Gym Rats

Gym Rats

Now that I am going to the gym twice a day I’ve been noticing that there are other crazy people like me who live at the gym too.  We’ll call them the gym rats.

Some people work out and get in a “zone.”  Daniel says he is a “zone person” and just is completely focused on his regiment.  I am a “people watcher” which is to say I probably should be more focused on what I’m doing but it’s way more interesting to watch other people.

The Ladies

Pink Hair Lady.  She is a 5 a.m. person.  Her hair is in a short bob and is entirely pink.  She looks about my age, maybe a little older, and also looks like she could totally kick the sh** out of someone if they messed with her.  She does high intensity mountain climbers on the treadmill (?!!) and I can’t help but stare.  Plus, I mean, come on, she has pink hair.  You don’t dye your hair pink if you want to go unnoticed.

Thin Tan Lady is ripped.  She must be a size 0 and a size 2 if she is soaking wet.  She has brown hair that is always in a pony tail and her muscles are finely chiseled.  I notice that she does not lift super heavy weights and her form is always perfect.  I’ve seen her there at all hours, 5 a.m., 9 p.m., and sometimes in between.  I wonder if she has kids?  She looks younger than me.

Blonde Trainer Chick is intimidating to me.  I saw her jump from the floor to the top of a three foot high step stool without blinking.  She did this like 20 times in a row.  She is like a cheetah.  Who does that?  She is usually with clients.  The only time I saw her work out was one Saturday doing those jumps.

The Gents

Tattoo Arm Man.  I will confess: he is my eye candy.  I was on the stepper machine and he was on this back extension equipment in front of me where his arms were behind his neck and he bent over and then lifted up.  He has nice biceps.  Again, you don’t tattoo your arms and work them out if you don’t want people to look at them, right?

2012 College Kid has made great strides in his body building.  He is at the gym morning and night and seems to be in the zone all the time.  I don’t think I’ve ever even seen him turn his head.  It’s always facing front and his expression is blank.  But the weights he holds keep getting bigger and I see a lot more definition in his arms.

Bald Treadmill Guy  reminds me of Jim Carville, the Democrat who ran Bill Clinton’s campaign who’s on all the Sunday morning political talk shows.  Bald Treadmill Guy is a morning work out person and I only recently saw him branch out into weights.  He mostly likes the treadmill only.

I also like watching the Mother/Daughter Team.  The mother has short dark hair and the daughter has brown hair in a ponytail.  They do cardio side by side and weights together too.  I think it would be cool to team exercise with my daughter some day.

Sometimes people stop going to the gym, or maybe they just work out at different times from me now.  I have seen neither Pink Hair Lady nor Tattoo Arm Man in a while.  I’m curious where they went.  I wonder if they will ever come back?  I wonder if they know I watch them sometimes and if they are ok with that?

I wonder if people are starting to watch me now?  Because I am slowing transforming into a gym rat too. (c) 2012 Lisa Traugott.  All rights reserved.  No portion of this blog, including any text, photographs, and artwork, may be reproduced or copied without written permission.

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