Had my coffee, kissed the hubby goodbye, then did some work. I'm trying to find that "sweet spot" workout time that works best for my body and doesn't leave me parking in the back 40 at the gym so I've been going in at different times of the day. Today I decided to try the 8am slot. So. I get dressed, take all my supplements, fill my water bottle and add my Amino's and out the door I go.
Back 40. Drat! I'm hiking in today. The gym is packed. Ugh. Oh well, I thought. I did my warmup, then proceeded to the floor. There's a set of cables that I love to use for Chest/Tricep/Shoulder day - but someone was using it. Boo. Moving on, I set up at a different cable station. I am midway through my second round (1 set of 3 different exercises = 1 round) when this elderly gentleman starts invading my space.
|1954 A Christmas Carol - Basil Rathbone|
INVASION of SPACE. Dude is in my face. I can't extend the cables without hitting him. I pull out my earbud and say, "Can I help you?" and I kid you not... he looked at me like this... See the picture of Marley to the right? Yeah.
I asked again, "Can I help you?"
He started muttering about using my cables.
"I'm using these," I said.
"I just want one of them" he said.
"I'm using both of them," I said. (hello, I was doing flyes!)
"You don't need to use both of them," he said.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I was just stunned. I look over and one of the Personal Trainers is about 6 feet away with a client watching this. I look at him like "huh? help?!" So he comes over and gently turns the gentleman away from me and tells him he'll have to wait his turn. When he came back, he let me know that this is a daily occurrence - that this man gets irritated and hovers and interrupts people who are using equipment he wants to use. "No joke?" I say. "Nope. He's just like that. Sorry." Huh.
So back to work I go. I'm pushing a little stronger now, as I've got a wee bit more adrenaline to work with, lol. Midway through my third round... He's back. He's in my space. He's reaching for the cable handle - it's IN MY HAND. ???? I tried to be nice, I tried to be gentle, to point out that there are other cable systems in the gym (like 4!!) but eventually I had to tell him that I was going to finish my workout and if he didn't move he might get hit. (I'm probably going to hell for that, aren't I?). He wandered off muttering.
Back to work. Next circuit, I'm pumping out shoulder work interspersed with my triceps when... guess who's back! OMG. This time I didn't even bother to pull out my earbud, I just told him to GO AWAY. (Oh yeah, I'm definitely going to hell.) He continued to hover, interrupt, and do his Marley impression. I ignored him. I finished up my workout, then headed to the stair-master. He was on those cables before I could reach the cardio deck, lol. Crazy!
By the way, my entire workout takes 35 minutes, which isn't that big of a deal, and there ARE multiple cable stations in the gym. It's not like I was hogging the only cable deck for an hour. Yes - I do feel the need to defend myself, lol.
Back home I heated up my egg muffins and ate my breakfast, did more work, and hope to eventually make it into the shower, haha. Shiloh and I have another appointment to view a venue today for the wedding. We are finding that the wedding industry is one big ripoff. Man! We did find one venue, reasonably priced, that she really likes, but it's farther away than we prefer. We're still searching for the truly affordable. Wish us luck.
Oh - and tomorrow? I am NOT going to the gym at 8am. I don't need another visit from Marley.