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Another Gym Observation

by Courtney on June 2, 2011

So tonight, I once again am headed out on the town (aka…to Panera) to meet up with my friend, Heather. I’m VERY excited to see her, considering the news that she told me the last time that we got together…I can’t wait to see her progress!

After my dinner date, I’ll be headed down to watch my favorite boys at their softball game. Word on the street is that it’s a big game tonight, so I hope they have their game faces on…


And I can only hope that these are not their game faces.

So since I probably won’t be home until later this evening, I thought I’d leave you all with a couple quick tangents…

****I updated the Q&A page today. I’m *pretty sure* I’ve finally got them all up there, but if there’s something I missed (or something you want me to add) don’t be shy…let me know!

****While looking up top there, you may have noticed my new Shop Page! I’ve just recently created my own Amazon store, which is filled with some of my favorite things…everything from cookbooks, to workout DVD’s, to kitchen tools. Feel free to check it out!

****Tomorrow is National Donut Day and Dunkin’ Donuts is offering a free donut with the purchase of any beverage.

Blueberry cake donut, here I come!

****I had another observation today while at the gym…

While I was in the middle of BodyPump this morning, I couldn’t help but find myself becoming very distracted by a woman who was just a few feet away from me. I see this particular woman in class very often, and am very aware of what it is that she does that distracts me, but for some reason it was just a lot more obvious today.

Okay, so what am I talking about? She is a grunter.


And not just a little grunt here or there…

I’ll admit, I’ve actually let out my own mini grunts in the middle of a good clean-and-press move every now and then. I felt pretty bad-ass when I did it, too.

But this woman is a serious grunter. Like, hardcore, not quite sure what the heck she’s thinking, almost afraid she’s going to pop a vein, grunting.

Okay, maybe that was a little drastic…but still…

Even after the track is over, she’s still filling the room with all sorts of “woooo’s” and heavy breathing.

I mean, more power to her, really, if she’s getting that great of a workout. But I’m sorry, today I just could not stop myself from cracking a smile. It was downright funny, and Jen and I had a pretty good laugh about it after class.

So this leads me to my questions for the night

Have you ever experienced any grunters at the gym?

Are you a grunter? (It’s ok, I admitted it!)

What’s the last thing that made you laugh while working out?

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1 Chelsea M June 2, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I’ve definitely seen those people in both the gym and sports. I remember playing soccer in high school and playing against a team with a player who grunted when she kicked! Very distracting when you’re trying to compete!!

Also thanks for the FYI on the donuts, it’s definitely a good thing to know!


2 Amy B @ Second City Randomness June 2, 2011 at 6:36 pm

This is why I think I’ll have a hard time going back to a big gym… so many annoyances!

I had the guy who grunted like crazy as he let the weights slam down- giving mini heart attacks to everyone around him.

And then there was the guy who grunted and screamed “avatar” after every set. He was fun…. ugh
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3 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles June 2, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I’ll probably get some haters from this comment, but super loud and constant grunts at the gym annoy the crap out of me! I understand it’s just natural for some people, and I don’t judge them…it just makes me uncomfortable!

P.S. Just saw the agenda for HLS! I’m thinking about trying to get a ticket and then figure out the details later. I figure I’d be able to re-sell it if for some reason I can’t make it!


4 Maria@La_Piattini June 2, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Oh yes I’ve experienced grunters- most often from creepy men! But never a female- how interesting! I swear I think they are doing it because:
a. they want attention
b. they do not know much about fitness or how much weight to lift and are totally overdoing it
So distracting- but always a good laugh!
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5 Erica June 2, 2011 at 6:51 pm

omg. my boyfriend is a grunter! not as bad as some people i’ve seen in the gym, but i was kind of shocked. lol. we used to work out at 24 hour, so i’d always be on the women’s floor and never heard him actually grunt, but now when we work out in our condo gym, it’s SO noticeable and i couldn’t help but giggle like a little girl.


6 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm

gaaah!!! Grunters make me so so uncomfortable! I’m so sorry you had to go through that.
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7 emma green June 2, 2011 at 7:02 pm

an old guy on the rowing machine talking to himself to push himself to go faster…”Come on son!” “Goooooo!!” “You can do it! Go faster!”….it made me laugh loads!!


8 Cynthia (It All Changes) June 2, 2011 at 7:03 pm

If it’s a really heavy weight I’ll grunt. But I think I’d be self conscious in a class if I was constantly grunting. I’d sure get a giggle out if others were doing it.
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9 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries June 2, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Oh my gosh! There is this grunter that I see very often in the mornings and it is beyond excessive. I mean, I’m borderline saying “WTF, dude?!” I’ve made faces, given him the stink eye, huffed and puffed while turning the TV waaayyy up. Oh, God. It’s just GROSS! Maybe it’s because he’s a middle aged man with long curly gray hair who tucks his shirt into his sweatpants and sweats to the max. Whew! I’m done! ;)
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10 Courtney June 2, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Eeeeeeeeeew! ;)


11 Paige @ Running Around Normal June 2, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Oh man, at the gym I train my clients, there are guys who are just downright ridiculous at times. I can’t help but glance at my client and stifle a laugh. I think they just like to hear themselves, but yes, it can be very distracting!
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12 Stephanie Bragg June 2, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Haha when I workout I often end up laughing when I trip. It happens often…from uneven sidewalks.

I don’t grunt, but my sister sounds like she’s doing the dirty when she works out. Not exaggerating. She won’t work out at the gym, only at home, because of how bad it is
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13 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) June 2, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I always think I’m the quietest lifter at the gym! I guess some people are just able to maintain their composure better?
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14 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 2, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Haha this topic is too funny. I know a lot of guys in my Body Pump class that grunt, but no women. HOWEVER, lots of women like to scream and yelp. It’s usually not distracting, and it’s actually kind of motivational sometimes.

I definitely don’t grunt, and I actually try to stay and cool and calm as possible.

Good luck to Jay on his game :)
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15 Veronica (Run Write Repeat) June 2, 2011 at 7:29 pm

When I was in junior high, my dad got me a gym membership so I could stay in shape for soccer and track all year round. He went to a small, mom n pop type gym and they catered to a lot of body builders.
Oh, I was skerred by some of those guys. Not to be crude, but you would think they were hitting the big O by the grunts, yells, and phrases they were emitting.
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16 Courtney June 2, 2011 at 9:01 pm

That’s what this lady sounded like!!!! LOL :-P


17 Ashley June 2, 2011 at 7:37 pm

I’m new(er) to your blog and love stopping by to read! I can’t stand the big time grunters at the gym!! I’ve noticed that most the time they look around to see who is watching and then grunt really loud. Yes, we can hear you! Thanks! Haha, good post!


18 Susan June 2, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I’ve definitely experienced grunters at the gym, however 99.9% percent of them were male.. one of them stands out to me the most though. This guy was in his late 40s, and his grunts were just downright disturbing (if you catch my drift..)! Actually, most grunts I’ve heard that come from men are pretty downright disturbing.

I have let out a mini grunt of my own while ATTEMPTING to lift a heavier weight than usual, which lead to me letting out a mini laugh because I couldn’t lift it, haha. I also tend to make weird facial expressions when lifting, no idea why, but but I guess my facial muscles like to get a workout in too!


19 Parita June 2, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I am a grunter but only at home… :) And I would’ve smiled too…maybe even giggled…LOL! And thanks for the DD notice. I’m stopping there on my way to work tomorrow! Yay!
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20 Allison June 2, 2011 at 8:42 pm

ugh! I get so annoyed with grunters too! Just yesterday this lady was making the biggest grunts/ whatever noise she was making with her mouth as she was running. I tried real hard but I couldn’t stop from staring. Is she serious? The noise wasn’t over, after she reached the end of the trail she let out phew after phew. I was so annoyed that I skipped my warm up and ran away as fast as I could.


21 Katie June 2, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I’m not a grunter. My most difficult workouts are in my bikram yoga class and I’ll breathe heavily every once in a while, but that’s proper form!

There’s a woman in the class who is worse than a grunter–she’s a moaner! All class. The entire 85 minutes. I try to steer clear of her side of the room when I notice her before class starts!


22 Katherine June 2, 2011 at 9:57 pm

the last time i laughed while working out was when i worked out to the jillian michaels 30 day shred dvds. she is hysterical!
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23 Carissa June 2, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Well I grunt. Color me embarrassed. My husband is my trainer so I think it’s my way of telling him that im getting tired! :)


24 Courtney June 2, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I love your honesty! Grunt away!! :)


25 sara @ the foodie diaries June 2, 2011 at 10:48 pm

For some reason at our gym we have this thing called a “lunk alarm”. Whenever anyone grunts or drops weights they sound of this alarm that sounds like a police siren. I don’t get why, but I guess they’re not a fan of the grunters ;)
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26 Mariana June 2, 2011 at 10:49 pm

I think I never grunt; instead, I laugh (yes its weird). I’ve seen most grunters are guys, but I think it’s just a guy’s thing to do.
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27 ashallann June 2, 2011 at 10:51 pm

I worked out at a Gold’s where that happened EVERY morning, slightly distracting but always amusing!
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28 Mac June 2, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I am not a grunter, but where I workout there seem to be tons of male grunters… not a big fan, it’s distracting. Nothing you can really do about it though, right?!
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29 Courtney June 2, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Nothing except giggle and blog about it? ;)


30 Liz @ iheartvegetables June 2, 2011 at 10:58 pm

ahhhh grunters drive me crazy!!! It’s like they just want me to see how much weight they’re lifting.

If I can hear a grunt louder than my headphones, that’s NOT cool!
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31 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy June 2, 2011 at 11:00 pm

There’s one guy at my gym that grunts so loud that everyone in the gym can hear him, while simultaneously throwing his big, manly weights on the ground. I’m pretty sure there must be some dents in the floor from him :). And when I can hear someone grunting through my ear buds and my music, it’s just annoying- I think they’re trying to show off.
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32 Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy Living Girl" June 2, 2011 at 11:22 pm

haha I am NOT a grunter. I completely understand the need for a good grunt every now and then. But there are some people that could turn grunting into a whole different workout!

I go to the gym late at night a lot and that is where I find the most weirdos ;-)There is this guy that looks like Richard Simmons at my gym who I’ve never actually seen work out. Usually he just paces around while listening to music…it is quite strange!
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33 Krista @ Can't Survive on Yarn Alone June 2, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I’m more of a group class person so I’ve never dealt with grunters.

There was the WOO!-YEAH! lady in a zumba class. You could tell she was having fun but I couldn’t help but giggle.
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34 Courtney June 2, 2011 at 11:28 pm

YESSS!! That’s kind of what the lady does in my class…half grunt, half “woo-yeah!” :)


35 Khushboo June 2, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Haha grunters makes me laugh! I find guys who grunt to be obnoxious but when girls do it, I think they’re all bad ass! I don’t grunt but I have found myself singing out sound occasionally- sometimes u can’t help but get lost in the music!
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36 Courtney June 2, 2011 at 11:29 pm

I totally bust out a tune when I’m at home on the treadmill ;)


37 Kate June 2, 2011 at 11:49 pm

I’m not a grunter but my husband is and that makes me laugh every time. He just can’t help it!
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38 Aleasha June 3, 2011 at 1:58 am

Most of the time I just try to ignore the meat head gym grunters. Sometimes it is so over the top that I can’t help but stare. Depending on my mood though I may just laugh and ignore it or I have been a bit grumpy and this just sent me over the top and I have actually left the gym because of it…..sad!
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39 ellalinea June 3, 2011 at 3:31 am

Hahahaha girl you cracked me up with your grunter story! :D

I’ve experienced grunters in the gym yes, Mostly big men with big muscles letting the entire gym know that they’re lifting weights..

oh dear :)
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40 Babs June 3, 2011 at 7:07 am

Hahaha . . . love it. I can’t say I’m a grunter nor is anyone in my Bodypump class (at least no one near me). Now I’m going to be listening for grunts.
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41 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine June 3, 2011 at 7:38 am

My mom is a serious workout grunter. It’s kind of painful to listen to, especially since my brother and I have noticed that the sound doesn’t really sound like grunting, it sounds like something else. That your kids should never have to hear. Sorry if I made it awkward for everyone in the comments section, haha.
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42 Katie @ running4cupcakes June 3, 2011 at 8:16 am

One time over this winter when I was at the YMCA running on the treadmill, this guy got on next to me, started running and randomly yelling out things like: that’s it, keep it up, oh yea, you got it now, etc. I tried to turn up my headphones but I couldn’t drown him out! Thankfully his motivational phrases didn’t help him last too long on the treadmill. . .


43 Courtney June 3, 2011 at 8:33 am



44 Jessica June 3, 2011 at 8:17 am

There are SO many grunters at my gym. I can think of 2 specific ones, a woman in spin class and a huge guy who weight lifts.
I don’t understand?!
Do they mean to do it or is it random?

Regardless, I laugh EVERY time, and can’t help but stare… haha!

Like you said, all the power to them! … Just wish they could do it in their head, instead of out loud! ;)


45 Charlie June 3, 2011 at 9:08 am

I remember a long time ago, there was a man in the gym that passed in front of the mirror and checked himself out. And when he passed the mirror, he changed his mind and went back a little to flex his muscles and check himself out again. And then he came back 30 seconds later.
Seriously, get over yourself!
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46 Melissa June 3, 2011 at 9:59 am

Believe it or not, they actually banned grunting at my gym…there are signs everywhere that say “no grunting”. But apparently loud singing is still permitted, because there is a woman who always runs on the treadmill next to me and sings along to her iPod LOUD. I get a kick out of it!


47 Courtney June 3, 2011 at 10:02 am

Hahaha…now that’s something that would make me giggle! ;)


48 Emmarie June 3, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I have to admit, I think I let out a few grunts now and then. I’ve (unfortunately) heard some worse noises in yoga. ;)
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49 Tiff @ Love, Sweat, and Beers June 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Haha! I love it. I get annoyed semi-easily at the gym, so I have to avoid going in the afternoons/evenings. Because I go really early in the morning, I can’t say I’ve seen anything too comical in a while… well, except for this one guy who just looks goofy, but that’s about it.

Have a great weekend!
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50 Angie @ Bigbearswife December 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm

the last thing that made me laugh working out :

So husband and I have been watching all of the old episodes of True blood for the past month from Netflix, so…. I’m at the gym working out and this guy comes in with 2 big red marks on his neck and the first thing I think to myself is “oh my gosh that poor guy musta gotten bit by one of those vampires” hahaha…. to which I immediately started laughing and thought “oh my gosh Angie, you’ve been watching to much true blood”
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