Okay so I’m always impressed by the people I see at the gym. Not necessarily impressed as in “daaaayuuuum you are working hard” but impressed by the people themselves. I go to a college campus gym currently and even though I see some of the same people they are pretty much representative of a stereotype. And sure stereotypes suck but they come from somewhere, right?
I will also say that I haven’t really seen any non-school-athlete athletes at the gym. I put myself in this category because if I’m not an athlete then eff that. Maybe these types are few and far between in college? I know that it is hard to motivate and push yourself hard for a goal while in the grind of the semester if you’re not being told what to do by a coach. Or maybe they just avoid the gym.
But here are my musings on the people I see at the gym when I people watch. Because I love to do it. And this isn’t a complete exhaustive list of people at all gyms, just my campus gym.
The Princess: These girls don’t really do much at the gym except try to look hot all clad in head to toe spandex. They hop onto a machine (usually the elliptical or WALKING on the treadmill) and just go through the motions. Obviously. I mean why ruin the full face of makeup you just put on? Typically they also spend more time flirting with the guys below in the weights. Or having eye sex with them.
The Chatty Cathys: The girls who show up at the gym just to chat for social hour. May or may not actually do anything to make it appear as though they’re working out. Or most likely they workout for 5 seconds on one machine then see someone they know, talk to them for 30 minutes then switch to another machine to finish their workout with another 5 seconds. A subset would be The Cellphone User
The Meathead: These can be jocks but but I’m not defining them that way. These are the guys who *were* athletes in high school but don’t have the goods to play in college. These guys are never on the cardio machines and always in the weight section. Usually lifting really heavy weights and grunting a lot. They’re also the ones having eye sex with the princesses hoping to have actual sex with them later on. Just sayin’.
The Athletes: Okay I know this is one BIG category. But the athletes *usually* feel entitled to take over the entire freaking gym. Our campus gym is small, our school is small, and you are not here on athletic scholarship. Please stop staring me down as I lift or run or whatever. Just because I am not on a team does not mean I have to yield to you. I am running the Boston Marathon and I would like to see you try and do that. (I will say that men’s teams are worse than women’s and that baseball, lacrosse are worse than cross country, volleyball. There is a hierarchy in how awful they are BUT when any team gets together there is a mob mentality.)
The “Nosey Rosies”: (Thanks Rebecca for that name for them!). Anything you do they can do better. So they peak over at your treadmill, the poundage of weights etc to see what you’re doing. Then try to one-up you. Annoying? Yes. But it feels amazing when you overpower them because clearly these people are just trying to show off and in no way can do what an actual runner does on the TM. Sure they might beat you on the weights but you’re not a powerlifter right?
The Nerds: Okay so I freely put myself in the “nerd” category often and maybe I’m really meaning the socially awkward kids. They just look so out of place where ever they are in the gym but they attack their workouts with gusto. I’m often afraid that they’ll hurt me. Or themselves too I suppose.
The Overweight Kids: Maybe not the best way to put this group but they’re obviously at the gym to lose weight. Most of them put in really hard work and you can tell that they don’t want to be there and yet they do. Very inspiring to watch them try to do something good for themselves.
Faculty / Staff: In general I LOVE when the faculty and staff workout in the gym. They’re obviously older than the students and are a source of huge motivation for me because they’re working hard to lose weight or stay in shape or get in shape. I’ve also met quite a few who are training for tris and road races. Definitely what I want to do when I’m their age. In fact there is an older staff member who runs marathons and she was partly responsible for planting the seed of a full marathon after I was done telling her how scared I was about my upcoming first race ever (a half). So cool to be inspired. However the following people can refrain from showing up when I am there:
- The Walkers. Yes I know that there is a setting that allows you to go slow. But please for the love of god unless you’re warming up please get off the damn thing. And I know that walking DOES count as cardio but not at 2.0 mph. Definitely doesn’t count as your half-hour of vigorous exercise. (Note: I do not have a problem with them when the gym isn’t crowded sayyy before work? But when they go after work (aka peak student hours) that’s when I get annoyed)
- The Creepers. Typically men who gawk at the co-eds and attempt to show off for us. So unnecessary and I would like you to stop undressing me with your eyes. Thank you.
- The Ex-Athletes. See “Meatheads” for their younger counterparts but these are people who were once athletic but have taken a long hiatus. Clearly not athletic anymore but think they still can win State.
So hopefully you enjoyed this 🙂 It’s (mostly) in jest so I hope no one is offended by it (totally not my intent at all!)
Hope your Wednesday is going well. Mine’s been wicked busy although I’ve been sitting around waiting for 45 minutes for my 1400 meeting to show up / call. No such luck. Very annoying as I couldn’t really do anything during that time that was easy enough to put away if she showed up. And I rushed through my morning so that I could be on time. Grrrrrrr. So inconsiderate and rude!
Oh well, nothing I can do about it now. I did have a very nice recovery run this morning, veryyyy slow though. Even though it appears obvious right now I realized that I can’t compare my Monday recovery runs to Wednesday because on Wednesdays I have my interval session under my belt and DUH my legs are going to be more tired. I probably should have realized this earlier but oh well. Now I have a rational explication to soothe my mind when it’s telling me that I’m going wicked slow. Even though I don’t think I could have gone faster even if I had wanted to.
Since this is getting lengthy (and I have class like….veryyyy soon!) I’ll wrap it up by saying check out the giveaway Mel’s having.
Happy Wednesday all!