There’s nothing like reading a really good book. Ideally, it will have great characters, a well-crafted story, and plenty of twists and turns. But there have been many instances when a director has taken the source material and transformed it into something even better for the big screen. Sometimes, that rich text can be elevated and the visual translation can be even more successful than what inspired it. Let’s take a look at a list of movies that are arguably better than the books they are based on.
The Shawshank Redemption
You know you’ve done something right when you have turned a four-part novella into a Best Picture-nominated flick. Stephen King’s original tale is known as Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.
But Frank Darabont saw so much potential in this story and was able to give it the epic proportions it deserved. Not to mention the fact that Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins breathed so much life into the two main characters. It didn’t make much money, but Shawshank has aged like a fine wine.
Blade Runner is one of those movies that seems to have become more beloved the longer it’s been around. But casual moviegoers might not realize that the Ridley Scott Sci-Fi flick is adapted from a novel.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick is the original inspiration for the 1982 movie starring Harrison Ford. Amazingly, the changes Scott made for the movie were not warmly welcomed by Dick. Prior to his passing though, the author admitted that the film was superior to his original work.
It’s amazing to think that The Godfather was originally a book. Mario Puzo’s 1969 mafia novel was a New York Times Bestseller for a year, introducing outsiders to the fictional Corleone family. But Francis Ford Coppola took the story to a whole new level.
Not only did actors like Marlon Brando and Al Pacino give the characters from the novel so much gravitas, but Coppola managed to trim the fat from the book, making the theatrical release a much tighter experience altogether.
Fifty Shades of Grey
This one is bound to cause the biggest debate out of all of these books that were turned into movies. Fifty Shades of Grey is a polarizing story at the best of times, due to its raunchy subject matter.
But when the movie was released, people flocked to the cinemas to see how these steamy passages would be brought to life. At least in the film though, viewers didn’t have to listen to the main character’s inner monologue.
The Silence of the Lambs
Any casual moviegoer over the last 30 years is probably familiar with the iconic character that is Hannibal Lecter. What makes The Silence of the Lambs such a terrifying story is that a lot of the brutal violence and sadistic tendencies of the ominous cannibal is simply hinted at, as opposed to being explicitly spoonfed (no pun intended).
According to fans, the original book felt very drawn out in parts and is a tedious reading experience. Obviously, Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster elevated the story in a big way.
Upon first glance, you might assume that Mean Girls was just a run-of-the-mill, original teen comedy. What many don’t realize though is that it was adapted from the book Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip and Other Realities of Adolescence, by Rosalind Wiseman.
Tina Fey wasn’t phased by the incredibly long title and wrote her very first screenplay. The movie helped springboard careers for the likes of Rachel McAdams and Lindsey Lohan. The film’s definitely more focused than the book though.
Many have debated until this very day whether or not the movie Fight Club is actually better than the novel it was adapted from. Of course, David Fincher’s film starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt has had a huge impact on pop culture.
But those who have experienced both are torn, with something claiming that the book’s ending is better than the film’s. One telling detail is that Chuck Palahniuk, the author of the 1996 original, absolutely loved the film. Either way, there is a big twist.
Those sharp violin chords and the horrific scream from Marion Crane in the show are nothing short of iconic cinema. Alfred Hitchcock was truly the master of suspense and created an absolute gem of a horror movie in Psycho.
And yet, many people don’t realize that it was a book that inspired the motion picture about Norman Bates. Interestingly, Robert Block only wrote one line to describe the chilling murder in his 1959 novel. The movie definitely did this better and much more gruesome.
There is no denying that Christian Bale’s career entered another dimension when he landed the lead role in 2000’s American Psycho. It seems that viewers of the movie found the outrageous scenes a bit more palatable than how they were described in the original novel from 1991.
Some believe that the passages from the novel were way too graphic, forcing them to stop reading. And yet, the humor and wit from the novel were never missing from the movie.
The Princess Bride
It seems like the line uttered by Inigo Montoya is even more iconic than the actual movie The Princess Bride. What’s awesome about this example is that the person who wrote the original novel, William Goldman, also wrote the screenplay for the 1987 flick.
Probably the thing that makes the movie better than the novel is the romance between Wesley and Buttercup. One thing that remains in place though is the witty wordplay that was born out of the novel.
One key difference between the book Jaws and the movie of the same name, directed by Steven Spielberg, is about the tension surrounding the main characters. In the book, the crew gets to go home every evening and then deal with the shark the next day.
While in the movie, they spend the entire time on the boat. Despite this being made before the advent of CGI, Spielberg achieved the impossible, bringing the text to life through practical effects.
Anyone who is familiar with Roald Dahl’s work has probably read his classic book, Matilda. This story about a young girl with psychokinetic abilities captured the imaginations of millions of readers around the world. And yet, even more people are probably familiar with the film adaptation, which was directed by Danny Devito, of all people.
Just the colorful quality of the movie was enough for it to trump the book it was inspired by. Many will agree that the film’s Matilda, the character, was more likable than the book’s Matilda.
No Country for Old Men
When you are talking about a writer as good as Cormac McCarthy, it’s difficult to believe that any movie adaptation could be possibly better than his original work. And yet, the Coen brothers saw the dark tones lurking between the lines and breathed new life into this murky Western tale.
Of course, Javier Bardem’s chilling performance as Anton Chigurh is a once-in-a-lifetime one. Not to mention that the movie absolutely cleaned up at the Oscars.
It might not be his best movie – but Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown is still a beautifully crafted homage to Blaxploitation movies from the ’70s. Heck, even Pam Grier wanted to honor the genre in which she made her name in the first place.
But still, it took a book to put this story into motion. Elmore Lenard wrote the story Rum Punch. In the book though, the main character is white, while Tarantino made her black and flipped the genre.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Characters like Randall McMurphy and Nurse Ratchett are etched into the minds of millions, for numerous reasons. But for most, it would have to be because of the iconic 1975 movie starring Jack Nicholson. The book, which was written by Ken Kesey 13 years prior to the film’s release, was a powerful story.
And yet, the performances in the movie really captured the essence of being institutionalized inside a psychiatric facility. Also, it was only the second movie ever to win the big five Academy Awards.
Many who have watched the Sci-Fi movie Arrival and the short story that inspired it, “The Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang, will agree that they are both great in their own rights.
With that said, there is a big fan base that would claim that Denis Villeneuve’s retelling just edges it in terms of quality and simply for visual reasons. After all, this film, starring Amy Adams, did very well at the Academy Awards.
If you grew up during the ’90s and didn’t see Jurassic Park, then what were you doing with your life? This classic adventure flick directed by Steven Spielberg showed the hypothetical reality of a theme park where dinosaurs are essentially brought back to life, with devastating consequences.
While the film doesn’t really deviate from the book much, many believe that certain scenes in the film built up much more tension than the passages in the book.
It seems like a truly epic girl power movie only comes around every once in a while, unfortunately. But when Pitch Perfect did arrive on the scene, it didn’t disappoint, by any stretch of the imagination.
This movie is based on the non-fiction book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory. While the book is interesting, for sure, the movie adds the musical element which really takes the story to a whole new level. Also, Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are awesome in it.
The Lord of the Rings
Let’s face it – if it wasn’t for The Lord of the Rings, you wouldn’t have had other incredible fantasy sagas such as Star Wars and Harry Potter. It’s just a fact. And you need to owe a lot of thanks to J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic books for that.
Then Peter Jackson came along and decided, “you know what, I can make this story even better through the power of cinema.” Characters such as Frodo, Gollum, Legolas, and Aragorn became iconic in the world of Hollywood.
Terms of Endearment
Imagine being nominated for supporting actor for playing a character that wasn’t even in the book that inspired the movie! That’s exactly what Jack Nicholson did when he starred alongside Shirley MacLaine in 1983’s Terms of Endearment. A big book, Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry is charming, to say the very least.
But James L. Brooks came running out the gate with his directorial debut. A story revolving around cancer can get cheesy very quickly, but this movie managed to stay grounded.
Stand By Me
When you think of Stephen King, you’ll probably think of his horror classics like The Shining and It. But the legendary author is also famous for his poignant tales about coming of age and friendship. Take his novella “The Body,” for example.
This story ended up being adapted by Rob Reiner into the classic ’80s movie Stand By Me. While “The Body” is fine, for what it’s worth, Stand By Me is a must-see, with great performances from Corey Feldman, Will Wheaton, and the late River Phoenix.
The Devil Wears Prada
Who could ever forget Meryl Streep’s incredible performance in the classic The Devil’s Wear Prada? This in itself is enough of a reason as to why the 2006 film is better than the book that preceded it three years prior.
Sure, all the classic components are in place in the novel. However, Aline Brosh McKenna made the movie’s plot so much tighter. Not to mention a great early Emily Blunt performance. There’s no point in arguing about this one.
It’s difficult to compete with a movie about 1950s LA crime starring the likes of Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger, Russell Crowe, and Guy Pearce. LA Confidential had it all, but it’s amazing to think that this 1997 thriller was adapted from a novel.
Amazingly, the book’s author, James Ellroy, proved to be one of the biggest fans of the movie. According to him, Curtis Hanson (the director) did an amazing job of “maintaining the overall dramatic thrust.”
Bridget Jones’s Diary
Don’t be confused – Bridget Jones’s Diary wasn’t an actual diary. It was a fictional novel by Helen Fielding back, written back in 1999 in the form of diary entries. What is genius about the movie though is that you don’t really feel the diary entry format as much, and the drama and comedy are given room to breathe.
Due to Renee Zellweger’s great performance as Bridget, sequels to the originals also followed. Also, Colin Firth’s Mark was much more interesting than the book version.
Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain certainly won a lot of awards upon its release. Her short story about two cowboys who became romantically involved was well received by many. However, there is no denying that Ang Lee’s 2005 retelling of the story gave the story a fantastic visualization.
He even won Best Director for it at the Academy Awards. But it was Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger’s performances that ended the argument that this movie is superior to the book.
There will never be another fictional character quite like Forrest Gump. In 1986, Winston Groom painted Gump as a big guy with a small mind who embarked on a truly epic life through 20th century America. In the film, Tom Hanks plays a smaller, more timid Gump, but undoubtedly a much more memorable version.
Robert Zemeckis’s Best Picture-winning film had it all – a great soundtrack, wonderful performances, and authenticity that harked back to some of the best and worst years of American history.
When you are dealing with subject matter as tragic as the Holocaust, it’s virtually impossible to make light of it. And yet, Taika Waititi managed to pull a rabbit out of the hat with his adaptation of the story Caging Skies – Jojo Rabbit, specifically!
While the original book is very bleak and doesn’t really give the reader much to chew on in terms of levity, the film Jojo Rabbit is funny and charming in large parts, and somehow works. It was even Academy-Award nominated.
All About Eve
Many don’t know that Hollywood classic All About Eve was actually based on Mary Orr’s short story “The Wisdom of Eve,” which first showed up in Cosmopolitan back in 1946.
While this little piece of fiction was OK at the time, the film adaptation catapulted the story into the public consciousness, and also won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Joseph L. Mankiewicz created an unforgettable film, starring the likes of Bettie Davis and Anne Baxter.
Children of Men
The premise of PD James’s The Children of Men is enough to leave one thinking all night long. Imagine a world where all women have become infertile and no baby has been born in decades.
What made the 2006 movie amazing though is that it amplified the dystopian qualities of the novel, creating a true sense of dread and jeopardy. Alfonso Cuaron gave the film stunning visuals and brought out a great lead performance in Clive Owen. James even claimed to be “so proud to be associated” with the film.
There is no denying that Nicholas Sparks has a knack for tragic love stories. His millions of sold copies of The Notebook are enough proof of that. But many would agree that the 2004 film adaptation starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams is even better than the novel.
All the topics of family drama, war, and love are brought to the forefront in Nick Cassavetes’ classic. Many thought that Rachel McAdams made the film version of the character much better.
35 People Share Their Embarrassing (But Relatable) Gym Stories
We’ve all been newbies to the gym at one point or another. Some of us are just getting used to the new equipment that we’ve never had to use before. Here are some of the most embarrassing gym stories so you don’t make the same mistakes.
Announcing Their Problems
Whenever something embarrassing happens to people, most like to keep it on the down-low. For whatever reason, this person decided to announce to the whole gym their embarrassing mistake, probably so that others knew it was an unfortunate mistake and not a medical emergency.
Catching a Spider
Apologies to everyone who may have a new fear unlocked after they near this next embarrassing gym story. While running on the treadmill this person noticed a spider and decided to kill it while they were running. They got a fresh serving of karma!
Not only did they fail to get the spider, but the task also caused them to lose focus and trip while running. This left them with two scraped knees and a rash down the side of their face. Lots of injuries on a treadmill!
A Show Off
Most people at the gym will prefer to work out towards the back of the room. This is probably to avoid getting judged by other people who are standing behind you. However, when this user visited the gym, they found that the only space free was at the front.
They were also keen to show off their new workout pants, too. However, they obviously didn’t conduct a very thorough squat test as this person discovered that when bending over, their leggings were very see-through. Let’s hope that nobody noticed!
Pull the Lever!
Some machines at the gym can be confusing to use. Will adding more weights make it easier to lift, or harder? What part of my body is this supposed to be exercising? However, that’s why it’s probably a good idea to check user instructions before hopping on.
While using a machine, this person forgot about adding resistance to the weights. This shot the person high up into the air and made them stuck. As it was a 24-hour gym, it was almost an hour until someone came along and rescued them!
An Unusual Session
There are many reasons why people may join a gym. Some people may want to lose weight, gain muscle, or just feel healthier while they exercise. That didn’t stop this next person’s trainer make unnecessary comments about their hopes and goals.
During a free training session, this trainer ignored the gym user’s wishes and told them to start a calorie deficit diet. If that’s how our trainer reacted, we would be looking into a membership at a different location!
Stuck With This
Some of us may have an accessory that we bring along to the gym that we think gives us good luck during our workouts. For this person, it was their favorite water bottle, however, the strap on it had recently broken.
However, instead of buying a new bottle, they decided to fix it using super glue which caused a major issue. While working out with the ab cruncher, the strap had broken again and this person got super glue all over their hands and making them stuck to the machine.
Close the Lid
Pre and post-workout protein shakes can be a great way of staying fit and healthy. Some gyms even have a bar where people can get their shakes made for them. However, this wasn’t the case for this poor person, who opted to bring theirs from home.
In an attempt to get some energy before they began working out, this person started to shake their protein shake, without even realizing the lid wasn’t on properly. It ended up that instead of them, a random old man about to do squats got an unexpected surprise.
Making Loud Noises
When most people start at a new gym, they probably don’t want to be branded as the loud, annoying customer who throws everyone else off their workouts. Therefore, it’s probably best for people to remain as quiet as possible when getting in their daily workout.
However, sometimes things can go wrong. Whenever this guy was fixing his bar before doing some squats, he didn’t realize that the other side with a ton of weights would go crashing to the floor. This crash definitely distracted a lot of fellow gym-goers.
Disappearing Workout Partner
If you’ve been to the gym on your own and decided you hated it, it’s probably because you haven’t tried going with a trusted friend who can be your workout partner. Workouts are definitely more fun whenever you have someone there to talk to!
It’s best to stay cautious in case they run off like this person’s partner. While in the middle of lifting weights, their partner decided it was more important to get water than it was to help spot them, meaning that a 205lb weight fell right onto their chest. Ouch!
Working on Their Form
If you’ve never been to a gym before, you’re definitely missing out. If you’ve ever wanted to work on a specific part of your body, there is a machine that can help. You can also use machines to help work on your overall form and fitness too.
While this person was doing military presses, they lost focus. This then resulted in this person smashing their chin off the bar of the machine and spending a further 10 minutes in the locker room trying to stop the bleeding. What a mess!
When using gym equipment, it’s incredibly important to put things back where you got them. Not only is it because you should be cautious of other users wanting to use the same equipment, but because leaving things lying around can result in things like this.
While working out, this person tripped over a barbell someone had left on the floor. They then stumbled right into a Smith Machine and were knocked out cold by the bar. Luckily this person was fine, and while a little embarrassed, they’re lucky that’s all that happened.
Tie Your Laces
You could have the best running shoes in the world, but it’s important to make sure you keep those laces tied. Otherwise, you could end up severely injuring yourself by doing a simple workout. This person definitely learned their lesson the last time they went to the gym.
While using the treadmill, they discovered that their laces had become untied. Before they could stop the machine to tie them, they went flying off, and probably caused a major scene. Luckily, they’re still here to tell the embarrassing tale to this day.
Blood, Sweat, and Tears
Some gym-bros will probably say that they pour blood, sweat, and tears into their workouts. However, this next story comes from a gym user who took this saying a little bit too literally. They fell off their treadmill not once, but twice!
Yet another gym injury caused by untied shoelaces! The second time this person fell off the treadmill, they badly gashed their elbow and left a literal trail from the scene of their accident to the front desk when asking for a first aid kit.
Learning From a Young Age
Most gyms will have minimum age limits like 16 or 18. However, this person obviously went to a gym that catered for them when they were 13 and relatively new to the gym. Whilst using the treadmill, this young person spotted their friend in the mirrors.
Forgetting that the treadmill was going at a good speed, they turned around to say hi to their friend. They completely forgot they were going the wrong way and did a literal flip off the machine. We would probably never go back to the same gym ever again!
Fangirl at Heart
Some of us will probably always love a band a little too much, meaning that if their songs come on in a random place — a.k.a. in the grocery store, or even the gym — we’ll have to stop what we’re doing and fangirl for the entire song.
When this woman heard Paramore playing in her gym, she freaked out so much that she proceeded to not only fall off the treadmill backward but also poured her whole water bottle all over herself. This happened in front of a group of other gym users as well!
It’s important to keep your focus whenever you’re working out. If you lose your balance or your focus, you could end up with a painful injury. This gym goer decided that they wanted to show off in front of some girls who were also using the gym.
However, by letting his ego get in the way, he ended up with a fractured elbow! He lost his focus during some clapping chin-ups and missed the bar on this way back down, cracking his elbow along the way.
Music Makes You Lose Control
Most of us love putting in our earphones while at the gym and doing workouts to our favorite jams. It’s important that we don’t let our favorite songs distract us from what we’re doing, though — like in this story!
Wanting to impress the bigger folks at the gym, this person decided to load up their workout tunes. However, while they were focused on picking the right song, they didn’t focus long enough to put weights on both sides. It fell to one side and embarrassed them in front of the gym-bros.
Bathroom Break Needed
We’re not this person’s doctor, however, they should probably seek some medical help about their embarrassing issue. While sprinting, this person always finds themselves, without meaning to, peeing themselves. Sometimes people just can’t hold it in, and as long as the machines are wiped down after, no one will ever know.
On this occasion, while wearing pink workout trousers, a little pee became a whole lot of pee and they weren’t able to stop. While this person may be embarrassed, they should know it’s more common than they think!
All Ripped Up
Most men will probably wear loose-fitting clothes to the gym. After all, they probably want to make sure they have enough room to bend, squat, and lift, without worrying about their pants ripping. However, this person probably didn’t get the memo.
While doing a squat in their college gym, they felt their boxers tearing underneath them. Even worse, everyone knew it had happened as well because the noise was so loud. Let’s hope they brought a spare pair with them that day!
Knowing Your Limits
It’s important to know when you’re at your limit during your workouts, otherwise, it can result in something incredibly embarrassing. While some people will tell you to work through it, if you’re feeling dizzy or exhausted — take a break!
This person decided to power through their ladder burpees, but their legs decided to give out while trying to go into the pushup position and bodyslammed the ground. They hurt themselves so badly, they needed four weeks off from exercise.
Unfortunate Sweat Stains
While most women will do the squat test to check that their workout pants aren’t see-through. However, women should take into consideration that while their new pants may be squat-proof, they may not be sweatproof, as shown by this person.
After a run in their new dark grey leggings, they only noticed at a sweat stain had formed all down their back and into the butt region. It probably looked like they had an accident while running, however, it was just unfortunate placement!
Lock and Load
If you’re new to a gym, it’s probably got a staff member to show you around the different machines. If you’re confused about how a machine works, you should definitely ask for some help or a quick tutorial. You don’t want to end up like this person!
While this person was adjusting their decline bench to flat, they got too distracted by their music that they forgot to double-check whether the bench was locked. Low and behold, it wasn’t and the gym user came crashing down alongside the bench.
First Time Squatter
This person was fortunate enough to have their friend trying to teach them workout basics. However, after insisting that this first-timer try a weight, they should maybe reconsider their future within personal training as it was all a bit too much.
After almost completing their first rep, the first-timer’s legs gave out and they went down, along with the weight. After producing a sound that got the attention of most gym users, they tried to play it off like someone else did it, but they weren’t born yesterday!
Wrong Locker Room
Most of us have probably had nightmares about this situation. One minute, you’re heading back into the locker room, only to discover it’s actually the locker room belonging to the opposite gender! This nightmare was actually this poor person’s reality when they were younger.
After becoming exhausted post-workout, this young boy walked back to the locker room to take a nice, refreshing shower. While showering, they slowly became aware of the fact that they had entered the wrong locker room. Hopefully, they found a way out of there!
An Accidental Flasher
It’s important to buy and wear gym gear that will not keep you restricted during workouts. However, we don’t think this person ever imagined almost flashing her exercise class. During a hard class, fixing your workout gear is probably the last thing on your mind.
After finishing their intense workout, this person looked down to notice that their gym top had been moved around so much that it was exposing the sports bra below. Thankfully, they were able to fix it in time but it would have been embarrassing for anyone else.
Taking a Nap
Most of us will probably try and squeeze some gym time around work or school, so no wonder people become so exhausted. Sometimes, they just need to take a little nap, and who could blame them when some of the gym mats are that comfortable!
This person decided they had had enough of exercising and decided to take a small power nap on a pile of yoga mats. While the people wanting the mats probably didn’t appreciate the napper, they probably had a good enough reason to do it.
Just the Two of Us
Some gym users may want to take advantage of the classes that happen throughout the day. From spin classes to Zumba, there’s probably something for everyone no matter their training level. However, it can be a little intense when the class sizes are small.
In this person’s class, only one other person decided to show up. This meant that the instructor was able to keep a close eye on the attendants and push them to their limit. This person said that it was very awkward as they were watching her every move!
Disrupting the Zen
Making sure that a yoga studio is peaceful is a very important job. There are certain decorations that instructors can add to the studios to make them more serene and zen, such as bonsai tree, or water features to act as white noise while people are stretching.
Being clumsy, this person accidentally ruined the vibe of this studio by tripping into the ‘Christmas’ tree and knocking it over. It wasn’t salvageable, and neither was this person’s ego. Despite this taking place years ago, this person is still haunted by the memory.
Breaking and Smashing
Some people bring iPads with them to gyms as they will often load up and follow along with YouTube workout tutorials that will leave their body looking snatched for hot girl summer. However, bring your iPad or laptop at your own risk.
While on the elliptical, this person’s iPad fell off the machine and smashed onto the floor. Not only did the screen smash into pieces, the noise the iPad made when it hit the floor was loud enough to make other users turn around and stare. Embarrassing!
Watch Your Step
It’s probably better to check and confirm something at the gym rather than just assume as this person did. Thinking that a bench near the cardio equipment was grounded, they decided to use it to stretch their shoulders out. You can probably imagine what happened next.
The force caused this person to be flung towards eight stationary bikes. If it wasn’t bad enough already, they all decided to topple over one by one like dominoes. Thankfully no one was on the bikes at the time, or it could have been worse.
One End or the Other
Perhaps one of the most common gym stories out there, this one involves putting too much weight on one end of a barbell. In doing so, many potential problems become a lot more obvious — ya know, like the barbell flipping over and smashing something.
The good news for this guy is that he hit a doorframe instead of a fragile glass door, which certainly would have been much more of a hassle and a whole lot more of a mess. Still, we’re sure he was pretty embarrassed by his rookie mistake.
Gotta Go Fast
Lots of people feel inclined to go faster than they should when using gym equipment that requires them to run. Needless to say, it almost always goes badly. After all, sprinting on a machine is not quite the same as running normally on the ground.
This fellow gym-goer learned that the hard way, when he fractured his foot in three different places and had to stop working out for three months. It’s no wonder he hasn’t used the cross-trainer again…
Now We Can All Bathe
It’s only prudent to go to the gym with some water in hand, right? After all, a good workout includes a lot of sweating — and you have to stay hydrated when you’re sweating! But, a gallon of water may be a little much, especially if you end up spilling it. This guy ended up doing exactly that.
Most people feel pretty embarrassed when they make a mess that another person has to clean up. It’s only polite to feel some remorse when you make work for others. Becoming the butt of a joke, however, has gotta hurt.
The Simplest of Things
There’s very little as embarrassing as whacking yourself in the face… with a dumbbell. Wouldn’t you agree? Unfortunately, it does happen to some people.
Needless to say, hitting yourself in the face with a weight does draw attention, whether you want it or not. Let’s just hope this poster didn’t hit their head too hard…
The Heat of the Moment
It’s really easy to get pumped up while working out. After all, that’s kind of the point, isn’t it? That said, you have to be careful about getting a little too pumped up, since many exercise machines have the potential to injure you if used incorrectly.
This individual got a little too heated thanks to some Olympic action he had witnessed before, and in doing so, he learned the potential hazards of the rowing machine. Even worse, he probably looked pretty silly to everyone else in the gym.
Bending Down, Banging Up
There’s a lot of dangerous objects in gyms; tons of big and heavy metal things that could really hurt if you hit them with any force. That’s why you need to watch where you’re going at all times. Unfortunately, many people fail to do exactly that.
Bending over is a motion that often involves smacking one’s head on something, as can be seen in this brief story. When your eyes aren’t looking forward, you miscalculate a lot of things, like where that metal bar is in relation to your head.
Taking You With Me
While working on an exercise machine, we’d recommend staying focused and not trying to interact with anything else, especially other people. Otherwise, you may cause a big accident that affects not only you but also someone else, which is twice as embarrassing.
Why would you try to do something that requires decent hand-eye coordination while running around on a treadmill? Just seems like an accident waiting to happen, and case in point, it very clearly was. Probably not the best idea on this poster’s part.
Took a Spill
Spilling things is arguably one of the less embarrassing things that can happen to you while at a gym, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t cause some sort of shame. It’s twice as bad if you spill something valuable, like protein powder. That stuff is expensive!
Of course, we have to ask why this individual thought it was a good idea to go to the gym while under the effects of anesthesia. That definitely doesn’t seem like a good idea — though, of course, anesthesia often makes people a little loopy.
At Least You Lived
This is neither the first nor the last time you’ll read about a face or head-related injury on this list. And while it’s okay for us to chuckle about it, it’s also important to remember that such things are, in fact, very dangerous. Getting hit in the head by heavyweights is pretty hazardous.
That being said, it’s all the more reason for people to pay careful attention in the gym. The last thing anyone needs is a concussion, or worse. Learn the ropes and safety precautions — not only will you be safer, but you also won’t look foolish.
The Roll of Shame
The ‘roll of shame’ is how gym-goers describe the maneuver one must employ when they need to get a heavy barbell off of them for whatever reason, and with no spotter, they have no alternative but to roll it down their body in odd and embarrassing ways.
Almost everyone has to do the ‘roll of shame’ at some point in their lifting life, but they often recover from it appropriately. Unfortunately, this poor fella did not, making the ‘roll of shame’ twice as embarrassing.
It’s Misleading, Alright?
If you don’t have a deep understanding of the gym, then you may make a mistake such as this one. It stands to reason that a weight of the same size as another weight must weigh the same amount, right? Well, unfortunately, this is not the case.
After all, some materials are denser than others, and this can have a big impact on how much they weigh. This is also why you should always pay attention to the weights you’re grabbing. We mean, the amount is written right on the weight.
Some Sort of Blockage
This embarrassing moment technically isn’t specific to the gym, but because it happened in one, we’re still going to include it. Have you ever tried to put sunglasses on even though you’re already wearing a pair? This story is kind of like that.
Many people wear headphones to the gym so they can listen to music. However, if that’s just not enough for you, you may want to try and wear more than one headphone in the same ear — to get twice the music! Wait, that’s not how that works? Says who?
This treadmill story is a bit different from the others because it doesn’t include anyone falling on their face or anything. However, it does involve a set of keys dropping from the cup holder onto the moving treadmill. As a result, the keys dangerously shot out.
Thankfully, those flying keys hit another machine, rather than a person. Sure, it’s not like the keys would have penetrated the skin or anything, but we have little doubt that it would have left a nasty bruise at the least.
The Price of Technology
We’ve talked before about the big and heavy things that exist in gyms. And that being said, one would think that it’s a very dangerous place for fragile screens or anything of the sort. Of course, this is actually true, and a lot of people have broken precious screens there.
It’s not a pretty picture, because screen repairs are actually pretty darn expensive, and no one wants that. That’s why it probably pays to put your vulnerable phones and pads in tough cases, or better yet, completely out of harm’s way.
Sorry, Is This Yours?
It happens to the best of us — you’re distracted, there’s an object that looks like it belongs to you when, in reality, it doesn’t. You reach for it anyway, and the person it does belong to looks at you in shock.
This kind of situation is made far worse by eye contact, as anyone who has experienced it knows. Eye contact means you have to acknowledge that it happened, and resolve the situation very awkwardly. It’s better if no one sees, but that’s not always the case.
Why Even Bother?
Technically, we don’t want to say that what this guy was doing is dumb. After all, he was just trying to organize some things around the gym. However, his reasoning behind the behavior is kind of silly, because he thought people were genuinely confused.
No — people are just lazy and don’t really care to put things where they belong. Have you ever seen a Walmart parking lot? Shopping carts everywhere, even when one of those cart stations is only 10 feet away. The same thing is often true with weights.
Let Me Get That for You
It’s common courtesy to wipe down the exercise machine you’ve used so people don’t have to exercise in your sweat, which would be pretty gross. But, when you aren’t paying attention, common courtesy can often go awry. Such is the case when you wipe down the wrong equipment.
Needless to say, the misunderstanding here is clear — why are you wiping up the sweat of someone else? What are you doing with it? Are you trying to be polite or are you just a weirdo? There are all sorts of weird questions to ask in this scenario.
The Power of Physics
Sometimes, the brain just makes a dumb judgment for no discernible reason. When you’re swinging a kettlebell, it’s important to keep the physics in mind. With that in mind, you really shouldn’t let it go before you’re supposed to.
Even if you only release one hand, you’re likely to end up like this guy, who swung his own leg out from under him and landed flat on his rear. Yeah, you should definitely stop moving the kettlebell before trying to put it down or place it anywhere.
Right in the Kisser
Are you paranoid about the possibility of a resistance band smacking you in the face? You should be! Resistance bands build up a lot of tension and force when they’re released, so getting hit in the face could cost you an eye or something.
That is, of course, why you shouldn’t pull on one when it’s stuck on something. After all, what do you think is going to happen when it finally becomes loose? It’s going to slingshot you in the face, of course. There’s really no other alternative.
In Front of the Boys
This may arguably be one of the least embarrassing stories on the list, purely from a relative point of view. But hey, it’s still worth mentioning. This girl ended up embarrassing herself in front of some cute guys — not once, but twice.
It’s pretty minor, but also a tad weird that the same thing happened twice, isn’t it? Like, the exact same thing. That’s very strange.
When Elastic Bands Fly
Alright, so as the guy says himself in the post, this story technically isn’t that bad as far as stupidity goes. It’s not like the person in question actually did anything wrong. His resistance band just snapped while he was using it, and as a result, it flew across the room.
So technically, it’s not like he did anything dumb or stupid, but since the story is amusing, we felt that it was only necessary to include it here. At least the band didn’t fly off and hit somebody, right? That would have been much worse.
Watch Your Step
If there’s one thing that stands out above all others as really dumb, it has to be walking right into something that’s literally in front of you — especially a big pillar or support beam that no one should be able to miss. That’s exactly what this guy did at the gym, and he probably looked stupid.
Always watch where you’re going. People like to tell themselves that they can look elsewhere and walk straight simultaneously, but that’s rarely the case. You can risk it if you want, but then you’ll just end up like this guy.
This story includes a guy walking into a bar of some sort, but his story might be even more embarrassing than the others, because he was actually carrying this bar around the gym.
Maybe it’s not his fault since the bar got caught on something, but we’re sure people still laughed at him regardless, so that’s probably a small comfort at best. Guess he should have been checking the height of the ceiling before walking around with the bar.
Here, Take This
We feel compelled to tell people that it isn’t a good idea to go to the gym when you aren’t feeling well. When you’re feeling under the weather, lifting heavy things probably shouldn’t be high on your list of priorities. Otherwise, you may do weird and embarrassing things like this.
Trying to put weights on a bar currently in use by someone else is both stupid and dangerous. Thankfully, nothing bad ended up happening in this particular scenario, but it could have. Seriously, stop working out if you don’t feel well. Lifting can wait.
Arguing With the Boss
What’s a situation that always makes someone look pretty stupid? Why, it’s arguing with the person in charge, of course — bonus points if you don’t know they’re the person in charge. This can happen at the gym too, and even with something like yoga.
One should keep in mind that most random strangers don’t try to enforce rules. Usually, only the people who actually have to enforce the rules do that. Otherwise, most people don’t bother. Just a thought.
These Are Not Interchangeable
A lot of people can get confused when it comes to the differences in pounds and kilograms. You can usually find both in a gym, and that means you can often get them mixed up. Usually, this isn’t good for the person lifting the weights, since there’s a big difference.
Well, maybe not a huge difference, but enough of a difference that you would be lifting more or less than you planned to. That said, always check the unit of measurement on the weights before grabbing them!
Just Let it Lie
Dropping something when you didn’t intend to is one thing. It’s an entirely different story, however, when you accidentally drop an object into the trashcan. Whoops. Thankfully, no one seemed to notice this occurrence.
In our opinion, he did the right thing, just ignoring it and sacrificing the bottle for the sake of his dignity. After all, it would have been much worse for someone to notice him rummaging around in the garbage, wouldn’t it? We certainly think so.
Do the Math
In a similar fashion to the previous entries, this features someone and their inability to properly calculate weight. He wanted to lift 40kg, so he took a 20kg bar and added two 20kg weights to it. As you can probably see, that math doesn’t add up.
At least he noticed before anything really bad happened, but it was still a moment of foolishness.
Anything can cause us to sneeze. Some people may have bad hayfever, or it could even be a small speck of dust that somehow managed to irritate someone’s nose. However, this is probably one of the most inconsiderate and worst times to decide to sneeze.
While running on the treadmill, this person had to sneeze. They only closed their eyes for a split second, but it was enough to throw them off balance and trip over their own feet. They landed face-first onto the treadmill and were shot off. Unlucky!
A Slap in the Face
This person probably didn’t expect an exercise ball to cause so much pain. After taking out their frustration on an exercise ball, this person threw it onto a miniature trampoline that was nearby. Unlucky for them, it flew back in her direction and smacked her in the face.
Luckily, they were able to stop it before it hurt anyone else. Probably to make her feel better, the people around her pretended not to notice, but the person was able to find some humor in it and laugh at herself.
Trying to Impress
We’ve all done stupid things to try and impress people we find attractive. Most people probably won’t even find other people attractive at the gym given that most end up looking like hot, sweaty messes by the end.
While trying to impress the cute person at the gym, this user stated that they had taken a swig of water but squeezed the bottle too hard and it went into their eye instead. We like to think that this was less embarrassing and the start of a beautiful love story!
Accidental Fangirl Moment
Spotting someone you know at the gym can be awkward, so the best thing to do is just to smile and wave if you make eye contact. After all, who wants to talk to someone who is mid-way through a workout?
This case of mistaken identity is quite embarrassing. While this person was at the gym, they spotted someone they knew out of the corner of their eye and made a goofy face. Turns out it was actually a Minor League Baseball player who probably thought this person was a fan – yikes!
Don’t Stretch Yourself!
This final story is a painful reminder of how people should focus on their pace and safety, rather than their mile count. In an attempt to reach their goal, this person decided to spend the final moments of their workout going super fast.
Instead of reaching their goal, this person’s foot slipped on impact and fell between the pedals on the cardio machine. This then caused the foot to be fractured in three different places and cause them to step back from exercise for three months. Not worth it!