Gym Rat — Gym Rant – The Water Tower

Folks, I’m going to take this opportunity to rant.

There are few things that irk me more than some people’s behavior at the gym. I know I’m not perfect. I go to one of the bargain gyms. I’m there to work. I have been heading to the gym after my daughter goes to bed at least three times a week and weekly on Saturday mornings. I’m not there to play around, or to socialize, or to display my masculinity like a horny peacock.

Since starting my journey back to fitness and health, I’ve become a bit of a curmudgeon at the gym — meaning the “get off my lawn” variety of curmudgeon. It’s not a distraction. I continue to be focused on what I need to do for each workout. From the cardio work I do to whatever zone of my body I’m doing strength training with, I am there to put in the work to get myself fit.

But, that pesky annoyance… Just today, some person brought a dog… their chihuahua into the gym. Let me say that again so it sinks in. Some person at the gym, presumably there to exercise in some capacity, brought their chihuahua with them. I can’t make this stuff up. I wish i had been fast with my camera.

Something else that makes me crazy — Every regular gym goer knows that the Smith machines are always in demand. Currently, I use the Smith machine to work a push/pull up progression. I’d like to be able to eventually do full pull ups for the first time in my life. I’d like to be able to do multiple full push ups also. Typically, I will work on the machines and jump on a Smith when one becomes available. Some of these folks don’t have any awareness of the gym around them. They slog through whatever workout, taking long pauses in between reps to text… whomever. Yes, I’m not innocent of this, but COME ON slowpoke, I’m not getting any younger.

Did you know that there are people that go to gyms to pick up members of whatever group they’re attracted to? I watched a guy fix his hair before getting out of the car and going inside. I was astonished to find out that it was likely he was going into the gym to pick up chicks — a little light weights, maybe some cardio, and a cell phone ready to record someone’s number to hook up for a date later? This seems inefficient. Better to whip it out, stand on a rock, and howl like a baboon… or spread your tail-feathers… or sing your bird song to attract others.

Probably my favorite gym related annoyance is the people who put their stuff — a sweatshirt, their phone, their water bottle, etc — on a machine and work out on the adjacent machine. I’ve watched this happen on multiple occasions — even on the Smith machines. I just don’t get it. Were you raised in a barn? Or have you chosen to be that rude and ignorant?

Since diagnosis on July 12th, 2018, I have lost 56 lbs. I’m stronger than I have been in decades. I can see measurable results in my body, in my posture, in my metabolism. Weight loss is not just diet. Managing Diabetes is not just meds. Fitness is not just exercise. It’s a mix of all three — a holistic approach.

Just try to avoid the wild chihuahuas when you hit the gym.

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