I’ve come across a few humor sites like this one that teach the etiquette of choosing a urinal in a men’s room. Pretty funny, and I’d also like to take a moment to note that I would make a very good guy: I only got one question wrong in that quiz, and it was the trick question. Go ahead, give it a try yourself… I’ll wait.
Anyway, this morning I went down to the gym for my cardio, and headed for my “usual” stationary bike. It’s the one at the beginning of the row, chosen partially for an easy entrance/exit and partially because I’ve determined it’s the one that squeaks/whirs the least. (Yeah, my gym has really gone downhill since it broke off from Crunch and went independent. How about fixing the Gazelles that have been broken since May?!)
The gym was pretty much empty when I got there, so I wasn’t even thinking too much about avoiding people. But then an older gentleman arrived and headed for the rowing machine, which happens to be right next to the bike I was on. This was a minor annoyance, because the rowing machine makes kind of a big whooshing noise every time you pull back. And the rowing machine is a bit intense, so I even kind of get why he was grunting and breathing heavy as he rowed, but hey, it’s the gym… what can you do.
Until another older gentleman walked in, there to bike. Never mind the EIGHT other bikes all lined up and ready for him to select – he opted to sandwich me in with the rower by taking the bike right next to mine. And while he was “working out”, he was also wheezing so loudly I was sure he should go talk to his doctor before attempting anything so intense as halfheartedly pedaling while reading the Wall Street Journal.
Do you follow gym etiquette and avoid taking the machine next to someone else (where possible)? Or is your strategy to sandwich yourself right in the middle to prove your prowess by outrunning/outpedaling/outellipticaling their pace?