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KCLARK89 SparkPoints: (44,118)
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3/26/12 11:34 A

I haven't really noticed it at my gym other than people who use it for music and I've seen people using it on the treadmill during their cool down (fine, you're there for 5 minutes walking, whatever). But in college, there was this one guy in particular who would ALWAYS be on his phone on the elliptical. To top it off he was obnoxiously loud so that it was very annoying to put up with if I was unfortunate enough to end up close to him.

I definitely agree with previous posters that people don't realize that they are being rude. And as far as I know there is no hard and fast cure for general stupidity yet.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
3/26/12 4:58 A

At my gym there is a problem with people literally having their cell phones on the floor. As in, I could step back from a lunge and break someones phone. Drives me nuts. You don't NEED a cell phone, even to see your workout, it takes 2 seconds on write it down on a piece of paper, which can go on the floor and get stood on, sweat on etc.

3/25/12 9:11 P

Since all the workouts I create for my clients are thirty to a maximum of forty (if you include warmup and cool down) minutes they have no time to do anything except concentrate on their workouts. Intensity contributes more to quality workouts than do duration or quantity. When I was coaching, track, cross country, cross country skiing or soccer none my workouts including strength training time exceed much over ninety minutes in duration.

When I played football in college and semi pro if a workout went two hours the coaches went nuts on us for not concentrating. Fitness is a part of what we do it is not our lives,

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,045
3/25/12 7:40 P

I do use my phone at the gym. If I get a call that I need to take I keep it short and move to a quieter spot in the gym. I do text all the time though. I text when I rest and have no issue with it. It passes time while I am waiting to complete my next set of reps.

Also many gym members have their music on their phone like me so many times I am using my phone to switch songs play a new playlist etc, so it might look like I am texting or playing around with my phone when I am actually adjusting my music. I also do facebook on my phone too. Another great way to pass time between sets.

Just giving another perspective. I spend close to 2 hours a day at the gym and just because I am making full use of my phone doesn't mean I am not being productive at the gym either.

If I was on my phone and not using the equipment,then yes I should be asked to move if someone else needs to use the equipment. Cell phones are a major part of our lives now.

Yes I could refrain from above at the gym, but WHY!

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
3/25/12 6:52 P

if you are talking on your phone at the gym i don't see how you can be getting a good workout. Why would the person on the other end want to hear you huff and puff. Talking on the phone, i sincerely doubt you are giving it your all. I always thought it was ridiculous when people would have their phones or blue tooths on. phones on the gym floor are an accident waiting to happen because you are not concentrating on your exercise the way you need to

SMCS28 SparkPoints: (6,956)
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3/25/12 5:20 P

I use my phone at the gym for timing stuff and inputting my times/weight lifted etc.....

I always have it on silent though, but if I accidentally have my actual black berry ear phones plugged in (if i'm using that for my mp3 player) I end up automatically answering calls....but I always keep it short and say (as I'm huffing and puffing) "I'm at the gym" and hang up....

3/25/12 1:30 P

As a personal trainer were I to catch one of my clients watching TV, reading, listening to music or using a cell phone while they were supposed to be working out they would no longer be my client. If I am in a gym and someone is on a cell phone or doing any of the above in my opinion they are wasting their money and interfering with those who are serious about what they come to the gym to do.

If they are Bogarting a piece of equipment one of my clients needs I will walk up and in my best command voice say "lead, follow or get the Hell out of the way" There is no cure for stupidity.

REDSHOES2011 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/25/12 10:54 A

At my gym idiots need glasses there are signs all over the weight room floor stating no telephones- but ask the idiot to move they still get pissed and keep talking on their phone- I have another stragery I march out to the management complaining to them..
I don't care if your on call from work or waiting on a important call- don't make me and others wait forever- we have rights to use the equipment within reasonable parameters of time.
I am going to get pissed if I miss my bus and have to wait another 2 hours to get home and make dinner too while you drive off in your comfortable cars!

It also amazes me some men put 200 kgs of weights on the barbell up in mid air and expect the lady floor managers to return it.. I say kick those idiots out too- or sue them for injuries caused cleaning up efter them.. Same offenders- I have no problems saying whom if anyone gets hurt efter they leave..

Edited by: REDSHOES2011 at: 3/25/2012 (10:56)
MARATHONDAD SparkPoints: (28,046)
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3/25/12 8:07 A

ya its annoying and a big pet peeve of mine also

PAPAMIKIE SparkPoints: (48,308)
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3/25/12 8:07 A

The gym I used to attend had two weight section. 1) was a general weight room, and the other was a 20 min fit course. In the second section there were two rows of machines setup in sequence. you did machine 1 then moved on to machine 2 and so on. The machines were in order to move you systematically through a full body work out, and the idea was to do your 12 to 15 reps and move on. You could move from one machine to the other in either of two rows, the idea was that you could do a complete weight circuit in 20 minutes. I had the occassion of a guy doing his set and then sitting on the machine plahing with his Iphone. When I asked him if I could get on the machine and move through my sequence he told me that I dould take a moment to check his phone and I should just cool it, and that if I did not like it I could get staff."

I choose the later and he was asked to move off the machines to do other things. I completed my workout to his angry looks, and then experienced them again in the locker room. but that was all, and I got my work out in as planned. I suspect he continued to play with his iphone while sitting on equipment, and I suspect most people would not have bothered to get staff to intervien, so that he would get away with it. The fact there was a general purpose weight room, seperate from the 20 min work out section, indicated that there was a clear expectation that this section was a quick no nonsense workout and that the goal was to allow people to complete a full body workout quickly and move on.

People tend to think me first.

My definition of an A3$hole is, "Someone who is doing what I would do if were him, but who is interferring with what I want to be doing when I am me."

Take a breath, make a reqest and deal with the fall out.


3/24/12 11:56 P

I read books or listen to music on my cell phone instead of carrying multiple pieces of electronics.

Edited by: BREAKINGOUT at: 3/25/2012 (21:02)
EROSE05001 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/24/12 10:22 P

I use my cell phone to track my strength training ie) reps, weights, etc to make sure I am at the right weight and the right reps.

MSGNOME Posts: 555
3/24/12 6:48 P

I'm pretty sure talking on your cellphone is against the rules in my gym, and I've never seen anyone doing it. I only ever see people texting while treadmilling.

3/24/12 3:45 P

The gym I use has signs up everywhere asking people to not talk on their cells in particular areas - people do it anyway. So rude. It is sad people have to always 'be connected'.

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (240,223)
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3/24/12 3:37 P

I see folks using cell phones at the gym all the time. Most of it sounds like socializing. It's annoying.

Dragon's right...most people don't realize they are being rude. I've been in a daze a time or two and had somebody ask if they could work in a set. I apologize and get out of the way.

for me, my cell phone is on when I need to make a call. I'm not very cutting edge.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
3/24/12 2:55 P

This is the problem with cell phones anywhere, frankly.

You got an important call you REALLY must take right now? Okay, pop outside and have your important call in a bit more privacy. You can come back in after - honest, we'll let you.

There's no call for sharing your private phone call with anyone around who's close enough to hear. Get out, go away, go find some privacy!

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,251)
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3/24/12 2:24 P

No need to sit and fume. Stand by them, wave, and say loudly "Excuse me, if you're not going to use that, do you mind if I do?" and nine times out of ten, they'll apologize and get out of the way. They're not deliberately being rude, usually, just thoughtless.

Don't be afraid to make them think. :)

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3/24/12 12:30 P

I just saw that this morning! Luckily the guy wasn't on any of the machines I was interested in, so it was merely amusing to watch. He strolled around with a bottle of orange juice, and sat at this machine or that, doing maybe a set here, or a set there, on his phone the whole time! He did more sitting draped over machines chatting than he did working out.

I think some people just go to the gym so they can say "yeah, I went to the gym today" not that they actually do anything while they're there...

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (191,529)
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3/24/12 12:00 P

I haven't seen this either, but if I did, I would just kick them off the equipment. "excuse ME!" in a haughty voice.

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3/24/12 11:39 A

I haven't seen it in any of the gyms I've worked out at around here. But two of them are pretty intense gyms where you would get kicked out the door for such a thing. You are expected to be focusing and doing work. If you aren't working then you should be helping someone else.

The other gym is more casual and a place I would not be at all surprised to see people on their phones, yet I've never seen it.

LOVEXAVIE SparkPoints: (42,806)
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3/24/12 11:21 A

When I'm working out (lifting), especially if it's crowded, I will step off the equipment if I'm resting a bit to give someone a chance to work in w/ me. To be courteous.

Twice now, I've seen someone do a set, then stop & get out their cell phone to talk, text, etc. Invariably, more time goes by than they realize and I'm thinking GET OFF the equipment if you want to use your cell!!

Can't people leave their phones alone while they're working out?

I get it if you have it nearby in case of a baby-sitting emergency, etc. but if you pick it up, GET OFF the equipment so someone else can use it! For God's sake, don't be rude & make others wait while you chat about your weekend plans.

Good grief.

Curious if this is a So CA thing or something that's happening all over.

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