, but then he started making awful noises when he was doing his weights. I’m talking heavy breathing, moaning and groaning…it was so uncomfortable! I can deal with a few grunts here and there..but really?!?!

jack February 22, 2010 at 8:08 pm

the young lads in the gym who aren’t big and decide steroids are the answer…epic fail lol

Lucas March 29, 2010 at 4:31 pm

My brother got a job at a gym and there was a guy who worked there who lifted some weights, got a pump and walked to the other employees and kissed each of his biceps in front of everyone on a daily basis. He was also an asshole.

ED May 29, 2010 at 11:26 pm

I would consider myself a recreational natural body builder and have been involved in the activity for decades.

Its easy to recognise the types you write about.I live in the UK and I come across morons such as the types you write about virtually every time I venture out of my home gym which fortunately for me is for the most part idiot free.

I am completely embarrassed by such people and they make me cringe.No wonder body building has such a poor image when people who are completely immature and socially inept are involved in it.Ever read body building forums? Stuffed full of people who are about fourteen emotionally and call one another dude.Oh to be rid of them.

I am afraid that the sad truth boils down to something like this-Immature idiots with deep personal issues are international and very sadly body building makes an appeal to them.Are we likely to change that.Sorry to say probably not.

Kafa-Prince August 18, 2010 at 10:09 pm

My obnoxious person…is the idiot who decides to wear sweaty gym clothes probably not washed for a week or so and stinks like toilet…
This guy will also be farting with every set coz the weight is too heavy for him.. Its so repulsive (we all need gas masks to train in the same gym wit him..lool.

John October 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm

What gets me fired up is the guy who walks around the locker room, steam room, sauna, and showers, along with standing at the urinals with NO SLIPPERS! How gross is THAT??!!

Amanda January 2, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I could not agree more with this article! I actually just wrote an article on this exact topic on my blog so I can definitely appreciate this post!




Ed January 7, 2011 at 7:29 pm

You nailed a few heads to the ground there.I’m a long term natural body-builder and i have long maintained that the very worse thing about body-building are the sorts of people that it appeals to.When anyone criticises body-building by pointing out some of the frankly stupid,retarded and unpleasant people it appeals to, body-builders usually go into a defensive position and accuse the commentator of prejudice and stereotyping.Unfortunately these comments can be made because such people do exist and I meet them every other day or two when I am unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.If you have not been unlucky enough to meet such wonderful people yet just drop into a few body-building forums on the net and you will find them full of emotionally shallow,immature {either in years or attitude}obnoxious,opinionated experts on everything who have apparently the inability to utter a sentence without putting dude into it.These are some of the real reasons people have doubts about body-builders.Frankly they make me cringe with embarrassment.

Jsteed June 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm

This is awesome, Rusty! I laughed my a** off. Unfortunately, this is exactly why I left commercial gyms and built a home gym. Yeah it cost me over 6K to do so (I went for serious high quality equipment), but it has been sooo worth its weight it GOLD. (Though, if single, it is hard to pass up on the 25 year old chicks from Sweden.) However, if happliy married, there is just no better way to go than a home gym and ditch the ever-increasing level of dorks. (Yes, the lat flexing disease is totally contagious as are the frat boys who will invariably and obliviously stand in everyone’s way…right in front of the dumbell rack…to check out the extremely hot babe on the bench nearest them.)

I agree above that I think the bench press or squat teams were the worst to deal with. For some reason they always come in groups of four or five guys. You forgot to add that they would do 10 sets of 1 “rep”…EACH! They also almost invariably take 2 or three minutes between their 1 rep sets. They litterally are on the bench or are in the squat rack doing one “rep” max sets with weight that is WAY too much for them for over an hour. It literally got to the point I could not get in a workout, so what is the point of paying for a gym pass?

Again, very funny.

Jsteed June 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Not to spam, but I should also state that home gym equipment has greatly improved in recent years.

The new urethane powerblocks that go up to 120lbs each are amazingly easy to use and come with liftime warranties. They also take up almost zero space in your home.

Many of the higher end cages and half cages also now come with lifetime warranties and come fully equiped with chin-up bars, dip attachments, lat pulldowns, and dual adjustable high low pulleys for everything from cable crosses to seated cable rows. Add in your favorite cardio machine (most any which you can now buy used on the cheap), a jump rope, and you are there.

Stephan October 20, 2011 at 6:18 am

Haha, this is great stuff!

I like numer 3 “The guy that gives advice to everyone” most, because he exists in every studio and is really annoying. ^^

I can add a few, too:

– The “Kneebreaker”. Usually they are beginners who use massive amounts of weight when they do leg press exercises.
It’s actually far too much weight for them, so they have to use momentum to move the weights and being beginners, they can’t stop the motion so they extend their legs all the way. You can sometimes actually hear their knees crackle. But even the sight alone makes your knees hurt. ^^

– The “A-Noob-is”. This is a one time person. A beginner in the gym, who put on really good muscle tone. Not because of working out, but because of roids. His workout was ridiculous. He did almost nothing but talking to his girl.

He was a greek guy and to be honest, his physique looked alright, but only clearly because of the roids. He did only few exercises and ALL of them wrong. So we used to call him “The Noob”. But then I said to my training mate “Hey he is a noob but has a physique like a greek god”.
And my mate said “Well yeah, he is Anoobis!” Since then, this was his name. ^^
We know that Anubis is actually an Egyptian god, but for the sake of the pun, it worked for us.

– The “Unfairness- Incarnates”. People who workout very sloppily and without much effort and STILL gain good muscles and tone just because of their bodytype. Very frustrating. Though I usually am not a jealous person, it really bugs me to see someone train half as intensely as me and still have the same or even better results just because of his body type.

– The “Gym-unites-us-all”- people. Actually they are not really annoying in the studio. They are people who wouldn’t talk to you if they met anywhere else. Maybe even start a fight with you or insult you.
The kind of guys who like to get into a fight and make fun of weaker people.
But in the gym they see a skinny beginner struggle with the last repetition of a bench press set and without being asked they help with the last repetition and pat him on the back for giving his best during exercise.
So far so good. But if they had met him outside the gym in a bar before that, they would have probably made fun of him badly or even pushed him around.

Figgs November 4, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I actually saw a guy blowing “snot rockets” (pushing in one nostril and blowing snot out of the other one) on the gym floor…….called him out on it but all he wanted to do was walk around flexing every muscle he could

Mani January 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Hate the guys who sit at a bench ,have set of half dozen dumb bells around them and does not even use them , and you can’t work out because of that , and usually rude when you ask them for one, to top it They chat without doing anything.
Why don’t they go somewhere else and chat their heads off 🙂

Sam February 28, 2012 at 11:16 am


Cedric April 28, 2012 at 11:29 am

Lmao!! yeah i workout at my YMCA and it’s nice and laid back so i can fully concentrate on my lifting. Hate those places like ballys and 24 hour fitness everyone seems to be in a competition with each other in those places it’s stupid and annoying. have to confess i am a dumbell dropper and screamer but what can you do on a 1-3 rep set lmao it’s either fight or die with the weight.

Nick Kent June 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Awesome! I actually love this article! My favorite is “sweat is a natural shower”, lol was that dude kidding!? Gross! I’m writing a “100 ways to be F***ing awesome” article on http://www.fitnessofthegods.com, I’ll be posting it here in the next couple days. If you guys liked this check that article out, hopefully everyone likes it.

David September 3, 2012 at 9:12 am

That video is one of the funniest things i’ve seen!

That bloke’s legs look absolutely ridiculous; he must get through a tub of anti-chafing cream a week.

seth October 29, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Randomly guilty of dumbbell dropping and advice giving. Sometimes claim, and was, leaner before going off the deep end with my diet. The weights I claim to lift are in the present tense tho, if someone asks. I remember a guy once at a gym I went to with the spandex and gear, he would do bicep curls set of 15 in 15 seconds. You could hear the plates Klink at the top before flying back down. So we ended up nicknaming him “turbo” like the American gladiators show

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