Which brings me to my ROD - Rant of the Day.
Folks who come to the gym and occupy space but don't really work out.
Now, let me preface this by saying that when I started exercising, I weighed 230lbs and smoked a pack a day. I couldn't even get through a 30 minute Sweatin' to the Oldies DVD. Well, back then it was on VHS...but you get the picture. I'm not being judgy-wudgy, I am glad that they are doing something but these examples are annoying me:
- The two women that "water walk" and take up an entire lane chatting. Water walking is GREAT exercise. However, floating and barely propelling yourself with the errant foot tap to the bottom of the pool will burn exactly 6 calories. In the meantime, there are people that would like to use the pool.
- The two dudes that occupy side by side recumbent bikes and talk REALLY LOUDLY. Riding the recumbent bike is GREAT exercise. But barely pedaling while checking out much younger women while making sure we all know the gory details of your recent colonoscopy will burn exactly 3 calories. And...I'm still waiting for a bike...
- The woman on the treadmill that is walking and talking on her cell phone. I have been guilty of answering a phone call while on the treadmill. I had to stop running and quickly see what the emergency was, hang up and continue my workout. But, honey, chatting with your BFF while the treadmill is set on 2mph with an incline of zero, is going to burn exactly 10 calories. Yes, you get points for actually moving your body - but a serious detraction for being rude. You do know that everything echos in there, right?