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Learn about Fart Etiquette in Gym Before You Fart While Working Out

February 21st, 2008 · 13 Comments ·


Today, a fellow gym member was doing crunches on the bench. Suddenly, he released a loud thunderbolt of fart.

Everyone else walked away, but because I was doing bench press, I could not get up fast enough. The man looked at me and smiled. I told him, “Bro, I have to hold my breath for 40 seconds, and my heart almost stop beating.” No, I was not trying to be rude, but I talked to him nicely as I have known this guy in the same gym for a year.

So, have you farted in gym before when you are working out, doing yoga in the classes or changing in the locker room?


If you do and wonder what to do or say, no worry. Read on.

Unofficial Fart Etiquette in Gym:

  1. Hold your fart and then quickly rush to toilet and do it there if possible. Don’t hold it for too long though as the gas mixture may be absorbed in the blood stream and is exhaled as a bad breath.
  2. If you are not able to hold it, saying simple words like “Excuse me” most of the time, admitting and apologizing is good enough.
  3. You may try to look at the nearest of your companions. However, most already know this trick and it is likely to fail.
  4. May be you can try, “Did somebody step on a duck?”
  5. Or you can try raising your voice or sing suddenly when the wind shoot out. Why? Try to cover the sound.
  6. If all the above fails and people still stare at you, you may want to turn the wrongdoing into an achievement. Be proud. Fart another time and make sure it is louder or smell even worse than the previous one. Challenge those who stare at you to beat you with an even louder fart.

The first two are something you should do. The last 4, do it at your own risk. Back to serious note, though it is indeed hard to control farting, if you fart too often in wrong places, may be it is best to know what causes that. From there, you may be able to avoid it.


Causes of Flatulence
These gases are produced by bacteria which live in our large intestine. As part of digestion, this bacteria breaks down food into amino acids, glucose and fatty acids. The bacteria are living in symbiosis with our body and the gases are just by-products of their daily work.

  1. Food such as beans, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, peas, soybeans, garlic and onions can make you fart. The cellulose in vegetables cannot be digested, therefore vegetarians produce more gas than people with a mixed diet. Even bread and beer can lead to gases as well, especially when switching to a different brand. In general, though a high fibre diet is good for health, flatulence are the trade off.
  2. People who suffer from lactose intolerance (which is the lack of an enzyme required for digesting dairy products like milk) may fart more often.
  3. If you eat your food too fast or swallowing too much air may also lead to wind. The air may enter the digestive system.

Hopefully, by knowing these causes, we will fart less and make gym a better place for workout.




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  • Angie Tan // Feb 21, 2008 at 11:07 AM


    BTW, Happy CNY! It’s good to be back. I’ve been gyming regularly too, but had some major changes to my fitness regime lately – my PT left. sigh

    Anyway, one time at the weight area, one guy burped out loud. We all laughed and kacau him about nasi kandar… :lol: He did say “Sorry”, which was cool with us.

    Yeap, it’s rude but the important thing is to say “Excuse me” or “Sorry”…

  • jane // Feb 21, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    talking about farting, i seem to fart more when i exercise. if i go jogging (lucky the field is big enough), then it’ll be a train of air/sound coming out from my rear.

    that’s why i always try to exercise as far away from other people as possible. any scientific explanation to this phenomenon, anyone?

  • Jessie // Feb 22, 2008 at 1:36 AM

    Very funny post. LOL Although it’s really hard to admit that you farted, it is true it’s often forgivable.

  • Michael // Feb 22, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    “Don’t hold it for too long though as the gas mixture may be absorbed in the blood stream and is exhaled as a bad breath.”

    Seriously? I didn’t know that, funny and disgusting at the same time!

  • sylvesteR // Feb 22, 2008 at 10:55 PM

    It doesn’t matter, fart all you want……..if and only if your fart is odourless, else the gym will be like a pig sty ;P

  • Mr.Fact // Jun 3, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    “Don’t hold it for too long though as the gas mixture may be absorbed in the blood stream and is exhaled as a bad breath.”

    It’s not true, it just climbs back into your intestines until it decides to come out again.

  • Morgan // Jul 1, 2008 at 11:28 PM

    I love to fart. It’s so natural. It relieves the pressure. I do it all the time.

  • Elitistang Pobre // Aug 9, 2008 at 3:45 AM

    to Jane, Constipation is usually connected to less work-out or movement as it is connected to farting… the more you move, the more you’re vowel movement is. the more exercise you do, the more fart you can give off… (still in consideration to your diet)

  • JIm // Feb 19, 2009 at 3:54 AM

    I suffer from farting a hello of a lot due to a high fibre diet and taking many supplements the trick i use is tissue. The use of tissue muffles the sounds…I guess I donlt need to paint a picture of what i do but it does help and saves a lot of red face especially when the gym is full of women

  • Deborrah // May 9, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Oh this is hilarious! I once trained a client on the Ab Bench that not only farted, but farted, but farted rhythmically and consistently with every crunch. It was all I could do to keep a straight face. While holding my breath cause the fonk was unbelievable!

  • Kate // Feb 1, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    I fart all the time when working out — especially when on the tread mill. Seriously, every few minutes another is ready to launch. I usually just let em rip because they are silent…but deadly. The smell is so pungent that it clears the room — leaving you more privacy in which to fart.

  • Jen // Jan 2, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    Someone farted in my spin class, it was deadly I almost fell off the bike. I get you need to fart but seriously, try to hold it until you can make it to an area with less people! Especially considering when you’re working out you’re usually breathing hard so to have to smell that, it’s nasty!

  • EverettNes // Mar 14, 2019 at 6:42 PM

    I contend that there’s a reasonable expectation of farts when you work out in a public gym, especially when it’s an exercise class that involves contracting your abdominals, quadriceps and posterior chain. What, am I supposed to

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