Monday, March 26, 2012

The Gym Creeper

You've seen him. That one guy who blatantly stares at you while you're busting your butt (literally) in the squat rack. Then he either offers to help you rack the weights, or he compliments you on how perfect your form is. When you move onto leg extensions, he's conveniently "training" calves nearby. He's a textbook Gym Creeper.

Right now, you're most likely nodding your head as you read this and picturing the Creeper at your gym. I'm willing to bet every gym has at least one. He could be any age - the creepers at my gym range from mid-40's to early-60's. In any other social situation, he could be perfectly normal. But for some reason, at the gym, he turns into a Creeper.

The other day, as I was struggling with my iPod arm band (the bane of my gym existence), one of the creepers called out, "Need help with that?" louder and louder until I couldn't ignore him anymore. I then feigned surprise that he was addressing me - cuz really, why would I want ANYONE to help me string a headphone cord through my sports bra and down my back?! *shudder*

While I realize that Gym Creepers are mostly harmless, I still feel uncomfortable around them. I understand that they appreciate my hard work, but do they really have to watch me do EVERY exercise in my workout? Talk about awkward!

Even after training in gyms for 14 years, I'm still unsure of how to handle the creepers. I usually just avoid all eye contact or pretend I don't see them. Sometimes I'll even do an exercise in a different area of the gym, if possible. If they do talk to me, I tend to mutter single word responses and then rush onto my next exercise. Not only am I uncomfortable around the creepers, I hate being interrupted during my workout. I have a sword to win in June, people! My training is serious business to me!

Does your gym have a Gym Creeper? Does he ever talk to you or does he just silently stare at you in the mirror while you're training? How do you handle the attention?

10 comments:

  1. Ohhhh Kari. This has become such a point of contention and, in some cases, laughter, at my gym. One particular guy (we call him "creepy red shirt guy") will stare at my trainer (a guy!) until he gets mad, so then I turn to look who he's upset with and the guy smiles really big. When I'm working out alone, he follows me and stares at me in the mirror until I finally look at him and then again, the big smile. I generally just try to ignore them, or move along as quickly as possible. I have yet to figure out a graceful way of saying "GET LOST", so I stay silent. However....there are a few of the "knitting club" guys (the ones that gather in large circles & talk more than work out. I actually have a far less nice name for them, though, that involves the words circle and jerk. I'll leave it at that) that I got fed up with the other day and finally made the "turn around" motion at them when I was about to start my set. They were a little stunned and definitely embarrassed. But hey - it worked and I went about my workout with gusto!

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  2. Those are always fun. There was this one at my old gym that I swear had me bugged somehow because he would always come up to me and my girlfriend and start talking to us about something we had JUST BEEN TALKING ABOUT... it was SOOOOO creepy and it didn't matter what time we got there, within minutes he would show up.

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  3. I've done a post similar to this! This could not be more true and I am the exact same way!!!! Lol

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  4. Yes, and I got hit on. SHEESH!!

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  5. YES! I hate, hate, hate the gym creepers. I was seriously doing decline crunches and got stopped mid-crunch so he could hit on me. I usually scowl and put an invisible shield of protection around me. Ick!

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  6. Oh my god! I just found your blog and this made me laugh out loud (literally). YES! We all have those creepers, and I find it funny that they feel it is ok to come talk to you when you gave them no reason to. If I need help, I'll ask. My best fender of creepers is the workout hat! Blocks my side vision and i have my ipod in. The greatest of all blockades. Best of luck with yours :)

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  7. I had a situation once where I was running on the treadmill and a guy walked by and stared me down. I wasn't sure if he wanted to kill me or if he liked what he saw. I finished my warm-up and was headed for a bathroom break (downstairs) before I started my weights.

    He appeared at the top of the stairs and asked me if I was done. I said that was my warmup. He asked I was working on today. I replied, "back". Fine. End of convo. So I'm working on the weighted exercises and he appears and says, "You know, I know a good back exercise for you. Have you ever tried the dead lift?". I said, "Actually, I have to be careful when I do that one b/c of my lower back issues". His response was "oh". Yeah, I think I got this covered. LOL

    To make a long story short (and this is the best part), he asked me to take down his number. I declined. He asked why. I told him that I didn't t think my husband would like that. To which he replied, "So you're not allowed to have friends?". I said, "look...I'm too old for you anyway. I got at least 10 years on you". He said he was 25. He almost hit the floor when I told him I was 40. Keep walking, son! ;)

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  8. Ah, the perils of the gym. This is a common one. Unfortunately I've noticed so many more that I can no longer attend.
    http://hypertheticallyspeaking.blogspot.com/2012/03/i-put-x-in-exercise.html

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  9. Careful you don't end up here! gym-creeps.com

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  10. Don't worry, when you turn 35+ no one will ever creep at you again..ever !

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