Tag: Gym

I Hate Hand Dryers!

My gym recently switched from paper towels to hand dryers in the restrooms. While I understand this may save them money, it certainly has cost me convenience. Sure, you get to dry your hands a lot faster and it does feel good to have hot hair blowing on your hands (especially if you just washed with cold water). Not to mention that if you’re not feeling particularly social, you get to turn your back on everyone else in the restroom while you dry your hands. Regardless of all this, there are still a lot of disadvantages to using a hand dryer instead of using good old fashioned paper towels.

 Here are some of my gripes about hand dryers:

•    Water sprays everywhere – A big wind machine blowing water everywhere can get very messy. And depending on how you hold your wet hands under the dryer, there’s no telling where that water will blow. It could hit the wall, the floor, your clothes or worse yet someone else. Who wants someone else’s dirty water sprayed on them?

•    Only one person can use them at a time – At least with paper towels, you can grab a few, step aside & let someone else grab some to dry their hands. In other words within the time span of 1 minute at least 10 people can dry their hands. With those dryers it’s got to be one person at a time which means not only will you have to wait to wash your hands, you’ll also have to wait to dry them. So what do you do while you’re waiting on a dryer? I guess you can stand around trying not to get splashed by the person already using the dryer!

•    Not sanitary – Everyone doesn’t wash their hands (nor do they use soap) so the door handle can be quite gross. But without paper towels, there is simply nothing to grab it with. What’s a woman to do? You know your hands are clean, but you don’t know what kind of germs that door handle could be infested with.

•    Having paper towels is job security for janitors – Don’t they realize that every time you replace a paper towel rack with a hand dryer, you’re costing another janitor their job? Who else comes in to pick up all the paper towels off the floor, empty the waste basket and refill the plastic trash liner? When you eliminate the need for all of that, you are adding to the unemployment crisis! (Okay, not quite but still you get my point)

•    Loud & annoying – Let’s face it; these dryers are as loud as they are annoying. I come to the bathroom for peace and simplicity, not to hear a Boeing 747 take off. Plus if I’m in the middle of a conversation with someone else in the bathroom I always end up getting cut off because no one can hear over the load roar. The deafening noise from the dryer should not be the way I end my bathroom experience.

I guess at the end of the day these hand dryers may be here to stay, so I guess I have to get used to them, but this doesn’t mean I have to like them.

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My Gut Overfloweth – Further Observations From The Gym

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my time at the gym. So this week I thought I’d share some more observations for your reading pleasure –

  • I can’t go to a gym class where the instructor is overweight – If she tells the class to run in place, she’ll just stand there and watch. If she tells us to do 20 crunches, she won’t do any. If she tells us to do jumping jacks, she’ll jump down to tie her shoe. I mean really, all gym instructors must look the part. I don’t want someone leading the class who looks like me. I want someone leading the class who looks better than me!
  • Why do gyms always have such small parking lots? –In a perfect world everybody would walk or jog to the gym but it’s like they forgot that the people who work out need to have a place to park their car. I understand that membership at a gym fluctuates from month to month so you never know exactly how many people will be there at any given time but once the parking lot is full, they should stop accepting new members
  • I hate the loud music that the gym has playing – Why do they blast the music so loud that I can’t hear the songs playing from my own iPod? Everyone walks around with headphones so obviously people want to listen to their own music. We don’t want to hear the gym’s playlist; we want to hear our own. Isn’t it called an iPod, not a gymPod?
  • Why am I forced to bring my own towels to the gym? – I hate that my gym charges me to use their towels. I get that washing & drying isn’t free but unless you want my sweat dripping everywhere, I suggest you let me borrow a towel for free while I work out
  • Why bother coming to the gym and not even really try to exercise? – Some people put enough weight on the machines that only a 12 year old could lift. What’s the point? A lot of    people go to the gym just to say they went to the gym. If you’re gonna go through the trouble to dress & drive to the gym you should at least break a sweat once you get there

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I’ll Take 1 Man To Go: Tall, Funny & Smart But Hold The Muscles

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I like to write about my experiences in the gym. Click here to read more about that. Even though I haven’t worked out that much this week I’d still like to share my latest observances –

  • Why do men have big arms but skinny little legs? – We’ve all seen men who have very muscular arms but toothpicks as legs. Why aren’t men as vigilant about working out their lower body as they are their arms? I know the arms are one of the most visible parts of the body but don’t forget about your legs too
  • The gym is a good place to ogle & not feel bad about it – The point of working out is to improve your body (and your health too). So if I can’t enjoy the results of your hard labor, men, then why bother? The gym may be sweaty & funky, but it certainly offers a nice view. =)
  • Two grown men shouldn’t work out together – There should be a minimum amount of weight required to lift before you need a workout partner. If you are doing bicep curls you do not need a partner. Bench press yes, bicep curls no
  • If you’re in the gym wear gym clothing – Why do some people show up with cargo pants on? The gym is a place to wear comfortable, loose clothing so you shouldn’t be wearing anything that involves a zipper
  • If you’re going to wear gloves you should be lifting some serious weight – I’ve seen men lift 50 pound weights with gloves on. Why? Fifty pounds is not really heavy (at least for a man, it isn’t) so if that’s all you can lift, preventing calluses should be the least of your concerns

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Don’t Call Me Skinny Unless It’s Okay To Call You Fat

Growing up I was always called “skinny” or “bony” and HATED hearing those words. These words made it sound like I was sickly. Of course little kids didn’t know that those words were mean but there was nothing wrong with me. I just had really fast metabolism even though I ate everything in sight. Most people think that calling someone skinny is a compliment, but they’re wrong. Maybe if you’ve just lost 100 pounds and you’re proudly showing off your new figure but if you’re naturally thin like me, it’s not.

Why don’t I like to hear that dreaded “S-word”? Well, for one it makes me sound like I’m borderline anorexic. Just like my height, I can’t do anything about my metabolism so don’t talk about it.

I also hate having to justify going to the gym. Is going to the gym only reserved for people who are overweight? Exercising has tons of other benefits aside from losing weight.

Another thing is that people assume that I don’t eat a lot.  That’s so not true. I do eat! Trust me, don’t let the slender frame fool you – I eat.

Also, it’s hard for me to talk to others about my weight because most people aren’t happy about their own weight.  What am I supposed to say when a group of women are complaining about their size then act like I can’t be a part of the conversation because I’m “skinny”?  I can try to be compassionate but my opinion is invalid since I’m the “skinny” girl, so anything I say would just seem condescending.  So although I am a part of the conversation, I can’t really contribute.  If you’re not happy with your weight, fine, but just leave me out of it.

Now if I were fat, commenting on my weight would not be appropriate, right? If I
was fat, obese, overweight (or whatever you want to call it) and someone said anything about my weight that would be considered rude.

Here are some “skinny” comments that I wish I could reverse (hypothetically):

Them: You’re skinny

Me: You’re fat

Them: You’re so skinny, you can eat anything!

Me: You’re so fat; you shouldn’t be eating much of anything!

Me: I’m heading to the gym.

Them: Why? You’re skinny. You don’t need to work out

Me: Yeah, well you should probably come with me

Them: You’re so skinny, you can wear anything!

Me: You’re so fat; there are a lot of things you shouldn’t wear!

There is NOTHING wrong with being slim, slender or thin. Unless fat people want me to comment on their (over)weight, I suggest they leave their comments about my weight to themselves.

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I Love Seeing Old People At The Gym. It Gives Me Hope

I often write about the “good times” I have at the gym. =) Well, now it’s time for some more observations from my week at the gym:

  • Men, don’t adjust yourself in public please – This definitely merits a separate post (which I will write one day), but I think it’s gross! I understand that moving around a lot while working out may constitute an “adjustment” but at least go to the restroom, turn away from the crowd or wait until you’re in private. How often do you see a woman digging around in her sports bra to move “things” around?
  • No peeking – No one should be allowed to peek over at my machine to check my speed or see what level of incline I’m on. What I’m doing when I work out is my business and my business only. So what if I’m on the treadmill on a level 1 incline for 30 minutes? I may not be going very fast, but that might be the most that I’m able to do.  Some people don’t even get that much exercise in a whole week. All I’m saying is – keep your eyes on your own machine., thank you very much.
  • Farting in public – Some people just can’t hold it in, can they? All that grunting on the machines can really move the gas around in your stomach but constant offenders shouldn’t be allowed back. It’s already sweaty in the gym. Don’t funk it up any more than it already is.
  • No Talking Zone – I understand a lot of people think that the gym is a good place to meet people (which it is) but it’s all about timing. If I’m on a machine gettin’ my sweat on then it is not a good time to try to holla at me. But if I’m walking around, standing in front of the fan or getting a smoothie then that would be the best time to come up to me.
  • Thank goodness for football season! – I know the gym will be much emptier on Monday evenings now. Yeah!!

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Why Am I Sucking In My Stomach At The Gym?

By now, you all know that I see some crazy things when I’m at the gym. Here are my sightings from this week:

  • Why is there a couch at the gym? – In the waiting area of my gym there is a black leather couch where I’ll see people sitting from time to time. It’s right next to the area where the sales reps sit but I have no idea why it’s there. Is the couch for people who are waiting for their personal training appointment or are they weary from a heavy workout? Whatever the case may be, I think it’s a bad incentive to have plush leather seating in the waiting area of a gym
  • There should be a fast food restaurant connected to the gym – Think of Wal-Mart. They have a McDonald’s connected to most of their stores, so why can’t the gym? I understand it’s all about getting fit and losing weight but what’s wrong with a little reward when you’re done? Or better yet, pig out before you hit the gym so you’ll be even more motivated to work out harder
  • I hate when men walk around with a puffed out chest – Most guys are just not that buff so why do these men act like they’ve been bench pressing 400 pounds? It’s like me sucking in my stomach while I walk around. It’s a gym folks & we’re all fat!
  • Please wear appropriate gym attire – Why do people show up at the gym wearing street clothing? Everyone knows what to wear to the gym and gym clothes are not expensive at all. Say no to the cargo shorts & respect the house of fitness.
  • Is it just me or does yoga seem like something you can do at home? – Yoga is very much an individual sport, like track or swimming. It’s not like the other people in the class are there to motivate you, or like we’re all suddenly going to get hype together.  I don’t see the point of going to a class where I sit down & stretch for an hour. I can lay a mat out & practice my breathing in the comfort of my own living room

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Ladies, Do You Think Dressing Cute Will Give You A Better Workout At The Gym?

From time to time, I like to write about the things I see in the gym. One of my latest pieces was “Why Waste My Deodorant? I’m Just Going To The Gym”.

But this week, I wanted to write about the women I’ve noticed at the gym & how ridiculous some of them look:

  • Wearing makeup to the gym – Why do women wear makeup at the gym knowing that they’re just going to get sweaty. I understand women who are coming from work who are already have makeup on but what about those who put it on just to go workout? There is no reason why anyone should be wearing makeup first thing on a Saturday morning at the gym. It’s actually more harmful for a woman’s skin because her pores can get clogged up. Plus, if you’re trying to attract a man at the gym he’s going to be more interested in your body than your face
  • Women who coordinate their gym clothes – If you think that matching your tennis shoes to your sports bra is going to help you lose weight, you’re lying to yourself. It’s nice to look the part but women shouldn’t waste their money on fancy workout clothes. Remember, you’re just sweating not entering a beauty pageant
  • Texting while on the treadmill – Why do I see women texting instead of running? Why is your phone even with you on the treadmill? What’s the point of bringing your phone into the gym anyway? You know you can’t focus while you’re on the phone. Unless you’re expecting some type of emergency phone call all cell phones should be left in a locker.
  • If you are bigger than a “D” cup, you need extra support for your breasts – A simple sports bra doesn’t cut it for everybody. We don’t need you distracting other people, or knocking your eye out (lol). So if this applies to you, I hope you know who you are
  • You shouldn’t time your workout based on how many TV shows you get to watch on the elliptical machine – It is nice to put in the earbuds & tune out the world but using a sitcom as a timer isn’t the best idea. You can’t get a good workout if you’re laughing while trying to run on a treadmill. Also, you can totally forget to track your progress if you get too caught up in watching a television show

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