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Don't be that Malodorous Guy!(13 posts)

Don't be that Malodorous Guy!filtersweep
Oct 28, 2003 8:02 AM
OK- I'm seeing snowflakes out my window and have returned to the gym... and that Malodorous Guy from last winter is STILL there- right next to me- wearing all cotton clothing (including tube socks pulled all the way up) as he sweats up a storm on a cardio machine- not that there is anything inherently wrong with sweat- but he reeks like a gaping -------. It is a double whammy- body odor masked by some sort of musky oil scent- both of which are offensive.

The only redeeming quality is that it forced The Sniffler to use a machine further down the row- he's back as well- and he's still sniffling.

Are there any remotely socially acceptable ways to address the issue?
what a surprisemohair_chair
Oct 28, 2003 8:18 AM
It's a gym! People are going to sweat. Some people are going to stink more than others. The socially acceptable way of dealing with the issue is to pretend you don't smell anything, see anything, hear anything, etc. Almost anything else you do is rude, and I'd rather hang out with the smelly guy than the guy who points out everyone else's flaws.

You can complain to the gym about the musky oil scent. There may be a policy about strong perfumes and colognes, and the gym might post a memo/reminder. He might get the message. But you can't just tell the guy he stinks. Not if you want to be socially acceptable.
what a surprisefiltersweep
Oct 28, 2003 8:22 AM
Do you believe there is a difference between "body odor" and "sweat" ?

I certainly do. BO can have a bacterial cause (among other things). It simply isn't normal. I don't even mind the "funk" that accompanies those who choose not to use deodorant. Again, it is very VERY different from BO.
what a surprisemohair_chair
Oct 28, 2003 8:33 AM
Since you are a doctor, take him aside and suggest he might want to get it checked out. Maybe you can swab him and do some tests.
You are too clever for mefiltersweep
Oct 28, 2003 9:21 AM
mohair_chair: advocate for the malodorous- I give up- you outed me: you win! I am a priggish snob intolerant of those with hygiene impairments. There, I confessed...

You are right, I should expect body odor at the gym- body odor is normal. A gym should smell like a police holding cell or a detox unit. People with body odor have no responsibility for their odor, nor do they have any responsibility for the fragrances they wear. My apologies to all for expecting any more... ;)
not my fault you don't like the answermohair_chair
Oct 28, 2003 9:36 AM
You asked for the socially accepted way of dealing with this "problem." Unless you know the guy well, there isn't one. Sorry, that's the answer.

Well-mannered people do not notice naturally occurring things about other people (such as body odor) that could cause them embarrassment. Ever had someone enter a bathroom you've just used and hear them shout "OH MY GOD IT STINKS IN HERE!" That's someone with no manners. Don't be that person.
People actually work out at your gym? (nm)TJeanloz
Oct 28, 2003 8:43 AM
Don't go to the gymLC
Oct 28, 2003 9:19 AM
It is not the smell as much as the viruses and germs that you don't see or smell that bother me when you cram a bunch of people together.

I would rather work out at home or ride in the snow and rain.
Amen to that brother (nm)Crankist
Oct 28, 2003 10:50 AM
not much you can doColnagoFE
Oct 28, 2003 9:36 AM
You can always choose to work out at a time where the stinky guy isn't there or just work out at home. If everyone stinks then maybe your nose is too sensitive. People sweat and fart in gyms. Guys grunt loudly while lifting weights. Towels and dirty clothes are thrown all over the locker rooms and people sometimes pee in the showers. Idiots do endless curls in the power cages. The list goes on. Just get your workout in and get out of there.
Don't do cardio...cmgauch
Oct 28, 2003 10:24 AM
...then you won't have to be proximate to The Malodorous Guy or The Sniffler!

Go strength train w/free weights instead. Better workout, better smells.
Not the same, but similarLive Steam
Oct 28, 2003 12:33 PM
I've had season tickets to the Rangers for many years. Between periods a lot of people gather in the area where the escalators are, to stretch their legs and BS about the game, trade rumors, sports, current events and life in general. I have made a few friends there and many more acquaintances. Well there is this one guy that always joins in our group to BS - he's a nice enough guy, but he has the most gawd awful breath. It could stop a charging rhino. I have on many occasions, offered him a mint or Ticktack after having one myself, but most times he doesn't accept. I even make sure I have them when going to a game just for this purpose. Well we all look at each other like "Get the hint buddy, please!". There is this one other guy however, that hangs with us that has no reservations about saying anything to anyone. He just said straight out to him one night, "Man, your breath stinks like sh!t!" I know it was wrong and I felt bad for him, but we all almost needed oxygen because we couldn't catch our breaths from laughing. I don't think we were laughing at the guy with the bad breath as much as we were laughing that the guy who said it actually had the balls to do so. Well it didn't matter anyway, because Mr. BB still came game after game with the same bad breath. Your smelly guy would probably do the same even if told he stinks.
Post-It note on his locker:Alexx
Oct 29, 2003 2:38 PM
Reading: "Wash your @&#*ing workout clothes, you STINKIN' pig!!!"