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“She Gave Up”: Entire Gym Comes Together Against ‘Influencer’ Treating Gym As Her Private Space
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“She Gave Up”: Entire Gym Comes Together Against ‘Influencer’ Treating Gym As Her Private Space

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Frequent gym goers have no doubt noticed the plethora of people who seem to believe that their workout is so special, that it needs to be filmed. They will take up space, benches, and equipment to prop up their phones and make everyone else’s life just that much more uncomfortable.

A woman and a group of gym goers all collectively sabotaged the efforts of a person who was insistent on taking up space to film themselves. People applauded OP’s bit of petty revenge and shared their thoughts.

People filming in the gym is a growing irritation for many people

Image credits: Li Sun (not the actual photo)

So one woman decided to take action when someone took up a bench to film

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Image credits: Andrea Piacquadio (not the actual photo)

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There are some legitimate reasons to film in a gym

Image credits: Andrea Piacquadio (not the actual photo)

To start, there are a number of legitimate reasons why someone might want to film in the gym. Perhaps they do want to record their progress, this is a normal step in a lot of self-improvement to help push through those periods of doubt. They might need to better understand their form, which is quite important in weight training.

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Perhaps, they are part of an accountability program to help keep them motivated. These often require some evidence of doing the work, so filming it is natural. Last but not least, perhaps they have a trainer who couldn’t be there in person, so they were recording how they were doing to keep them up to date. In very rare cases, this person might be legitimately a fitness influencer and is filming something useful for their followers.

However, this is only true if we are being generous. The unfortunate reality is that many people are willing to make other people wait and go around them to film useless fitness videos for, at best, ten relatively disinterested viewers. What’s more surprising is the complete lack of awareness that these “gymfluencers” show when they act like a person doing about their day in the gym is a disruption to them.

Entitled people tend to ruin things for most of us

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As with so many other parts of life, the real culprit is entitlement, not the gym itself or cameras in general. The word entitlement gets thrown around a lot, but it’s entirely applicable to these sorts of situations. Entitlement itself isn’t that well understood yet, but researchers do believe that there is a strong connection between it and narcissistic tendencies.

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After all, who else but a narcissist would take up multiple sections of a gym, and harass other people who have also paid to be there, all because they want to film themselves? While we will never know if this woman truly knew that she was being a nuisance or if she really did believe it was her right to take up a bench, there really isn’t a justification for this action.

It’s important to note that narcissists and entitled people in general don’t think that everyone should be able to act the way they do. No, they believe that for one (generally imagined) reason or another, they are endowed with more rights than “regular” folks. It’s a horribly potent combination, the delusion that you are superior and the delusion that others also understand that you are superior.

Petty revenge is a perfectly acceptable response

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So there is nothing like some petty revenge to cut these sorts of people down to size. Even better, various other gym goers joined in. This might seem like a minor detail, but it sends a different message. If one person is bothering you in the gym, you can chalk it up to harassment or bullying.

But if a group is “bothering” you, and remember, in this story, bothering means walking around the gym they are paying money to come to, then, hopefully, at some level, you can put two and two together. Perhaps this is a bit optimistic, but we can hope.

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marnocat avatar
Marno C.
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

1. Most gyms have private spaces you can book for filming or other private workout activities. You can also sometimes book a trainer who can help with the filming. No need to take up space intended for public sharing. 2. Wasn't there a BP article a few days ago that claimed the opposite of this one? That getting in the way of influencer's filming was 'sexist' because most of them are women? I'm on the side of today's article.

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Ken Beattie
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah there was I was kinda thinking double standards when I saw this headline. I will say though, that the guy in the other video was more obnoxious - moving a weight to just behind her feet. I feel like that's different to just walked past and "spoiling the shot". To be honest, with both of these situations I think actually talking to each other like adult humans could have solved the problems without them escalating.

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Phil Vaive
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't have a problem with people strictly recording themselves at the gym - a lot of people do this to be able to check their form after the fact. But people like this, who act like they own the space, and that everyone else needs to accommodate them? Nah. GTFO

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Ole Peder Amrud Hagen
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In Norway gyms have rules of conduct put up, and one of those is usually that filming or taking photos is not allowed if it affects other gym users.

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Marno C.
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

1. Most gyms have private spaces you can book for filming or other private workout activities. You can also sometimes book a trainer who can help with the filming. No need to take up space intended for public sharing. 2. Wasn't there a BP article a few days ago that claimed the opposite of this one? That getting in the way of influencer's filming was 'sexist' because most of them are women? I'm on the side of today's article.

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Ken Beattie
Community Member
2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah there was I was kinda thinking double standards when I saw this headline. I will say though, that the guy in the other video was more obnoxious - moving a weight to just behind her feet. I feel like that's different to just walked past and "spoiling the shot". To be honest, with both of these situations I think actually talking to each other like adult humans could have solved the problems without them escalating.

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Phil Vaive
Community Member
2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't have a problem with people strictly recording themselves at the gym - a lot of people do this to be able to check their form after the fact. But people like this, who act like they own the space, and that everyone else needs to accommodate them? Nah. GTFO

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Ole Peder Amrud Hagen
Community Member
2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In Norway gyms have rules of conduct put up, and one of those is usually that filming or taking photos is not allowed if it affects other gym users.

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