I love going to the gym. I will often spend hours at a time at the gym. It is my stress release. However there are times when my stress level increases slightly when other members feel the need to make comments to me. I keep to myself when I go to the gym. Occasionally I will say hello to someone or make small talk with the girls who take the same classes I do, but never do I comment on what people are doing or not doing.
I had just run 4 miles and went to the gym to take a strength training class. After class was over, the Zumba instructor along with her class filed in. Typically I do take this class, but since I ran I felt I had enough cardio for one day. One of the girls who I have taken Zumba with before sees me getting ready to leave. She says “Oh are you cheating today?” I said “No. I ran before I came to strength training.” She just kind of looked at me.
What I was really thinking:
Who the hell are you to judge me? You have no idea what I did before I came here, nor do I owe you any explanation as to why I am leaving “early.” Mind your own business!
I was taking a strength training class in the AM since we had a day off school. Typically I work out in the evenings but when I am off school I go in the mornings. I find the classes are equally packed and wonder what all the AM exercisers do for a living. During one of our sets of exercises the woman next to me has to stop because her weights are so heavy. Ok, I think to myself whatever. I am lifting weight that is appropriate for me. I am not trying to injure myself here. The next thing I know she is flashing the weight to me to show me that she had to stop because the weight has a higher number on it than mine had. I just kinda nod my head to indicate I have seen her motion but really want to get back to my work out.
What I was really thinking:
WOW! Way to go wonderwoman! You couldn’t finish the set because your weight was so heavy. Are you proud of yourself? Last time I checked this was a gym class not the Olympics! Who gives a shit what you can lift or in your case can’t.
After Zumba one Saturday one of the girls I see in the class comes over to me asks me if I am attending a fundraiser the gym is participating in. I said “No, I didn’t plan to.” I honestly just didn’t feel like it or spending an afternoon with her. So she says to me, “Ok well I will facebook you and then if you change your mind we can go together.” I said “Oh I don’t have a facebook page.” Well you would have thought I dropped an F-bomb in a church the way she looked at me. When she came back to Earth, she says, “Oh well do you have a phone?” Holy shit! This just keeps getting better and better. Seriously? I said, “I don’t have a facebook page because I am a teacher. I don’t want my students searching for me, even though they do. They tell me all the time they look for me, and yes I have a phone.” Well as soon as she heard that her whole tune changed. “Oh yeah, I wouldn’t have a facebook either.” She went so far as to explain to the people near us that I didn’t have a facebook page because I am a teacher. I really wanted to tell her to get a life. Needless to say the next few times she saw me at the gym she didn’t say anything to me. Oh well, no loss there.