obsessed with strange old dude at gym

  • dommyinlosang...

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    Mar 11, 2013 2:36 AM GMT
    (please email me if you want to insult me or are offended and we can discuss... (or if you just wanna chat) much easier for me) icon_smile.gif

    so i love to "hot guy" watch a the gym when i'm cardio-ing... makes the time go by... but i always catch this one peculiar old dude... i find him so funny and i don't understand him.

    for example... the other day i'm up on the 2nd floor on the bike and can see the entrance... i see him come in. he's like 60-70... jet black dyed hair... skinny... wears a long sleeved plaid collared button down flannel shirt... long black workout pants and a small type of baseball cap too small for his head...

    that alone makes me want to know what he's thinking... is that how guys dressed working out in the 60s?

    he walks around looking excited to be amongst the living... then sits at a back press machine but does it for about 6 times with the lowest weight possible... (ok hes old but he's just bending basically) when he's done with that... walks upstairs... he gets on the elliptical for 3-4 minutes with no resistance... doesn't even turn it on... then comes over to the rowing machine for about 3 minutes and then walks downstairs and leaves. that's it. he's done.

    probably took him more time to get dressed into that carefully put together ensemble.

    i don't get using the machines with no resistance or just using them for 3 minutes. he probably feels like it was a real workout.

    i've seen him before and he does the same thing... dresses funny, always in plaid... few minutes on a machine with no resistance then leaves.

    the very long stairs walking up to the gym is prob a better workout.

    it's kind of cute in an old guy kind of way. maybe that's what i'm gonna be like in 30 years

    UPDATE: i dont get some of the negative commentators here... (well i guess i should since there's gotta be some gay bitchy queens here) there are many people at the gym including myself who are quirky (btw: i TOTALLY prefer quirky to conformity)... i just mentioned this guy cuz i think he's kind of funny... we all notice different people so don't pretend... as i stated in a comment i was mugged by a homeless guy 2 years ago, had serious damage to my head and started wearing sunglasses to the gym just because dulling the light felt a little better... i know i looked silly... i didnt care... i wasnt mad if someone looked... even after the pain went away with the eyes i continued to wear them just because it felt kind of good... i am also not a fashionista... i am in fact a total slob who knows nothing about fashion... and it is not a gay gym--- this is not an attack of his age... i dont think he's in pain as he's very spry and seems quite happy... and hes one of many quirky people there... including the orange guy who dances, the old ladies, the young skinny nerds bulking up, (i'm a nerd too dont get offended) the fat guys trying to lose the weight (i used to be fat so dont get offended please) and (i always root for everyone especially the really fat ones... good for them), the hot black dudes who just play bball, the gays who watch them on the second floor, the women who talk on the phone on the elliptical (one time i fake talked on my phone louder than her so she would shut up... lol... she got the point), the ridiculous threesome of hot white boys who dress beautifully and look amazing and seems like a clique of models and are always together like three witches... oh and the dude in the wheel chair who is there to just hang and a bunch of times tried to sell me his song about obama... this gym now that i think about it kind of wacky lol... but some of you negative nellies seem to think based on the post that i'm making fun of him... one guy here charmingly called me an asshole... but observing and judging are two different things... IMO... i know if i go to the gym in sunglasses and keep them on inside as i workout i will stand out... if someone notices and tells a friend that's just reality... one time i forgot to take off my bike helmet (actually more than 1 time) and i also had on the flashing light... in addition to the sunglasses... i noticed someone taking my picture secretly... realizing i still had on my head gear i didn't mind... i thought it was funny. that pic prob floating around the internets somewhere. if you see a pic of a guy like that let me know. my long winded pointless point is we are all quirky in some way... lets just observe, laugh about it... enjoy it... and have some fun in life... oh and if you want to insult me... feel free to email me personally and do it email to email like a real man... at least we can discuss it
  • AMoonHawk

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    Mar 11, 2013 2:41 AM GMT
    maybe bad heart so he's got to take it easy ... if he's had something like by pass surgery, then he's actually doing pretty good ... baby steps
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    Mar 11, 2013 3:53 AM GMT
    Why not start a conversation with him and see what he's all about? Life is better when you just ask and meet people.
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    Mar 11, 2013 3:54 AM GMT
    he's there for the sauna...
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    Mar 11, 2013 3:55 AM GMT
    Rockbiter saidWhy not start a conversation with him and see what he's all about? Life is better when you just ask and meet people.


    agreed
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    Mar 11, 2013 4:01 AM GMT
    dvsinla saidso i love to "hot guy" watch a the gym when i'm cardio-ing... makes the time go by... but i always catch this one peculiar old dude... i find him so funny and i don't understand him.

    for example... the other day i'm up on the 2nd floor on the bike and can see the entrance... i see him come in. he's like 60-70... jet black dyed hair... skinny... wears a long sleeved plaid collared button down flannel shirt... long black workout pants and a small type of baseball cap too small for his head...

    that alone makes me want to know what he's thinking... is that how guys dressed working out in the 60s?

    he walks around looking excited to be amongst the living... then sits at a back press machine but does it for about 6 times with the lowest weight possible... (ok hes old but he's just bending basically) when he's done with that... walks upstairs... he gets on the elliptical for 3-4 minutes with no resistance... doesn't even turn it on... then comes over to the rowing machine for about 3 minutes and then walks downstairs and leaves. that's it. he's done.

    probably took him more time to get dressed into that carefully put together ensemble.

    i don't get using the machines with no resistance or just using them for 3 minutes. he probably feels like it was a real workout.

    i've seen him before and he does the same thing... dresses funny, always in plaid... few minutes on a machine with no resistance then leaves.

    the very long stairs walking up to the gym is prob a better workout.

    it's kind of cute in an old guy kind of way. maybe that's what i'm gonna be like in 30 years



    Awww.....

    Just look at him as inspiration.
    At least he's trying. icon_smile.gif
  • Profire

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    Mar 11, 2013 4:05 AM GMT
    Might be his social outlet and reason to get out of bed.

    When I worked at a bank as a bank teller we would have people withdraw $100 from their account in the morning and deposit $100 back into their account later that same day.

    We all figured it was their errand they had to run that day so it was their reason to get out of bed and out of the house, plus it let them be around people.
    As you get older its probably more difficult to have a reason to leave the house.

    Say Hi to him.
    He would probably really appreciate it, plus he may have some really cool stories (one might even be why he dresses the way he does. icon_smile.gif. )
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    Mar 11, 2013 4:08 AM GMT
    It sounds like he's found happiness, and it inspires you. Would be cool to hear his story.
  • dommyinlosang...

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    Mar 11, 2013 4:33 AM GMT
    Profire saidMight be his social outlet and reason to get out of bed.

    When I worked at a bank as a bank teller we would have people withdraw $100 from their account in the morning and deposit $100 back into their account later that same day.

    We all figured it was their errand they had to run that day so it was their reason to get out of bed and out of the house, plus it let them be around people.
    As you get older its probably more difficult to have a reason to leave the house.

    Say Hi to him.
    He would probably really appreciate it, plus he may have some really cool stories (one might even be why he dresses the way he does. icon_smile.gif. )


    yeah i think it's that... just getting out... the hair being dyed kinda shows a desire to be young or with young people... gotta suck getting old... (the alternative is worse i guess) i'd love to give him some dressing tips... he prob thinks he's fitting in.

    i would say hi but he's in and out so quick
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    Mar 11, 2013 6:54 AM GMT
    You're not alone man... At my gym, old guys stare at me to the point I feel uncomfortable. I just ignore them. I guess, once a person reaches their age they're like, "Fuck it, I'll stare at whomever I want. They won't fight or kick out an ailing senior citizen."
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    Mar 11, 2013 7:07 AM GMT
    Rockbiter saidWhy not start a conversation with him and see what he's all about? Life is better when you just ask and meet people.


    +1 His story could be more interesting than half that are posted on here, props to the guy regardless of how he is dressed!
  • hebrewman

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    Mar 11, 2013 7:38 AM GMT
    i think it's great that he's just getting out and doing something physical. it's probably one of the highlights of his day.
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    Mar 11, 2013 10:03 AM GMT
    The fact that you care enough about an odd, older person to write about him and share this story with others speaks volumes about who you are as a person and about your character.

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  • dommyinlosang...

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    Mar 11, 2013 10:07 AM GMT
    afl35 said
    Rockbiter saidWhy not start a conversation with him and see what he's all about? Life is better when you just ask and meet people.


    +1 His story could be more interesting than half that are posted on here, props to the guy regardless of how he is dressed!


    i think it's cute... don't mean to offend you because i think it's funny the way he dresses... but it is.. like old guys who wear black socks and plaid shorts mowing the lawn... i find it interesting how people look at clothing and style and sort of pick a decade and stick with it... i pointed out his attire becasue it looks like he's trying to look cool... a few times he came in with the arms cut off... again not mocking... just pointing out... i always wanna help people but if i did he'd prob find it insulting or it would be none of my business and he'd be right...

    i wonder if kids today who wear those skinny jeans will be wearing them trying to be young again when they are 50?

    i stick to tees and jeans... timeless

    if he wanted to socialize i dont get why he doesn't stay longer... he could sit and drink a smoothie after his 10 minute workout...

    he must take at least 10 minutes getting dressed... (takes me forever) the time it takes to get to the gym... park in the garage unless he walks there... walk up those 45 steps... then bing bang bong he's outta there

    not making fun of him... just curious why not longer... i just brought this up because i think he's funny... in a cute sort of way
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    Mar 11, 2013 12:07 PM GMT
    Hell, I'm in my 50s and see guys sort of like at the gym and wonder about them.
  • BuggEyedSprit...

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    Mar 11, 2013 12:17 PM GMT
    dvsinla, it was actually me. I'm planning on releasing a whole line of videos on senior fitness and needed a posting here to get some interest brewing...THANKS!

    S.J.L.

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    Mar 11, 2013 12:29 PM GMT
    K... here's what's going on and you can confirm it if you like...lol.... The doctor has told him to get some exercise... he's also told his gf (jet black hair); the girl friend is controlling and is probably watching him go to the gym. So, he is doing this in spite, but making the best of it... I've seen 90yo's do more at the gym. Or he could be in his 90's

    That's my theory and i'm sticking to it.... ha.... you gotta ask man
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 11, 2013 12:30 PM GMT
    He might look a little strange, but he does what more his age should and thats "get to the gym" and get some exercise. I think I'd feel a little better about this if you took the initiative to be friendly and welcome him rather than gain amusement from afar.
  • ASHDOD

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    Mar 11, 2013 12:34 PM GMT
    for a older man ,what he does might be sufficient for keeping in good health ,he dosent come to the gym to bodybuild ;)
    studies show that even a little bit of phisical activity does great for keeping healthy and prolong life.
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    Mar 11, 2013 12:49 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidHe might look a little strange, but he does what more his age should and thats "get to the gym" and get some exercise. I think I'd feel a little better about this if you took the initiative to be friendly and welcome him rather than gain amusement from afar.

    But amusement from afar (in one form or another) is an integral part of the gym experience!
    As the OP notes, the more usual form is steathily admiring the hotties, but observing random eccentricity is always an option.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 11, 2013 12:55 PM GMT
    TexDef07 said
    HndsmKansan saidHe might look a little strange, but he does what more his age should and thats "get to the gym" and get some exercise. I think I'd feel a little better about this if you took the initiative to be friendly and welcome him rather than gain amusement from afar.

    But amusement from afar (in one form or another) is an integral part of the gym experience!
    As the OP notes, the more usual form is steathily admiring the hotties, but observing random eccentricity is always an option.


    Thats a given.. and we have our older gentlemen that work out.. we have one who must be at least 85, his daughter is way older than I am and he is
    kind of funny... but I also encourage him. Few old dudes would have the guts to do what he does, come in in a sea of youth and try and improve themselves.

    I might have a little different view since I'm a gym advisory board member, but those older gentlemen need to feel they are a part of the process, not
    just a point of amusement.
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    Mar 11, 2013 1:16 PM GMT
    This could be the beginnings of a sitcom. icon_biggrin.gif
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Mar 11, 2013 1:34 PM GMT
    To every man under 40 here who might be a little eager to mock the " old guy" - print and save this post and in 30 years or more PRAY you have the desire, dedication and tenacity to show up and do as much.

    Hats off to him. He's got 75% of the population beat by just showing up, and another 10% by doing something.

    Hear this: it slips away from you faster than you think, pups. I guarantee it. It is not eternal and you can give up or let time pry it from you one finger at a time.

    Aging men are not aliens. They are your future and the sooner you see what it takes to endure and triumph as time takes things from you, the better your chances of living with your nut sack and your dignity securely in place until the end.

    To those of you smart enough to learn from him, good job. Every man, every athlete - casual amateur or otherwise - deserves the respect and dignity afforded him by his brothers, at any age. A lion is a lion all his life.
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    Mar 11, 2013 1:41 PM GMT
    Yep....old guys love to wear black socks with everything...




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    oh, wait....never mind. Stereotype busted.
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    Mar 11, 2013 1:49 PM GMT
    The old man may have joint & muscle issues, and those are essentially stretching exercises for him to retain flexibility, not gain strength or achieve cardio benefits. They may have been recommended to him by a physical therapist to achieve specific ranges of motion, but he can only do a few at a time.