Is it OK to smile at others while you're working out?

Gym - this is a gym
Australia
June 25, 2007 10:51pm CST
I recently went to the gym with my fiance. I was off doing my own thing when a guy came and started working out on the machine directly across from me. I looked at him and he smiled at me. Now I don't know much about gym etiquette but i do know that people often go to the gym to pick up. I felt extremely rude because I did not smile back. Well I didn't want to because what if he came and talked to me? All I wanted to do was work out! So what's the go with smiling at other people at the gym?
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7 responses
@lpetges (3036)
• United States
26 Jun 07
i usually smile at people, but it seems to me that they are in a "zone" and if they smile back its not very often, i understand, they just want to get in do their workout and leave. But it doesn't hurt to be nice.
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• Australia
26 Jun 07
Yeah that's true. I don't think it's worth being snobby, just in case he was only being nice.
@jazzygdc7 (285)
• United States
26 Jun 07
i think it is
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@ackars (1942)
• India
26 Jun 07
I think it is not a good character to do that.It may hurt someone.This has happened to me.
@wooitsmolly (3613)
• United States
14 Jul 07
If I was working out at the gym and someone smiled at me I think my instinct would be just to smile back. If they tried to talk to me and I didn't want them to I would politely chat with them for a moment and then say I was going to head over to another machine, see ya. I would hope they wouldn't try to follow you, because that would be creepy...
@krishkorp (427)
• India
12 Jul 07
well i go to gym too. I smile sometimes when i come across someone and have to look into his/her eye which i craftfully manage to escape.I don't know from where u got the notion that people pick up from that place.I doesn't happen in my gym at least.I guess it's ok to smile and after that if there is any advances u can always bluntly tell him to mind his own business. what say?
@Calais (10899)
• Australia
29 Jun 07
I have never been to a gym so I too dont know about gym etiquette. But I would presume if he was directly in front of you that he was smiling to acknowledge that he knows what you are going through.
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
26 Jun 07
Hey. I think its ok to smile back, its when things go further then that and not stopped before they escalate or get out of hand... Its really your choice, you can choose to smile bak or choose not too...