Crazy Ish Heard (and Seen) at the Gym

CrazyIsh585You’ve probably noticed that—now more than any other time of year—the gym is packed. As a people-watcher myself, I’ve long enjoyed the gym for its entertainment value. Seriously, where else do you see so many characters from all kinds of backgrounds packed into one room, sweating it out? It’s like a human social experiment every time you go. I was recently talking to one of my gal pals (a fellow gym-people-watcher) who suggested that we all share our all-time funniest and most random gym memories. I thought it was an awesome idea.

So we have developed the Twitter hashtag #HeardAtGym for you all to share your funniest, craziest and most “say wha?” gym moments. Maybe you heard just one hilarious line in a conversation or a gentleman was crowing on the elliptical or you saw something really crazy like this, we want to hear your most entertaining health-club stories!

Now what we do NOT want to do here is straight-up make fun of people—especially people who are new to the gym or are just beginning their weight-loss journeys. The gym is already intimidating enough, so be friendly, not judgmental. After all, we are all on this journey together. Instead, this is a chance for us to share just how unique of a place the gym can be—and encourage us to keep going, even if there are a lot of characters there!

Don’t have a Twitter account? No worries! Feel free to share your craziest gym moments in the comments! —Jenn

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  1. Gretchen yoder says:

    While warming up on the treadmill next to the weight lifting area, I overheard the guys joking about all the ladies lining up for “pole dancing class” or as we call it… Zumba.

  2. Cat says:

    I always get a kick out of the people who ride the elevator to the second floor exercise area and then jump on a stairclimber machine.

  3. Amy says:

    I’m always amused by those guys who not only cut the sleeves off of their t-shirts, but make the armholes huge – like down to their midsection – as if their shirt could not possibly contain their massive muscles. Anyway, one morning I saw one that took the cake. Not only was it an extreme cut-out, but it was bright, hot pink. The guy had his back to me, and just as I was chuckling inside my head over the ridiculous pinkness of the shirt, he turned around. The front of the shirt said, “Don’t laugh – this is your girlfriend’s shirt.” I almost fell off the treadmill.

  4. Nicole says:

    During the recent holiday season, I was running on treadmills in front of women on the stairmasters. These women are there every weekend morning and they always talk, talk, talk their way through a workout – that’s fine! They are both petite, small framed, for lack of a better word TINY women. But one woman was flat-out pissed that she received a two-pound box of See’s candy from a friend of hers attending a holiday party at her house. Here’s the dialogue:

    Stairmaster Woman1: So when LadyX arrived at my house, she brought us a two pound box of See’s. I mean, really. How rude is that?

    Stairmaster Woman2: I can only imagine!

    SW1: It was so rude. I mean, doesn’t she know how unhealthy it is? Why can’t people just not share candy? It’s like, she doesn’t even realize I go to the gym? What kind of friend gives you chocolate when you come over to their house. She doesn’t even feel like a friend anymore.

    SW2: I know. Just ridiculous.

    …..And here I am thinking, “Dude – a two pound box of See’s candy is a sweet gift! Why can’t she just be a gracious host and accept it for the gesture, even if it’s not something she particularly cares for? Plus, I’m sure a big box of chocolate was given with the intention of being shared with friends and family – not just strategically given to made her have saddlebags. ”

    Whatever. Haha!