Ok, picture this — you’re at a movie theater just getting settled in to your seat. Popcorn and drink in their designated spaces, the lights dim, and the movie you’ve been dying to see for weeks begins.
Now imagine the person right next to you picks up his/her cell phone, makes a phone call, and proceeds to have a 20+ minute conversation.
It goes without saying, something like that would literally ruin your moviegoing experience. Thankfully, the very intelligent people running the theaters and the movie industry have done an outstanding job making sure people know that the movie theater is a Cell Phone Quiet area — no cell phone use allowed. Oh, and if they catch you, and you don’t put your cell phone away, you’ll be banned from the theater.
What does this have to do with banning cell phones at the gym?
Let me tell you.
Lately while I’ve been at the gym on my cardio equipment, people one or two machines away from me start making phone calls the minute they get on the machines! Oh, and they’re not just a one or two minute phone call — they stay on the phone for 15-20 minutes chatting away loudly enough where I can hear all their personal business.
In fact, even the music in my headphones at near capacity can’t drown out their ramblings. And listening to music at that volume for extended periods of time is just not good for your ear drums. Fact is, I shouldn’t even have to do that. Nor should I have to get better noise-cancelling headphones.
It’s distracting, disturbing, and I really think it should stop!
I mean come on, the gym is for working out isn’t it? You’re there to get healthy, not to have long winded conversations on the phone with your bestie or business partner.
Oh, and if you have enough breath to be having an active conversation with someone for that long, you’re NOT WORKING OUT HARD ENOUGH. Period.
If you’re that important where you can’t miss a phone call, I’d say it’s about time for you to get an assistant.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand that people may need to take an important phone call here or there, but if the conversation absolutely can’t wait until you get done working out, be courteous and get off the equipment, walk outside or to a less populated area of the gym, and have the conversation without disturbing everyone else.
What do I do with my cell when I’m at the gym?
Most of the time I simply turn my phone on airplane mode. When I’m not doing that, if I receive a call, I immediately hit ignore and let it go to voicemail.
On the absolute rare occasion I feel I need to answer the phone, in a quiet voice, I tell the caller I can’t talk but I’ll be happy to call them back shortly.
Now, is that so hard?
Should Gyms be designated as Cell Phone Quite Areas?
What do you think?
Am I being totally unreasonable, or should gyms start enforcing the same No Phone Calls policies that movie theaters have had for such a long time?