Working out is hard to do

I have two nemeses at the gym. These girls both intimidate and annoy me. My gym isn't a Fitness First type gym. My gym is more of a middle-aged-women-trying-to-work-their-asses-off (literally) & tired-over-worked-business-men-trying-to-get-rid-of-their-beer-bellies. With a dash of oldies-staying-in-shape for good measure.

So, I call these two girls Gym Princess*, and Hard Core Gal.

Due to the general clientele, "we" don't get a lot of Gym Princesses thankfully. But it does mean that they stick out a lot more. You know the type, slim (why are they at the gym?!), snooty, looks like their gym outfit costs half the yearly membership total. What's with the layering of singlet tops in workout-wear at the moment? All the "trendy" Gym Princesses I see (there's a gym in the shopping centre near work too, affluent area, lots of youngish women that don't work) seem to be wearing a system of colour matched and layered singlets. Don't they get hot?

The worst thing is that even though Gym Princess is clearly preening while she's working out, I actually find myself competing with her. If we're on machine's next to each other, I have to make a concerted effort not to look at her screen. I find her infuriating! AND she doesn't seem to sweat. Ever.

Hard Core Gal as her name indicates, goes Hard on everything she does. She's the one that runs at 12, with a 3.5 incline for thirty minutes, then she walks briskly for another 15. Not uncommon for her to be on the same machine almost the entire time I'm at the gym.
Then she switches to the Cross-trainer (aka elliptical) and goes at level 12 for another 20 minutes at 11 km/h, before hitting the bike for 45 minutes at a level of 15 with RPM 95. She's a machine! To her credit, she looks like she's been working her ass off for a while now.

And then there's the Irritating-teenage-boys. They don't intimidate me, just the annoying factor. They move around the gym in packs, roaming from machine to machine, taking up space and laughing. Laughing! Grrr. I had thought this was a school holidays thing, but "the kids" are back at school, and these boys are still coming to the gym (when I'm there Grr)

I think one of the most annoying things about groups at the gym, is that I think working out is a fairly solitary activity. As long as everyone sticks to the rules, it works. I move from this machine after my reps, to that machine over there, and someone else who has been eyeing off my machine slips into where I was, and so-on and so-forth.
These....groups...monopoloise all the machines at once, and they move between the same three over and over. So someone like me, can't break into their little circuit they've created to get my own fifteen goddam reps done.

Feeling great about my gym attendance though. Sort of feel....lighter. Not neccessarily losing-weight wise, but in general, feeling good and stuff. Onward and upward!

*I think I may have possibly nicked this term from another Blog, but I can't remember which one, and so, can't remember who to credit.

5 kindred spirits ~ This bugs them too!:

e_add2008 said...
May 10, 2008 3:07 AM

LOL, must enjoy your presence a lot, as I your blog. I have the same thing at the gym I go to during the evenings, so we perfure to go on the mornings. I had a slight incident without words mind you, for my wife toward a young man. Look at it as they are high on life and forget about respecting others ;).
PS; Hope this finds you in good spirits. Oh, I thought you didn't believe in God "Goddam?" If you want things to stop the way they are going, just slow yourself down and look up and ask.... (with a smile)

e_add2008 said...
May 10, 2008 3:52 AM

ooops! Forgot: Mr. M must enjoy your presence as I your blog

Reanan said...
May 11, 2008 3:35 PM

well I suppose GP has to maintain her slim self somewhere?
Cant see do it elsewhere?

Hardcore woman is annoying though because you feel inferior, and think you could not keep up with that shit.

Teenboys are a fab reason to join a woman only gym - at the gym I used to go to I got Roid'ed Up Guys, gross and totally intimidating so I never did weights.

Dataceptionist said...
May 12, 2008 11:24 AM

Hey e_add, from the American tv I've watched Goddam seems to be much more offensive that here in Aust (jump in anyone if you think differently). Here in Oz, its just a word and doesn't really have anything to do with actual God.
So yes, still in the same camp as previously. :)

Hahaha yeah Reanan, can't she piss her lithe little self off!?
Meh, women only doesn't actually appeal all that much to me either though.
in my experience, Roid'd gents monopolise the free-weight area, whereas I do weight machines (you know the ones with the pulleys and stuff?) and they aren't as populated with Roid-Men, and I feel comfortable that I know what I'm doing with the machines I use. I think that helps.

Reanan said...
May 14, 2008 9:47 PM

I just prefer the idea not even so much the exercution (so far anyway)

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