Monday, April 27, 2009

Gym Class Exclusion

For the most part, people in classes at gyms are extremely unfriendly.  I don't really understand this phenomenon.  It is like there is a small clique of people who incessantly go to one class, be it spinning or ab sculpting or boot camp, and they get a feeling of possessiveness to what they consider their gym territory.  Then they are extremely rude and unhelpful to any new comers who might happen to want to mix up their gym routine and try something new.  They try to make you feel uncomfortable and do not welcome you to the group.  I don't get it.  I mean, I don't go to the gym to make friends.  I have a lot of friends in the city, I go to keep my abs in ok condition and to work off the large quantities of cheese that I like to eat, but I don't understand why we can't be cordial and even friendly to each other.  I mean, there are the few gems who are nice and delightful to be around, assisting you with your equipment and offering helpful hints for how to survive the class, but these are few and far between.  I have a few things to say to those of you who make up the other, much more common group of gym class excluders.

First of all, you are not friends with the instructor.  He is nice to you because it is his job to do so, and he doesn't get paid if no one shows up to his class.  He is just trying to get through the day and sucker you into buying personal training sessions from him on the side.  When you come up to him after class and talk about how this particular class wasn't as rigorous as others he has put on, he probably just wants to punch you in the face and say, Fuck off. 
Second, you are not an expert on the equipment.  I don't know if you noticed, but your form is off, and your bike adjusted improperly compared to everyone else's.  And maybe you should think about mixing up your fitness routine with some new activities rather than doing the same exercise over and over.  It feels like its getting easier because your body is used to it and not challenged anymore.  Time to change it up.

Third, you're probably a douche bag if you feel like you need to be rude to people in the gym setting for not being as good at something as you.  And finally, what is with the jewelry and make up in the gym class?  This isn't a fashion competition, and if you aren't sweat soaked by the end, I'm pretty sure you aren't working hard enough.  If you are going to be so mean, who are you really trying to impress when you are clearly so much better than everyone there.  No one wants to see you boobs jiggling around in that too tight tank top, so put that stuff away.

Thanks, and see u next week, if the sign up sheet isn't too full.

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