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#GymFails That Will Make You Scared to Work Out Forever

These GIFs are not for the faint of heart—they will have you squirming in your seat and may give you PTSD through your next few gym sessions. But as much as they make you cringe, they'll also make you feel better about that time you tripped over a dumbbell or your phone went flying off the treadmill...because these are oh so much worse. Takes these visual horror stories as cues of what not to do at the gym. (Also, can we please note that most of these are men? That's probably why women have a longer life expectancy.)

1. Don't get too ambitious with your box jumps.

Box Jump Gym Fail

If your ego is bigger than your muscles, check yourself.

2. Really, just be careful jumping onto anything.

Step Fall Gym Fail

It's not about how high you can jump, but whether you can do it without face-planting.

3. Stop doing stupid things with exercise balls.

Ball On Treadmill Gym Fail

It's common sense, people.

4. Really, use those things with caution.

Exercise Ball Gym Fail

5. Or maybe just stop using them at all.

Exercise Ball Gym Fail Fall

If you do want to, stick to these approved exercises.

6. At-home workouts are great, but they can't replace everything in a gym.

Gym Fail Pull-Up Bar

Try a bodyweight routine that gives you a much lower chance of equipment-failure-induced injury.

7. But if you're at the gym, make sure your spotter actually knows how to spot.

Gym Fail Bench Spotter

Slash stop lifting stuff that's way too heavy for you.

8. And make sure the equipment is legit.

Gym Fail Rack Flip


9. Don't get distracted by other things (like your cell phone, that hot guy, etc.).

Gym Fail Checking Out Girl

Yet another reason not to be that person at the gym.

10. Mostly just stop doing things on the treadmill that you shouldn't.

Gym Fail Treadmill Games

Repeat after me: treadmills are not toys.

11. Getting creative is cool, but you shouldn't really make things up if you haven't seen them done before.

Gym Fail Cable Machine

Cables machines and free weights? Interesting combo.

12. If you're not sure what to do with a certain piece of equipment, you should probably stay away.

Gym Fail Rower

13. Or else something like this might happen.

Gym Fail Pilates Machine

Not the best way to get flexible, FYI. (Try these tips for getting bendy instead.)


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