Why People Who Film Gym Fail Videos are Dicks

By January 25, 2016Exercise

Gym Fail Videos: The Mark of a Voyeur

Days ago I asked that my friends on Facebook not tag me in any gym fail videos they come across.

I appreciate it when they think of me in any capacity, but there is a reason for this.

  1.  We don’t know the people involved. For all anyone knows there could be a good reason for them to move in that particular way. Sharing and viewing a viral video doesn’t allow you to ask them.
  2.  Someone video taped them. Most people aren’t cool with being filmed without their knowledge. This makes the person filming a voyeuristic dick weed. Case in point,I saw, in a group, a post wherein a guy filmed a guy doing the aforementioned “dumb shit” while laughing into his camera. The guy said he then helped the guy. Yet, he posted the video anyway. One good deed doesn’t always outweigh a bad deed.
  3. This type of elite exclusion is not something I want to promote. I want people to get all kinds of gainz. Imagine if—due to lack of knowledge or any other reason—you got filmed doing something and you were unaware. And it went viral. Would you like that?

The ultimate clip from the gym fail videos: a guy drops a bench press on his neck

Suggested alternatives

You can get out of this habit. Very easily. Most people don’t like being filmed without their knowledge, so that should be the first tip off that you should stop. If that isn’t enough of a clue, you have more.

Your first option is to do nothing. This is, for you, the safest option. You don’t have to stop what you’re doing. You don’t have to talk to anyone. You can move on with your life and let them move on with theirs.

Literally, the safest thing you can do.

Your next bet is to ask them a question.

“Hey follow gym goer, I was wondering something. Why do you have one foot in front of the other when you deadlift?”

One of two things will happen.

You will get an accurate answer, or they will tell you they don’t know better.

After that, you are free to go back to doing your own thing. If you are particularly adventurous, you can try option three.

Option three is where you offer to give them the better advice. If you think you have it. If you are worried about their welfare (or yours). And, make sure they are receptive to it.

If you are an asshole, you can just film them and laugh and contribute nothing but your dumb fuckery to the world.

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Peter Baker

About Peter Baker

In addition to being a fan of music and heavy metal, I am an avid player of table top RPGs, and I am a personal trainer in Tampa, FL as well as a graduate of the prestigious University of South Florida. Formerly, I was a prefect for House Slytherin.

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