The gym can be a fun and weird place. It’s like tuition classes for adults – not compulsory, but you force yourself to go, because it’s good for you. And like every other public place in India, gyms, too, are packed with sweaty people. But here, you don’t mind so much, because you’re sweating as well. And with every extra push, lift, and squat, you remind yourself that this will make you fitter, leaner and better. Even if that means you have to encounter the morons at your gym every single day. You know what we’re talking about if you’re a regular gym goer. You’re bound to come across these people at your gym:
This person spends not more than a minute on any equipment. Most of the time, he is wandering about, taking a five-minute break after each exercise. You usually find him hovering around the gym, pretending to stretch.
The Selfie Guy/Girl
This person cannot work out without letting the world know about it. He/she will take a million pictures throughout the workout to keep his/her followers updated, with the hashtag '#workoutselfie’. This person is also likely to put on make-up to go to the gym.
This guy is most likely to be a struggling actor. He only works on his arms and chest, completely ignoring his lower body. The result is a hulk with skinny legs. Other traits include checking himself out in the mirror, grunting while lifting heavy weights, and exposing the nipple through the sleeveless vest.
The Touchy Trainer
Ever wondered if trainers are touchy-feely with you because their job requires them to be or are they simply creepy? Well, you’d never know, because no gym trainer is likely to tell you. Every gym has one, and if you work out regularly, you know who that guy is.
The Serial Texter
This person is hooked to his/her phone and cannot stop even when he/she is at the gym. You will usually find such people on the treadmill or the cycle, so that their hands are free to text. If they are not texting, they are probably watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S on their phones.
The Machine Hogger
If you go to a small gym, you know the struggle of waiting for someone to get off the equipment so you can work out. Here comes the machine hogger, who will stay on forever and when he finally gets off, there will be a puddle of sweat left behind for you.
The TV Watchers
Nothing motivates you to work out more than watching other people work out. Many gyms have televisions that play sports channels for the same purpose. But some couch potatoes will stop working out, just to watch TV.
No gym is devoid of a Creep. This guy is just two dumbbells away from a restraining order. He is constantly staring at the women in the gym and sometimes, he will stop working out, only to gape at a woman on the treadmill.
The Mahila Mandal
These ladies do not miss a moment to gossip. From work, vacations, family to bitching about their mothers-in-law, they discuss everything under the sun. They work out in a group, and get adjacent treadmills to keep the conversation going.