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sinisterunknown

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If I got a penny every time I saw a guy doing biceps curls in a squat rack I would be rich.

Dec 24, 2012 3:03pm | report
toggleswitch

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toggleswitch

some gyms don't have a designated place to do straight bar curls. so there are a lot of people who do curls in the squat rack. just get in there and get your reps and sets done and move on.

Jan 6, 2013 12:20pm | report
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#3 is a recurring problem at my gym....so much so that there is a team of trainers that police it now....if i see it i just call them out on it. As for #8...... it's all about the peripherals....LOL.

Dec 24, 2012 3:51pm | report
nlatham

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nlatham

This needs to be Posted in every gym across America.

Dec 24, 2012 4:21pm | report
wickedsushi

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wickedsushi

Hey,I'm in New Zealand and can relate to all 10 of these. This needs to be posted up in every gym on the freakin' planet!

Dec 26, 2012 11:54am | report
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JorgeGA

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I`m from Chile and you can see all 10 being broken at any gym. Though, in the gyms I�ve been, I`ve never heard anyone bullying overweight people.
Just hate when people don�t take their weights, or leave that dumbells everywhere.

Dec 27, 2012 1:28pm | report
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I agree, nothing worse than when people leaves the dumbbells all over the place.

Dec 28, 2012 9:26am | report
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azwarzaim

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azwarzaim

I'm from Malaysia, and trainers leave weights lying around here too

Dec 29, 2012 12:18am | report
dogetta

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dogetta

It should

Jan 4, 2013 10:42am | report
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Ristoneon

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Ristoneon

ogle girls all the time. You are right about everything except for that comment. That was foolish. You gotta let them know youre looking.

Dec 24, 2012 4:21pm | report
boinkers08

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boinkers08

No you don't. That ****** just obnoxious

Dec 26, 2012 9:53am | report
dpade1337

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dpade1337

No. Don't stare at women. If you want something come say hello when its clear we are done. Don't be a creeper. I'm there to workout and I assume so are otherwomen.

Dec 26, 2012 10:52am | report
JESSICA0431

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You can be respectful and polite ('good morning' 'you finished with this machine?' 'can I work in with you?') but don't hit...especially if the earbuds are in.

Dec 28, 2012 8:02am | report
jwethall

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jwethall

People at my gym do all of these things. I've realized that if you're eating enough protein, you can just walk up to where they're lifting and rip some nasty @$$. Everyone just kind of peters out after that. War is ugly, you have to be willing to do what your opponent won't.

Dec 24, 2012 4:54pm | report
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Funny stuff, but I can say from personal experience that should be included in this list. Nothing worse than being in the middle of your set and having a cloud of $hit particles hit your nostrils.

Dec 25, 2012 1:49am | report
JESSICA0431

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omgawd LOL

Dec 28, 2012 8:04am | report
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sdjjubjub

I feel these are are more directed at a "fitness center" than what I would truly define as a "gym". When I think gym I think open floor warehouse, chalk, yelling, possibly loud music on over head speakers, plenty of equipment...and a tendency to be smell...but not like a ton of axe spray either lol.

Dec 24, 2012 9:18pm | report
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NurseHurse

this is great i got a good chucle out of it

Dec 24, 2012 10:03pm | report
rickyrik360

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rickyrik360

hahaha this is great

Dec 24, 2012 11:52pm | report
Bmdc88

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Bmdc88

i like how the girl is wearing chucks

Dec 25, 2012 1:08am | report
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doodz16

The only problem i've delt with is the talking. 2 times this year i was stopped from my workout to listen to ppl talk to me about their lives. Not that i have a problem with a little talk but not when my rest time between a set is past 2 minutes!

Dec 25, 2012 4:18am | report
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Rule #11 - Be friendly. The gym can be an indimitating place, especially for beginners. Always be willing to say hello or how ya doing when crossing paths. The encouragement may make the difference whether someone will continue coming to the gym. And who knows, you may find a good friend.

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JESSICA0431

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JESSICA0431

*applause

Dec 28, 2012 8:05am | report
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drdislnd

I have one....
Don't throw your dumbells when your done with your set. I had one hit my leg 8 feet away after it hit a wall.
Then 1A.....
Put the **** things back on the rack. This is not you room kids!!!!

Dec 25, 2012 6:26am | report
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My pet peeve - guys who occupy the squat rack in force to do biceps curls!

Dec 25, 2012 6:46am | report
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teslation

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teslation

yea and for women please dont wear make up LOL

Dec 25, 2012 8:51am | report
justin999

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justin999

Everyone that joins a gym should be made to read and sign to agree to these simple rules, the sad fact is tho, most of them should be just common sence and decency. Be considerate and curtious people :)

Dec 25, 2012 9:50am | report
Zoso1116

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Wish everyone was forced to read this before signing up for the gym lol

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JrM703

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JrM703

Well written article that hits on almost everything.

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alanzo40

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alanzo40

**** I laughed at the #2! When I workout its usually at the end of the day and at this time I usually still smell Acqua Di Gio.

Dec 25, 2012 1:09pm | report
BoostGetsULaid

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Did we forget about the most important rule? No curls in the squat rack!

Dec 25, 2012 1:44pm | report
cassie1162

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cassie1162

It's in there, my friend! Give #9 another read.

Dec 25, 2012 3:16pm | report
Jerdtgo

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Jerdtgo

I used to be one of those fat people. I do a glance around the gym between sets usually and if I make eye contact with someone who is putting forth effort I give them an encouraging nod and sometimes a thumbs up and get back to my sets.

Dec 25, 2012 2:16pm | report
JohnGiglia

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JohnGiglia

Forgot about squat rack curlers... They are the worst

Dec 25, 2012 2:26pm | report
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There are so many rude people in the world, the gym is just a microcosm of that. I cannot tell you how many times I have been on a bench, CLEARLY it's mine for the moment, my towel is on it, my bag is next to it and I'm standing beside it, and some ******* will just come over and start using it. I also can't stand the douche bags and ******* who use 3 different machines/stations, they will be away from 2 of them for at least 10 minutes, but they jump your **** if you try to work in. Then there are the idiots who lounge on equipment they are not using in between sets on another.

Dec 25, 2012 3:11pm | report
mightysuf

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mightysuf

On Point!! especially #5

Dec 25, 2012 3:31pm | report
martinbeks

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martinbeks

My biggest gym fear is #10. It's why I don't work out at night. There's this group of buff guys at my gym who are very intimidating. I try to ignore them, but if I catch them watching me, I instantly wonder if they're going to say something. I know I shouldn't worry about it, but I do.

Dec 25, 2012 4:21pm | report
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Don't, really don't do that.
I weighted over 100kg (220pounds) and had a bf percentage of 31 when I started in my gym, so people probably thought I was yet another fat noob who tries to change himself.

The first few weeks/months I didn't do that much, but then i revolved. I dedicated myself to hours of cardio/week, a little power training and cleaner living and within a few months (from feb to june) I've lost about 25kg and 15% bf.

Nowadays you find me a lot more often in the weightroom part of my gym and people I didn't now congratulate me of my performance.

Keep in mind that some of those buff people started that way ;)

Dec 26, 2012 4:23am | report
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boinkers08

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You would actually be surprised hun. In most gyms you will find that the biggest and strongest guys there are usually the friendliest and most helpful. They understand the work needed to achieve goals.

Dec 26, 2012 9:58am | report
JESSICA0431

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You Lovely Lady, and these replies have just inspired me to kick my own ash.
If you can do it I can do it.
Thanks for the push, GiRL!!!
Git some!!!!

Dec 28, 2012 8:10am | report
KettleBellFreak

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This post just made me smile. I could hug you mrs smith.

Dec 25, 2012 4:59pm | report
maiku

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lol nice they should put these rules up in every gym

Dec 25, 2012 5:34pm | report
LiveToRideFast

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LiveToRideFast

Barbell curls in the squat rack LOL.
I wish i was that strong

Dec 25, 2012 5:43pm | report
TexasHermit

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TexasHermit

# 1; 4; and 10. And with #1 sometimes its been so bad i wish the gym would ban cell phones

Dec 25, 2012 8:04pm | report
JAHlift

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Good list but, I have to disagree with #5 my first couple months in the gym the help i got from others helped very much, although age may make the exception

Dec 25, 2012 8:10pm | report
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This list is GREAT! #3 happens a lot at my gym, especially with the leg press machine.

Dec 25, 2012 8:56pm | report
Hodko13

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Hodko13

Thanks for stating the clear obvious! People never catch on!

Dec 25, 2012 10:08pm | report
McApplejuice

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McApplejuice

I enjoyed this article and also the use of the word "asshat". Props to that!

Dec 26, 2012 12:20am | report
LanetSpence

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LanetSpence

Nicely done. Good to read as we prepare for the resolution crew...

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StckMan

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StckMan

I guess people like me are missed out. :(

11. Don't make fun of skinny people or boss around if you're bigger.

Dec 26, 2012 2:12am | report
BerserkElite

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You are an asshat. Nuff said. LOL

Dec 26, 2012 6:43am | report
o0ZEN0o

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o0ZEN0o

I am guilty of three of these. My bad

Dec 26, 2012 8:00am | report
robc217

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How about people who do sets with dumbells in front of the dumbell rack while looking into the mirror. You have to wait until they are done to go get your dumbells.

Dec 26, 2012 8:16am | report
SNAKE-MAN

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I agree completely

Dec 26, 2012 8:42am | report
PatriotsFan1970

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OH god there is this guy at YMCA where I workout. He gets on Smith Machine and stays there for 45 minutes.Has 385 on bar and moves it 3 inches. Then gets on rack with 6 plates on each side picks that up 5 inches and slams it down. He bends the crap out of bars. As far as laughing at people out of shape thats horrible. I go out of my way to make those people feel comfortable so they dont leave. Especially what I call the newbys at the first of the year.

Dec 26, 2012 9:20am | report
420Bandit

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Great article, I wish all gyms were required to have people sign this as part of their contracts.

Dec 26, 2012 9:24am | report
Jesseboom700

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My biggest pet peeve is when people are doing curls right in front of the db rack, and act like its a huge inconvenience when they have to move out of the way for others......step back a little and allow others to easily grab a set of db without having to maneuver around you.

Dec 26, 2012 9:40am | report
robc217

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amen brother!

Dec 26, 2012 1:06pm | report
jpstanton

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That's my #1 pet peeve as well

Dec 27, 2012 12:38pm | report
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Totally agree with especially the 2nd one.Some chicks in the gym wear a ridiculous amount of perfume, n give me s **** headache

Dec 26, 2012 9:45am | report
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#3!!!!!!!!!!

Dec 26, 2012 9:45am | report
Keylib

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good read! this needs to be posted at the gyms though!

Dec 26, 2012 9:53am | report
joecushing

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I've never heard of anyone making fun of fat people in the gym. That's just a straw man.

Dec 26, 2012 10:10am | report
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Awesome article, wish more people read this.

All of these are pretty bad if you do them but that last one is horrible, if you do that you are not just going to affect someones experience on that day but maybe they wont feel confident enough to come back to the gym. Asshat!

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Number 3 should be at the top of the list. It is amazing to me how many people finish an exercise and don't return the plates/dumbbells to the rack. It is pure laziness, and extremely inconsiderate to everyone else.

Dec 26, 2012 10:34am | report
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Can we add working out safely, and using basic safety equipment? Something that bothers me is when I see people not using the bar clamps. I have only seen a plate slide far enough for someone to drop the bar once, and the person didn't get hurt, but the clamps were right there on rack next to the bench. My gym has them in spades, an no one seems to use them. Is it that it takes to long to use them?

Also, stop criticizing people who use equipment that makes working easier and/or more fun. I am thinking of the bar pads for squatting here. If it works for them, it's none of your business. There is nothing manly about being a jerk.

Dec 26, 2012 10:34am | report
Billwalker

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How can you lay down all these rules about how to act than claim it's not a social place, anyone following all those rules is a self conscious Manlet that weighs 130 on a good day. I go to the gym with one goal to make me some gainz if that means smellin like **** or chattin with my boys between sets I don't give a ****. The gym has gotten way to soft. Fat people deserve to be made fun of for being lazy sad little *****. Whomever wrote this needs to go back to planet fitness with the other land whales and have a good cry with each other over pizza on the first Monday of the month

Dec 26, 2012 10:40am | report
eamogan

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You're adorable.

Dec 26, 2012 5:21pm | report
jpstanton

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jpstanton

130lb Manlet...you mean you a couple years ago?

Rule #11 should just simply be "Don't be a d-bag". You'd break that rule every day too.

Dec 27, 2012 12:45pm | report
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@Billwalker You need to spend less time in a gym and more time in charm school.

Jan 14, 2014 7:08am | report
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Bonus Rule: If you see someone sweating, with earbuds in and looking focused don't stop them to chat. I hate when random gym people want to stop me to talk when I'm in the zone.

Dec 26, 2012 10:43am | report
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all i got say it makes sense!!!!

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Health consciousness is important but its tru everyone has their own style and goals .....nothing than inhaling perfume on an explosive move talk about a clean press

Dec 26, 2012 11:09am | report
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You couldn't be more right with number 9. There's nothing more annoying than people curling in the squat rack.

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I totally agree with everything said. i do however sing loudly when i workout sometimes, i don't really mean to disrespect anyone, but its just nice to sing, if you know what i mean..

I don't really stare at anyone but regarding what #8, what do you do when u find someone staring at you? its just annoying you know!
and you can't really go to them and tell them "Stop staring at me or i'll knock your teeth off" you know?

sometimes people do such things and there's nothing that you can do about it..

yet, i still believe that this is a very nice article.

Dec 26, 2012 11:48am | report
JESSICA0RABBIT

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Soooooo true!

Dec 26, 2012 11:52am | report
BigMike15J

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i still have problems with #10

Dec 26, 2012 12:11pm | report
JESSICA0431

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Don't let them stop you from getting what you want. (period)

Dec 28, 2012 8:23am | report
dylanfan61

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Re-rack your weights - e
specially those of you that place 12 plates on the leg press and go down about 4"!

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RPullen

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Great article! Etiquette is so important at such a personal place.

Dec 26, 2012 1:03pm | report
4evergreen

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Agreed. 1 5 and 10 are huge ones. Pointing in the opposite direction of yourself equally expands the window into your own insecurities.

Dec 26, 2012 1:07pm | report
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#11. Don't NOT tell people who are shrugging/curling/half-squatting to GTFO the squat rack.

#12. Your half-rep, team bench press doesn't impress anyone.

Dec 26, 2012 1:30pm | report
jpstanton

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So where are you supposed to do barbell shrugs?

Dec 27, 2012 12:48pm | report
deltasniper

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best ever... one more tho.. stop the loud grunting... **** bro its annoying

Dec 26, 2012 1:39pm | report
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Excellent article, I would have to say the last one about putting down overweight people is very offensive! I personally enjoy seeing overweight poeple at my gym , because they've decided to make change in their life. Some of us might have been overweight and we know the emotional & physical toll it takes to get the results you want! Keep up the good work everyone!

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How about opening the door to the sauna as wide as possible and then just stand there?

Dec 26, 2012 2:03pm | report
Carlos12071994

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Great post

Dec 26, 2012 2:13pm | report
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#3 bugs me the worst!

How about the guy who will not stop playing with his phone. Come on man!

Dec 26, 2012 3:02pm | report
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So true thanks for putting this up

Dec 26, 2012 4:03pm | report
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if you ogle dont forget to say hi and share tips and workout thats what were there to do.

Dec 26, 2012 4:26pm | report
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eamogan

Inappropriate comments in general need to be on there. I one time got asked if I juice 'cause I have some acne problems. Good article all-around, though.

Dec 26, 2012 5:16pm | report
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I manage a gym. I should post this on the wall...

Dec 26, 2012 6:31pm | report
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Well said, this needs to be posted at the Clamshell here in Afghanistan. Man its some thirsty people here. Stop attention sloring, and push!

Dec 26, 2012 7:02pm | report
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Probably the two worst for me is when guys drop the weight stacks constantly, its annoying and can shatter the plates down the middle or that one person that poses and flexes in the mirror it seems like for their entire time in the gym

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if you find yourself doing biceps curls in a squat rack, you'd better move. Someone might kill you.

i lol'd pretty hard

Dec 26, 2012 7:41pm | report
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Number 5 is ok if you are a personal trainer for sure!

Dec 26, 2012 9:03pm | report
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LMFAO at all these comments, this is by far one of the best articles that BBCOM has posted that I've read all the way through, and I do not read as often as I should. I am not to sure I agree with all the rules but it was a great article!

Dec 26, 2012 9:38pm | report
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MarinoMike

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Who the **** has ever made fun of a fat person in a gym? I think that's in there just for the reps. Seriously It's nothing but inspirational to see a fat person on the treadmill. Makes you think "WOW I've been sucking in here".

Dec 26, 2012 10:07pm | report
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bhupenkiran

nice it should be posted in every gym

Dec 26, 2012 10:21pm | report
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i love how they published "asshat" :)

Dec 27, 2012 2:34am | report
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