Last night in the gym I overheard 2 guys talking and one of them said something that really bugged me. So picture the scene, they are stood around the free weights area chatting and pissing about on their phones etc, doing the occasional bicep curl or the odd bench press. One of the guys then looks at the clock and says (and I shit you not) “we’ve been here nearly an hour, we can go soon”.
Now to me that is wrong on so many levels. I would much rather spend 20 mins in the gym going all out with minimal rest periods between high intensity heavy sets than spend an hour in the gym for the sake of being able to say “I went to the gym for an hour tonight” and spending the time doing the odd lift here and there. To me that is not working out, and it surely hinders any goals they may be trying to achieve.
ALL THE GEAR, NO IDEA!
Am I right or wrong? I can’t see how anyone can disagree with me on this, but as this is social media you never know! Thoughts please….
Everyone goes to the gym for different reasons. Just because you personally prefer high intensity and give no thought to the time doesn’t mean that everyone will operate that way.
Maybe these guys needed to leave the house for at least an hour. There could be any number of reasons for this - Their wives/roommates wanted some quiet time and asked them to stay out for a while. They were trying to avoid something at their house, like a family member visiting. They were waiting until their wife/roommate left so that they could get some quiet time at home. They were trying to get out of some chore, like washing the dishes, and knew it would be finished if they just waited long enough before going home. There are lots of reasons why they might want to stay out for a prolonged period.
Or maybe these guys don’t specifically go to the gym for a hardcore workout. Maybe they just enjoy hanging out with each other and like the atmosphere. There’s nothing wrong with spending time with your friend and shooting the breeze for a while. Hanging around the gym lets you be more active than you otherwise would be, you have plenty of time to chat, you can blow off some steam and you feel good about yourself afterward. Win-win.
In the end - You don’t know their goals. And even if you did, it’s their goals, not your’s. As long as they pay their dues and don’t disrupt anyone else’s workout, they’re perfectly allowed to use the gym for their own purposes. If they want to hang around for a light 1 hour workout, there’s really no harm in that.
I’m honestly not sure why you’d criticize this. Unless they were hogging equipment and outright refused to let people work in, this doesn’t sound like any kind of problem. No one else is obligated to workout hard just because you choose to.