Posted: 15/02/2013 at 02:30
So many posts here despite the relevently short amount of time the thread has been up- glad to know I am in good company!
A few things I have seen:
Girl at the gym, runs with hands clamped to the front of the treadmill, it's obviously going way too fast for her, head bobbing at such an exteme that I almost want to just stop the machine and tell her to Slow. Down! It looks so uncomfortable! She seems to clamp every muscle in her upper body and jaw which is why she looks so tense, just makes me want to vanish off to a different machine elsewhere only because she looks so tensed up it makes me feel tense!
A man I see on the treadmill who brings...(are we sitting comfortably?) his ipad, his kindle, his iphone and an MP3 player (could be a shuffle?). Yup, walks his "journey" of 30 minutes. Still, some exercise is better then nothing, right...?
The lady who is so emaciated (anorexia I presume?) that she seems to freak everyone out as they see her. I worried so much I spoke to the gym staff, they told me there was nothing they could do- recognised that she was very unwell (I have had anorexia so I am more then able to see when someone is that unwell as it sticks out like a sore thumb to me). I have watched her get progressively thinner and more obsessive- luckily, most just move when she stares. I hope she does get help but am in no doubt at this rate, she wont. She risks a heart attack easily and the gym would actually be accountable for that.
I do still find it funny though watching one person compete with another- ramping up their treadmill to the same levels as someone elses...I had someone try this on with me once, I just whammed my treadmill up as high as I could go and went hell for leather! I got a decent workout that day They walked away after I looked over and asked them (between breaths) why they weren't upping their machine anymore! (The easiest way around this all though, is to slam your hands over the machine readings, look them in the face and shout "can you PLEASE stop focusing on my machine !") They seem to forget I can see exactly what they are doing via the fairly large mirror just infront of the machine.