I work out in the morning to avoid the crowd, now I got another reason: New Years Resolvers. I just got back from 24 Hour Fitness and I saw as more disregard for gym safety and protocols in that sixty minutes as I have in hundreds of hours I’ve put in during the mornings.
24 Hour Fitness is the numskull’s gym, I know that. I only go there because it’s cheap and 1.5 miles from my apartment which makes a good routine; run to the gym, workout, run back.
Tonight I saw a guy doing 100lb, one handed clean and jerks drop the weight and let it bounce around the floor.

  1. Doing clean and jerks should get you kicked out of the gym. Unless you’re going to the Olympics it’s a show-off maneuver, not an exercise. Like my personal trainer used to say, “Any moron can throw weights around.”
  2. If you drop a weight you didn’t know your limits or you were just showing off. (See A)
  3. If you drop a weight on the rubber mat floor it’s your responsibility to keep it from bouncing all over the goddamn place by stepping on it when it hits the ground.

And then someone swiped one of my weights while I was taking a drink between sets. My towel was right. fucking. there! That’s why we bring towels to the weight room, they’re place holders! If I leave my towel by my weights it’s to tell the world I’m coming back! THE TOWEL IS CIVILIZATION!
Disrespect the towel and it’s a slippery slope towards anarchy and barbarism.
And then there’s this:

Dear 24 Hour Fitness Muzak People,

What the Hell makes you think The Cure’s Boys Don’t Cry is an appropriate song for a weight room? Have you listened to the song? It’s about feelings and shit like that. The gym only has the capacity for three feelings; strain, pain and exhaustion. (And possibly lust, if that super-hot Costa Rican chick is there, but that’s it!) The weight room is a place of sweat and iron, in this place there is no room for Robert Smith. That goes double for The Pretenders.

Tone Milazzo
Cpl. USMC Ret.

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Comments: (5)


  1. Same thing at my gym. Should peter out around March, right? I can’t wait.

    And yeah, the 24 Hour music SUCKS. I talked to an employee about it one time and they said it’s piped it from of site and out of their control. It’s terrible! I’ve heard a steady string of 80s pop ballads before. And this is why my iPod is constantly playing metal instead.

    Comment by avantard — February 14, 2007 @ 7:17 am

  2. Hahahahah. Wait, I’m starting to remember why I switched to LA Fitness. I fucking hate it when people drop weights like that!!

    Comment by animaetrix00 — February 14, 2007 @ 8:12 am

  3. I’m giving you a big amen on all of that. I do the morning 24 hour fitness too and I loathe the NewYear’s folk. They come in with their brand new gym clothes and complete lack of common sense and clog up my frickin’ cycle class and then have the nerve to leave halfway through. It’s an hour of cycling. Yes, it’s hard, but that the EFFING POINT. You’re not supposed to leave as soon as you get sweaty. I feel completely justified in giving them the “I hate your guts” stare for the measely half hour they spend in class.

    Those showoff weights guys are awful too. They seem to be the worst about sharing equipment and realizing that other people aren’t going to spend all damn day in the gym. I don’t know what those freaks do for money, but I have to get in my work out and go to work. I go in, do my routine, and get out. Sometimes I’ll go up and ask a guy (it’s always a guy) if he’s a)still using that or b)if I can work in. They never fail to stare at me as if I walked up to them and started speaking Greek. C’mon, dude. You’ve been sitting there like a lump of ground chuck for the past ten minutes, staring at yourself in the mirror and toweling yourself off. It’s not all that unreasonable for me to ask you to get the show on the road.


    Comment by mollymillions — February 14, 2007 @ 10:54 am

  4. And I forgot about the guy who was doing side late raises while standing right up against the dumbbell rack.

    “All for me! All for me!”

    Comment by tone_milazzo — February 14, 2007 @ 11:15 am

  5. Yeah, or they will use a weight and drop it and leave it next to them and go get another one until they have a little collection around them, nevermind the fact that the racks are now mostly empty. I’m usually too shy to go snag one and just work something else.

    Comment by animaetrix00 — February 15, 2007 @ 10:03 am

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