Since working out is already an uncomfortable experience for you physically, the last thing people want to experience while at the gym is also being uncomfortable with the people around you. If you frequently find that people are looking at you, approaching you, or giving you any kind of unwanted attention while at the gym, there are some things you can do to counteract this. So to help you feel comfortable at the gym without feeling like you need to carry a weapon on you, here are three tips for avoiding creeps at the gym.
Acknowledge That You See This Person
The very first thing you should do once you notice that someone is giving you unwanted attention is to make it obvious that you see what’s going on.
To do this, try making eye contact with the person that you see staring at you from across the gym. Once this person realizes that they aren’t being sneaky and that you see exactly what they’re doing, they will likely feel uncomfortable and stop staring at you. While you might have to do this a few times, this can be very helpful for keeping unwanted eyes off of you.
Don’t Worry About Being Rude
If making eye contact with the person who’s staring at you doesn’t encourage them to stop looking your way and they then decide to actually physically approach you, you may then have to up your game to let them know that they’re attention is unwanted.
While this might not feel natural to you, you will need to make your wishes clear that you don’t want to be bothered while you’re working out. If you can do this politely and still get your point across, all the better. But if the person creeping on you just won’t take the hint, you should fall back on being very straightforward and even rude if necessary. Whatever you feel you need to do in order to feel comfortable and safe in that environment is what you should do.
Take It Up With Management
Sometimes, despite your best efforts to let people know that you don’t want or appreciate the attention they’re giving to you while you’re trying to work out, you may not be able to take care of this completely on your own. When this happens, you should then take up your issues with the management of your gym. You can ask them to speak to this person and request that they leave you alone or encourage them to take even more drastic measures if you continue to feel unsafe.
If you’ve been having trouble feeling safe at the gym due to people watching or approaching you while working out, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you deal with this issue.