To All The Bullies You Will Meet In A Gym
Being fitter doesn’t give you the right to treat people badly.
So, I have started going to the gym (again). And in less than 15 days going pretty often, I already met two bullies. Two women. Two fit women.
Going to the gym is not easy for everyone as it can be a pretty scary environment. If you don’t have the habit of going, you are probably not in great shape, both physically and mentally, to deal with what you will meet at the gym.
The machines are noisy and heavy, and people usually mind their own business or pretend to be minding their own business. So there is very little help. It’s doubtful that people will talk to you and that you will know what to do with the machines. So then, you just use the treadmill or go to classes. Anyway, both are good starts! You need to start somewhere.The treadmill is easy, and the classes can be a good opportunity to meet people. Only if.
It was October 2019 when I started going to the gym seriously in the UK (like five times a week and sometimes more); before that, I went for a couple of months in 2017 and 2018, and I actually lost 10kgs that time without “too much effort” (I was still in my 20s, once you hit 30 everything changes).
In 2019, I signed up for a gym in a leisure centre, and it was a different experience from a regular gym (like I went in 2017, 2018). At these leisure centres, you meet a lot of elderly that exercise, and they are much fitter than you. And I actually enjoy exercising with them, because you learn that exercising is for life if you want to grow old and healthy. I met lots of friendly people back then and all over the 60s.
It was that time that I also was doing yoga almost every day, and I got pretty good. But the location of these leisure centres is essential. I used to live in an area with lots of cool old people who have lived “crazy lives”. They weren’t typical, go to university, get a job, get married, have kids and retire after decades of work. Some were still working; others had multiple divorces, were addicted to drugs for many years or had no kids. And they…