7 Worst Things To Say In The Gym

By

Vince Del Monte, WBFF Pro Fitness Model, Certified Fitness Trainer
and Nutritionist and author of No Nonsense Muscle
Building.

My goodness… my gym was RAMMED tonight.  You know your gym is busy when you have to wait in a 3-man line to use the squat rack!

Anyways, in the last few weeks, at my gym, I have overhead some interesting and very amusing conversation that I am going to sum up as the “7 Worst Things You Can Say In The Gym.”

If you’re guilty of one, you’re human.  If you’re guilty of two or more, ask yourself how serious you are about your fitness and physique…

After you read each one, tell me what is wrong with each statement. I would love to have you chime in at the bottom of this post.

1. “I’m not sure if I should do upper body or lower body tonight…”

What the heck are you doing at the gym without a plan?!

2. “What are you training tonight?  Back and biceps?  I was going to do chest and triceps but I’ll do you’re workout instead.”

I understand it’s more exciting to train with a friend than alone but how confident could you possibly be in your workout if you change it within a split second of arriving?

3. “I was going to do cardio tonight but I got to get home.”

Poor planning.  Next time, this fellow should have arrived earlier.  Every time you cut your workout short, it becomes easier and easier to do it again next time.

4. “Do you want to call that a workout?”

You’re either done your workout or you’re not!  If you were following an actual plan then you could not ask your workout partner this wimpy question.

5. “I am busy right now. Can I call you back?”

LOL. Why the heck would you bring a cell phone into the gym if you’re just going to tell them you’re busy!  Please step out of your office before you come to the gym.

6. “I was actually using that…(referring to a piece of equipment)”

Ever have this happen to you?  You start using a machine and someone comes up to you and informs you that they were using it?  I reply, “No you weren’t, you were over there using a different machine.”  Don’t say you’re “using it” unless you are actually “using it.”

7. “Do you come here often?”

Yes, this one was said by the dude attempting to land a date on Saturday night with the cute brunette. Where are you going to write her number?  Over the lat pull down machine?!  Guys, meet the ladies after your workout, not during.  Unless you’re a personal trainer – it has a low success rate. I know from experience 🙂

Did I miss any?  You must have one or two of your own.  Hopefully I am not guilty of one that you post.  Share your “worst thing to say in the gym” line below.

Vince Del Monte

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41 thoughts on “7 Worst Things To Say In The Gym

  1. a group of teenage lads started workin out together lately in my gym. i went in the other day and saw them for the 1st time. weights bein thrown around after they were used, not put back on the rack. i even found myself askin 1 of them to put the weights away he’d been usin cos he’d left them out beside me for 5 mins. then shortly afterwards 1 of my friends was goin to use the bench press when 1 of them (using a different bench) used line 6, im usin that, on him. im hopin he uses it on me some day just to give me an excuse to show him some manners

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  2. I have no idea cuz I workout at home so I never have to wait to use a piece of equipment ( hahaha ).

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  3. actually i think i got type 2a and b the wrong way round, but u get the idea

    yours in getting huge

    xxx

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  4. to jeffrey, regarding skeletal muscle types. there are 3 types of muscle fibres (and maybe more) its type 1 (slow twitch) type 2a, which are ur standard fast twitch fibres, and type 2b, which are a cross between the two, and can take on characteristics of either fast or slow depending on the training done. they all have different types of myosin atp-ase which make them unique, i think thats all, or thats all my education has got up to!

    i love all these gym comments. the best see a lot is people doing full sessions on just triceps or biceps! it hurts to watch!

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  5. Phew, guess these shorts are due a wash!!

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  6. lol yeh, dude 99.9% of ALL women come to me and say that to me and./or is the main reason why they dont touch the weights. i didnt blieve it at first but 2 years training people up worth of experience dont lie lol

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  7. I love this its hilarious. I never bring a friend because i hate talking during my workouts; btw im still using arnels 16week it’ll be my second time thru it i like it its a great work out.

    To bryan chan thats pretty funny lol “i dont want to look big”

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  8. Haha i can TOTALLY relate to these let me add another one from girls:
    “I dont want to use the weights because I do not want to look *BIG*”

    if it was THAT easy then honestly, guys wudnt all be skinny or overweight now would we? I get that the most, i am too a Gym Coach so hearing these make me wanna grab her and slap her in the face and say WAKE UP WOMAN!

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  9. I just got back from the gym. A guy was on the decline bench, and I went to use the flat bench next to him…”I’m using that mate” he said – OK I thought – he could be supersetting, the gym is busy but i’ll let it go – I moved to the bench further down..”I’m using that one too mate”!!!!!! I had to say ‘Listen mate – you may be able to talk out your arse, but it can’t be clever enough to sit on 3 benches at one time!

    New work out tip – get really pissed prior to working out – you get great results!!

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  10. Got 2 things that annoy me most

    – Saw someone come to the gym and was working out in a raincoat, if your wearing a t-shirt and not sweating you aren’t working hard enough let alone a damn raincoat

    – People waiting on the machines for 10 minutes talking to friends, don’t come to the gym to talk

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  11. Well it happened a lot with me especially when someone tries to tell you:Iam using this and I need one or two set to finish before you can use it!so annoying,even sometimes you feel you want to hit somebody as part of exercising your fist and arm!

    Next

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  12. Dan Parker Jr AKA "HLDAN" January 21, 2009 at 1:55 am - Reply

    I have a great one Vince in regards to the worse things we say in the gym. I used to say this all the time. ” I wonder what I am going to have for dinner tonight?” Here’s the problem with saying this. While I do in fact plan on eating a meal after my workout, it’s bad for me to plan on what I should eat while at the gym. It starts making me focus on food rather than my workout and I tend to shorten my workout so I can get to the food faster.
    I now plan my meals throughout the day so this no longer gets in the way of my workout.

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  13. I’m guilty of No. 6 but honestly, how else do you stop someone else jumping onto the machine/bench you’re using when you’re super-setting with another exercise ? E.g. I do barbell biceps curls super-setted with Triceps cable pull-downs (standing in front ot the cable machine, curling the BB, to block the way) with only 30-sec. breaks and someone STILL tries to jump on the cable machine, without asking me, messing up my timing !

    There’s a very genetically-gifted guy at my gym who’s friendly enough but always laughs at my workout record sheet and tells me “building muscle has nothing to do with food” when I describe my 6-meals-a-day nutrition program. I carry on regardless but it beats me down sometimes.

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  14. LOL! that last one was truly funny…i can just imagine the guy going up to the chick! 😀

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  15. Thank god I was not guilty of any of those items. But I notice alot of those toolbelts at the gym, standing by machines and talking on their cell phones, I leave it in the car. Gym is for working out, THATS IT!!

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  16. Yeah one time I was in the gym and I and I saw this flashy guy with a wife beater and all this muscle showing clothing walked in, and basically did not do anything, all he did was bench like 230 pounds 3 times and that was it, he was hitting on all the girls and not doing so well at all, I think everyone was annoying by him, so I punched him in the face

    Nah not really, but he deserved it.

    And also when I was in the middle of benching a weight, (note that I could hardly breathe and my head was red) this guy comes up to me, and asks me “Hey can I use that when your done?” WOW, its not my damn machine I dont know, and he kept hovering over me, and he didnt even help me get the bar back up which was painful. So I waited and did the same thing to him, and he was complaining to me and wanted to kick me out. LOL.

    People these days

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  17. “I use light weights because I want to get cut and tone.”
    “Use higher reps with light weight if you want to tone.” (Trainers abuse this one!)
    “I’m a little sore today, let’s just go play some basketball.” (Total excuse).
    “DUDE, take this new supplement, it is almost as good as steroids!”
    “…………………………………………………..you’ll get ripped in no time!”
    “…………………………………………………..you’ll pack on 25 pounds in 3 months!” (You get the point)
    “Dead-lifts are for power lifters.”
    “It’s all about the pump man.”
    “Only cardio will get you ripped.”
    Females: ”Free weights make you look bulky.”
    “Dude, arch your back when you bench, you can lift more weight.”
    “Do straight bar curls to build width and concentration curls to build peak on your biceps.” (I believed this one for years! Muscles contract, that’s it. Your genetics determine your bicep development.)
    “You have to train 4-5 times per week to see any kind of results.”
    “Just do 3 sets of 8 reps on your exercises if you want to get big.”
    “Eat a lot of carbs if you want to bulk up.”
    “Only wussies use wrist wraps!”
    “If your arms are small, work them on your off days.”
    “When your bulking up, eat as much as you can and whatever you can get your hands on!”

    I could go on and on….I have been in many gyms over a few decades, so I have heard it all! 😉

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  18. Vince,

    Last week this guy Tried to interrupt my session while I was training a client to say he wanted to work in my set…He had 2 other pieces of equipment setup at the same time….This guy believed he deserve 3 pieces of equipment and got pissed at me for saying No…

    LOL

    Next…

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  19. Classic List.

    This one’s funny because the last thing a person wants is to be distracted in the middle of a incline DB press asking them :

    “Are you using that mate?” in the middle of a rep.

    hahaah.

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  20. Yeah those are usual ones, but the ones that get me are the unexplainable.

    Like back when I was working out on my own, without Vince’s program I was in the middle of a set and one older lady comes to me and says:

    “Be a gentleman and let me use it” and I’m all red in the face barely lifting…For the love of god woman if I wasn’t calm you would be DEAD! Sheeesh…

    Oh and now as I work as a trainer I got this guy taking everything, one day he comes to me and says: “I reached a plateau what do you thing I should take to break it?” 🙂 and this coming from a guy with black rings over half of his face with mcdonalds eating habits.

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  21. Keep posting… I laughed out loud at these two:

    “This gym needs more machines…”

    and

    “Are you using that mate?” in the middle of a rep

    Obviously, a short workout is better than no workout and if often times a short workout can be MORE effective than a longer workout. My only point was that if your program scheduled cardio for today, give yourself enough time to finish your entire workout. You’ll feel better about yourself too. Keep rockin!

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  22. Some of these are really funny observations, and I do not think I can add much to them, ut I have two comments to the commentators….first to Peter Carvell, there are only two kinds of skeletal muscle fibers (slow twitch and fast twitch) and the one you train depends on your goals. Of course you may have just been messing with the guys head, and referring to the types of muscle in the body (cardiac, smooth and cardiac, and then skeletal is the obvious one to train in the gym, or maybe a little cardiac when doing cardio 🙂 )

    Second, to Lauren Miller, what is wrong with someone working in with you? They can knock out their sets while you are resting. This is just good gym etiquette, when you have so many people in a gym (especially this time of the year, when all the “resolution people” are in the gyms – but they thin out soon enough and you are left with just those who are serious about their workouts) two or three can easily workout on one machine without upsetting each others rest/work cycles.

    Last, to Vinny, as far as all the comments regarding a “short workout” sometimes I do need to skip cardio or a portion of my workout. When you are not a personal trainer by profession, sometimes you just run out of time, but a partial workout is better than none at all! However even during my short workouts I still use your program, which has been the most valuable tool in my arsenal. I went from 150 pounds when I graduated high school to 220 pounds by the end of undergrad. You program has been terrific.

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  23. Pretty funny, and I hear alot of them around the gym.
    The funniest I have heard was a youngster (about 17 or so) asked me “Aren’t you a little old to be lifting that much?”
    The one that irritates me is the guy who rests on the bench for 10 minutes after each set yapping to thier training partner.

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  24. I entered the gym one night and noticed a familiar face, I asked the guy had he been in long and he replied yes three hours I’m nearly finished and this was someone wanting to bulk up by building muscle! I know it’s easy to be misguided but thats just taking the piss!

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  25. these are really cool Vince,like them all:)))
    But these are serious issues or comment which is often heard in the Gym.
    Like for example i know this guy doing his workout and suddenly he’ll stop and say ” damn my power and energy is gone ,may be its time for me to take some steriods”
    Its pretty funny to hear these kind of comments what you say Vince…

    I sometimes comment but to myself only,thats atleast does not make you look like a fool ight heheh:)””)”))”

    Love your self:)))

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  26. Haha, very good, and some class extra one’s here!

    I just get really annoyed when you hear girls in the gym talking about weight loss,
    ‘it’s the slow, long one that burns fat best, right!?’
    I’m screaming in my head, NO! Just feel like shooting them and getting on with my work out
    Cheers x

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  27. ‘Are you using that mate?’

    I’ve had that IN THE MIDDLE OF A REP.

    Also:

    ‘Sorry!’ – after just walking into your bar whilst on the bench or during a frount squat – remember weights are heavy and do get dropped.

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  28. I specifically take my lunch break at work so that it’s a quiet time in the gym so i can get all the equipment that i need. I’ve never had any dramas with people wanting to share pieces of equipment either thankfully.

    I’ve only ever heard this once in the gym and it’s by far the worst thing that i’ve ever heard anyone say. I was sitting on a leg extension machine taking a 30s breather after a superset when i over hear a personal trainer talking to a client. The client was obviously new to muscle development and asks the trainer how long will it take to get results? The trainer replies, i’ve got a similar build to you, i’ve been lifting weights for 2 years and i haven’t increased in size much at all. But keep at it, it’s worth it.

    I just couldn’t believe what i heard, a trainer who’s charging their client $50-80 per session, hey keep paying me but you will not get any where. Well at least he was honest. I just hope that the guy took his business else where because in just about any other industry if you can’t deliver results it’s considered unacceptable, but for some reason in fitness it’s okay. Sure don’t get me wrong a trainer can’t be accountable for their clients short comings as vince has mentioned above. But to not even know the right information to give a client, now that’s just terrible.

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  29. Love these Vince.

    One other one I hate is when you get a I KNOW IT ALL Personal Trainer that will come up to you ( being in a bad shape himself on top of it all ) and tell you, “YOU DOING THAT WRONG, Let me show you how to do it! ” I normally just laugh and let him go ahead ( without him knowing I am PT as well! ) . I would then start asking him some really difficult question about muscles and fitness which they are normally not even qualified to answer like ” what is the difference between the 3 types of muscles fibers and which one is best to train!” and then see him stutter! lol lol lol

    ( Then again if you were doing a exercise wrong then it was nice of the PT to help you! 🙂

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  30. Those are all the classics Vince. Every once in a while you’ll hear “this gym needs more machines” or “I use machines because I don’t wanta get to big” and finally the occasional groaning and moaning that some guys do while working out. I mean an occasional grunt is acceptable but some guys sound like their playing tennis, their grunting and moaning with every single rep~completely unnecessary.

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  31. ….how about when your wife is in total b*tch mode for the day, nothing you do is right, nothing you say is funny, nothign is thoughtfull enough, and trying to level with her on anything is like trying to communicate with a pot plant ……

    thats when you say to your sellf “ill show her, when my body looks like vinny’s, she will soon notice the attention i’ll be getting from others and lets see how funny and thought full i am then!”

    its only ‘funny’ cos its true

    (every once in a blue moon)

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  32. I really do not like going to the gym after work because it’s usually just filled with a bunch of guys checking out the chicks and acting really silly and trying to show off. I really hate it when some guys stare at me when I am lifting weights especially when I am doing dead lifts…..

    That’s why I just force myself to wake up at 0600 and go before work. Usually the serious people are there and they don’t stare or ask you out for a beer!!!!! Like DUH?!

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  33. Whilr you made some valid points some of the comments by others are nothing other than rude. There is nothing wrong with letting some one work in with you. No reason to be a ‘hog’.

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  34. I’m guilty of # 3, 5 and 6.

    #3 in particular, im gonna have to work on my time management, i miss out on post-workout cardio a lot. Guilty as charged.

    I dont understand on #5 and #6 though…#5 because I actually use my cellphone’s note program to log my workouts…im just too shy to bring a big clipboard around the gym…i dont want people to think im ‘showing off’ or sumtin. And #6, i dont get it coz in the 6packquest and no nonsense muscle building program there’s a lot of supersets, trisets and quadsets that require a few machines, calves for example.

    Is breaching #5 and #6 makes me ‘uncommitted’?

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  35. All the reasons why I hate going to Gym and nothing beats working out from home.

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  36. How about, “It’s all you!” while spotting someone doing curls.

    Or,

    “I just have one more set of curls.” while in the squat rack.

    Possibly the worst: “Twist your wrist at the top and really squeeze – it’ll really develop the peak on your biceps!”

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  37. you also missed the one I hear alot
    “the gym was too busy so I plan on coming in tomorrow and finishing my workout”

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