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10 10/17/13 1:03 A
I feel your pain. I can't stand strong smells in any situation. Its particularly horrible when you're on the train and some lady sits next to you smelling like she's been mainlining perfume and its coming out of her pores. It makes me feel sick to my stomach and my head starts to thump. If someone did that while I was working out I'd been thoroughly aggravated.
I'm with you. I don't think perfume is necessary in this situation. If you must, a dab on the pulse points is more than enough. I don't know why people need for all and sundry to smell their stench at all tbh. I don't need to smell you coming from 50 yards unless you're a zombie and I need the heads up to start running.
I am actually allergic to something in many perfumes/colognes. I have found that it's bad for me to use machines in any gym as I inevitable end up incredibly sick. However, I do use the pool. Thankfully people don't seem to spray things in the locker room. There is a man there who smells (like garbage not cologne) even while swimming laps. The pool is so overcholorinated that I pretty much smell like chlorine no matter how many showers I take (I swim 3-4 times per week), but this guy just continues to smell. He is also rude and doesn't share well which means I won't share a lane with him anyway. Whenever I see someone working out with large earrings, most jewelry, or some other things I can't wear working out, I'm usually amazed that it doesn't bother them and that they can tolerate it.
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1,215 10/6/13 2:28 P
when i'm around a scent that bothers me, I breathe thru my mouth. as for wearing perfume or cologne at a gym? it's a personal choice. it would be nice if the man/woman didn't "bathe" in it but using a small bit? .... not a problem
I don't know. Yes, it's silly to get all perfumed up for the gym. But when you're in a shared space like that, you sort of have to put up with silly things people do. What if she hummed incessantly without realizing it and broke your concentration, or smelled of garlic instead of perfume, or perspired uncontrollably and dripped all over? People don't do those things deliberately to annoy others, so in a situation like that I think I would just move to a different machine out of smell range (or hearing range, or spray drop range, as the case may be.) Unless you work out at home, there's almost always going to be someone there doing something you wouldn't do. Smell is the most bothersome because you can't politely ask them to stop smelling that way, but I think I'd rather be next to someone who thoughtlessly bathes in perfume than someone who consciously grunts with every lift. Not that I would especially enjoy either one, which is why I work out at home...
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1,155 9/26/13 10:08 P
As someone who is sensitive to strong scents, I would discretely mention it to one of the staff and ask if they would intervene.
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1,303 9/26/13 8:05 P
I've had that problem, too! When you're breathing hard and deeply, it is awful verging on impossible, to breathe in chemicals. Talk about getting out of the 'zone!' I find it intrusive. I'm all for fragrance free environments for the chemically sensitive. Yet, you don't have to be chemically sensitive in any way when practicing cardio and breathing deeply to find scents way difficult when other times they might be just fine or even kinda nice. I wonder about the wearer of the fragrance. Do you think that they get to such a committed point in their cardio practice that they themselves have trouble breathing, too?
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5,088 9/26/13 10:26 A
There are signs in my gym and in the locker rooms that state something along the lines of "Please don't overuse perfumes/colognes/aerosol sprays as others may be sensitive to them." Maybe this is something you can bring up to a staff member to see if they could post a sign like this? I'm sure you're not the only one who is affected by strong scents.
I'm extremely sensitive to any kind of strong scents so I tend to keep Benadryl on me or just take one if I know I'm going somewhere that's going to bother me because people are typically wearing a lot of perfume/cologne, smoking, etc
I appreciate all the responses. I have to admit though, I feel a little snarky looking back at my original post. I do think that people should not wear perfume/cologne at the gym, but if they want to wear earrings or a tiara for that matter (lol), it's none of my business.
Fitness Minutes: (3,530)
336 9/19/13 12:32 P
No, I don't think its ok to wear perfume or cologne at the gym. Some go way over board!!!! and it gives me a headache too.. I don't have this problem at boot camp, however at Zumba we had to address this to our instructor, and she kindly let a lady know that a few of us were bothered my her excessive perfume. She was nice about it, and no problem. Maybe you do need to let the gym know.
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20,760 9/19/13 11:42 A
I'm one of those folks who's sensitive to perfumes. I'm okay with a little scent, just don't martinate in it. My former boss, who was a dear, wore way too much perfume. There were times, I had to stand at a slight distance to be able to talk to her. The odor was too much for my nose to handle.
So yes, I too find it difficult to workout next to someone who's wearing too much perfume or cologne. There is a woman at the gym, very nice, who wears too much perfume. She doesn't seem to notice. I've seen her spritz herself in the locker room.
Some folks have more sensitive noses than others.
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4,472 9/19/13 10:42 A
I know several people who sneeze uncontrollably when exposed to heavy doses of perfume or cologne.
My former boss wore WAY too much Calvin Klein's Obsession, and then re-applied several times during the day! On the bright side, he could never sneak up on anybody.
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10,452 9/19/13 8:15 A
I work part time at a gym and we don't have rules about wearing perfume. But I have been there for 4 years and people drowning themselves hasn't been a problem, probably because "those people" go to the fancy gym down the road. And if it were a problem, people would complain. I can honestly say I've never had a complaint not heard of one.
To the person who had someone spray themselves in the sauna, I would probably say something to a staff person. That type of thing should be saved for the locker room.
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847 9/18/13 10:43 P
I probably wouldn't have noticed the earrings, but the perfume would have bothered me a lot. I'm extremely sensitive to fragrances like that (I literally have to hold my breath when I walk past the perfume/makeup counters in department stores), and something like that would seriously have affected my ability to breathe properly as I worked out.
There was this one guy at my old gym that wore really musky cologne on the treadmill - it made me want to vomit. I thought it was really inconsiderate. Then I met this other man in my bootcamp class. He perspires quite a bit (as do we all) but unfortunately for him, his sweat smells like cat urine. (Funnily enough, I can handle the cat urine guy way easier than the axe body spray guy).
So maybe she thought she was doing you a favor.
The makeup and jewelry thing is an probably aspect of the culture at your gym. My gym is right across the street from my corporate job, and it's all people at lunch working their butts off and looking like they are working their butts off. Some gyms have a lot of people hanging out and socializing. So maybe switch gyms to something more your style? Being distracted by another person's appearance isn't always a function of your own insecurities - people like to work out where they feel comfortable, and you are more comfortable generally with people that are like yourself.
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166 9/18/13 6:57 P
Maybe that particular person forgot to bring deodorant, and they thought that spraying excess perfume was better than the alternative. And maybe those earrings compensate for the self-esteem she doesn't have. One can only speculate.
I can understand how a fragrance might infringe upon the airways, so I personally would have switched to another machine (even though, admittedly, I shouldn't have to... And I would be especially reluctant to if I were "in the zone"...). But if I'm bothered or distracted by another woman's appearance, regardless of how practical or impractical it actually is, this beckons the question, "What is going on in me?" Maybe it's annoyance or perhaps comparison or even some insecurity going on... In any case there's some sort of judgment being made. I have to remind myself that if it's not my body it's not my business. Saying this gently and speaking from personal experience... Just read a great blog about it so my mind has been on this lately...
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165 9/18/13 5:38 P
I agree, honestly I get a bit annoyed when I see folks in the gym who seems to be all dolled up, it is possible they where a lot of make up to work however, I personally can't stand things like foundation and liner getting into my eyes when I sweat, so on the rare occasions I wear make up I take it off before the gym.
I generally just don't feel a gym or workout environment is a place to look "cute" and when I can smell your fragrance for 2 minutes after you have walked by there is an issue. Leave that stuff in your locker folks, please.
I was on the treadmill the other day and it was going GREAT.....I was ready to beat my personal record. Suddenly, my eyes started to water and my nose clogged and I started to get a headache. Grrrrr!! The person who had hopped on the treadmill 2 treadmills away from me was wearing quite a bit of body spray. It wasn't that it was a bad smell, I just find it irritating when I am trying to work out (she was also wearing big hoop earrings, but that's another story and probably not my business!)
I work in health care and we are not allowed to wear fragrances, because so many people are sensitive to them, so maybe I am just ultra sensitive. I just don't think the gym is the place for perfume. What do you think?
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