The Grunting and Shadow Boxing

I have very few pet-peeves. I consider myself a fairly laid back kind of guy. However there are some things that just bite at me until I find it incredibly difficult to continue to tolerate. When at the gym, it’s gotta be the grunters and shadow boxers.

I’m not talking about under your breath grunting that comes with the strain of the last few reps of a set, I’m talking about what often sounds like yelling or moaning as though in excruciating agony. And it’s one thing to let out a few weeps when you’re struggling, but does making an incredible amount of noise really help get through some warm-up curls? Maybe I’m being a little harsh, but sometimes it seems like a form of attention seeking.

The shadow boxers are the other group of gym-goers that occasionally make my eyes bulge. The gym that I attend has a fairly large number of martial arts classes and thus many of the gym’s members practice some form of boxing. But just because you’re practi