'Extremely Arrogant': Woman Dragged for Interrupting Workout to Film at Gym

Members of a popular internet forum were quick to defend one gym goer for their "petty" response to a woman's request to stop working out so she could film a video.

In a viral Reddit thread published in r/AmITheA**hole, Redditor u/Striking-Stick-2355 (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) said they were mid-squat when a woman tapped on their shoulder and asked them to halt their exercise because she wanted to film in their exact location.

Titled, "[Am I the a**hole] for not stopping my work-out for someone to make a video?" the post has received nearly 10,000 votes and 1,000 comments in the last nine hours.

Beginning with the explanation that "many folks want to record their exercises to post on social media," the original poster said gym-goers are free to film themselves but assured that they go to the gym to "train and go home."

However, during a recent workout, the original poster said they were confronted by another gym-goer who issued a pretentious request.

"I suddenly felt a tap on my shoulder mid-squat, and only then I noticed a woman with a very annoyed expression," OP wrote. "She barely allowed me to finish the movement to start talking, which was muffled due to [my] headphones."

"Long story short, she was annoyed because I was training in the smith machine, as she wanted to record herself doing regular squats," OP continued. "She said the best spot was in front of that smith machine...and she didn't want me [in] the frame, so she wanted me to stop my series for her to record."

Noting that they have accommodated similar requests in the past, the original poster said they would usually oblige, but cited the woman's brazen demeanor as the perfect reason not to.

"If someone comes to me with a good attitude and asks if it's ok for me to stop for a series or two...I would absolutely not mind," OP wrote. "That woman did nothing of the sort, being extremely arrogant and honestly, extremely annoying."

"So, I was petty, and told her to record once I was done, and proceeded to do every single exercise I could on the same smith machine," OP continued. "It was petty, and I know I shouldn't have done it. But I felt very vindicated."

Workout videos, at home or at the gym, have exploded in popularity over the last half-decade.

From professional trainers teaching proper exercise form to gym newbies tracking their fitness progress, the idea of setting up a camera and capturing the entirety of a workout for social media has been entirely normalized.

But while specific platforms for sharing workout videos, like TikTok's #gymtok, which has amassed more than 63 billion views, continue to grow, the practice of filming in the gym has sparked numerous controversies.

In the last year, Newsweek has reported on numerous viral videos showing a myriad of tense gym interactions caused by stolen Apple AirPods, heated arguments over proper gym etiquette and numerous examples of unwanted and creepy interactions initiated by men attempting to help or correct women with mid-workout interventions.

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Members of Reddit's r/AmITheA**hole forum defended one gym-goer who said they were interrupted mid-squat by a woman who wanted to film a video where they were working out. AaronAmat/iStock / Getty Images Plus

Although filming workout videos can have both positive and uplifting impacts on those filming, as well as those watching, Redditors responding to the viral Reddit post defended the original poster and called out the woman who interrupted their workout for acting in such a rude manner.

"[Not the a**hole]," Redditor u/Any_Cantaloupe_613 wrote in the post's top comment, which has received more than 14,000 votes. "Who the f**k interrupts someone mid squat?"

"Seriously! Touching someone mid-squat could easily lead to someone getting seriously hurt," Redditor u/boogley88 added, receiving more than 4,000 votes.

Redditor u/okayish_22, whose comment has received nearly 1,000 votes, offered a similar response but exclaimed at the woman's behavior after interrupting the original poster's squat set.

"Not only was it extremely dangerous for her to touch you while you were in the middle of a squat, but the extreme entitlement that followed just sent it right over the edge," they wrote. "Honestly, you were petty. But in this case? It was warranted. You don't owe her the 'good spot' for filming."

"If she wants to [record], she needs to wait until she has the right opportunity," Redditor u/Fun-Two-1414 chimed in. "She shouldn't expect others to stop what they are doing so she can get her own way."

Newsweek reached out to u/Striking-Stick-2355 for comment.