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Re grunting and groaning at the gym!

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CainInThePunting Sat 09-Jan-16 18:33:59

IABU, I may even be into PMT territory but this wound me up so much I need to rant!

Got on the X-trainer at the gym and almost immediately became aware of the bloke next to me making a lot of unnecessary noise. He wasn't just struggling with being unfit, he was properly groaning. I mean at points I was questioning if he was enjoying himself a little bit too much. It was that bad.

It became more and more off-putting until I quit the X-trainer and moved away onto the treadmill.
I had barely got started when he showed up on the treadmill next to me and immediately started the groaning again. He was only walking FFS!

I ignored him for about 10 minutes and then I could stand it no more and moved away to the strength training machines.

What the fuck was it all about?!
Why the need to make so much noise?

Sure, everyone huffs and puffs, that's the point of cardio but grunting and groaning? STFU!

Bastard!

RJnomore1 Sat 09-Jan-16 18:37:30

What was he doing? If it's weights fair enough - I make a bloody racket myself sometimes.

RJnomore1 Sat 09-Jan-16 18:38:33

Sorry I just realised he was in the trainer and treadmill - that's a bit odd! Maybe knackered and just willing himself on?

MelanieCheeks Sat 09-Jan-16 18:40:47

Meh, people make noise at the gym. Ignore, and concentrate on your own workout.

TheCrazyDuchess Sat 09-Jan-16 18:45:22

Headphones and iPod should help

DeAtHnOtE Sat 09-Jan-16 18:51:51

Was it this guy?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1klD4kx8OY

CainInThePunting Sat 09-Jan-16 18:54:21

You're right Duchess.

CainInThePunting Sat 09-Jan-16 19:00:50

Not quite as high pitched as the guy in the video but it was similar.

PiperIsTerrysChoclateOrange Sat 09-Jan-16 19:04:04

I think headphones and either listen to music or an audiobook.

Other people's noises are off putting.

Birdsgottafly Sat 09-Jan-16 19:18:14

If he was following you from machine to machine, then he was trying to attract your attention.

Asskicker Sat 09-Jan-16 19:18:44

Noisy people in the gym are pita.

I have heard so many weird noise coming out people in our gym it's unbelievable.

I think people think it's showing off his much effort they are putting in

anonacfr Sat 09-Jan-16 19:26:36

I've only had this once but it was a woman on a bike and she was (seemingly) orgasming (is that a verb?) for about 20mns. It was v annoying.

I thought it was a one-off? I didn't realise it was a thing.

anonacfr Sat 09-Jan-16 19:27:37

She didn't sound like she was showing off by the way. She looked like she was in pain but sounded like it was a reeeaaaally good pain.

echt Sat 09-Jan-16 20:38:54

This a FOAF story, but true.

The FOAF was working in the local gym and there was a real grunter, very loud and from the FOAF's point of view, very off-putting. They turned and glared at Mr Grunter who immediately apologised.

It was Hugh Jackman.

My comment at the time was: Did they say "Oh, grunt all you like MrWolverine Jackson, don't mind me."

CainInThePunting Sat 09-Jan-16 21:28:04

Great story echt, I bet Jackman was lifting weights though?

The lifters grunting doesn't bother me, it's different.

This guy was on the X-trainer and treadmill and it made me want to hit his emergency stop button and yell "Stop over sharing you freak!"

I felt irrational hatred towards him.

But I'm over it now and next time, I go armed with earphones.

echt Sat 09-Jan-16 21:31:57

Yes, he was.

BuggersMuddle Sat 09-Jan-16 21:34:31

I hate noisy fuckers in the gym. Unless you're up there with your 1 rep max, just stop it.

There was one guy at am old gym used to grunt something terrible. My PT said he'd improved a lot as previously he used to curse as well.

I am a grumpy bugger though. I pulled up a powerlifting champion in a previous gym for hogging the bench for 45 mins during peak time (a bike of lifting, but a whole ton of resting and chatting). He was totally shocked that some wee woman with a bit of excess fat (although I lift and lift well for a bog standard gym goer) suggested he move his (muscular) arse grin

I was always told no headphones in the free weights area for safety & tend to adhere to that. On the cardio equipment though, headphones all the way (although usually to drown out the TOWIE types power-walking in pairs on the treadmill grin )

stopfuckingshoutingatme Sat 09-Jan-16 23:04:27

It's always the men

They do it in the steam room too

Come in a puff and loudly breathe

Fucks sake - why ???

Squishyeyeballs Sat 09-Jan-16 23:44:25

I read a similar discussion on a different forum before and a lot of ladies were of the opinion that male grunting in the gym/sauna is their way of proving that they are extremely focused on their exercise and are not leering at the women present. A few men agreed that this is sometimes the case, especially in the sauna.

Whatsername24 Sat 09-Jan-16 23:52:20

There's a woman who uses the gym that I go to who groans, grunts and yells whilst using the treadmill - and she can even be heard over loud music/TV being listened to on headphones. Makes me jump a mile every time she yells.

TheCatsFlaps Sun 10-Jan-16 00:22:58

There's me thinking I had problrms with the phantom farter at my yoga class.

UterusUterusGhali Sun 10-Jan-16 00:38:05

I would join any gym that had Hugh Jackman grunting loudly in it.

Otherwise YANBU.

Isn't there a gym in the states that bans such practices?

CainInThePunting Sun 10-Jan-16 00:39:38

Squishyeyeballs A few men agreed this sometimes is the case?

I accept he may have been extremely focussed but he sounded like he thought he was participating in some European porn movie, I didn't appreciate it and I don't want to hear about it.

I plan to use my earphones in future but if he disrupts my workout again, I'll inform him that I don't appreciate his performance and if he wants to pretend he is in a porn film, he should do so in private.

I have no problem with saying that.

Fucking prick that he is.

Squishyeyeballs Sun 10-Jan-16 00:56:37

Yes, the thread was on a forum where both women and men post. A few men posted on the thread to say that they sometimes overdid the grunting to demonstrate to the women that exercise was their sole focus. Apparently, some men think that grunting is a good way to stop a woman thinking that you might be eyeing her up hmm

CainInThePunting Sun 10-Jan-16 01:11:49

No, focussing on your work out and not drawing attention to yourself is a way to demonstrate you are not eyeing a woman up.

Pretending you are in a porn film, groaning and moaning makes me think you are a dick head seeking attention.

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