Late one Saturday evening, I decided to go to the gym for a short workout. It was approximately 7 p.m. so I rightfully anticipated the gym would not be very busy. There were a few people on the treadmills, a few more on the weight machines and then just a couple using free weights. I saw the lack of people and thought I’d be able to get on the machines I wanted and get in and out quickly.
I walked over to the free weights section and set my water bottle on the floor before I started putting weights on the bar. While reaching down to pull some 45 pound plates off the rack, I noticed the bar already had some weights on it.
Ok, no big deal. I can take those weights off and then put on what I wanted. Looking around, however, I noticed that almost every bench and free weight apparatus had weights on them. How frustrating! Are people really that disrespectful? Apparently they are.
I’ve noticed this at the gym in the past but not to this extent. I’ll see one guy here and there do it. It takes all my self-control to not confront the meathead when I see him walk away from a machine and not re-rack the weights. It shows complete disrespect for everyone else at the gym.
Gym-goers know it’s an unwritten rule to re-rack the weights. Maybe a complete newbie wouldn’t know but anyone else should. So why do people not re-rack the weights?
They don’t care – Some people just don’t care about others. They are just mean people. Respect means nothing to them. They could hurt the most innocent person and not even flinch. How pathetic!
It’s all about them – Others are so self-absorbed they don’t realize anything they do will affect someone else. Another term for this is greedy. Nothing matters unless it matters to them. They only care what is good for them.
In a hurry – During circuit training, a lifter will move quickly from one exercise to another. I get that. The exercises in that circuit will repeat so leaving weights on the machine makes sense. After that circuit is over, though, those weights can be removed. A few extra seconds to re-rack the weights will not ruin a workout.
Someone else might be on a tight schedule and only have a precious few minutes to complete a work out. I’ve been there. I get it. But, that is still not an excuse to be disrespectful of other people.
We see disrespect all over the place each day. You see it at the grocery store when someone is rude to a cashier. You see it on the highways. You even see it at work.
As with not re-racking weights at the gym, disrespect can be demonstrated by little things, like re-racking the weights at the gym. In the grand scheme of life, it’s nothing.
What similar examples do you see at work? I see people not filling the copier with paper when they use all the paper in the drawer. I see someone emptying the carafe of coffee not making another pot I get roped into “gotta-minute” meetings even when I say I don’t have time.
Disrespect is a growing problem in the workplace and in life in general. Hopefully, you will take this simple matter of disrespect and look for ways you can either be more respectful than you have in the past or point out the error (respectfully, of course) to someone who is being disrespectful.
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