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Pet Peeve - Perfume at the gym?


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Has anyone else had this problem? : Your working out, plugging along, and all of a sudden someone climbs onto the machine next to you with enough perfume on to knock you out. It's a struggle just to bully through the rest of your workout.

I mind my own business at the gym, and I smile and say hello to the other regulars, but I keep to myself. But I am so sorely tempted to say something to women that wear perfume to the gym.

First - it's noxious. It literally turns my stomach and  makes my eyes water. Heat, perspiration and perfume just amplify it to a level so high I swear I can taste it when I breath in.

Second - it's arogant. Just because you like the smell what makes you so certian every one else will too?

Last - it's the gym. We come to sweat. The gym smells like hard working sweaty people. No one expects you to smell like flowers (or oriental spice or woodsy musk) while you are there.

Does anyone else have this pet peeve? Has anyone ever said anything to the perfume wearing person?

And if you do wear perfume, why? I am open to correction - if there is a good reason, I would love to know it.

P.S. never have smelled a guy with cologne at the gym yet.

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I don't wear perfume.

But depending on when you go, it could be that people are still wearing it from their day, or they put it on in the morning regardless of if they are going to the gym first or to work -- it's just a habit. I've seen those explanations given for wearing makeup at the gym, so I assume it would be true of perfume, too.

And I've heard many times that people become accustomed to their perfume, and feel like they have to put on more and more to get the same smell - but they are the only ones who have a problem smelling it. Everyone else has to deal with the overload.

I've seen a lot of people here complaining about this and women who wear makeup to the gym. When I was in the US, I went to the gym straight from work. Have you ever considered that many women are doing this?

Original Post by alibsam:

I've seen a lot of people here complaining about this and women who wear makeup to the gym. When I was in the US, I went to the gym straight from work. Have you ever considered that many women are doing this?

^ my first thought.

I know that in college, I went to the gym right from class.  I usually had on makeup and on occasion, perfume.  I work out at home now, but I'm still wearing makeup and perfume if I'm coming from work to do it :P

Original Post by alibsam:

I've seen a lot of people here complaining about this and women who wear makeup to the gym. When I was in the US, I went to the gym straight from work. Have you ever considered that many women are doing this?

 Totally took that into consideration, and I give a pass if I am at the gym in the afternoon or night.

But I should have mentioned in my post that I go to the gym when it opens in the morning at 5 a.m. 

I never mind someone with makeup (I never wear it)- I think it's a personal thing, and it doesnt affect me like the perfume.

I think this is a pretty valid gym pet peeve.  Strong perfume bothers me anywhere.  I think it would bother me most at the gym where I couldn't escape it and am breathing heavier than usual.  But I never encountered it when I went to gyms and now I work out at home.  

Personally, I don't think I would say anything to any of them.  I just wouldn't know how to say it tactfully and would be embarrassed every time I saw them after that.

Original Post by randomv3:

I think this is a pretty valid gym pet peeve.  Strong perfume bothers me anywhere.  I think it would bother me most at the gym where I couldn't escape it and am breathing heavier than usual.  But I never encountered it when I went to gyms and now I work out at home.  

Personally, I don't think I would say anything to any of them.  I just wouldn't know how to say it tactfully and would be embarrassed every time I saw them after that.

 That's what keeps me from saying anything too. That and I do wonder if maybe it's not perfume but a really strong deodarant, or body lotion or something. I know some hair products can even smell really perfumey.

And I agree - I don't care for perfume anywhere either. It used to drive me nuts when people would pile it on at work, especially when I worked in a small office - cologne and perfume would just clash to create a really funky smell.

Who ever made the point about it being from another time - that's true - I didnt think about that, maybe the perfume was from the night before or something. I shower at night before bed but I know some people wait and bathe in the morning.

even worse, when its a guy with the perfume...

 

no...really...I think he did his hair up for the gym too

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Original Post by alibsam:

I've seen a lot of people here complaining about this and women who wear makeup to the gym. When I was in the US, I went to the gym straight from work. Have you ever considered that many women are doing this?

 Totally took that into consideration, and I give a pass if I am at the gym in the afternoon or night.

But I should have mentioned in my post that I go to the gym when it opens in the morning at 5 a.m. 

I never mind someone with makeup (I never wear it)- I think it's a personal thing, and it doesnt affect me like the perfume.

Perhaps they work the night shift?  Just a thought.

Not discounting the frustration of it, of course - I'm pretty sensitive to smells myself, especially heavy perfume.  I'm sensitive to those things that people use as air fresheners - the sticks in glass vases?  lmao.  I forget what they're called, way too lazy to look.  But it's just one of those things where there could be a multitude of reasons for it, so I think you're wise in choosing not to say anything. 

Original Post by ajaro:

even worse, when its a guy with the perfume...

 

no...really...I think he did his hair up for the gym too

how is that worse?

Original Post by ajaro:

even worse, when its a guy with the perfume...

 

no...really...I think he did his hair up for the gym too

 hahaha! My gym is apparently on the opposite end of the spectrum - a few guys come in wearing work boots and jeans. And not in that Village People kinda way.

Thankfully I work in a small office and we all have allergies so none of us wear perfume. 

I think it is possible that this woman just came from work.  I would have moved to a different machine.  It is wordless and if she asks I would just say.. "Sorry, I am just really sensitive to perfume"  Maybe she doesn't realize how much she is wearing.  My grandmother lost her sense of smell to a certain degree and would (I swear) bathe in the old lady perfume.  Even when I was seven it made my stomach turn. 

For those of us that wear makeup to the gym, I AM coming straight from work, so get over it. 

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Original Post by ajaro:

even worse, when its a guy with the perfume...

 

no...really...I think he did his hair up for the gym too

 hahaha! My gym is apparently on the opposite end of the spectrum - a few guys come in wearing work boots and jeans. And not in that Village People kinda way.

 This strangely makes me appreciate their effort even more - sweat pants/work out clothes be damned, they are going to work out. Well Done!

Maybe your problem is that you're stuck on a machine (cardio, I assume?).  Go hit the free weights.  Your neighbors change more often and you'll actually build some muscle.  Laughing

I was attending a gym in the UK until recently and can agree on this peeve! And, it was not just women coming in from work. I have actually watched on many occasions girls getting changed to go down to the gym (and they were definitely not the ones changing to leave) coat themselves in aerosol body sprays and perfume sprays. Just what is the point??

In a changing room, I always check with the other people that it's ok for me to spray my deodorant as I hate it when it catches in your throat, or maybe someone has asthma, others just don't bother.

 

I understand your frustration but im the opposite. I cannot stand when someone next to me has horrible B.O. It really turns my stomach. I would rather breath in the perfume.

I maybe an offender though. When I go to the gym during the week its always after work. I dont spray myself but I do put on victorias secret lotion. That stuff is scented but I dont want very dry looking legs so I use it. I only do this though when I forgot to put my regular lotion on in the morning.

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My pet peeve at the gym is there is like 30 open elliptical machines around me when I am working out on 1, and there is always a jack wagon who gets on the elliptical machine right next to me. There is wall to wall TV's with the same station, so it can be that. My all time favorite is the jack wagon who is on top of you waiting for you to get done with your set so that can hop on the machine you are on. Also it is called a Circuit trainer for a reason. It is easy to go in a circle instead of getting in the way with a zig zagger. Maybe, I am wrong and this is what you suppose to do in the gym.

I have gotten more sensitive to smells as I age, and that hasn't been a good thing. When at the gym (mostly just in winter), I routinely have to move to a different area due to perfume. BO disgusts me as much as anybody, but suffering through that is still better than the insta-headache that perfume gives me. Asthma sufferers must have a tough time of things for sure.

Last week, a woman must have lathered herself in Vicks Vapor Rub before getting on a treadmill. That drove everyone away, and she was left there with 5 vacant machines on either side of her. Most of those people got off within one minute of her getting on, and she didn't even notice what was going on.

 

Original Post by ds1973:

Maybe your problem is that you're stuck on a machine (cardio, I assume?).  Go hit the free weights.  Your neighbors change more often and you'll actually build some muscle. 

 That, my friend, is actually EXCELLENT advice!

I try to do weights every day, and have increased the time (up to a measly 30 minutes) and even started to venture out of the safety zone of the circuit machines (not sure if this is what they are called - basically it's the exercises weight machines)  

I have to say, I do get a better burn using free weights than when I use the machines. I want to try to do some squats with weights, but I haven't built up the courage yet. I am always afraid I am going to do something goofy like drop the weights on my feet.

And I agree, the folks on that side of the gym look like they are serious about what they are doing, and indeed, the air is much fresher. ahhhhh.

 

Original Post by gem86:

I understand your frustration but im the opposite. I cannot stand when someone next to me has horrible B.O. It really turns my stomach. I would rather breath in the perfume.

I maybe an offender though. When I go to the gym during the week its always after work. I dont spray myself but I do put on victorias secret lotion. That stuff is scented but I dont want very dry looking legs so I use it. I only do this though when I forgot to put my regular lotion on in the morning.

 it's hard for me to choose what's worse - b.o. or perfume... I think stale smoke smell is up there with the both of them.

 Last weekend some guy some guy climbed on beside me smelling like he slept one off under a bar stool somewhere. Boozy, smokey, b.o. topped off with cologne.  He kept falling off the treadmill.

Original Post by justice_b:

My pet peeve at the gym is there is like 30 open elliptical machines around me when I am working out on 1, and there is always a jack wagon who gets on the elliptical machine right next to me. There is wall to wall TV's with the same station, so it can be that. My all time favorite is the jack wagon who is on top of you waiting for you to get done with your set so that can hop on the machine you are on. Also it is called a Circuit trainer for a reason. It is easy to go in a circle instead of getting in the way with a zig zagger. Maybe, I am wrong and this is what you suppose to do in the gym.

 I feel you. There are plenty of times when I know I ate too much garlic or the protien is wreaking havoc on my stomach and so I deliberatly try to choose a spot wayyyyy away from everyone. And then someone jumps on next to me.

I need to just start getting up and moving to another place. I just hate the idea of breaking a good rhythm. whine whine whine. Sorry.

I never really run into too many problems with the circuit unless I go during the weekends. Sometime people bring their adolescent kids in, and they just sit on the machine and look vacantly around. That gets old. There is a whole lot of sitting and resting on machines during the weekend. I try to just do cardio on those days.

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