Since running my first real half marathon, Ive taken a hiatus from blogging while deciding on my next fitness goal. But this morning I read something in the paper that I just had to share.
"The Manhattan district attorneys office says that Mr. Carter, a stockbroker in a spinning class at an Equinox gym on the Upper East Side, had had it with Stuart Sugarman one morning last summer. Mr. Sugarman was pedaling a couple of bikes awayand grunting, groaning and shouting.
Though we don't know what really happenedor just how obnoxious Mr. Sugarman actually wasthe whole story seems quite ridiculous. I did a quick poll around the Health.com office, and asked staffers what kind of gym behavior might send them over the edge. Here are a few of our biggest complaints.
- Noncompliance in class. "People who come to a group class, announce that they have back pain, and get the instructor to adapt the entire class to their shortcomings."
- When someone sets up a long, complicated weight rotation, essentially assuming possession of multiple machines/stations while others or waiting. Or, "Someone spending 30 minutes on a machine, 20 minutes of which is spent staring into space."
- Loud singing, talking, or cell phones! "The worst one was the two women next to me on the treadmill discussed a friends long, complicated and very painful birth for the first 20 minutes I was running, and then for the last 15 minutes, girl #2 pulled out her cell phone and called friend in hospital and discussed hideous after-effects of tears, etc."
- Those who change channels on the overhead, communal televisions while others are obviously watching what's already on. "Thanks, but I could really do without Rock of Love."
- Too-tight clothing (on male or female). "I see women who try to wear spandex from 1983 when they weighed 20 pounds less and men who should retire those college T-shirts that show off their rapidly growing beer gut."
- Spitters (while running outdoors). "A guy in Central Park almost hit me yesterday with a giant wad of saliva. Ew!"
What do you think: What horror stories have you witnessed in the pool, the locker room, or at the weight machines? Whats considered acceptable and unacceptable at the gym? And how do you deal with it?