Do not let the title of this title mislead the female readers of this blog, because your time is coming! My intention is not to flame one gender or the other, but in my round-about way I want to teach you guys/gals contemporary gym etiquette. That being said, let me begin. Those of you who have spent significant time in the gym will have one of two responses to the following. You will either say, “man, I cannot stand that guy!” OR, you will quietly be taking notes and thinking to yourself, “damnit, have I really become that guy?”
So, without further ado, here is the first part of the Don’t Be That Guy Series:
1) “Don’t be that guy” wearing weight-lifting gloves; Callouses are your friend in the gym, and trust me, you aren’t lifting enough weight to hurt your precious little hands.
2) “Don’t be that guy” with ILS. ILS, or more commonly known as Imaginary Lat Syndrome, leaves many gym-goers with this false sense of having bowling balls under your armpits. The truth is, your lats are not that big, and it leaves you looking like Chris Farley in Tommy Boy asking where the weight room is.
3) “Don’t be that guy” that wears blue jeans to the gym. Not to mention that metal zippers and buttons can tear the upholstery on gym equipment, but what in the world makes anyone think that blue jeans are kosher in a gym atmosphere?! They don’t stretch, they aren’t breathable, and “that guy” is the only person in the gym wearing them. How many more clues does this guy need? Oh yea, and Zubaz are out too. Mesh shorts are the way to go, wearing long pants is whole other cover-up issue that we’ll dive into for “Don’t Be That Guy Series Part Deux.”
In all seriousness guys, the gloves, jeans, zubaz, and ILS has got to go. Trust me; you’ll thank me later.
– Coach Street