12 Absurd Workout Routines Spotted at the Gym

Making a commitment to one’s own health and physical fitness is a thing that should always be commended. However, when you’re signing up for that new gym membership, there are some things you should know about the gym.

Like any other club or institution, there are a host of unwritten rules about the gym. If you’re a seasoned veteran, then you likely already know what they are. If not, then do yourself a favor and read up so you can avoid embarrassing and painful pitfalls.

We’ve identified 12 workout routines often spotted at the gym ranging from the merely awkward to the downright dangerous. If you’re new, avoid these absurd workout routines at all cost. And if you’re a gym-going pro, then enjoy having a laugh about some things you probably see all too often!

1. Mr. No-Stretch Armstrong

Maybe it’s the mark of an amateur, or maybe it’s just the mark of a certain kind of person. In many ways, there’s something similar between the kind of person who doesn’t wear sunscreen at the beach and the kind of person who doesn’t stretch before starting a workout routine. The first is going to get badly burned and miss a week or more of beach time; the second is going to get injured and miss a week or more of gym time. (Or maybe that person will never return…)

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AlenD / Shutterstock.com

2. The Selfie Curl

Here’s a workout routine you see far too often. First, the arm bends and the hand rests inside of the pocket. Then, a moment later the arm pulls out of the pocket and extends outward in a curled motion. The pose is then held for a moment, while the muscles of the face are contorted into the classic “duckface” pose. Finally, the thumb presses the capture button on the smartphone screen, and the selfie curl is complete. This might be the most absurd workout routine of them all!

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Dean Drobot / Shutterstock.com

3. The Phone Breather

As they are in virtually every other human sphere, smartphones have become the curse of the gym existence. And it’s not just in the form of “The Selfie Curl,” either! We’ve also got “The Phone Breather” to contend with.

This one isn’t an exercise routine so much as it is a controlled break. Here we’re talking about the people who finish their reps on the machines you want to use, and then sit there for the next 10 minutes texting God-knows-who about God-knows what…

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