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2010-02-23 10:23 AM
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Subject: RE: Pool/Gym Equiquette horror stories revival
TaylorB - 2010-02-22 7:06 PM

juniperjen - ...he jacks up the speed and holds on for dear life the whole time.  And then periodically he holds the side rails and lifts his body weight and skips his feet along the belt more lightly.


You reminded me of one of my favorites at the Y.
First time I saw this guy, he was wearing the Black T-shirt that constitutes one of the higher award levels of our gymn's Fitpoint tracking system. Our gym hasn't been open for all that long... it immediatly caught my attention that someone had already achieved that level. My next impression was that this guy sure is over-weight for someone who has a regiment that has earned so many Fitpoints so quickly. I don't generally spend much time worrying about other people and didn't think much more about it at the time...

Flash forward one week. The guy climbs onto the treadmill next to me and the answer reveals itself. While he doesn't crank it up so fast, his form is notable. He basically has the console in a bear-hug with most of his weight laying on top and then shuffles his feet across the belt.

Maybe it's just me, but I don't see why anyone should need an XXL T-shirt that signifies you have reached a pinnacle of fitness. That's just wrong!

No, it's not just you, but it sure is ignorant. Wander yourself over to the Athena/Clydesdale section and acquaint yourself with quite a few "XXL"wearers who are very fit. And they have it so very right.


2010-02-23 10:38 AM
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I'm one of those sweaty guys.  I've always been a big sweater, even when I was a younger 6'1" 165 pound guy.  I always try to watch so I'm not dripping all over.  I try to keep a towel handy so I can wipe off the sweat before it drips on the equipment.  Last week I saw something (or someone) that made my jaw drop.  I'm not a big fan of the elliptical but after surgery recently, that was the only form of exercise I could do because it wouldn't jar anything loose.  I get to the gym and its packed and I start dreaming of a month or so from now when things die down to reasonable numbers again.  I put my name on the list to use an elliptical. Thank goodness it wasn't that long of a wait.  So I walk up to the elliptical and the guy was getting some stuff to wipe it down.  It was drenched! There were puddles in any place that sweat could collect in. Even the things you stand on!  He was very diligent in wiping it down but to really clean it up, he would need some heavy duty cleanser and several towels, not just a spray bottle and a paper towel. He sprayed over the sweat and started wiping. It was really gross. I have never seen that much sweat in my life. The only consolation was that he was very conscientious and apologetic about the whole thing.
2010-02-23 12:26 PM
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Not as bad as some on here but... Lately I've finished my swim only to be greeted by some guy in the locker room that sticks his nasty white/yellow sweaty socks over the hair dryer outlets, and just keeps punching the buttons over and over while he's taking a shower. I've been tempted to toss them in the toilet, but the thought of touching them is too revolting. All I can think about is needing to take another shower when I get home.
2010-02-23 4:50 PM
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Like most gyms, we have a few "prancers"; guys who strip in front of their lockers, throw a towel over one shoulder (instead of around their waist) then proceed to take a few 'laps' around the locker room before heading to the showers. Not sure where they are going, but seem to be taking their time.
Anyhoo, the other morning one prancer was drying off in front of the sinks, then grabs the hair dryer to "finish the job". I'm shaving next to him as he works it around his nether regions. After he turned it off, I loudly say, "Well I'll never be able to use that dryer again knowing where it has been!" The other guys around start laughing, and prancer mumbles something about the humidity and how the towels won't get him dry!

Rant #2 involves the lack of "courtesy flushing" for marathon toilet sessions! C'mon, you can't honestly be enjoying that smell either!!


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2010-02-23 9:14 PM
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What's up with all the need for hair drying down there???

Have they ever headr of "Manscaping"???

Come on now, this isn't a 1980's porn.


Sooner Tri Guy - 2010-02-23 4:50 PM Like most gyms, we have a few "prancers"; guys who strip in front of their lockers, throw a towel over one shoulder (instead of around their waist) then proceed to take a few 'laps' around the locker room before heading to the showers. Not sure where they are going, but seem to be taking their time. Anyhoo, the other morning one prancer was drying off in front of the sinks, then grabs the hair dryer to "finish the job". I'm shaving next to him as he works it around his nether regions. After he turned it off, I loudly say, "Well I'll never be able to use that dryer again knowing where it has been!" The other guys around start laughing, and prancer mumbles something about the humidity and how the towels won't get him dry! Rant #2 involves the lack of "courtesy flushing" for marathon toilet sessions! C'mon, you can't honestly be enjoying that smell either!!
2010-02-23 11:16 PM
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ionlylooklazy - 2010-02-22 9:18 PM ?? people sweat in the pool while swimming


Maybe no one else loses weight while swimming?  Heck, I lost 3 lbs or so during my swim - that is pretty typical (my Y does keep the water pretty hot).

I could give a rip about sweaty people jumping in the pool.  Now, the huge guy tonight with his cologne oil slick trailing behind him *is* something that drives me nuts.  Usually it is an old aquacizing lady.  But still, any of that stuff is god awful.

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2010-02-24 12:59 AM
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40isnotold - 2010-02-22 12:42 PM x3 on the sidewalk/too many abreast thing. The "whole-trailers"on the trails by my house who can never seem to hear "on your left" drive me crazy...


I had this happen at lunch last week. I wasn't even jogging. I'm in heels and a skirt and these suit guys are all walking straight at me. Ordinarily one might expect one of them (at least!) to move over. Not these super important middle aged beer belly suit dudes. I had to go crosscountry through the muddy ivy landscaping to avoid getting hit head on. Nice. Had I been in running gear I'd just have given the closest one some shoulder action. Hard to execute right tackle moves in 3 inch heels and a pencil skirt though. Jerks.
2010-02-24 6:27 AM
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pitbullzz - 2010-02-23 10:14 PM What's up with all the need for hair drying down there???

Have they ever headr of "Manscaping"???

Come on now, this isn't a 1980's porn.




mrs gearboy is NOT a fan of manscaping - we came of age in the 70's-80's, so there is that.  Since her opinion of the presence/absence of foliage is all that I care about, no manscaping for me.  But, dude, no one needs to use a hair dryer.  That's why we have towels.  It's not like the pubes are made of ultra absorbant terrycloth that needs a lot of extra heat/air to dry out!
2010-02-24 11:52 AM
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gearboy - 2010-02-24 6:27 AM
pitbullzz - 2010-02-23 10:14 PM What's up with all the need for hair drying down there???

Have they ever headr of "Manscaping"???

Come on now, this isn't a 1980's porn.


mrs gearboy is NOT a fan of manscaping


Got ya.  And yep, that is ALL that matters, but you are right, still no reason for a hairdryer.  It wasn't one of those beauty salon type of hairdryers with the brush attach to the end was it?  ha
2010-02-24 12:12 PM
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pitbullzz - 2010-02-24 12:52 PM
gearboy - 2010-02-24 6:27 AM
pitbullzz - 2010-02-23 10:14 PM What's up with all the need for hair drying down there???

Have they ever headr of "Manscaping"???

Come on now, this isn't a 1980's porn.


mrs gearboy is NOT a fan of manscaping


Got ya.  And yep, that is ALL that matters, but you are right, still no reason for a hairdryer.  It wasn't one of those beauty salon type of hairdryers with the brush attach to the end was it?  ha


Maybe his wife likes it when he teases his pubes.
2010-02-24 12:24 PM
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Sooner Tri Guy - 2010-02-22 5:50 PM  Rant #2 involves the lack of "courtesy flushing" for marathon toilet sessions! C'mon, you can't honestly be enjoying that smell either!!



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2010-02-25 8:47 AM
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I'm still pretty new to the pool scene, but bad etiquette really grinds my gears.  I was swimming after work yesterday in a lane with 3 other people already, and these 5 guys who are all together decice to all get in my lane.  God forbid they swim in different lanes.  every time they rested (all together), they blocked the whole end of the pool so I couldn't touch.  A couple times I just turned around without touching the wall because I had no choice and they pushed off at the exact same time, swimming right into me.  It was quite frustrating.  I suppose I should have gone to another lane, but I wanted to stand my ground.
2010-02-25 9:08 AM
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trunner400 - 2010-02-25 9:47 AM I'm still pretty new to the pool scene, but bad etiquette really grinds my gears.  I was swimming after work yesterday in a lane with 3 other people already, and these 5 guys who are all together decice to all get in my lane.  God forbid they swim in different lanes.  every time they rested (all together), they blocked the whole end of the pool so I couldn't touch.  A couple times I just turned around without touching the wall because I had no choice and they pushed off at the exact same time, swimming right into me.  It was quite frustrating.  I suppose I should have gone to another lane, but I wanted to stand my ground.


I usually go towards the wall doing an improvised butterfly where I make huge splashing waves in front of me as I get closer to the wall.  They might think Im a spaz, but it usually gets them to change lanes.
2010-02-25 5:32 PM
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phxphotog - 2010-02-23 12:07 AM .... I now know that she is really naked so I look away but I can see that the people in the hot tub have noticed and are all looking at the ceiling and then someone comes out of the steam room and starts to laugh and goes back in. I'm still wondering why she didn't have a suit on. Just weird.

Also the guy who smokes a pack of cigarettes before he comes to the gym and gets on the bike next to me and sweats cigarette smoke smelling BO for a 1/2 hour.


Some people have a hard time peeing with a suit on! Surprised
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