Tuesday, January 15, 2008

January at the gym rant.

I really wish that there were two gyms in January. One for people who actually work out year round and one for the folks who only attend for the first couple weeks of the year after making a resolution they know full well they'll give up on as soon as it gets hard.

Our gym has been packed -- packed, I tell you! -- with throngs of January work-out ne'er-do-wells. Every morning, as I've made my way to the cardio fitness room to jump on a treadmill or elliptical, I've found that I've had to wait 10-20 minutes for people to finish their routine. And most of those people? They are hogging the equipment, going over the 30 minute time limit, moving as slowly as humanly possible.

It drives me insane.

Don't get me wrong. I'm all for people getting out there and getting a little exercise. It's just that I want them to actually mean it if they are going to get in the way of my routine. Most of them are wearing expensive work-out gear, drinking high-calorie sports drinks (did you know that your bottle of Gatorade holds 2.5 servings at 200+ calories a serving? Yeah, you've actually consumed more calories during your work-out than you burned. Well done), sucking that performance goo out of packets, and kvetching about how they just can't lose weight no matter what they do.

February cannot come too soon.


Bette said...

You took the rant right out of my mouth! As someone who didn't bother to make New Year's resolutions, I shouldn't mock people who did...but I do. Especially when they're on *my* elliptical. :-)

TripleE said...

I kept thinking about this post today while I was at the gym. For the last couple years, I was a regular, but hadn't been there since December because my kids have been sick. Sick kids=no gym daycare=no gym for me :( ...
It was crazy there today !!! I miss being the only one in the women's weight room so I can bop along with my ipod and not have any funny looks.