Gym clowns

Before I talk about gym clowns, some background:

I’ve been working as a Personal Trainer for over 18 years now and have been lifting weights for over 23 years; you could say I’ve spent my fair share of time in the gym. Or better yet, in many gyms all over the world.  So I’m speaking from experience here that no matter which gym you go to, you’ll eventually find some gym clowns doing their thing.

Some of them are harmless and actually pretty funny to watch. Others are an accident waiting to happen, usually with themselves as the victim though sometimes innocent passersby get dragged into their antics. The gym clowns in this video mostly fall into the latter category.

Take a look:

Typically, gym clowns earn their title by doing the following:

  • Being a little bit nuts.
  • Using too much weight.
  • Using bad form.
  • Ignoring gym etiquette.
  • Curling in the squat rack.
  • Being totally nuts.

The funniest gym clown I ever saw was a guy who always wore yellow spandex shorts and sleeveless t-shirts that were just short enough for his potbelly to stick out. He’d smile and wink at every woman in the gym while passing in front of the treadmills on his way to the free weights. Then he’d go at it without warm-up and just tear up the dumbbells and barbells with exercises I’d never seen before (and haven’t since…) for an hour straight. Most of those exercises defied all laws of physics and exercise science. But he went at it hard every set and was in a puddle of sweat at the end of his session. Then he’d walk his sweat-soaked body in front of the women again, still smiling and catching their eye, only to leave the gym without taking a shower.

He was already there when I joined the gym and was still there when I left years later.

gym clowns

Gym clowns…

There were a bunch of other gym clowns but this was the funniest one.


So, how about you?

What was the worst or funniest gym clown you ever saw?