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14 Things that Drive Gym Owners CRAZY

14 Things that Drive Gym Owners CRAZY

Posted by Tyler Spraul, Certified Strength and Conditioning SpecialistĀ® (CSCSĀ®) on March 26, 2024 ā€” Updated on March 26, 2024

Ah, yes. We get you. From Payment Evaders to Equipment Squatters and Serial Grunters, here are the things that drive gym owners CRAZY…

Things that Drive Gym Owners Crazy

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Running a gym isn’t just a job; it’s a front-row seat to the greatest comedy show on Earth. Here’s a look at the laugh-out-loud moments that come with the territory:

#1 – Dumbbell Hide and Seek

Things that Drive Gym Owners Crazy

Ever notice how dumbbells have a knack for disappearing right when you need them? It’s like they’ve developed their own version of hide and seek. Last seen next to the bench press, they’re now off on an adventure, possibly mingling with the yoga mats.

#2 – The Towel Bermuda Triangle

The Towel Bermuda Triangle

Gym towels have a mysterious tendency to vanish into thin air, much like ships and planes in the Bermuda Triangle. You stock them plentifully, turn around, and poof! They’ve embarked on a journey to the unknown.

#3 – The Payment Evasion Dance

The Payment Evasion Dance

Collecting membership dues can sometimes feel like doing the cha-cha with members who suddenly turn into world-class ghosters. “I’ll pay next week!” they say, vanishing faster than your motivation on leg day.

#4 – Equipment Squatters

Equipment Squatters

Behold the rare sight of the equipment squatter, marking their territory for seemingly eons. Need to use that machine? Better settle in, because it looks like they’re halfway through a Netflix binge.

#5 – The Unsolicited Advice Givers

The Unsolicited Advice Givers

Nothing says “gym time” quite like being cornered by a well-meaning gym bro eager to share the secret to his bicep curl. Spoiler alert: It’s not that secret, and it’s definitely not that revolutionary.

#6 – The Mystery of the Perpetual Puddle

The Mystery of the Perpetual Puddle

Somewhere, somehow, there’s always a puddle. No one knows where it comes from. Is it sweat? Water? Tears of those who’ve forgotten their headphones? It’s the gym’s unsolvable mystery.

#7 – The Serial Grunter

The Serial Grunter

Every gym has one: the person who sounds like they’re either summoning the gods or passing a kidney stone. Either way, their vocal workout is more intense than their actual workout.

#8 – The Overly Enthusiastic Newbie

The Overly Enthusiastic Newbie

Bless their hearts, the newbies come in like a whirlwind of excitement, ready to try every machine at once. Watching them is like watching a live-action infomercial for “Gym Fails.”

#9 – The Locker Room Philosopher

The Locker Room Philosopher

There’s always that one person treating the locker room like a TED Talk stage, ready to share life insights you never asked for while you’re just trying to remember your locker combination.

#10 – The Ghosts of Members Past

The Ghosts of Members Past

Their memberships live on, but they haven’t been seen in months. Like gym apparitions, they haunt your member list, a spooky reminder of resolutions past.

#11 – The “Is It Hot in Here?” Debate

The "Is It Hot in Here?" Debate

The gym temperature debate is the stuff of legends. No matter the setting, someone is either on the verge of frostbite or experiencing their own personal summer.

#12 – The Playlist DJ Battle

The Playlist DJ Battle

The gym playlist is a battleground where every genre fights for supremacy. One minute, you’re lifting to heavy metal, and the next, you’re in a Zumba class. Musical whiplash is a real thing.

#13 – The Parking Lot Hunger Games

The Parking Lot Hunger Games

Finding a spot in the gym parking lot requires skill, patience, and sometimes, a willingness to circle like a vulture. May the odds be ever in your favor.

#14 – The Resolution Rush Hour

Come January 1st, the gym becomes a scene straight out of a post-apocalyptic movie where survivors flock to the last remaining oasis: the treadmill.

The Resolution Rush Hour

Navigating the daily adventures of gym ownership might not always be smooth sailing, but it’s certainly never dull. From the mystical disappearance of gym towels to the symphonic challenge of curating the ultimate workout playlist, every day brings its unique blend of chaos and comedy. It’s this vibrant tapestry of experiences that makes the fitness world so rewarding, and so utterly unpredictable.

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But perhaps the real magic of Exercise.com lies in its ability to infuse a sense of calm into the everyday whirlwind. With a reliable system taking care of the nuts and bolts, gym owners can reclaim those precious moments once lost to administrative whirlpools. This newfound freedom opens up a world of possibilities: more time to engage with members and increase gym membership retention, more space for creativity in programming, and, crucially, more moments to stand back and savor the thriving community you’ve built.

So, as you ride the rollercoaster of gym ownership pros and cons, with its high-energy highs and its towel-laden lows, remember that Exercise.com is here to smooth out the bumps. It’s not just about making things easier (though it certainly does that); it’s about elevating your gym to its fullest potential and avoid the many reasons gyms fail and instead help you increase gym revenue and profitability. Because at the end of the day, the heart of your gym beats strongest when you’re free to focus on what truly matters: fueling the fitness journeys that begin and flourish within its walls.

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Tyler Spraul is the director of UX and the head trainer for Exercise.com. He has his Bachelor of Science degree in pre-medicine and is an NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning SpecialistĀ® (CSCSĀ®). He is a former All-American soccer player and still coaches soccer today. In his free time, he enjoys reading, learning, and living the dad life.
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