Show some courtesy, people! Ditch the cell phone at the gym
At my local New York Sports Club, patrons are greeted by ...
HELLO! YEAH, I'M AT ON THE TREADMILL AT THE GYM! NO, I DIDN'T SEE WHAT KHLOE WAS WEARING! YEAH, I KNOW! I KNOW!
OH! KAREN, LEMME CALL YOU BACK! THERE'S SOME GUY HERE TRYING TO WRITE A COLUMN! RIGHT! OK! OK! RIGHT!
At this New York Sports Club, people coming to work out are greeted by small rectangular signs scattered throughout the complex. They are there to remind people that, during exercise, cell phone usage is ...
NO, I DON'T THINK SANCHEZ IS BETTER THAN ELI! NO WAY, DUDE! NO WAY! YOU KNOW WHO SANCHEZ THROWS LIKE? TUCKER KASS, THAT'S WHO! YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY CRAZY, MAN!
BRO! I GOTTA GET BACK TO YOU. SOME JERK WITH A NOTEPAD THINKS HE OWNS THE PLACE!
At this New York Sports Club, patrons are greeted by small rectangular signs scattered throughout the complex. They are there to remind people that, during exercise, cell phone usage is prohibited. Much like
"It's truly annoying," says
From Scarsdale, N.Y., to Santa Barbara, Calif., from Brick Township, N.J. to Bonners Ferry, Idaho, a maddening (and mounting) number of people think it's fine and dandy to gab on their cell phones during exercise. If, as studies show, more than 85 percent of American adults own cell phones, at least 85 percent of American adults who own cell phones, belong to fitness clubs and lack total and complete self-awareness, use them during workouts. Making matters 100 times worse, with the economy tanking and gym memberships lagging, many establishments are urging their employees to back off enforcement (for fear of losing customers).
"I was on the treadmill about two weeks ago when a woman next to me got on her cell phone," says
Mark can't be thrilled. And neither am I. For the majority of gym members, that hour (or so) of sweating, running, jumping, lifting and stretching serves as an escape from the minute-by-minute madness that is life. There are no screaming babies at the gym; no finance reports due in an hour; no dental drills or post office lines or tax audits or spilled milk dripping off the kitchen counter. Working out isn't always fun, but it is an opportunity to release stress and focus on oneself and reach that blissful fitness high. When you're cruising along, running at a great clip, arms pumping, legs churning, heart pounding, sweat ...
NOOOOO! HE ASKED YOU OUT? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? REALLY? GOD, EXCEPT FOR THAT PURPLISH ZIT THING HE'S SOOOOO CUTE!!!!!
If there's one thing I notice at my gym, it's that the majority of serious athletes (those dedicated to fitness) leave their cell phones behind. Thanks to TV monitors and iPods and (egad) phones, however, many self-described "casual exercisers" now seem to view working out as an unpleasant necessity that can be numbed and marginalized by imported distractions -- like very loud, inane conversations.
The end result: "You don't concentrate on your body, you annoy other people and you possibly hurt yourself because you're not focused," says
I have a rule, too -- talk on your cell phone at the gym, I'll place my friend's copperhead in your sneaker.
The snake's name is Biff. He responds to loud noise.