Perfume at the Gym & Scale Update

love2eatinpa, 16 March 2010, 38 comments
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So this morning I was working out at the gym and it was time for my 40 minutes on the Precor.

After I programmed the machine and tuned my mp3 into Regis and Kelly which was on the TV, I realized that the woman next to me was wearing WAY too much perfume and it grossed me out.

Now trust me, I don’t love being next to someone who is a bit rank from sweating, I’m sure I’m guilty of that myself though I always put deoderant on, but somehow sweat, though often revolting, is somehow more natural than perfume.

I wanted to gag. I hated the idea that I was breathing deeply of something that wasn’t natural, that the noxious odor was filling my pink, hard-working lungs.

I then was faced with the decision of whether to stay on the machine or stop, get off and find another one. As I’m not one who is good with change, I opted to stay. Dumb, I know!

Fortunately for me (and all the other folks within a 10-foot radius!) she got off after about 10 minutes and went downstairs. Ahhhhh, fresh air again!

Have you ever been working out next to someone whose odor grossed you out? If so, did you stay on the machine or move?

On another note, I’m proud to report that another month has passed before I got on the scale this morning. It was the same ol’ weight which I’m used to seeing, which is just what I was looking for. I was due to get on it this past Friday, but aunt flo came to town so I decided to hold off until she left. I feel empowered to have only climbed onto the scale twice in two months, a far cry from hopping on it at least once a day for decades!

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  1. Biz
    16 March 2010, 6:17 pm

    It’s not happened to me at the gym, but a co-worker smokes and feels that if she just sprays herself with perfume, no one will smell it, so she smells like a perfumed ashtray!

    Hooray for stepping away from the scale – there is so much more to life than the # on the scale! ­čśÇ

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! has someone ever told this woman that what she’s doing isn’t working?

    thanks! i never thought i’d be able to say i’ve only gotten on the scale twice in two months. and i’m really ok with it too!

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  2. Kim
    16 March 2010, 6:29 pm

    Ok, I have to say that strange odors are the main reason I avoid the gym. It grosses me out to be in the vicinity of strange scents and others’ sweat. I guess I’m more of a solo, outdoors exerciser. I live in California, so it’s pretty easy to maintain that. I would definitely move machines if someone was stinky. I’d hope they got the point too ­čśë

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    that is so funny that odors are the main reason you avoid the gym! i am so envious that live in cali and can workout outside year round!
    and well, um, to be honest, after she walked away i reverted back to high school days and sort of joined in with the folks who were all working out nearby, saying that we all thought the perfume was too much. perhaps she heard? =0

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  3. Missa
    16 March 2010, 6:53 pm

    Oh yeah…. I totally have been in the gym, avoiding the stinky person. I have had the stinky perfume, stinky cologne, stinky garlic person, stinky curry, stinky onion person… the list goes on and on.
    But hey, even stinky people need to get moving and get healthy, so I just deal.
    .-= Missa┬┤s last blog ..Week 9 Weight Loss: 10% Down! =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! you have smelled it all! you have a great attitude about it.

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  4. Alicia
    16 March 2010, 7:07 pm

    There are some GROSS people at my gym. One older gentleman in particular – I see him coming and I know I’m in trouble. But I won’t get off my Precor either!!! I’m probably going to pass out one of these days from trying to hold my breath!
    .-= Alicia┬┤s last blog ..viking cooking school =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! i just got a great visual in my head of you on the precor holding your breath! i tried to look the other way when i inhaled, but it didn’t help much.

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  5. POD
    16 March 2010, 7:12 pm

    I’d be gagging about the perfume too. I have a good friend who wears something kind of cheap smelling, not deodorant or onions but still, it’s wretched to try to breathe and smell perfume. If I were indoors, I’d move fast.
    .-= POD┬┤s last blog ..What’s All that Racket? =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    it does sort of put a damper on your own workout, doesn’t it?

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  6. Lisa
    16 March 2010, 8:07 pm

    Oh I hate that!! I gets headaches pretty easily to and perfume is the worst. Yep…I would’ve stayed on the machine too. Heaven forbid I have to reset on a new machine…lol.
    .-= Lisa┬┤s last blog ..More cleaning…. =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! i know, that’s what i was thinking – heaven forbid i stop and reset!

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  7. Cascia @ Healthy Moms
    16 March 2010, 8:35 pm

    That must have been gross! I don’t think I’ve ever encountered anything like that at the gym.
    .-= Cascia @ Healthy Moms┬┤s last blog ..The Yo Gabba, Gabbas =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    after going to the gym like 16 months, it was the first time that happened. next time, i will not go on a machine next to this particular women if i can at all help it.
    thanks for stopping by cascia!

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  8. Ameena
    16 March 2010, 10:27 pm

    I have an intense dislike for perfume or cologne, anywhere, including the gym!
    .-= Ameena┬┤s last blog ..The Process of Learning =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    my husband doesn’t even own cologne and i only wear perfume for special occasions, if i even remember to put it on. =)

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  9. Diana
    16 March 2010, 11:50 pm

    I have horrible sinuses, so I would have had to go! Makes me glad I don’t go to a gym!

    Congrats on the scale break!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    oh yes, that perfume would not have been fun for your sinuses! and thanks for the scale support! =)

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  10. Patsy
    17 March 2010, 6:35 am

    It’s a tough one… I’m really sensitive to smells and BO/halitosis can literally make me gag. But, perfume can be absolutely disgusting, especially if it’s really sickly and cloying. Even worse at those who wear strong scents to a restaurant. How thoughtless is that? I’ve had to leave a restaurant because of it before… ­čÖü
    .-= Patsy┬┤s last blog ..The Truth… =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i think if you give someone a hug and you smell a nice fragrance, then that is fine and i can enjoy a nice scent. but if someone walks buy and it seems like there is a cloud of fragrance walking with them, then they clearly put too much of their scent on. especially in a restaurant when you are trying to take in the smell/taste of your food. yuk!

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  11. Jody - Fit at52
    17 March 2010, 8:48 am

    I am lucky that I work out when it is pretty empty so I usually do not have anyone next to me and/or the option to move. BUT, like you, I hate that perfume, cologne stuff at the gym! And smokers… UGH!

    Congrats on the scale win!
    .-= Jody – Fit at52┬┤s last blog ..What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life? GIVEAWAY! =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    maybe that is the trick, huh, going to the gym when it’s near empty! ugh, i have never worked out next to a smoker, but i would gag from that too.
    thanks for the congrats about the scale!

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  12. Christie @ Honoring Health
    17 March 2010, 10:50 am

    I have been trapped in yoga class next to a lady with too much perfume and it was terrible. I never went back to that particular class because I am afraid of being next to her.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    it’s a shame you didn’t go back to class because of her, but then, i guess the whole room stunk, huh? yuk!

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  13. Christie @ Honoring Health
    17 March 2010, 10:50 am

    I got interrupted and forgot to say good job on the scale. I need to get off of mine!
    .-= Christie @ Honoring Health┬┤s last blog ..A Little Help in the Kitchen =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks! and just remember, scales are for fish! =)

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  14. Anonymous Fat Girl
    17 March 2010, 12:17 pm

    Oh my that would have sucked!!!! I’ve not had this problem yet, but last night my trainer was telling me he had the doors open in the gym (you can see that in my latest video) because one of the guys that was there doesn’t seem to wash his gym clothes and they smell awful. LOL Poor guy apparently doesn’t know he smells bad… And who wants to tell him? So my trainer opened the doors to get some fresh air in…
    .-= Anonymous Fat Girl┬┤s last blog ..NEW VIDEO: Fat ass to gym rat, week 19, video 11 =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    acck! how can you not wash your gym clothes!
    this opens up a whole other can of worms but, how do you tell people in a kind way that they are odoficerously offensive?

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  15. karen@fitnessjourney
    17 March 2010, 2:08 pm

    Go, go, the perfume must go! I haven’t had that experience at the gym, but the scent of strong perfume can give me a major headache. Not quite sure why anyone would wear it to the gym. But hey, I’ve seen some crazy outfits at the gym that have me shaking my head too.
    .-= karen@fitnessjourney┬┤s last blog ..Go Green =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! this woman wears crazy outfits too! like she buys her workout clothes from frederick’s of hollywood. (yikes, i’m being so mean girls here!)
    i think people would wear it to the gym so that they don’t smell like sweat, but sheesh, there has to be a happy medium in there somewhere!

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  16. Gina Fit by 41 Maybe 42
    17 March 2010, 6:42 pm

    Ax the Axe, please!!!

    I, too, prefer natural odors (within reason) to sprays. When I worked in an animal hospital, the owner/vet had a can of Glade aerosol air freshener that he kept in the bathroom. Whenever he had a BM, he’d spray the heck out of the room (now it smelled like BM and flowers). I (and the staff) got headaches and gagged. So, I threw the can out. He asked where it went. I told him I tossed it, and that it’s better to smell gas than all the chemicals. Sick animals don’t smell pretty; we’re used to unappealing natural smells.
    .-= Gina Fit by 41 Maybe 42┬┤s last blog ..Here a Doc, There a Doc, Everywhere a Doc Doc =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! one of the top five worst smells is someone who made a BM and then oversprays with air freshener to try to cover it up. one scent to gag on is better than two. =)

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    Jess Reply:

    Lol.

    My son, who is on the verge of teenhood, sprays himself down with Axe like it’s a weapon. I mean, we’re talking Geneva convention breaking levels of gas warfare in my house. He hoses himself down in his bedroom, and it wafts to our bedroom across the house.

    My husband and I complain it smells like a teenaged-boy cathouse when this happens. Yeah, Axe is definitely what it says, a heavy weapon that can be used to kill you or simply bludgeon you to death.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! thanks for the heads-up about that stuff. hopefully my 7-yr old son won’t get into axe. =)

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  17. Jess
    19 March 2010, 11:35 am

    My workout stories tend to include the teenagers in full make-up and jeans on the stairmasters, which I’ve seen for years (since I was a teen, though I always wore sweats at the gym).

    My worst gym story is yoga class. I loved yoga. I loved the heck out of it. It challenged me. However, the room was hot, humid, and smelled like B.O.–and, well, farts. I know it’s not delicate to say, but I just couldn’t focus and get in a meditative state when people were passing noxious gas and smelling like rancid armpits and crotches all around me.

    Oh God, and don’t get me started on the not-wearing-underpants-with-loose-leg-short-shorts thing. I had to stop at that point, because I was faced with others’ suddenly public private parts.

    When I go to the gym, it’s baby powder and deodorant for me. And underwear. Always underwear.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol!!! thanks for the great visuals! sorry you had to go through all that!

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  18. KH
    20 October 2010, 3:36 pm

    I was reading up on gym decorum when it comes to perfume and came across this and yes, what you said is right on the mark.

    The woman today at the gym next to me wreaked of all of the scents from Bath & Body works combined and was to her friend about some philandering friend of hers. The philandering stuff was interesting but I didn’t care for the rest.
    30 minutes in and she told her friend she was going on the stairs. I didn’t realize I was that exasperated (or had my music deafeningly loud) that I said “thank you”

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol!! i think it’s awesome you said “thank you”. i’m sure the look on her face was priceless. but then, maybe she had no idea how badly she wreaked.

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