I go to the gym 5 days a week, so a lot of my posts I’m sure will have some hate for the people I encounter there. Today I ended up being next to one of those people – the dreaded Treadmill Walker.
So I’m just doing my thing and running on a treadmill, trying to stay focused on something other than the fact that I actually hate running and only do it so I don’t get a huge gut that would require I get a nickname like “Buddha-belly” or “Porky,” when this guy gets on the empty treadmill next to me. I’m stupidly-competitive, so naturally I check to see what speed he has going.
Okay. I think, “Oh, he must just be warming up.” I wait for another 12 minutes. Nothing changes.
This is where I lose it.
I don’t understand people who use the treadmill for walking. If you’re gonna come to the gym, do something. Do something that makes you sweat. Yes! Sweat! That’s what you should be doing – you should be sweating. And walking on the treadmill is not the way to do that. If at any time you come to the gym and think, “Hmm, today seems like a nice 20 minute walk on the treadmill kinda day,” Just turn around and go home. Because the amount of calories it takes for you to walk to the train and then walk home from the train, is probably the same you’d be burning while here taking up a treadmill for people who actually want to exercise.
I wanted so badly to reach over, tap him on the shoulder, and explain this concept to him – but I didn’t.
I let it slide.
Because I’m an understanding dude.