Etiquette 101: On working out

etiquette2So we know that my Etiquette series is typically inspired by events and encounters that fill my everyday life, and not just an excuse for a 26 year old to school you on acting like a decent human being. With that said, I feel like if enough people read my tips we would have a lot less to complain about. And trust me, I enjoy complaining, but some things just need to be addressed. Today’s suggestions (and yes, I will call them suggestions since I’m not exactly the lawmaker around here) are inspired by a very odd experience I had in my yoga class that I usually have absolutely nothing to complain about. Here we go: We are about 3/4 finished with the class and we are laying on our backs about to hold a bridge pose. In my yoga studio they play very light “mood” music that I very much enjoy, and just as I settled into my bridge (pelvis and thighs raised) I hear someone humming to the song playing (very off key, by the way). I glanced over to Paul, who was about 2 feet to my right, and within one second of eye contact I was hysterical. His face registered the same horror I felt: WHY ARE YOU HUMMING IN YOGA???!!!!! I couldn’t hold my laughter completely in so I was releasing some laugh-snort thing for about 5 minutes until the teacher finally pretended she thought a phone was going off and announced, “please no cellphones in class.”

Things you should avoid while working out:

  • Hitting on people. Sorry to sound prejudice but, men, it’s always you doing this and we (women) ALL hate it.
  • Singing or humming out loud in any class or gym unless it is private.
  • Taking selfies as your exercise.
  • Wearing make-up. Unless you’re coming from work or whatever.
  • Talking on the phone. I personally find it very rude to subject people around you to listen to your conversation while you’re working on your HIIT.
  • Playing your music out loud. I’ve mainly only seen this at Runyon, and I’m already grumpy enough climbing the hard part, I don’t also need to listen to your dubstep/rap.
  • Sweating everywhere without a rag in very close proximity.
  • Paying attention to other people and racing them. Well, I am totally guilty of this one. However, I am mentally racing them, which can be great motivation. But don’t stare…find your opponent and beat them secretly.
  • I don’t really know how I feel about shirtless people at the gym. I get you’re hot (temperature), but it just doesn’t seem right. I’m open to thoughts on this one.
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2 Responses to Etiquette 101: On working out

  1. sam says:

    HA HA HA I so do #8 mentally too thought I was the only one lol! it gets me to go harder and helps along that final last push that I been dreading :) #1 so DEAD ON makes us women feel uncomfortable and put “thoughts” in our heads that we’re being watch so it makes working out very awkward on our part that is. The last one I really don’t have a problem with I’m so use to it with men that it never really bothered me that they’re shirtless, oh and can I add one more to your list please? it kinda goes with the makeup thing
    #10 wearing jeans at the gym or running in the park like why? how can you even move in that you now you’re working out so why not invest in exercise clothes made for exactly that exercising!! ugh that just irritates me don’t know why lol must be my pet peeve ;)
    my hubby gets really mad when someone has perfume or cologne on too like seriously? you gonna stink get over it! it’s called sweating and trust me the mix with your “sweat stinch” and perfume/cologne is very very overpowering how about you save that to after you finish exercising. Some of us suffer with ashtma and allergies so just a whiff can trigger a sinus attack coming on. I guess its all about considering other people while sharing the same space. I should’ve added that one as #11 then ok I done with my rant now too lol!

    • Sivan Ayla says:

      LOL love the additions! All very true. Working out in jeans makes no sense and overpowering scents just give me a headache! Glad we share some of the same problems ;)

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