Any hobby whether it be golf, hockey, or tennis all involve some sort of etiquette.  There is no exception at the gym.

Lets face it, if you’re going to a public gym, there will be a wide range of fitness levels, ages, noobs to your most swoll bro, here are some things that tick me off.

1. Using more than one set of dumb bells

I get it.  You want to do compound exercises.  But guess what?  You’re more than likely in a public gym and have to share space, benches, weights, pulleys, all equipment there.  Stop hoarding shit.  Use one set, and MOVE ON.

2. Re-Rack Your Fucking Weights and in the Correct Spot

If you been to the gym before, undoubtedly there’s a sign that reads or similar, “If you’re strong enough to lift it, you can also re-rack it.”  If you’re too lazy to re-rack, you’re too lazy to be in the gym.  Get out.

Also, put them in the designated spot.  Most gyms have these labels with numbers on them.  It’s a simple matching game a three year old could do.  For starters if it’s not labeled, heavy weights get racked on the bottom while lighter weights get racked on top.  DO IT!

3. If you see a lock on a locker, move a couple lockers down should space permit

It’s the equivalent to the tie on a door knob.  Don’t come in and don’t be near me.  I don’t want to deal with people when I have to get dressed or undressed being in my way.  These lockers aren’t exactly body width.  MOVE DOWN!

4. Why do I have to check certain equipment out with my ID card?

I don’t understand why for equipment that I pay for through my membership that I have to use my card to check things in and out.  At one of my gyms I have to do this for jump ropes, kettle bells, ab wheel, and weight belts.  I’m not a criminal, stop treating me like one.

5. Locker Room Etiquette

Your work out is complete and you’ve come into the locker room and here’s old man need more lunges with one foot up on the bench buck naked dangling.  No one needs to see that shit.  Put it the FUCK AWAY.

It’d be just my luck you’d be the locker right next to mine where you don’t have a lock but CLEARLY see that there’s one next to yours.  Try to AVOID IT, please.

If you are new to the gym, you can always ask someone a question.  Some of my annoyances have developed over time, so even I could be blissfully ignorant to someone else’s pet peeves.

So those are some of the things that annoy me while at the gym, what’s yours?

If there’s one aspect of working out that I always need to keep me motivated, it’s my earphones.  Over the course of time, I’ve become particular on comfort and durability.  There are number of earphones that have gone through my gym bag and failed.  There are few things to meet my criteria as to whether they’ll suffice for my usage and abuse.

  1. They can’t go directly into my ear.  I prefer an over the ear type of head phone.
  2. Wires aren’t ruling things entirely out of the picture, but it gets in the way.  Being a shorter person, the wire can slip out from under my shirt, get caught when I’m wearing a weight belt.  I prefer Bluetooth.
  3. They have to stay on when I turn my head quickly or run.

Here’s a review of some of the head phones I’ve owned over the course of years of lifting.

Philips Adjustable Earclip Headphones

I found these earphones comfort were great.  The clip over the ear weren’t bothersome and it goes over the ear.  The amount of foam while sweating gets soggy and gross, so they aren’t going to be headphones you want to use directly after your workout.  The cord at times did get in the way as it was tucked under my shirt.  I found it difficult to do weighted pull ups or dips as the cord would get in the way of the belt.  Eventually these headphones weren’t all that durable as sweat eventually took their toll on these headphones and died.

Overall, decent headphone, good price, and I had multiple pairs of these.  I loved them for the quality, but not necessarily the inability to handle the sweat.

 

Kinovo Bluetooth Stereo Headphone


These over the ear wireless headphones were great.  They were padded, so I didn’t have to worry so much about foam soaking up all the sweat over the course of my workout.  I could easily wipe them down and use them after a workout.

The only downside to these they were a little bulky.  It didn’t affect me moving my head around, and I could run with them.  They also were exactly sweat proof.  Over the course of time, sweat took it’s toll on them killing the ability to turn them on.

Overall, good price and dual usage was good for them.

 

Motorola S305 Bluetooth Stereo Headset


These headphones were comfortable and at one point I really liked the sound clarity provided.  They were only able to withstand the test of me moving around and not falling off of my head.  A few problems I had with this particular headset was the foam ear piece fell out and in order to attach it was becoming difficult and kept falling out of place.

Sweat didn’t catch up to these.  The ultimate kill switch on these head phones were the button to control the volume.  It sounds like many other people have had this problem.

These are a little pricier than some, so you may want to find a different option.

 

BASN Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphone

These are cheap and wouldn’t stay in my ear when used.  I returned them immediately.

 

Avantree Jogger


These have pretty much outdone my expectations.  They are comfortable, even though they go into the ear, stay on well, wireless, and the sound quality is good enough for the purposes of a workout.  Currently the only thing wrong with them is the wire going into one of the earphones is cracked on the sheathing and probably just requires some electrical tape to be wrapped around it at this point.  We’ll see how long they last.

 

Hopefully you’re experimental headphone woes aren’t nearly as bad as mine and you’ve found this light overview of a few of the products I’ve used helpful.

What headphones have you been happy with?

Over the course of time, my body had become weak due to my sedentary life style as a programmer.  Through six jobs and ten years of programming hasn’t treated my body well.

A lot of stories will tell you about former athletes or just being very active when they were younger.  It sounds the start of a P90x commercial, doesn’t it?  My story wouldn’t sound any different other consumers of that product other than I’ve had shortfalls and plenty of them.  Maybe writing about them will change things for me and provide some drive.

I used to have hockey practice twice a week, play street hockey with my friends, run, lift weights, play tennis, and bike.  Even at 5’7″ my senior year in high school I was barely pushing 135lbs.  I haven’t grown vertically any since then, so as you can imagine, I was the “small kid” growing up.  My neighbors growing up and my friends today constantly remind me of how short I am.  Their wit with short jokes seems infinite, and a constant theme of their keen observational skills.

In college, I became less active and had two meals pretty much throughout my four years in school.  I was walking a lot, whether it be to class or bar, so I remained thin.  Luckily I was able to play hockey for class, intramural, and a couple travel teams sporadically throughout those four years.  During that time, I did have an undying itch still to be stronger and more built, because that was entirely what girls wanted, right?  I guess I forgot to mention the amount of beer and booze I consumed and the cigarettes I smoked. My liver and lungs have prevailed so far, but I was weak.

So how did you, for some unknown, reason get to this point in my rambling in my blog?  Action on my part and a desire to make a better version of myself.  With my 9-5 taking a toll on every aspect of my being, something needed to change.  A couple of things did.  I met my wife, who told me, she loves arms, so I guess I’m scratching that itch I mentioned earlier.  Two, you’re given one asset in life.  YOU BETTER TAKE CARE OF IT.  I don’t want to be unhealthy, and being a father, I most definitely want to be a good example to my kids.

Now that I’m in my 30’s, I read a lot about life particularly from those with wisdom.  One of my favorite quotes that was shared with me was, “Do not fear getting old, it is a privilege denied to many.”  My only fear is that my body weakens to the point I can skate anymore, see one of my inspirations.  I’m told a lot of people in their 40’s wish they had worked their body more in their 30’s.  With all these motivators for me, I don’t think that’ll be hard.

What will drive you?