Going to the gym more often has the side effect of letting you notice certain trends. One I noticed today that I thought I’d comment on is what I call the “gym posers”.
At our gym, the treadmills are up on the top floor, and they face an edge that looks down on the weight lifting areas below. Today I observed a classic example of this particular type of character that I’ve noticed (to some degree or another) at every gym I’ve ever been to.
During my 20 minutes on the treadmill, this guy down in the weight area literally only did a few shorts sets (1-3 reps each) on a particular machine for the entire time I was up there. He spent the rest of his time pacing around in a circle, alternating between looking at himself in the mirror and looking around to see if any of the women in the gym were looking at him (they weren’t).
The funny thing is, he was somewhat buff, so I can only assume that he eventually does get around to doing a full workout regularly, but at that pace he must be there all day. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t see myself looking forward to spending extended periods of time at the gym just hanging out.
This is also why I don’t want to get together with other people to work out, even though I realize that they’re only being nice and supportive with their offers in that regard. I have no interest in taking turns watching other people work out, thereby extending the length of time I’m there.