(Closed) How do you handle this at the gym?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
2966 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@kmarie719:  I would move. Maybe jokingly mumbling how you are afraid you will hit someone because you get so into the workout…or something like that. 


Post # 4
8472 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I remember being on the treadmill once and three old ladies decide to use the ones next to mine….Alll I smelled was old lady perfume!  It was as strong as can be, and I literally could not take it anymore….So I moved to another one.

Post # 5
2685 posts
Sugar bee

If the BO is that bad, you definitely shouldn’t stay next to them.  Maybe if you’re in class and one of the smelly people moves next to you, you can leave the room for a minute (maybe acting like you’re getting water or going to the restroom), and go to a different spot when you return.  I actually did that before but with a lady who wore really really strong perfume.  I guess it’s better than BO, but who wears that much perfume to a gym?! 

Post # 6
125 posts
Blushing bee

Could you talk to the instructor? Chances are s/he smells it as well and could make a general announcement to the class about even though they are coming to work out they need to maintain normal hygeine. Then no one is singled out and maybe they’ll take a hint.

Post # 7
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I can’t deal with smells (whether BO or perfume) so I would just get up and move. It’s not like you see them “in real life” so I have no qualms about being rude. I would also tell the instructor, if this is a class, so s/he can make an announcement about hygiene.

That said, some people just don’t care. I had a friend once that smelled like BO frequently and she thought herself to be quite attractive (which could be considered true, depending on who you ask). People joked about it behind her back frequently, but she never thought she had a problem. Even her clothes smelled of it and she would wear things for multiple days prior to washing.

Post # 8
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@Rubbs:  Perfume is the worst when working out. I want oxygen in my gasping body, not chemicals and flowers.


@kmarie719:  There isn’t really a good way to handle this situation unfortunately. I would suggest perhaps discussing your concerns with the instructor and see what they say. Perhaps they have noticed it too?

In the end you may need to find a different class if it is that big of an issue (which it sounds like it is). 🙁

Post # 10
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013


A trick I learned when I was a CNA and had to deal with a LOT of B.O./diapers/horrid smells


Carmex on the insides of your nostrils. You won’t smell ANYTHING but carmex. It totally works. Try it!

Post # 11
1257 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am sorry and I guess I am the odd man our here but I do not think it is reasonable to talk to gym management about the smell of people at a gym. When you work out you sweat and not everyone smells like powder or axe body spray. Trust me I know what it is like to be right next to the person who smells horrible but I think that is part of what you get when you go to the gym or in a hot crowded class offered by the gym. In addition, I think it is very judgemental to assume that someone does not have good hygeine because of their BO when they are working out.

Moving is the best option in my opinion or go to a different class.

Post # 12
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@kmarie719:  how many people are in the class/how big is the room?  If the 4 people are in the same area – is it possible to go to the other end?

I feel your pain because I used to workout in a group class (outdoors) with a very smelly guy and it was nauseating.  I can put up with a lot of smells, but the odor his body expelled when he sweat was unreal.  I wouldnt’ even call it body odor – it was phermones on crack!

In any case, I would show up right when class would begin and pick a spot as FAR from him as possible.  There were a couple times he showed up late and was right by me.  I wouldn’t move in that case… but I would try to be strategic about when I’d arrive, for that sole reason.  Usually he got there before me and I could navigate around him… and usually I could STILL smell him when the wind would shift – gag.


Post # 13
1583 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@kmarie719:  What if instead of going in early, you go in late? That way the stinky people will already be there and you can scope them out and then plant yourself across the room instead. That way you don’t even give them the option of selecting a spot near you- you are in control!

Post # 14
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

There is a girl in my gym who smells horribly all the time. She wears fresh clothing every day, and I know that she showers. At first, I would move away, make stink eyes at her, and join in the comments with the rest of the girls. Then I thought about how it most likely was a medical thing. She knows that she gives off a bigger BO than others. And she probably feels it (and was most likely bullied for it).

My advice? Well, I really dont notice it anymore now that I’ve been working out at this gym for several months with her in every one of my classes. I know that’s not really a solution, but it’s better than making him/her feel horrible for something that they may or may not have control of. 

Post # 15
1497 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

This is what prevented me from ever taking a Bikram yoga class. 20+ people sweating profusely?

I’ve never had this problem at the gym, but it seems to always happen at the movies. I have to buy a bag of popcorn, not to eat it, but to hold it under my nose, lol.

I like bleusteel’s idea of pretending to leave the room, and then just moving to a different spot.


Post # 16
1405 posts
Bumble bee

Are you sure it’s not you if it follows you everywhere?

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