Nicky Park: A love-hate relationship with the gym

Are there antics at the gym that make you mad?
Photo / Thinkstock
Are there antics at the gym that make you mad? Photo / Thinkstock

I like to work up a sweat in the gym. I find the high-energy classes super motivating, the building is conveniently located on my walking route home from work and I have buddies who give me a shove if I'm not in the mood.

However, despite my love for the big, sweaty, pumping place, some things that go down there grind my gears. And a verbal survey of those around me reveals that I'm not alone.

* Unnecessary nudity: Maybe I'm a prude, but I just don't understand why a woman can't put her knickers on to blow dry her hair or iron her corporate gear. After a workout, you're hot, you're sweaty, you want to take a shower - I get that. But there are discreet ways of carrying out this private process in public. Wrap a towel around for the short walk to the showers. Come out, dry off, lather up in your body products, then pull on some underwear before carrying on with personal admin. I'm right into body confidence and all that jazz, but nude parading in the change rooms is not okay. According to my man friends, this goes for the guys as well.

* Space invaders: Some of the classes I attend are packed with up to 200 enthusiastic body attackers, pumpers, jammers and the like. This people power combined with all the endorphin-fuelled yahooing can make it seem a bit evangelical at times. I embrace this crazy vibe. But you've got to try and stay in your space. If there's room to move, then get in to it. If your grapevine weaves with the person next to you, you're probably too close. If the class is chockas then do your best to stay where you started. Avoid lunging yourself into someone else's bubble or running back and standing on top of the person behind you.

* Show ponies: You know the dudes with their shirts off, standing in front of the mirror watching their biceps flex with each dumbbell curl? Yeah, they look a bit silly - I think they're quite fun to watch. But men in my world tell me all the grunting and showing-off isn't cool. Likewise, I have lady friends who get a bit fired up at the girls in their teeny tiny gym gears and bouncy ponytails who bound around body attack, making the rest of us look bad. I have to say, I think this peeve is fuelled a little by the green-eyed monster. But I kind of get it.

Do you get these gripes? What are your pet peeves at the gym?

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Nicky lives to wine, dine and thrive. As Life & Style Editor at the New Zealand Herald online, she feels lucky she can call this work. Nicky crafted her writing skills as a cadet for an Australian news wire. Amongst the coverage of sport, news, finance and courts she found a favourite in features. A stint as a foreign correspondent sent this chipper Aussie across the Tasman, covering the big issues of the Pacific Islands. Every single day Nicky relishes the opportunities she has to mix and mingle with interesting people, feast on delicious food, visit new places and write all about it. Nicky wants everyone to make the most of their minutes, learn lots and live their best life.

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