Thursday, 08 September 2011
For me, the gym is a somewhat solitary endeavor. I've never felt the need for a workout buddy, and actually prefer to be left alone. I work at my gym, so I always know the people behind the desk there, but beyond some conversation when I arrive and when I leave, I don't really interact with people.
Why? I wish I knew. I always feel a little bit self-conscious on some level when I work out, and I think that people I know being around makes me more aware of how I look. This obviously does nothing good for my workout.
On the other hand, I know people who go to the gym purely to socialize. On Facebook the other day, a girl I know posted a status about how she was on the elliptical on the lowest setting for an hour. She proudly said she goes to the gym for social time.
Now, I can't stand the girls that come to the gym all dolled up and aim to look cute rather than break a sweat, but that's a topic for another blog. I do, however, know some people who come to the gym and work themselves into the ground, but also work the room like nobody's business. These people are mostly regulars, and have friends they've made in the gym.
I can't fathom how people bond in that environment. Everyone's in their zone, listening to their iPod, or generally looking like they don't want to be disturbed.
What about you, Healthkickers? Do you socialize at the gym?