In an attempt to make amends for last week’s goof-off of a post, I’ve done some actual thinking about what motivates people to come into the gym.
For sure, there’s a certain subset that buys the membership or hires the trainer simply for the status. Beyond the poseurs, however, there are three kinds of people who in fact show up routinely: The Purist, who has a genuine desire to improve his health; The Egomaniac, motivated by his desire to be buff, generally in the hope of gaining access to female reproductive services; and The Addict, who uses his workout to convert emotional pain into more manageable physical pain.
The Egomaniac is the most amusing, of course. He got in his car and drove to the gym in order to improve his physical appearance. Yet, I see this kind of guy all the time just leaning against the equipment and staring at women as the women lift actual weights.
First of all, this kind of behavior is an egregious violation of the three second rule: When you identify a woman of interest, you must approach her within three seconds. Otherwise, you’ll not only lose your nerve, you’ll also creep her out. More importantly, I’ve always thought these guys would have a much better shot in the long run if they worked out themselves – you know, bulking up in reality.
Very astute observation about the three gym-goers. I guess I could be the “addict”. I go to the gym for fear of being the 300-lb. “Fatty McFatterson” again.
I’m definitely an “addict”. I punish myself in the gym so that I’m more laid back about everything else. 😀
Thank heavens I have a home gym and a huge mountain range ( i live in the Rockies) to run in. I simply love getting outside for my runs and enjoying the trees, water and even the snow storms. The quiet time in the gym is for me to catch up on the news…..blah!…..Di
You could definitely see your enthusiasm in the article you write.
The sector hopes for more passionate writers such as you who
are not afraid to say how they believe. All the time
follow your heart.
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