ipad at the gym, really?

  • shoelessj

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    Jul 05, 2010 7:10 AM GMT
    Has anyone else noticed this new disturbing trend?

    It's one thing when people walk around the gym with their new iphones out so everyone can see, but ipads? Really? On the treadmills and the elliptical machines? Do you have that much trouble staying focused on your 20-minutes elliptical session or your 40 minute run that you need to bring your ipad with you? Are the array of cable TV stations on each and every machine not enough for you?

    Or, is it like i suspect, that you just want everyone to see your new toy? Color me not at all impressed.
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    Jul 05, 2010 8:02 AM GMT
    That's nothing. One time I saw a woman watch a movie on a portable DVD player while she was using the elliptical machine. Another time, I saw a dude use his laptop while using a stationary bike.
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    Jul 05, 2010 12:11 PM GMT
    hahahahahahaah love it!

    colour me irritated with eyebrows shrugged ;-P
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    Jul 05, 2010 12:14 PM GMT
    When I read the topic I imagined someone taking it along while doing free weights. Which would be kind of silly. I don't think doing cardio with it is that big of deal. Certainly no stranger than doing cardio inside.
  • Halcyonz

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    Jul 05, 2010 12:37 PM GMT
    shoelessj saidHas anyone else noticed this new disturbing trend?

    It's one thing when people walk around the gym with their new iphones out so everyone can see, but ipads? Really? On the treadmills and the elliptical machines? Do you have that much trouble staying focused on your 20-minutes elliptical session or your 40 minute run that you need to bring your ipad with you? Are the array of cable TV stations on each and every machine not enough for you?

    Or, is it like i suspect, that you just want everyone to see your new toy? Color me not at all impressed.


    Well. . . as I fall into one of these people, I'll lend you my perspective. I bring my iPad for cardio only. . . I'd probably gawk at someone using it while lifting weights. But as I do 40-60min sessions, I get bored really, really really easily because I detest doing cardio, period. Before the iPad I would jump cardio machines just so that I would not get bored. This often turned out to be a bad choice because cardio machines are not always readily available and I would just leave. With it, I can stay really occupied reading up on BBC/NPR/NewYorkTimes/ and other literature I have uploaded to it. I also find it more entertaining to browse and find something on Netflix or Youtube or Vimeo than to sit there on the cardio machine flipping through TV stations. I do not watch TV at all regularly, so I have a hard time finding something interesting there as well.

    I have never once thought, "oh, I'll bring my iPad today just to show off." It's a tool and I use it as such.
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    Jul 05, 2010 12:52 PM GMT
    The people at my gym must not be rich enough to afford iPads! I've only seen one iPad out in the wild and otherwise it's just been at stores.
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    Jul 05, 2010 12:52 PM GMT
    shoelessj saidHas anyone else noticed this new disturbing trend?

    It's one thing when people walk around the gym with their new iphones out so everyone can see, but ipads? Really? On the treadmills and the elliptical machines? Do you have that much trouble staying focused on your 20-minutes elliptical session or your 40 minute run that you need to bring your ipad with you? Are the array of cable TV stations on each and every machine not enough for you?

    Or, is it like i suspect, that you just want everyone to see your new toy? Color me not at all impressed.

    Actually, you were impressed. Otherwise, you wouldn't be commenting. And it sounds like sour grapes. Plus, it's none of your business.
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    Jul 05, 2010 12:52 PM GMT
    I see nothing wrong with it.

    I like to read while I'm doing cardio, and have even read between sets when I'm not in a rush to get out of the gym. The problem with books is that it's practically impossible to keep the book open to the appropriate page (especially new books), so I've been thinking about using my iPad at the gym. an eBook reader is far more efficient for gym use than the book, itself.
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    Jul 05, 2010 12:54 PM GMT
    For myself an iPad would be impractical as I'm constantly moving about the gym.

    The fact ppl are getting into the gym should be a good thing. As long as they remember where they left it so the screen won't get cracked by a free falling dumbbell. icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 05, 2010 1:04 PM GMT
    Ricovelas saidFor myself an iPad would be impractical as I'm constantly moving about the gym.

    The fact ppl are getting into the gym should be a good thing. As long as they remember where they left it so the screen won't get cracked by a free falling dumbbell. icon_razz.gif


    You're referring to the weights and not the members, right? icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 05, 2010 1:06 PM GMT
    xrichx saidThat's nothing. One time I saw a woman watch a movie on a portable DVD player while she was using the elliptical machine. Another time, I saw a dude use his laptop while using a stationary bike.


    Hahahaha; that's awesome! They're like people in the 80s showing off their massive mobile phones :p
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    Jul 05, 2010 1:06 PM GMT
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    Ricovelas saidFor myself an iPad would be impractical as I'm constantly moving about the gym.

    The fact ppl are getting into the gym should be a good thing. As long as they remember where they left it so the screen won't get cracked by a free falling dumbbell. icon_razz.gif


    You're referring to the weights and not the members, right? icon_razz.gif


    Could be both... icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 05, 2010 1:13 PM GMT
    I see a lot a people at the gym with clipboards with their routines on it. Does this bother you too? If so, why is the clipboard more acceptable. If someone wants something and can afford something that you either don't want or can't afford, then whats the issue.

    Personally, I have an iPhone and I don't care if someone knows I have it or not. It is my phone and PDA. It's not some status accessory. I don't just use it so people can see I'm using it. (They are so ubiquitous at my gym and in my town anyway that I'd be willing to guess that there's no cache to them.) I use it when there's no one around too. It works for me as it is an extraordinary time saver. I don't chide gym members with more expensive gear than I can afford if they want and can afford it. As an example, I cannot afford a personal trainer, but I don't go around chastising those with a personal trainer as 'showing them off.' They can afford it so, more power to them.
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    Jul 05, 2010 1:16 PM GMT
    I bring stuff to read on cardio sometimes. So why not read it from ipad and safe some paper?
  • Buddha

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    Jul 05, 2010 1:18 PM GMT
    I don't have an iPad but if I did I would without a second thought bring to the gym. The "array" of TV-channels I have to choose from is one channel that's showing some kind of boring how-to-X, another is showing today's weather and another is showing Blair Witch, MTV is running either "My sweet 16" or "Brooke knows best", or whatever they're called. They're all very, very horrible and boring to watch and if anything they make me want to leave the treadmill rather than stay on it.
  • cowboyathlete

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    Jul 05, 2010 1:20 PM GMT
    Yes I have seen the trend. If you hog a machine because of your damn ipad, you need to choose one or the other.
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    Jul 05, 2010 3:27 PM GMT
    reppaT saidI see nothing wrong with it.

    I like to read while I'm doing cardio, and have even read between sets when I'm not in a rush to get out of the gym. The problem with books is that it's practically impossible to keep the book open to the appropriate page (especially new books), so I've been thinking about using my iPad at the gym. an eBook reader is far more efficient for gym use than the book, itself.

    But can one really do a proper cardio workout if he is concentrating on reading and not exercising. I know with my HIITs on the elliptical, I definitely have to keep my mind focused.
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    Jul 05, 2010 3:31 PM GMT
    Thats crazy! when my ipod touche broke and i was replacing it i almost got the ipad but decided against it because theres no way i could use it at the gym! lol

    thats hilarious!
  • Celticmusl

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    Jul 05, 2010 3:33 PM GMT
    I do tons of stuff to keep me distracted while i do cardio, most of which is music though. Sometimes my cardio is a full hour.....would go crazy if I just stared at a wall the whole time.
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    Jul 05, 2010 3:38 PM GMT
    cowboyathlete saidYes I have seen the trend. If you hog a machine because of your damn ipad, you need to choose one or the other.



    I'm not sure I get why reading things on your iPad while using the machine means you're "hogging" it. Meaning, it would be OK if the person was using the machine while staring into space?

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    Jul 05, 2010 3:42 PM GMT
    Have not seen any yet, but that is funny.
  • cowboyathlete

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    Jul 05, 2010 3:42 PM GMT
    DjDorchester said
    cowboyathlete saidYes I have seen the trend. If you hog a machine because of your damn ipad, you need to choose one or the other.



    I'm not sure I get why reading things on your iPad while using the machine means you're "hogging" it. Meaning, it would be OK if the person was using the machine while staring into space?

    Because they are too often NOT using the machine. I have seen men and women lost in la la land playing around with their ipad while others are watiing in line to use that piece of equipment. I saw a woman do this once on a leg press machine I wanted to use. When I asked how much longer she had, she said two more sets and then went back to her addiction.
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    Jul 05, 2010 3:42 PM GMT
    xrichx saidThat's nothing. One time I saw a woman watch a movie on a portable DVD player while she was using the elliptical machine. Another time, I saw a dude use his laptop while using a stationary bike.



    Multi-tasking in the 21st Century
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    Jul 05, 2010 3:46 PM GMT
    Caslon15000 said
    shoelessj saidHas anyone else noticed this new disturbing trend?

    It's one thing when people walk around the gym with their new iphones out so everyone can see, but ipads? Really? On the treadmills and the elliptical machines? Do you have that much trouble staying focused on your 20-minutes elliptical session or your 40 minute run that you need to bring your ipad with you? Are the array of cable TV stations on each and every machine not enough for you?

    Or, is it like i suspect, that you just want everyone to see your new toy? Color me not at all impressed.

    Actually, you were impressed. Otherwise, you wouldn't be commenting. And it sounds like sour grapes. Plus, it's none of your business.


    touché.

    maybe the person with the iPad just bought a new book, downloaded it to the iPad and is reading it. it's no different than bringing a book or magazine onto the treadmill.
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    Jul 05, 2010 6:28 PM GMT
    Hey, man, if your IPAD gets you through cardio, o.k., but PLEASE don't tie up three benches and hold me up while you fuck with it.

    Most folks, it turns out in recent college research, are HORRIBLE multi-taskers. It turns out that it's become a real problem in college campuses.

    The Discovery Channel did a program on mult-tasking a while back, and it is very adversely affecting learning, job performance, and so on. They even went so far as to do MRIs on the brains of folks in the studies. Multi-tasking isn't a good thing, especially if you're driving, or in class, or lifting a weight.

    I pity the folks who paid $600 for an I-phone that doesn't work right.

    Logan and I have a joke that when someone calls...and gets dropped..."You must be using an Iphone. There's a map for that."