In January, I re-budgeted my year only to realize I was spending $50.00 for a gym membership at the local Y. Yes, the “Y”- short for “YMCA“- like the song, but without the contagious beat.
$600 a year just so I can use equipment? Yeah, no thanks. So, I re-evaluated life, did some research, and found that Planet Fitness was the cheapest, erhm, “most affordable”, gym around. Plus, they offered free tanning, so really, I’m the one who’s winning.
I know PF, as us Members call it (we don’t), has an “iffy” reputation. I mean, the lunk alarm is a little much. And tootsie rolls at the door is a little counter-intuitive, but if you just focus on your dream body, all of that can be washed out. Plus, the one near us is huge and very clean so I can’t complain. Or, can I?
Yesterday, while at the gym, I went to do my leg training on the fun machines. When I entered the room, there was a woman, sitting on the machine I wanted… Texting.
“Okay, she’s in between reps.. I’ll go to another machine” I thought to myself. I moved on, and completed my workout on another machine. Ten minutes go by, she’s still texting. Fifteen minutes go by, she’s still sitting there, texting.
I’m aware that PF is a “no judgment zone” but if I were to judge, I’d have this to say:
Look, I’m not a model, and I truly have no problem with someone taking a minute between reps. I mean, really, who the hell I am to critique another workout? But, there has to be some sort of trigger in her brain that says “MAYBE, just maybe, I’m inconveniencing other gym-goers by sitting here texting”. I asked her for the machine, she said she was “busy”. Other gym-goers waited for the machine… she didn’t budge. She just sat there, exercising her thumbs. I’m not judging her appearance; I’m judging her selfish, entitled, actions.
So, yeah, perhaps PF is a no judgment zone inside their four walls, but outside of those purple musty walls, I’m judging… I’m judging hardcore.