The Creeps at the Gym – A Guest Post by Olivia Martin

Firends Talking at the gym

This is a guest post by Olivia Martin. Olivia is a frequent contributor to health and lifestyle blogs (whens she is not sweating it out at the gym). She lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband

I suppose you could say that I am a gym rat. I guess. If I’m not forward folding in hot yoga, I’m kettlebell swinging in the gym or push pressing in Crossfit. So yeah, ok gym rat.

Because of this, I’ve gotten a good survey on all of the gyms in my area and know which ones I like and which ones I don’t. I currently go to a major fitness chain in my area and have found that if I hit the one up near the mall, I will be surrounded by hot twenty-somethings (hey, that’s me!) covered head-to-toe in a $200 workout outfit (hey, that’s not me!). If I go to the one near the business parks, I will be surround by older men with superiority issues. And then there’s the one I go to. It’s smack dab in the middle of everything. It has some of the pricy outfits, some of the older dudes and then a whole lot of normal thrown about.

I skip the second gym because I don’t like being surrounded by higher ups who think they are entitled to their section of the gym at all times and I skip the first one because let’s face it, it’s a bone zone gym. People go there to hit on each other and look hot. I’m not into it. I don’t want to be talked to, let alone hit on while I’m in the middle of a 30 box jump set.

However, there’s something about pretty girls (like me and you!) who actually work out at the gym. It doesn’t really matter where you go, someone is going to bother you. They’ll come up to you right at that moment when your music is pounding and you’re about to vomit.

So for shigs, I thought I would compile a list of all the awful, weird and awkward things guys have said to me at the gym.
I wear Vibrams, you know those funky toe shoes (I know, the’yre weird, but great), so a lot of people approach me about them:

“Do those shoes make your toes smell weird?”

“Do you feel like a cave man wearing them?”
Sometimes, I do a little yoga before or after a strenuous workout to stretch out my muscles…

“I saw you doing that bendy thing awhile ago. It’d be cool if you and I did that together…”

“Wow, you’re sooo flexible” –insert creepy smile here.
I like to run on the treadmill before jumping into a workout.

“Are you ever afraid your boobs are going to hit you in your face?”
In the middle of a heavy deadlift

“Do you need a spot? You should really poke your butt out more when you get to bottom.”
Just plain odd…

“Didn’t I see you at Adam & Eve buying that sex swing the other day?”

“Wanna come get sweaty with me?”

“I really like that motion you’re making right now.” –referencing a hammer curl.
People are weird. I don’t think the gym is a place for getting dates, but if you’re going to do it. Just wait until the person isn’t panting to death, say hey and don’t try to correct their form. But really, if you want to hit on a girl at the gym, skip over the girl who is actually working out. Put your sights on the chick who’s wearing a full face of make up, on her cell phone and sitting at the leg press machine with the pin in at 30lbs, anxiously looking around to see if anyone noticed she did a full set. She’s looking for your attention; we’re not. Try again.

What weird things have guys said to you while you were working out?


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