I love to people watch. In fact I often have to remind myself not to stare at people and just watch nonchalantly so as to not be too rude. But people are interesting, people are fascinating and mostly people are just weird. I would have to say that the gym is definitely one of my very favorite places to people watch because there is just such a great variety of crazy that comes through those doors.
For example, last Saturday in spin class there was this lady in the back who liked to make suggestive groans and moans to express herself during the workout. If the instructor told us to add resistance she would moan loudly, if we had to sprint, another groan. I assume that this was her way to pushing herself to work harder but goodness gracious it was distracting. And yes, it was in fact those kinds of moans and groans. Thankfully she left after 45 minutes of class and I was able to finish the last 15 minutes in peace. But then, Monday, yeah she was back and this time stayed for the whole hour! Alex and I have named her the orgasmic exerciser.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind the occasional grunt or shout to pump you up, self talk is even ok, you may get weird looks but at least you are getting it done. But this lady, yeah she just needs to find some new noises.
Another example would be the tiny pregnant lady who ran next to me on the treadmill the other night. She was there before I got on and was sprinting along at a much faster pace than me and didn’t finish until I was almost finished. And I mean she was pregnant, like third trimester type pregnant. I commend her greatly for making me feel like a fool with my wimpy little 4.5 mile jaunt. Now she was intriguing.
Or take the old guy in my BodyPump class last night who for the life of him could not figure out what we were doing or how he was supposed to do the moves. I mean I know BodyPump tempo is not your normal pumping iron on the floor type speed but the moves really aren’t earth shattering. I was starting to wonder if this guy had ever seen the inside of a gym or not. And honestly, I was more worried for his health and well-being than anything else. As a former personal trainer I am a huge stickler for proper form when lifting weights, HUGE! I cannot tell you how many injuries and sore muscles can be avoided if you just use the proper form. But this guy couldn’t even get the bicep curls right and I’m not sure he actually even really cared. He was right in front of me all night and when most people (read: all people) stand facing the front of the room he turned sideways all night long. Distracting I tell you! And don’t get me started on the way he was doing lunges….
Or better yet, the lady running full speed on the treadmill the other night while holding on to the sides for dear life…I’m not positive but I really don’t think that’s how you are supposed to do that. She did that for like 25 minutes! Maybe it’s just me but if you have to hold on to the sides then I really don’t think you should be going that fast. And are you really even getting a workout in?
Another very amusing thing to me is what people chose to wear; being a girl I do like to look decent at the gym and I would like for my gym clothes to match and I have the cute sparkly headbands, so yes, I of course pick up on what others are wearing. (Don’t worry, I still sweat it out even in my sparkly headband) But the people that really get me are the ones who chose not to wear a bra with their top…I’m sorry lady, that may have a self-bra in it but do you really think that’s doing the trick there? Or the lady that removes her shirt during spin class and only has on a regular bra, not a sports bra, say what?
I’m telling you people are crazy. Of course I’m sure I have my own annoying habits that someone else will gripe and complain about, I’m not completely excluding myself from the crazy but I do try to make an effort to be the least awkward I can be when I’m in public, especially at the gym! What about you guys, do you have any crazy gym-goer stories? And here you guys thought I actually went to the gym to workout…