You walk into the gym and they have to scan your membership card. Inevitably, you have to interrupt a conversation to get one of the juiced up trainers to notice you.
I mean, don’t get me wrong. I actually prefer they don’t notice me. It’s those blissful times when they are so busy flirting with the girl in the spandex hot pants that I slip by unseen that I am most happy.
when I go to the gym
I want to be invisible–
Then there’s the older redhead that is ALWAYS THERE. Every single time I go to the gym, she’s there. Well, now she’s employed there (probably got tired of paying all those dues…), so I guess it makes sense. But you know who I’m talking about:
The lady that (before she even worked there) follows you around and makes you take out your headphones every seven minutes to indicate what that button does or what this setting is – you know, unsolicited advice. She’s also that lady who gets on the treadmill next to you and ups her setting every time you do,
her eyes constantly wandering over to your results screen.
The other usual suspects include that trainer that eyes you up and down and seems to have constant reasons to pass in front of you. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a bombshell – I just must be his “type”.) Every time, you feel the need to tense up, stick your butt out a little more, suck it in…even though you’re not seeking this attention, you feel a female responsibility to represent your sex well. As flattering as it is (and as adorable as he is), it’s a constant interruption and a constant reminder that
you are in the gym, and
people can see you–
I mean, I know people can see me – I’m not completely out of my mind. I just don’t want the reminders. It’s a distraction from what I am there to do.
Really, I just want to be in my own world. I want to put my headphones on and zone out. I don’t want any interruptions, I don’t want any compliments, I don’t want to make small talk, I don’t want any advice (especially from you, *****, keep your eyes on your own machine!). I just want to de-stress.
If I didn’t need the gym so badly, I would give it up again. Hah.