Am I a prude?
Monday, January 30, 2012
Okay so maybe using the word “prude” is indication in itself, but here are a few practices at the gym that annoy me and I need to know if others feel this way or if I should lighten up.
The first one really isn’t an annoyance; I just find it somewhat comical and possibly pointless. There is a girl who comes in a couple times a week but doesn’t exactly work out. She usually gets on one of the stationary bikes then pulls out her cell phone to talk (loudly) with her friends. Usually the phrase “I’m working out at the gym” crops up at least three times per conversation. She pedals very slowly on the lowest resistance. Now there are a lot of caveats here and I don’t want to offend anyone. She certainly is doing more than the alternative of sitting on the couch and calling friends. Perhaps she has a medical condition that only permits her to work at this level. I don’t want to judge, and as I mentioned, I don’t find it annoying. Her obvious bragging is what I find comical.
The second item really is an annoyance and a distraction: parents who bring their kids to the gym and let them run wild. Now, I’m not complaining that the kids are brought to the gym. In fact, there is one mother who brings her daughter once or twice a week. The girl jumps rope or colors in a coloring book or just dances around the room. I think that is wonderful! She is going to grow up loving fitness and will have healthy habits for a long time. What I find annoying are the parents who don’t care what their children do. They spin or swing on the lateral pull down machine. Or get a few of them to pull the handle of another weight machine as far as they can before letting go and having the weights crash back. A couple days ago a girl started climbing inside a cage while a middle aged gentleman was doing squats in it. He racked the weights and politely asked her to go out. I wouldn’t have had such reserve. I would have yelled, “Lady, come take care of your kid!” Certainly, his method was better, but maybe I’m a prude?
The last item that got on my nerves was when I walked into the locker room a couple of days ago. There was a guy wearing only a towel talking on his cell phone. Luckily, I was the next row of lockers over, otherwise I may have helped him disconnect. He was talking to his dad, so I tried to justify the conversation. Maybe his dad can’t figure out how to leave a voice mail (these new fangled devices). Or perhaps he had just gotten an urgent text that something was wrong with someone else in the family and in the panic forgot common sense (although he didn’t sound panicked). However, I couldn’t find any justification when he got off the phone with his dad and immediately called a friend to let him know that he was quitting his job. When I finished showering, dressed and left he was still in a towel on the phone. I’m sorry, but there is not a single conversation that can’t wait five minutes for you to get dressed! If I ever find out that one of my friends called me wearing only a towel in a locker room, we would become text-only friends. I would not be able to talk to him on the phone anymore.
So, am I being unrealistic or too uptight? What things annoy you at the gym?