The 7 Obey Or Die Treadmill Rules

The 7 Obey Or Die Treadmill Rules

It’s the time of the year again where it’s always raining outside and you can’t run without getting yourself soaked to the toes. Otherwise, sometimes it’s pretty fun to run indoor on the treadmill if you’re feeling lazy. However, on my recent trip to the gym to run using the treadmill, something happened which made my blood boil. Hence, I decided to come up with this post – The 7 Obey or Die Treadmill Rules.

1. Sitting On The Treadmill

THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED TO ME. It happened on one of those days where all the treadmills are taken all except one. However, there was someone sitting on the treadmill itself, presumably taking a break from her run. Therefore, I approached and asked her politely if I can use the treadmill. To my surprise, she said that she is still using it. To make sure I have not heard wrongly, I said ‘Excuse Me’ and she replied the same thing without any remorse. Luckily, the person on the next treadmill left after only 10 more minutes. Soon after, the lady returned to her treadmill but she was on walking speed throughout. You can never guess what happened next, after roughly 20 minutes of walking, the lady is on her break again and sat down promptly on the treadmill. This is infuriating and one of the worst etiquettes I have seen in the gym ever. Period.

2. Stop Staring At My Speed

Yes, you, that’s right. I do know whenever you are staring at my speed all right. Thanks to my fly-like eyes or whatever reasons, I can sense whenever someone takes a peek at how I am doing. Just go at your own pace and stop feeling insecure about others’ speed.          

3. Keep The Volume Down

This is also something else that I have experienced first hand as well. Having the mobile phone blasting music while running on the treadmill. I mean, cmon, do you really want people to listen to your music as well? Why can’t you just put on a pair of earpiece like everyone else does? And for runners who have earpiece on, please do not sing. Leave the singing to the showers and karaoke. There are also runners who like to talk on the phone while running. Thank you very much but I do not want to know how your cousin’s sister’s son peed his pants in school earlier that morning.

4. Hoarding The Treadmills

This is something that I do not get as well. I see lots of people who hoard the treadmills for an hour or so whenever they run. I understand if there are empty treadmills so you can train however you like. However, often times people continue to hoard when there are limited treadmills in smaller gyms. Is it so hard to stick a quick 30 minutes run so that more people can enjoy the facilities? Save your longer runs for off-peak hours and days.


5. Body Odour

This is serious and not meant as a joke. There are people who suffer from bad body odour and this is terrible when we are lined up together on the treadmills. People who are running will have to breathe in the body odour for 20-30 minutes which is unbearable if the smell is too strong. For people who suffer from body odour, please get a towel to wipe off your sweat from time to time. Stronger deodorants and antiperspirants can also help greatly to mask the smell significantly.

6. Prepare A Towel

This is especially true for heavy sweaters. Nobody likes to use a treadmill right after you with it soaking wet with all your germs, diseases and body fluids. And this applies to other gym equipment as well, if only everyone does the same thing, gyms can be a wonderful place to workout and have fun.

7. Farts

Farting is natural but please try to avoid it if possible when running on the treadmills in an enclosed area like the gym. You may be lucky if everyone is wearing earpieces so they can’t locate the exact culprit, however, they CAN still smell it. Even if you are one who has mastered the art of the ‘silent killer’ fart, please spare a thought for the other runners there.


Above are my 7 obey or die treadmill rules, please do not take them too seriously because this is just a fun list to do. Running is supposed to be fun and this is just something to get a few chuckles out of my readers.

Do you have any of your personal obey or die treadmill rules to share? Or do you have any funny treadmill stories to share with the readers here, please feel free to leave a comment below.


Cheers and Start Running Today




18 Comment

  1. Love these rules! As a female, another thing that really bugs me is when I’m running on the treadmill and there are multiple open treadmills on either side of me, and a guy comes and gets on the one right next to me. Come on!! This should be another treadmill use rule!

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Jean

      This is basically the same rule as not using the urinal next to mine when there are multiple urinals available in the men’s’ room. This should be an unspoken rule!

  2. Jayden says: Reply

    Hi Will,
    i love your post! I am a sportsman as well! I love jogging and football^^
    Your post is interesting! Hope you can share more posts about sports and tips! Support you here!


    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Jayden

      Yay dude, I’m a big liverpool fan as well. Yes, hope to share more info and tips here as we go!

  3. Nnamdi says: Reply

    Hello, Will, you are really funny with some of your points but I really do enjoy reading. You just highlighted what happens naturally at the gym. You did not only listed the problems but you went ahead to proffer solutions to them. Yes, it can be really bad for someone to fart while I am running, that will be killing a man. Anyways, thanks for this.

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Nnamdi

      Haha, these are all true stories that happened to me. Glad to see you enjoy reading them!

  4. Lol, I never know farts can be an issue except in an elevator lol

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Arthur

      Yes, they are when many people are fighting for limited oxygen in an enclosed area like the gym 🙂 🙂

  5. Brent says: Reply

    wow, you get personal!! But I guess it is needed. I feel like you have a bit of heart in this post and I hoper people heed your warnings. Keep up the good work!!

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Brent

      This post is meant for just for laughs. Please do not take it too seriously!

  6. Nikoji says: Reply

    Honestly, I hate working out in the gym, and your list touches on many of the reasons why! Especially #3! Gotta do it, though! 🙂 Thanks for this funny list. It’s nice seeing people struggle with the same things you do when exercising in public.

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Nikoji

      Embrace the gym because it is necessary for runners in times of emergency such as during rainy weathers 🙂 🙂

  7. Dan says: Reply

    Hahaha what an awesome rant! I enjoyed the 7th rule because I am guilty of doing that. Nobody ever found out though…

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Dan

      Hahaha, I applaud your courage to admit it online. Let’s hope nobody that reads this goes to the same gym as you 🙂 🙂

  8. Tony W says: Reply

    Farts are a deal breaker. That would quickly end my run. LOL. The woman that took breaks by sitting on the treadmill reminds me of a friend. He would avoid anything that required physical activity during the day. Like walking any further than his car or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. He would go to the gym, suffer for a few minutes and quit.
    I always believed we should try to be active during our days and not just an hour or so during exercise. This would help avoid having to use gym equipment to prop us up while resting. LOL.

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Tony

      Taking breaks are fine, but just don’t do it on the treadmill itself! Yah, we should try our best to be active regularly.

  9. Hi…I know it is serious, but it is also very funny in some respects!

    I don’t seem to remember any of these features and benefits being mentioned on the gym’s company brochure? lol

    Here are 2 more for the pile: 1. wet benches in the locker rooms…wipe your sweat and shower condensation off before you leave…gross! 2. put the weights back in their proper place when you’re done…for cryin’ out loud!

    Great post Will…brings back some memories, YUK! (thanks a lot!!!!) hahaha 🙂

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Johnathan

      Yah, weights not being put to the right place is another big no-no for weight trainers. This is such basic courtesy that everyone seems to forget sometimes.

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