Nov 13, 2012 12:37 AM GMT
I go to a principally straight gym; in 2 years of going there, I have only seen a couple guys I assume to be gay - maybe my gaydar is broken, but I doubt it. This gym has members from every ethnic group you can imagine, and probably 5 percent are black. I belong to this gym mainly because it has a halfway decent pool. The gym is large and fairly well equipped. It has a basketball court. There are always guys there who know each other and have quiet conversations in the locker room. Then there is the subset of gym goers who are apparently not capable of speaking to each other at a normal voice level - they don't talk, they shout - always. They shout from the hot tub to guys in the shower area - a distance of about 15 feet, and they shout to each other when they're standing 6 feet apart. If if they are at one end of the locker room, you can be assured you can hear every word of their conversations at the other and a distance of about 60 feet. They are not exactly speaking the Kings English so one cannot understand everything they say. They are all black, and in the 30 to middle age range. (Not all black guys I encounter in the locker room act in this manner, but most seem to.) I get the impression they are lower class, but then I wonder how they can afford to pay for the membership at this gym . I used to gouh to gay gyms (but no pools) and never experienced this kind of noisy behavior amomg gym members. It's annoying enough, that I am checking out other possible gyms with pools. There is probably no hope for this particular gym. It's the same kind of behavior I see when walking down the street when there are unemployed lower class black guys encountering each other - everyone gets to hear their conversations from a block away. I have not experienced this kind of behavior from the black professional men I know, nor from black gay men I know. Anyone else experience this in a gym? I'd rather be cruised then have to listen to this noise.