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The Biggest Gym Pet Peeves That Really Irritate People, New Study Says

If you're doing any of these things, know that you're possibly annoying many gym mates.

If you've experienced rude or unpleasant behavior from other fitness enthusiasts at the gym, you're not alone. Believe it or not, inconsiderate actions have caused as many as 29% of Americans to stop working out at their gym or fitness spot altogether. One of the biggest reasons why people hit up the gym is to focus on their health and wellness. Whether their goal is to lose a few pounds, work on strength and endurance, or get in a bit of daily cardio and burn off some stress, the experience can prove to be frustrating for many reasons. Barbend fitness experts recently reached out to 1,055 Americans to establish the biggest gym pet peeves, and they are beyond relatable. The responses included feedback from 49% male and 50% female, with the average age of the respondents being 37 years old.

Check out this list of some of the biggest gym pet peeves. If you're doing any of these things, know that you are possibly annoying many gym mates, so ditch these bad habits ASAP. And next up, don't miss The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.

Not cleaning gym equipment after you use it

hand cleaning gym equipment

The top most annoying habit that's definitely not proper gym etiquette is not cleaning machines, mats, etc. after using them. Sixty-nine percent of people agree this bad habit needs to go. The survey participants really don't want to use the equipment after someone else sweat on it and didn't have the courtesy to clean it off afterward.

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Coming to the gym when you're sick

woman coughing in fitness class, biggest gym pet peeves

We've just experienced a worldwide pandemic, and people are still coming down with COVID-19. If you're sniffling, sneezing, coughing, or feeling sick in any way whatsoever, have the courtesy to stay at home and resume your workout routine when you're feeling 100% better. You'll be doing yourself and others a huge favor.

Machine hogs

crowded gym people on treadmills

Let's be honest: Machine hogs are the worst, and 50% of those surveyed get irritated by them. If you've been working out on a machine for a while and notice someone's been waiting patiently to use it (or there's a line of people behind you), have the courtesy to give them a turn. Plenty of other gym equipment awaits! Don't. Be. A. Machine. Hog.

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Listening to your music loud and proud without headphones

older man singing during workout, biggest gym pet peeves

Okay, it's cool that you're passionate about music, but be considerate and use headphones if you want to jam out during your workout sesh. Hey—a lot of people love listening to music, too—but their own, not yours! Headphones are your new best friend.

Not cleaning up after yourself

gym equipment on floor

Forty-six percent of individuals surveyed get annoyed when other gym-goers don't put away their equipment after using it. It's an unspoken rule at the gym: Put the equipment away after using it so it's in the right spot for the next person.

Not using general manners

woman frustrated in workout clothes, dealing with gym pet peeves

According to the survey, people don't appreciate unwelcomed flirting and staring, being around unnecessary noises or grunts, or unsupervised children who don't belong at the gym. The gym is a place to exercise and feel good. Bad habits can have a negative impact on the experience your fellow gym enthusiasts have. It's important to be mindful of your behavior so that everyone can get the best out of their workout and time spent at the gym.

Alexa Mellardo
Alexa is the Mind + Body Deputy Editor of Eat This, Not That!, overseeing the M+B channel and delivering compelling fitness, wellness, and self-care topics to readers. Read more about Alexa
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