Yet, while those excuses might sound perfectly legitimate when you formulate them in your head...are they really good reasons to abandon your fitness program? Probably not.
We asked some of our favorite trainers for the most absurd, hilarious and just plain crazy excuses they've ever heard — or used themselves. Next time you find yourself scraping for an excuse to skip leg day
, remind yourself that you don't want to end up on this list next year.
Yes, there are moments in life when you should probably not prioritize your workout over a last-minute emergency. These are not those times.
1. Home "disasters.
" If a pipe bursts in your home, the toilet overflows, or a natural disaster befalls your neighborhood, we'd understand if you couldn't make it to the gym. But DailyBurn Pilates
instructor Andrea Speir says, "I had a client call me and tell me she saw an ant in her house and couldn't leave to come to her session because she had to wait to see if more ants showed up," Speir recalls. "She said, 'When there's one, there's usually a bunch lurking somewhere...' So she wouldn't be able to make it in."
2. Your own mortality. Sports performance coach and professional athlete Andia Winslow says she'd been prodding a friend/client to return to workouts for awhile, when she received the response: "I recently died." If this were true, we'd say it would be a pretty good reason not to show up to a workout. But, unless this DM was from the undead, it seems unlikely. "I definitely got my own abdominal workout from laughing at the entire text thread," Winslow says.
3. Your (not-so) supportive S.O. Sure, if you break up with your significant other we won't blame you for skipping a workout or two indulge in some ice cream. But Noam Tamir, CSCS, founder of TS Fitness in New York City, says one client had to cancel for other reasons, "[She said], 'My boyfriend is in town and he gets jealous because he thinks I have a crush on you so I can't come in." Lame? Yeah.
4. You're too busy today. Good luck convincing a trainer that something else on your schedule should preclude your session. Larysa DiDio, a personal trainer and fitness author who's trained celebrities, Olympians and professional athletes says, "A high profile client of mine tried to cancel because she had to shop for her husband's birthday. I wouldn't allow it and made her sprint with me to the store, down Madison Avenue. She did squats and lunges in the store while we shopped and then sprinted back home." So much for that excuse.
5. You got a boo-boo. Even instructors dream up reasons to skip the gym. Roger Lawson, C.S.C.S., of RogLawFitness (who deems himself the Sultan of Sexification, by the way), cops to having thought up a few creative excuses of his own over the years. One of his favorites: "I cut my finger and I don't want it to get infected." Band-Aid, perhaps?
6. Too. Much. Whiskey. Ever woke up after a night of partying, trying to piece together what happened? Rob Sulaver, CEO and founder of Bandana Training, once got a message from a client reading, "Yo Rob. Sorry I can't make our workout today, I accidentally woke up in Berlin." Sulaver says he never quite got the whole story, "But my client was doing a little bit of partying and eventually came-to in Berlin..." For the record...Rob is based in New York City.
7. The medical "emergency." This may seem like the perfect get-out-of-jail free card. After all, nobody can fault you for a trip to the ER, right? That is, unless you accidentally blow your own cover. Winslow recalls, "A former client canceled about two hours prior to a session citing 'severe IBS' and an emergency rush to see her physician. I checked Instagram. She was at Bloomingdales on a shopping spree buying some 'hot Louboutins!'"
The beauty disaster
While compiling these excuses, one thing became clear: Your trainers aren't loving your last-ditch attempts to preserve your blowout.
8. You fear the fashion police. Yes, it's true that fitness is experiencing a fashion moment. But trainer Tony Gentilcore, strength coach and co-founder of Cressey Sports Performance, says "I once had a woman state to me that the color of the clothes she was wearing that day didn't match her mood, so as a result she couldn't work out."
9. Must moisturize. Lawson, the aforementioned sultan, admits he's relied on a grooming excuse or two in his day, including that, "I don't have any lotion and I'm far too ashy to go out in public."
10. You're too relaxed. "I think my favorite quote of all time from a client was, 'I am so sorry I can't work out. I had a massage yesterday and I don't want to mess that up," says Michelle Lovitt, strength and conditioning specialist and fitness expert.
11. That blowout was expensive. By far, the most common category of excuses we saw from trainers were related to your 'do. Brett Hoebel, celebrity trainer on NBC's The Biggest Loser Season 11 and author of The 20 Minute Body, says he'll always remember a client who came in with full hair and makeup and stopped training in the middle of a session. When asked what was the matter she said, "You're going to make me sweat and ruin my hair!" He learned his lesson. "Now, when a woman comes in with a blowout I ask her if she's prepared to pull her hair back and get into it," Hoebel says. Garson Grant, master trainer at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers in NYC, says he's fallen victim to this excuse, too. "The funniest one I've heard was, 'I don't want to sweat, I just did my hair,'" Grant says.
12. Mani-pedi problems. Fitting in workouts is all about planning ahead of time, people. And that means not scheduling a nail appointment adjacent to your sweat session. "A woman told me she just got a mani-pedi an hour before our training session and the polish was still wet,"