Good lord. The guys at Buff Dudes just absolutely killed it with their parody video “Gym Wildlife.” If it weren’t for the raspy-voiced narration overlaying it, this video could easily pass as security cam footage from any chain gym in America – it’s that accurate.
The video starts with a sight that’s all too familiar to the seasoned gym regular: the emergence of the New Year’s resolutioners, heralded by the appearance of a lone woman clutching a Starbucks coffee and designer purse.
She slowly enters the free weight area, and, in true New Year’s resolutioner form, promptly interrupts the set of the nearest gym-goer by plopping all of her accessories down on the bench he was using.
Her lack of gym etiquette is exactly what people hate about the post-New Year’s crowd, and after nailing this first gym stereotype, the Buff Dudes crew goes on to skewer every other type of persona you encounter at the gym:
- The pervy-looking guy who is clearly only in the gym to check out women
- The hordes of under-developed dudes who flare their non-existent lats in order to look more impressive than they actually are
- The obnoxious grunters/screamers/weight bangers who try to do the same thing but with noise
- The group of teenagers that is more interested in posting to social media about their workout than they are in actually working out
- The locker room old guys and their penchant for parading around in minimal – if any – clothing
And then there’s my personal favorite, the jacked guy working out by himself, who doesn’t seem to have any interest in “mating or engaging in conflict with another male,” causing the narrator to have to “wonder what the [email protected]@k he’s actually there for.”
This is particularly hilarious because it accurately depicts just how rare it is to find someone in the gym who is actually there to workout, AND knows what they’re doing.
The guy is a monster (in real life he’s one of the brothers who founded Buff Dudes, Brandon White) that sticks out like a sore thumb in the video because he’s in shape, practices good form, and doesn’t harass anyone while working out.
Finally, the video ends by showing how the gym ecosystem is maintained day in and day out: a group of unfortunate cleaners emerge after the gym closes to re-rack weights, mop up sweat stains, and discard the stray clothing that somehow remains in the gym after the members have left.
As an LA Fitness member in a college town, I can certainly empathize with their plight.
The gym typically looks like a war zone towards closing time, with bodily fluids all over the place and dumbbells strewn everywhere but the numbered racks they’re supposed to be returned to.
Gym Wildlife couldn’t be more spot on in its hilarious dissection of gym stereotypes – and after watching it, I couldn’t be happier to not be responsible for cleaning up after all the inconsiderate slobs it depicted. Try to avoid acting like any of the people in the video, and be sure to check out the rest of the Buff Dudes channel for more awesome lifting vids.
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