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| By Wellvyl Media Editorial

There are plenty of times and places where men feel it is appropriate to try to talk to or hit on a woman. Whether she is walking down the street, the mall, a bar, or even a restaurant, there will always be someone wanting to “get to know you better".

Certain places are meant for socializing and mingling. It is expected to have a man try to flirt with you. But there is one place, amongst others, where this will always be considered inappropriate. And that is the gym. Yes, you read that right, the GYM.

Have you ever went to the gym, on what you would consider your most stressful day ever? You need time to just to distress. Then realize there is a guy who is either showing off on one of the weight machines, trying a bit too hard to impress you, or sweating profusely trying to flirt with you? Well if you haven't, I can tell you that I have on more than one occasion.

If you're like me, you believe that a gym is a safe place where you can sweat out all of your stress and frustrations from that day on a machine. You feel good about it and yourself after you are finished with your workout. Sometimes it doesn't always happen like that.

In my case, I was at the gym working on my legs on one of the bikes and this guy sits on a bike next to me. At first, I didn't think anything of it, but I begin to feel his eyes piercing a hole through me. So I happened to look over in his direction and saw that he was staring at me smiling.

I began to feel uncomfortable, so I moved to another part of the gym. About 5 to 10 minutes later, I look up and there he is. This time he changed his clothes and was sitting on one of the machines, working on his laptop and constantly staring. He made me feel so uncomfortable that I left.

In what world is it okay for this man to change his clothes, pull out a laptop,  start to work on it as he stares pervertedly at the women working out in the gym? How would you feel in this were to happen to you? The gym is to workout, if you want to work on your laptop then go to your nearest coffee shop or library.  

The second time this happened to me, I was at the gym and a different guy tried to flirt with me. Saying “oh after this workout is done, you buying me a green juice right?” and he laughed. So I said, “Sorry, you're going to have to buy your own green juice” and walked away.

Mind you, during both of these instances, I was by myself at the gym, so I decided to observe something. I went to the gym with a male friend of mine and there were still stares but no one tried to talk to me or flirt with me, they were talking to him about how I can better improve my posture during my workout.  

This made me realize that either way, a woman will never have that time and space to get a workout at the gym, whether she is by herself or with a male friend. The best way to deal with this is to just simply ignore, listen to your music and focus on why you are at the gym. This will easily help out with gym situation.