Odd sighting at gym

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    Sep 18, 2012 4:01 AM GMT
    I actually half expect someone to come back to me and incredulously say “yeah…do it all the time…works a treat!”

    The scene: gym in a substandard hotel in Hangzhou, China with equipment that certainly dates back to a bygone era (lots of hospital-green enamel with a fitness-meets-KitchenAid aesthetic and a tad on the sticky side). Anyway, ‘ya work with what ‘ya got.

    So chappy comes in…and OK…happened to be local chappy, but could have been anyone…

    First odd thing was he changed IN the gym (as I guess the locker room “just over there” was a bit too far for the guy). Unfortunately, not a pretty sight to behold, ‘cause if it had been, I’d be the first to say “yeah, alright, have at it!”

    Secondly, he produced a box of cling-film...you know, like Glad Wrap?

    He ripped off the long cardboard tab and, before putting his t-shirt on, proceeded to wrap meters and meters of the stuff around his mid-section…totally oblivious to anyone else.

    Once the, er, freshness was locked in so-to-speak…he donned his shirt and got on with his work out.

    Realizing my cycling had slowed to a snail’s pace, I chose to close my mouth, lower my eyebrows, nod to myself and get on with the task at hand…all the time catching a faint squeaking from somewhere behind me….

    Who knows…maybe the guy has corrugated abs by this point….or maybe he too appreciated the KitchenAid influence and just took the theme a bit further….

  • FuriousGeorge

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    Sep 18, 2012 4:06 AM GMT
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    Nothing to say. Just awesome.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Sep 18, 2012 4:08 AM GMT
    Maybe he was new to a gym an just did what he does at home or thought everyone did it or thought he was providing everyone with a good way to burn of calories faster ... at least he's trying
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    Sep 18, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
    I have no perspective on a gym in China. So I really can't render a judgment on this.
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    Sep 18, 2012 4:13 AM GMT
    Lol!!!!

    Consider showing him what a back support belt looks like next time.

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    Sep 18, 2012 5:06 AM GMT
    I've seen people wrap exercise machines in plastic in what I assume is an attempt to protect themselves.
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    Sep 18, 2012 10:49 AM GMT
    He is under the misconception that sweating more will reduce the fat aound his midsection but unfortunately will only succeed in dehydration. FAIL
  • ASHDOD

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    Sep 18, 2012 11:20 AM GMT
    i have been to china a year ago ,and after 3 trips to the east [+ japan and thailand] you need a english speaking local to explain certain things, some things are just not logical to western eyes.
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    Sep 18, 2012 11:24 AM GMT
    I have so many similar stories from the gym I went to in Jianxi province
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    Sep 18, 2012 11:29 AM GMT
    alexander7 saidHe is under the misconception that sweating more will reduce the fat aound his midsection but unfortunately will only succeed in dehydration. FAIL

    That's the theory behind the sauna suit, popular for a time in the 1970s and still sold in the US today. Smaller versions that covered specific parts of the body were sometimes inflatable, to give a snugger fit and to remain in place. That may be what he was trying to emulate with clear wrap.

    Monty Python mocked the inflatable versions with one of their looney sketches, which unfortunately I haven't been able to locate online. Since the Brit product advertised that you could lose weight wearing it while doing ordinary daily activities, MP showed people doing truly incongruous things in them, like performing in a Shakespeare play. Damn, wish I could find a clip, insanely hilarious.
  • Bunjamon

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    Sep 18, 2012 12:05 PM GMT
    我爱中国。
  • LJay

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    Sep 18, 2012 2:04 PM GMT
    It's the sauna suit thing, homemade.

    Way back when doctors made house calls, our family doctor came to the house without an overcoat in the winter. My mothersaid he must be freezing. He told her that he had learned to put a plastic dry cleaner bag between his t-shirt and his dress shirt (remember ties?) and that it kept him warm while he was running around without the bulk of an overcoat.
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    Sep 18, 2012 2:08 PM GMT
    "Chappy"?
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    Sep 18, 2012 2:12 PM GMT
    Tried really hard to find that scene from the Full Monty where the chubby bastard hides in his shed, wrapping cling film around his tummy and eats Mars bars.

    But all I found was this:


    Which is nice in it's own right but kinda besides the point.
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    Sep 25, 2012 5:35 AM GMT
    grofte saidTried really hard to find that scene from the Full Monty where the chubby bastard hides in his shed, wrapping cling film around his tummy and eats Mars bars.

    But all I found was this:


    Which is nice in it's own right but kinda besides the point.


    Hey, if this HAD been the result of a bit of cling film....then wrap me up!
  • Webster666

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    Sep 25, 2012 6:29 AM GMT
    alexander7 saidHe is under the misconception that sweating more will reduce the fat aound his midsection but unfortunately will only succeed in dehydration. FAIL



    Yes, exactly correct.
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    Sep 25, 2012 6:41 AM GMT
    Is it me or does the OP's writing turn you on?
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    Sep 25, 2012 6:46 AM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidIs it me or does the OP's writing turn you on?

    It's not just you... I'm in the same place right now. icon_redface.gif
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    Sep 25, 2012 6:49 AM GMT
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    jmusmc85 saidIs it me or does the OP's writing turn you on?

    It's not just you... I'm in the same place right now. icon_redface.gif


    Hes a good story teller. It flowed easily unlike the crap novels Art writes in here. And most importantly, it was some what interesting!!!
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    Sep 25, 2012 6:54 AM GMT
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    trampolini said
    jmusmc85 saidIs it me or does the OP's writing turn you on?

    It's not just you... I'm in the same place right now. icon_redface.gif


    Hes a good story teller. It flowed easily unlike the crap novels Art writes in here. And most importantly, it was some what interesting!!!

    Agreed, wholeheartedly - very engaging - and entertaining to boot! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 25, 2012 6:59 AM GMT
    We should start a fan club! I'll be the president and you can be the treasurer!
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    Sep 25, 2012 7:11 AM GMT
    LMFAO! I've been living in Hangzhou, China for the past 6 months and interestingly just finally registered at a gym 2 weeks ago after a long search for somewhere i could stomach for the right amount. I get what you mean and personal hygiene in public places is almost non-existent.

    I'll use the phrase we 老外 (Laowai's: Foreigners)say when we see/experience something that we cant just cant be explained, *WELCOME TO CHINA* haha