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post #106 of 130
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Originally Posted by carlhuber
I suppose I think of it that the currently "older" generations hail from a time when nudity amongst men was much more common - back when guys hung out with guys (boyscouts' numbers were much greater, etc). Nowadays people are more free to express themselves individualistically on the surface, but things like all the lawsuits in highschools and the fact that nudity gets demonized (in America at least) - makes it much less appropriate. Which, if you want to be long winded about it, is unfortunate.

I for one simply can't imagine walking around naked in front of other guys, even if it was to go from a shower to a locker. I don't find it abhorrant, it's just that given the choice I would always prefer some cover.

/25yo

I used to be like that, and then I went to one of those WASPy all-boys camps that used to be much more common, and lost all my shame.
post #107 of 130
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Originally Posted by Augusto86
I used to be like that, and then I went to one of those WASPy all-boys camps that used to be much more common, and lost all my shame.

Maybe that's why I don't see the big deal. My gym is very waspy now that you mention it. Nobody cares, you swim naked because if you didn't then people would look and think it odd. I think another thing is almost everyone is over the age of 50 - and not as metrosexual or what ever you want to call the paranoid fear of seeing or being seen naked. Used to be only women had to have private showers and partitions and privacy screens. What's with all the guys who don't want to see other guys in shorts because they have hairy legs, or are shaving all over and plucking their eyebrows. If you don't like it fine, but don't tell me I'm gross because I'm hairy and naked in the steam room, I've got a couple thousand years of genetic history on my side.
post #108 of 130
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Originally Posted by Saucemaster
Last week I had one such woman--who was waiting for me, while I was doing sprint intervals--ask me whether my intervals "do any good" with a half-sneer. I was waiting to see what she was gonna bust out once I got done with my 20 minutes of sprint 1min/jog 1min intervals, which I was sorta proud of. I was really feeling my Cheerios that day, I guess. Anyway, she walked at 4 mph for 30 min and called it a day. I resisted the urge to ask her, "Does that do any good?" I just didn't feel like being an asshole that day, I guess.

I'm going to have to disagree with all you guys on the walking thing. A lot of people walk on the treadmill because
1) they live in an area that is not conducive to safe walking due to traffic or thugs,
2) inclement weather
3) they enjoy reading/watching TV while exercising, as it makes the time pass faster and/or
4) they like to incorporate it in with the rest of their workout which happens to be at the gym.

Seriously, if you want to do wind sprints, you could do that outside also, right? Or in the basketball court?

There's very little question about the fat-loss benefits of walking at a pace that keeps one just BELOW their anaerobic threshold. Believe it or not, not everyone does cardio to improve his cardio/aerobic fitness levels. Many of us (especially the women) do it primarily for the fat-burning. Ease up, guys. We all like our gals fit, right?
post #109 of 130
I belong to a relatively small local gym. Something that absolutely drives me insane are the "chatty kathy's" of the world and in a gym that size it is simply unavoidable. Typically it's the female friends who insist on having one sit on a single piece of equipment over the course of 20 mins without actually doing anything save for talk to her friend. God help you if you actually ask them how much longer they'll be. They look at you like you just asked where the nearest orphanage is because you're feeling "lucky." Don't get me wrong. I've seen guys do this, too, in taking 15 min breaks from the 3 reps they did on the bicep machine. Just shit or get off the pot. I wear headphones not only to block out whatever 80s mix they got going on but also to tune out everyone else out. It's a gym, people, not a sewing circle.
post #110 of 130
I usually work out at a gym with plenty of hot women. This is nice but I would consider it common courtesy not to overtly ogle their bodies or try to pick them up in a creepy way. A gym isn't a singles bar, people go there to work out, often also to get some time for themselves. My pet peeve is the kind of guy who thinks he's discovered some kind of female free-for-all, the kind of guy who isn't actually there to work out. The last time this happened was while is was on the treadmill. I had just begun my exercise and seeing as my knee had been giving me some problems I began with a long walk to warm up. A girl walks up to the treadmill beside me and starts with her powerwalking routine. I have a mirror in front of me so I can see clearly when the guy walking behind us checks out the girl, looks impressed, and climbes up on the treadmill next to her. He sets his treadmill to a speed I can only describe as "leisurely stroll" and starts looking at the girls breasts. This proceeds for a while until he finally leans over and swithes on the fan button on her machine, saying "this should make you more comfortable" with a sleazy smile. He then begins his "I'm just being a friendly guy in a gym"-routine, asking her how often she works out and so forth, the girl isn't impressed, but has no place to go and wants to finish her workout. At this time my warmup is complete and I begin my run, a few minutes later the girl begins running as well. The girl and I both run for about 40 minutes, the guy just keeps strolling the entire time so he can keep hitting on the girl.. Creep..
post #111 of 130
Conversations at the gym should go like this:

How ya doin?
OK, you?
Fine. How's the family?
Good, yours?
Good.

Anything beyond that borders on too much.
post #112 of 130
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Originally Posted by The Swede
he finally leans over and swithes on the fan button on her machine, saying "this should make you more comfortable" with a sleazy smile.

That's awful. I think he was on a personal mission to lower the credibility of the male gender a few notches. Poor girl.
post #113 of 130
I find the abundance of bum cheek moist left on seats to be quite amusing.
post #114 of 130
There's a guy at my gym who's completely color coordinated. Either it's purple or some blue. He wore a too-tight tank top, spandex pants, and a suede-ish belt int that color. I don't know how he got sneaks in that color, but he did.

And another time, although I didn't actually see it, I saw the EMS crew come by to take this guy who popped his leg out while doing squats. It was a long time ago, I don't know if he blew a quad, like some people blow out their pec, or if the knee went out.
post #115 of 130
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Originally Posted by ted
Conversations at the gym should go like this:

How ya doin?
OK, you?
Fine. How's the family?
Good, yours?
Good.

Anything beyond that borders on too much.

Says you. I like to talk to my friends at the gym. I ask them how business is, and how their lives are going, and tell a few jokes.

I look to the gym as a pub with iron, though. I get my sets in, but I also talk to my boys about whatever.

I lift for fun, not for fitness or looks. It's a hobby of mine. You may have a different purpose, but don't begrudge me my fun time.

Laugh:
-People doing "negatives" on bench. Not eccentric reps (which I think are dumb anyway), but just dropping 225 on their chest and having their partner deadlift it off.
-Girls doing sets of 25 with single digit weights because they want to "tone."
-There's this skinny indian dude that wears white spandex. He looks like he's working out in boxer briefs.
-There's a lot of drama at my gym too...it's like "Grey's Encyclopedia of Bobdybuilding."
-There's this old spaniard that skeeves all the women out, and an asian girl that everyone but me thinks has a fake ass.
-Squat pads.
-Beefy guys on the elliptical trainer. It's just funny looking.
-75% of this list

Cry:
-"I have one more set" that lasts 15' on the leg machine that I want to circuit through on. Women are terrible about this.
-Squatters' currency exchange-where you have to determine if the guy who says he can squat a certain amount is doing quarter reps or taking it to the GRASS
-Guys who don't touch their chests with the barbell on bench/incline
-Guys who bounce the weights really hard on bench/incline
-Guys who arch on bench/incline
-Spotters who pull the weight off you rather than giving you a nudge

Smile:
-Olympic lifters
-Guys with kettlebells
-People asking me for help
-Getting looked over like a steak
post #116 of 130
Some of those items on the weenie list are pretty good. My two favorites:

- You ask a trainer, "When I'm squatting heavy, say, with 185 lbs, do I include my bodyweight?"
- You tell everyone that you can bench 300 but your reps (2 man rows) have not built up your chest at all but your spotter has a world-class set of traps.
post #117 of 130
I've worked and personal trained in a few popular gyms many years back and have seen some funny stuff.

-There was an older man, prolly 75+ who used to come into the gym every sunday morning. He'd wear dress slacks, short sleeve "dress" shirt and some kind of orthopedic shoe with high black socks. Everytime he would come in, he'd go up to the first machine and just take his dress slacks off. He'd then proceed to workout in his ss shirt, white boxers, knee high black socks and black ortho shoes. Of course hed take his pants from machine to machine, carefully draping them over each one any way he could.

-Second guy was a retired marine. He'd walk in and sit on the rubber floor smack in the middle of the gym. (We had mats off to the side that for whatever reason he decided not to use) hed then get on all fours, take off his wedding band and place it beside him. He would first swing his arms around like propellors until he was shaking because he couldnt move them any faster. He would then get in position to do push-ups but not before he punched the ground as hard as he could ten times while yelling "kkkkeeeeeeeeeeyyyaaaaaaaaa" like a martial art's guy i suppose.

-The last story I wont repeat since I'm still working on getting the images erased from my memory. To give you a hint, this gym was in the middle of a gay neighborhood in philly and involves a few male members and a steam room that I happen to periodically check because of a history of nasty behavior.

MrR
post #118 of 130
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Originally Posted by MrRogers
I've worked and personal trained in a few popular gyms many years back and have seen some funny stuff.

-There was an older man, prolly 75+ who used to come into the gym every sunday morning. He'd wear dress slacks, short sleeve "dress" shirt and some kind of orthopedic shoe with high black socks. Everytime he would come in, he'd go up to the first machine and just take his dress slacks off. He'd then proceed to workout in his ss shirt, white boxers, knee high black socks and black ortho shoes. Of course hed take his pants from machine to machine, carefully draping them over each one any way he could.

-Second guy was a retired marine. He'd walk in and sit on the rubber floor smack in the middle of the gym. (We had mats off to the side that for whatever reason he decided not to use) hed then get on all fours, take off his wedding band and place it beside him. He would first swing his arms around like propellors until he was shaking because he couldnt move them any faster. He would then get in position to do push-ups but not before he punched the ground as hard as he could ten times while yelling "kkkkeeeeeeeeeeyyyaaaaaaaaa" like a martial art's guy i suppose.

-The last story I wont repeat since I'm still working on getting the images erased from my memory. To give you a hint, this gym was in the middle of a gay neighborhood in philly and involves a few male members and a steam room that I happen to periodically check because of a history of nasty behavior.

MrR
The infamous bathhouses, and gyms of yesteryear must still be in abundance.
post #119 of 130
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post #120 of 130
Today some kid with shaved legs was "blasting" his biceps with 15lb dumbbells right next to the rack. When I went by to pick up the weights behind him, he just drops them about an inch from my toes without looking and just walks away. Prick.
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