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7 of the rudest things we’ve seen at the gym

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Like any shared space, the gym brings out the best and worst in people. Here are some of the things we’ve seen that we really wish we hadn’t.

Something strange happens when people are let loose in shared spaces with no supervision. They can exhibit questionable behaviours and act in a way they would never dream of at home.

Instead of acting as part of a community – one where you consider how your choices impact others – there’s a strong sense of selfishness that rears up.

Think about the office kitchen for a second where people are happy to leave their mess lying around for someone else to clean up, while at home they know to put their things away after using them. Office bathrooms can be even worse.

But gyms take the cake.

When you get a group of people working out, sweating, grunting and pumping their adrenaline in a small, confined space it can lead to some really questionable behaviour.

Here are some of the things the body+soul team have spotted. But wish they hadn't.

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Assuming everyone has the same approach to nudity

“I was in the change room when someone I associated with professionally came up and started chatting. The problem was she was completely naked and rubbing lotion into her boobs while she was talking to me. I was really embarrassed and had no idea where to look.”

Anointing others with your sweat

“I have to admit I’m a massive clean freak so working out in gyms always makes me cringe a tad. Okay, a lot. But I think it’s just pure common sense to wipe down your sweat from the equipment after using it. Hello, no one wants to swim in someone else's pool of body juice!”

Doing double-duty with the sweat towel

“People who wipe the sweat off the seat then use the same towel to clean the sweat off their face make me gag. You’re essentially wiping someone else’s sweat all over you.”

TMI grooming

“Walking into the change room one day, I saw a woman standing in front of the mirror buck naked, one leg up on the bench and epilating her bikini line. I could see everything and her pubes were all over the floor.”

Intimidating people off equipment

“I started using a machine with nothing on or near it and had a complete gym nut come up to me and very aggressively tell me he was going to use it soon in his circuit and to fu*k off. You cannot dibs gym equipment, especially without even putting a towel there or something like a regular douchebag.”

“I once got kicked off the leg machine by an NRL player (who shall remain nameless) because he said he needed it more than I did. He hung around while I was using it and when I didn’t take the hint he told me to move.”

Farting. So much farting.

“I was in the sauna once and a big woman came in and sat on a very small hand towel. It was just the two of us and she started farting. They were these big, squelchy farts and she didn’t even try to stop them, she just let rip. The heat made them smell so much worse and I had to leave the sauna.”

Inappropriate clothing

“There was a large guy at the gym once using the leg abductor machine. He had short shorts on and his rather large hairy balls were visible. I think that's what they were, it looked like a hairy, bright pink brain but I didn’t hang around too long to find out for sure.”

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Kayla Itsines is giving away 4-weeks FREE access to SWEAT

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Kayla Itsines is offering free access to her fitness and health programme SWEAT for four weeks, so everyone can stay healthy and happy while in self-isolation.

It’s true. The Queen of fitness is opening up her popular SWEAT app to new members for free for an entire four weeks. It’s the perfect news we need right now while we’re all adhering to the government’s strict social isolation and gathering rules.

The Australian personal trainer made the announcement to her 12.4 million followers on Instagram, noting the decision is part of SWEAT’s ‘Stay Strong Initiative’ as a response to the current coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ve partnered with and made a contribution to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization powered by the United Nations Foundation. This fund supports the World Health Organization’s efforts to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic,” the fitness influencer wrote.

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“It’s SO important for all of us to make our health a priority during these tough times, so to help women across the world stay strong, we’re also giving all NEW members one month of FREE access to SWEAT, and this offer is available for a week.”

The programme usually costs $19.99 per month (or $119.99 for a yearly package), so it’s a pretty sweet saving and a perfect opportunity to try new workouts at home that millions of women – AKA, the #BBGcommunity – around the world already swear by.

SWEAT is globally available via iOS app and online, and offers a curated range of workouts from five leading fitness trainers (hi Kayla, Kelsey Wells, Chontel Duncan, Steph Sanzo and Sjana Elise), meal plans, recipe collections, shopping lists and nutrition tips.

Regardless if you’re looking for HIIT, strength, yoga or even post-pregnancy workouts, you’ll find it all on the SWEAT app.

If you’re keen to give it all a go, all you have to do is register online here or via the app, but you better be quick because this offer is only available for the next week. And if you aren’t a new member but would love to support Kayla’s ‘Stay Strong Initiative’, you can donate to the United Nations COVID-19 Solidarity Fund here.

Now there’s no excuses not to SWEAT.

More essential coronavirus reading:

Read up on what the government lockdown means for you, understand why Aussie doctors are up arms, be aware of the 'hidden symptom' of COVID-19 carriers, prepare yourself for the long-term mental health effects of the pandemic, get your sweat on at home with these free online workouts before reviving your over-washed hands with this DIY balm, and then console yourself with these unexpected joys.

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Everyday objects you can use to create your own home gym

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Gyms have closed down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Here, fitness expert Sam Wood reveals which everyday objects you can use for a fat-burning workout.

For regular gym-goers, not being able to stick to your usual training routine or have access to equipment might seem like a complete and utter nightmare.

Whilst I can completely understand that there’s no real substitute for a fully functional gym, there are plenty of every day household objects that can be used to create an effective workout. You just have to get creative.

1. Wine Bottles

Social distancing might make you want to crack open a bottle of red more than usual but put the bottles to better use as a substitute for hand weights and prepare to curl that pinot!

Just be careful not to drop them.. or drink mid set.

2. Soup cans/tinned beans

Canned foods are the perfect substitute for hand weights. Feel the burn with high-reps of exercises like bicep curls, shoulder press, tricep kickbacks and hammer curls.

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3. A full backpack or carry-on suitcase

With travel plans out the window, put the bags to good use by doing all of your strength lifts with a packed backpack or carry on suitcase. Squats, deadlifts, pressed and even rows holding the handle can all be done with a backpack or roll on bag.

4. Couch

Chances are your couch will be getting quite the workout if you’re self-isolating so you may as well use it for a real workout too. Glute bridges, couch squats, tricep dips and decline push-ups can all be done with nothing but a couch.

5. Paper Plates

No sliders? No worries. Paper plates reduce the friction between the floor and your foot so a standard lunge can be made even more difficult if you slide forward into lunge and slide, slow and controlled to return to standing. They can also be used for mountain climbers, pikes, single leg knee tucks and single arm wheelbarrows- just to name a few! If these aren’t sturdy enough, go for a good Tupperware lid.

6. Coffee-table book

Russian twists, weighted sit-ups, leg lowers with book held above your head… put those books purposely bought for decoration to good use by incorporating them into your workout.

If you fall in love with home training like so many people do, of course it’s great to make a very small investment in some dumbbells and bands. But if you want to test out training at home with zero spend, these recommendations are a great place to start.

Sam Wood is a fitness expert and founder of 28 by Sam Wood.

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Workout at home with Chris Hemsworth, for FREE

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Chris Hemsworth is offering free access to his fitness and health online platform Centr for six weeks, so everyone can stay healthy and happy from home.

In case we needed further proof that Chris Hemsworth is the kind of guy you'd want to take home to meet your mum, the Hollywood heavyweight is opening up free access to his recently-launched online fitness and health platform, Centr. For six weeks, no less. Which is just the news we needed to hear after new government lockdown rules have forced the closures of gyms around the country.

From the 23rd until the 31st of March, users can sign up via the Centr website for a zero-cost, six-week trial of the health and fitness programme – which features over 1000 unique video workouts (including HIIT, yoga and strength training), meal plans and over 500 healthy recipes.

Of the decision to offer the free trial, the father-of-three said: “We have been incredibly inspired by the outpouring of support and positivity from the Centr community during this challenging time. We hope that by making Centr available to everyone for this extended period, we can help even more people stay strong, healthy and find a sense of calm at a time when we all need that the most.”

The programme usually costs $19.99 per month, so that's a pretty saving and is a great opportunity to try a new way to workout at home if you don't want to invest in yet another ongoing fitness subscription. (Similarly, you could also try these.)

The app is globally available via iOS app, Apple Watch and online, and offers a curated range of daily workouts, meal plans, recipe collections, cooking demos, and meditation exercises, from experts who are the crème de la crème in the fitness world.

These include actor, fitness author, Chris’ wife and all-round total babe Elsa Pataky, Chris’ personal trainer Luke Zocchi, Special Ops trainer Joseph Sakoda AKA ‘Da Rulk,’ vegan bodybuilder Torre Washington, yoga instructor Tahl Rinsky and chef Dan Churchill, just to name a few.

Keen to give it a go? All you have to do is register via the website (not the app), and select the six-week free trial. From there, you can then download the app and access the members-only Centr Facebook community page.

What have you got to lose?

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