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Have You Ever Gone to the Gym, and Not Worked Out?

Confession time. It was cold and rainy last weekend, and I motivated myself to go to the gym for an indoor cardio workout that would warm me up in no time. When I got there, it was like everyone in the entire city had the same idea, and every machine was occupied.

After waiting for about 10 minutes, I decided to throw in my towel. Literally. The towel I had grabbed on the way in went straight into the gym's laundry bag, and I exited without doing any kind of activity. Something about the situation made me terribly unmotivated, and I simply decided my workout would wait until the next day. Have you ever left the gym without working out?

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ojodeazul ojodeazul 7 years
Sometimes I just got to the gym to sit in the sauna or hot tub!
Jess7 Jess7 7 years
I've done this a few times. Usually it's when I get there and all the cardio machines are full (especially January! grumble), and on those occasions I do not feel good all day! But there have been a couple times where I've gone, hopped on the stairmaster and after about 10 minutes decided I have had enough. That doesn't happen very often, but sometimes when it does I am sort of weirdly proud of my rebellion haha like I am standing up to the gym! :P Maybe not the best attitude but I feel like sometimes you just need a break, and it's ok to not beat yourself up about it.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I haven't. I've been pretty close though, like when I'm on the treadmill and I get a massive stitch, or my back decides it doesn't like me, or when the token creepy guy walks into the cardio room.
becky0125 becky0125 7 years
yup, and i have absolutely no excuse. i walked in, realized i didn't want to be there, and walked out.
cowboyplus cowboyplus 7 years
i WOULD leave if i were in the same situation but i never have been. so nooo i've never left w/o working out ...
HariboLicorice HariboLicorice 7 years
a few times 1. all the good machines were taken except the treadmill next to the sweaty guy 2. i got sick to my stomach 15 minutes into my workout 3. i was too tired.
DivaDivine DivaDivine 7 years
I've left on 3 separate occasions: 1. The New Year Resolutionaries were on all the machines for the next three hours and the classes were full to capacity. 2. The new management disallowed using cardio equipment for more than 30 minutes at a time 3. The A/C broke in the middle of July and went unfixed for 4 days I never went back after that
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
my gym is at work and pretty small. So if the cardio machines are occupied, I rarely have the time to sit around and wait for them to be free. I've also walked in, seen my least favorite coworker in there, and just turned around and left.
KeepOnKeepingOn KeepOnKeepingOn 7 years
The closest I ever got was I pulled into the gym parking lot (I wasn't in my gym clothes yet) and then decided I was too tired. Now I always put my gym clothes on before I leave so that I don't run into that situation again. I'm much more motivated to work out when I'm already dressed and ready to go. It takes a lot of effort to get dressed and work out when you're not really feeling it. Haha.
jessfish25 jessfish25 7 years
Once I got to the gym, got on a cardio machine for about 30 seconds, realized my blood sugar felt like it was about to drop through the floor, and had to hurry out of there to get some food on my system. Another time I went for a yoga class & the teacher didn't show... so I left because I didn't have gym shoes & I wasn't feeling creative enough to do some poses on my own.
meghanthefox meghanthefox 7 years
wow...this post hits close to home because everytime it rains everyone works out and i HATE it because i work out everyday and this is the only time people gather about at the gym
I've never done that before. I have gotten dressed, taken the train to work and then turned around and gone back home :P
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I've never gone to the gym and not worked out at all. Sometimes I'll get there and the machine I want to use is being occupied, so I just change up my routine a little bit and modify it so I can use a different piece of equipment.
mek123 mek123 7 years
I've gone to the gym and not been in the mood to work out so just sat in the jacuzzi and/or sauna. A guy I work with calls that his "gentleman's workout."
dsison dsison 7 years
YES. i was about to start changing when i realized that I forgot my shoes. And, I only had flip flops on at the time...BUMMER. make sure you bring EVERYTHING!
MadEddy MadEddy 7 years
In the Army, this is called a "zonk." On very rare occasions, you'll get lucky and when you show up to first formation in the morning, your unit leadership will let everyone go get breakfast or whatever instead of physical training. (I say lucky because I hate being awake at oh-dark-thirty in the morning, much less exercising then. If five years of that didn't make me a morning person, I don't think anything will.) Nowadays, I'll occasionally get to the gym and realize that my back is just not going to play nice that day. I try not to beat myself up about it, though.
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
a couple times I went with my dad to his fancy health club at 5 in the morning and instead of working out I slept on the massage table in the women's locker room. this was a long time ago!
tuliprush tuliprush 7 years
Why, yes I have. I have had days where I don't know how, but I somehow got my ass in the gym, put my stuff in a locker, got on a machine for my warm-up, and 3 minutes later, gotten off, grabbed my stuff, and left. I don't get them often, but probably once every 2 months, I honestly can't force myself to push through it, and I decide that it's my body telling me it needs a break.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
I've gone to the gym walked in and decided I just couldn't do it and went to breakfast instead! Somedays I just don't want to do it and exerting the control and just leaving makes me feel so much better. None of us should be slaves to the gym or should beat ourselves up over this. I think that's more worrisome than if you're honest with yourself and forgiving enough to allow yourself to bail every once in a while.
Lo-Lo291303 Lo-Lo291303 7 years
A couple of times I showed up only to find out my pilates instructor bailed, and instead of hopping on a machine, I went home. But now I've joined a much better gym, where if an instructor is away, there's a makeup instructor, or I'll know in advance.
Allytta Allytta 7 years
i'd never forgive myself. getting into the gym is a very big chore for me, so if i'm in i'm staying.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 7 years
There are days I choose not to work out, but once I get to the gym I always do something!
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I've never left the gym without working out. But, there was one day last winter when I actually got up, put on my winter running clothes, walked about a block, then turned around and went home to go back to bed! Not one of my finer moments.
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