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Do You People-Watch at the Gym?

Since I'm a social and curious person by nature, I admit that I people-watch at the gym while I'm working out. I'm not obvious about it, but I definitely check out people's form, get ideas for new ways to strength train, and use their energy to motivate me to work harder. What about you?


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brownsugamama brownsugamama 8 years
I am a people watcher, but I never watched the folks at the gym. I am too clumsy to be looking around at other things. Must focus on the workout. But if they are like right in front on me and I was bored I might watch them.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
I look at HOOOOOOOOT guys as if they were juicy burgers =)
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 8 years
Well typically I bring TONS of reading material and get lost in it when I am on a cardio machine at the gym but when I run out or they get boring... I start looking around... Unfortunately I have found no cute boys to keep my occupied... only beef cakes checking themselves out in mirrors!
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
Yep! I am constantly people watching at the gym. Today there was a woman who was basically humping mat... it was so funny. =)
bvfashion bvfashion 8 years
I definitely people watch during when I do cardio. Not obviously, but I'll glance out of the corner of my eye at the people near me. And the treadmill is right in front of a window, so I watch what's going on outside as well.
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
Nah. I block it all out. I hate it when people interrupt my workout and they will always be people who stare. I'm over it.
misskacie misskacie 8 years
No. People-watching distracts me. Besides, I learned that a few people routinely watch me and it made me a teensy bit uncomfortable.* I wouldn't want to (even inadvertently) cause someone else to feel that same discomfort. *Running outside isn't an option where I live, unfortunately.
medicgirl medicgirl 8 years
Yeah I definitely do when I am doing cardio. The machines are up top so you kinda 'look down' at people...there one girl who is so pathetic I kinda feel sorry for her. All she does is walk back and forth in-front of all the men working out, wearing her little outfit and sticking her boobs out. I don't think I have ever actually seen her work out. My friends and I call her 'workout barbie', she is entertaining to say the least.
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
Definitely. I'm a people watcher wherever I am. I just try not to be obvious or rude, because I don't want to come off as creepy.
katyharper katyharper 8 years
Oh - and I totally forgot. There's one woman who dances while she's on the arc trainer. Like, full-out, JAMMIN'. She's moving all around, mouthing the words to the song on her iPod - it is GREAT. Love her.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't usually look at anyone on purpose, but sometimes there are people in the gym that I sort of can't help but the guy that always comes in and works out in suit pants and a dress shirt (ew!) and the lady that talks to herself when she's on the stationary bike. And the guy that gets on the elliptical machine and goes gangbusters with the speed to the point that he almost flies off of it. Ok, so maybe I watch people more than I thought!
katyharper katyharper 8 years
Unfortunately, I agree with spacekatgal. Most women compare ourselves with others, whether we do it consciously or not. I find that if I'm on the treadmill next to someone who's not in as good of shape as I am, I stand up straighter and maybe kick it up a notch, but if the girl next to me is Super Athlete, I don't perform as well. Sad, but true.
nutrihuney nutrihuney 8 years
usually do this when I am on the cardio equipment and all the TVs are set to sports. I also watch if someone is doing an exercise I have never seen or tried before.
hotdog44 hotdog44 8 years
Most of the time I just can't help it. At the gym in my apartment there is a guy who is constantly groaning and I just want to tell him to shut up the whole time. Then there is another old guy who always has the AC off and will switch between bikes while reading the newspaper and literally sweat buckets, so when I go in there are puddles of sweat on the floor and it's a sauna. So I generally people watch because it's unavoidable and the people are being annoying.
sunshinepointe sunshinepointe 8 years
No, I'm there to work out. The only person I watch is the instructor or myself in the mirror. Occasionally I'll glance at someone to see how they're doing if they're a new student but that's the teacher in me.
ohkate ohkate 8 years
yeah but I try not to make it super obvious.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
sometimes. at my old gym there was the HOTTEST guy ever who always worked out the same time as me. i watched him :) but not in a stalker way.
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