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I just need need need to vent. I think I am pretty courteous when at the gym, I wipe up my sweat, don't sit on machines for long periods of time, and pretty much keep to myself.

While I'm glad people are actually at the gym and making an effort...WHY???

Do people wipe down a machine BEFORE they use it, but NOT after???

I have been preoccupied (I know I should just ignore it) with this behavior. It's so arrogant and clearly rude. I feel compelled to say something to the next person that does this!

Tue. Jun 12, 12:52pm

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more amusing than irritating

There's this woman at my gym who carries around a roll of paper towels with her and one of the squirt bottles that they provide for cleaning the machines. There's only about 10 squirt bottles provided and probably 50 people in the gym at any given time so they're obviously not for everyone to carry around with them, but she for some reason feels the need to have it with her at all times. She sprays the whole machine down until its dripping, does her thing, and then douses it again. If you were to walk up to it without seeing her there you would have sworn some incredibly sweaty person was just sitting there.

Actually, another really funny thing I watched her do was try to jump rope with the elastic strength bands. I almost fell off the treadmill when I saw that. I was going to be nice and say something but she figured out pretty quickly that's not what they were for.

People make me laugh.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 1:24 PM

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Whats worse is the gym locker room-the only thing worse than sitting on a sweaty machine is sitting where there was a sweaty naked butt! I'm far from prude, but we could all benefit from a towel or two while we change ya think.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 1:41 PM

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LOL! I use 3 towels at the gym, I'm not a germaphob, but I want to stay clean and not gross people out.

small towel for working out, which I hang on to and use to sit on in the steam room...then in goes in the towel bin.

Large towels, one to dry off in and wrap up in...the other for my hair and later to sit on or stand on (the floors are always a little wet).

Why doesn't everyone do this? LOL!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 2:11 PM

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My gym has co-ed steem room and sauna.... it's so friggin nasty when men walk in wearing underpants and white ones at that...ewwy!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 2:41 PM

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People don't wipe their friggn' machines down after they use them!!!!!!!!!! So sweaty and nasty and I can't stand it. I also hate when you go to pick up some weights and they are wet from someone's sweat---kill me. So gross...The bathrooms are a petri-dish of germs and so germie that I just can't deal. I am by NO MEANS a germaphobe but for the love of God and all that is holy why, WHY do people not care about it? Lazy? Dirty? I don't get it and it drives me nuts.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 5:55 PM

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my complaints - in no particular order...

- when someone picks the machine RIGHT NEXT TO MINE when there are at least fifty others available

- when people stink - either from body odor or too much cologne/perfume

- when people try to chat with me when I'm exercising

- when people (in worse shape than me) give me unsolicited advice about how to do an exercise better.

- when men stare (I'm not anything special to look at, good or bad - seriously!)

- when people spray indiscriminately all around their machines, not paying attention to any people they may hit!

oh - I'm sure there's more...! : )

Tuesday, June 12, 2007, 8:45 PM

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people who live in glass houses...

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 9:02 AM

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i am not too concerned with germs, but i do of course wipe down my machine. but there is this lady that i see now and then, and she is quite odd in my opinion.

she works out in one of those long-sleeved pants outfits made of black plastic or something (i guess for weight loss). she has this GIANT blonde weave (it has to be) and it is like to her butt. she wears it down and curled. and SO much makeup. she carries a tube of those Lysol anti bacterial wipes. She douses the machine she gets on before-hand, and then when she's done, she just wipes it off with her sweat towel. it's crazy! cracks me up!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 9:53 AM

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you all seem to have so much time to watch and judge and criticise others while working out! i am way too focused to notice most of the things you all are complaining about. maybe you're not getting enough of a workout if you keep paying attention to the flaws you find in others! as far as sweat on machines, you're in a public place where people are sweating and touching everything! you should expect to have to disinfect and sanitize yourself after a workout! think about all the things you touch on a regualr basis-doorknobs/handles, refrigerator doors, faucets, microwave handles, coffee pot handles at the convenience store, gas pump handles, all of these things are touched by many, many people all the time and i'll bet you've rarely sanitized after coming into contact with most of them. germs are part of participating in the outside world, a normal part of socialising.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 10:18 AM

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I can't stand gym bunnies !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 11:04 AM

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