He Went to the Gym For a Work-Out and Took Off His Wedding Ring, She Saw Him, Assumed He Fancied Her and Has a Meltdown

Reddit has again provided a source of entertaining reading. Recently on the subthread “Today I F****ed Up” (TIFU), Redditor, B, told the story about a recent visit to the gym.

The Redditor described himself as a family man, and after work, he comes home and helps by putting his kids to bed. He explained that he hit the gym after they’re asleep, usually around 8.30 pm.

One evening, he was about 25 minutes into the session and had just finished the stationary cycle.

He was sweating heavily (he likes to push himself) and was headed to the gym’s free weight room. Usually, by this point in the evening, he has the place to himself, allowing him “to grunt and groan in peace.”

That evening was different; he wasn’t alone. There was a lady with her yoga mat and a phone stand – he assumed that she was making a video of herself.

He thought nothing of it and proceeded with his normal routine of bent-over rows. But like he always did, he took off his wedding ring.

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He explained, “If I try to wear it, it digs into my hand and makes things most unpleasant.” So he starts “grunting out reps” when he feels a tap on his shoulder.

He looks around, and it’s the lady. She’s got a menacing glare and is brandishing her iPhone, and she’s not happy.

Our friend took out his earbuds and asked what the problem was.

He explained that the exchange that followed was similar to this:

“Me: Hey, what’s up?

New Girl: You’re disgusting.

Me: Excuse me?

NG: You saw me in here and took off your ring, planning on chatting me up? (This is a little paraphrased, she swore a little, too, and I wasn’t taking perfect notes)

Me: What?

NG: You’re gross.

Me: Ok.”

He ignores her and gets on with the routine, putting his earbuds back in.

From the corner of his eye, he sees that the lady has gone to the other side of the gym, toward the exit.

What happened next was bizarre. He explained, “I’m rowing away and out of no where I’m blasted with a cascade of liquid which leads me to drop my dumbbell and spin around to see what’s going on.

There’s new girl with her recently emptied pink yeti screaming at me (I’m assuming for being gross, it was unclear as I had my buds in still.)”

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The lady storms off, and the Redditor is left with a wet shirt which smells like vodka. After the exchange, he headed home to explain why his shirt smelled like he had been drinking at a club.

He added, “TL;DR I took off my wedding ring at the gym, causing a lady I’ve never met before to go bananas.”

Redditors came out in force to support him. Musaraj replied, “File a complaint with a gym, get her banned. You didn’t ’cause a lady to go bananas.’ You were assaulted.”

Feeling_Ad_2354 added, “People are strange. It’s very common to not wear your ring to lift. I never wear mine to the gym at all because it gives me callouses and I also don’t want to scratch it. You didn’t f*** up – she did. Sorry someone was so rude to you.”

Ahnies contributed to, say, “If I come across this video on TikTok, I’m expecting Joey Swoll to stitch it. I would probably file a complaint to Gym management. You were minding your own business and she made a mess over nothing”

The gym goer later added an edit to say, “So I had emailed the gym owner last night at the request of my wife. (She feels the same as many of you that this lady could be dangerous to others). He has already emailed back. Apparently new girl received a ban early 2022 for aggressive behaviour with another gym patron.”

Redditors supported and agreed that its normal to take off your ring at the gym. Do you do the same? But what do you think, could his actions be perceived to be leading her on? 

This was a great Reddit story about something that’s very common when you go to the gym. Our article has been inspired by Reddit and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Career Step Up

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