Gay gym or Straight Gym?

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    Feb 16, 2009 11:35 PM GMT
    I raise this to topic:

    I travel all winter because I work in the summer. Anyhow my home base is Cleveland, Ohio. In Cleveland, Lakewood is the 'gayborhood' and the fitworks there is the gay gym but straight. It's moderately crowded but people work and move on. I was in Chicago the last 5 weeks and worked out daily @ Bally's in Boystown - one of the gay gyms. I heard about the locker room and yadda, but I do not get into that and did not venture past the first set of lockers. I go to work out and leave.

    Though the Bally's in boystown was 4xs as crowded I never waited much to get on a machine.
    My Bally's in suburbia Cleveland is never busy, but the few men talk more then queens at brunch, at all hours, all ages. I did an entire workout once while a girl and guy talk around the watering hole.

    Do you think straights and gays go to the gym for different reasons?
    I'd rather deal with the judging and cruising @ the gay gyms, then wait forever for straights to talk about the exhaust on their 2002 Civic si, or their divorces.

    I'm not shy either, I ask to work in, or I often make a comment about, "are you working out here"? They get pissed like 3 year olds who don't want to share.

    wtf. Anyone else feel my pain?
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    Feb 17, 2009 12:50 AM GMT
    I think most people, gay or straight, go to a gym more as a social exercise than a physical. Being a curmudgeon I try to go to the with the least amount of people so I can workout and get on with my life in the shortest amount of time. Luckily where I work has a corporate gym that is decent and best of all always empty. I also go to the local YMCA to swim and find that they are often less crowded as they don't seem to have the same social status as Bally's, Golds, 24 Hour or Lifetime. No one really name drops the old Y.
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    Feb 17, 2009 12:57 AM GMT
    I've gone to a few gyms and I've never noticed one being gayer/straighter than the others o_0 must be cos I only go to work out lol icon_rolleyes.gif.
  • justinlee86

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    Feb 17, 2009 4:58 AM GMT
    Well, I see the same problems in both "gay" and "straight" gyms. I actually try to avoid gay gyms because i hate all the cruising...I mean it feels like I am at the bar.

    "straight" gyms are just as bad. Guys constantly check out chicks, talk way to much and take up space. I do prefer to go to "straight" gyms and I never have anyone getting upset about me asking if they are using a piece of equipment. I usually ask them if they are done yet...and the most common respones is "uhh...yeah just one more set..." lol.

    But either way, I go to workout and not hang out! So in either "gay" and/or "straight" gyms I get done what I am there for.

  • calibro

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    Feb 17, 2009 5:05 AM GMT
    I work out at a 24 that is situated in a gay neighborhood. As much fun as eye candy is in principle, if I wanted to look at hot guys, I would look at porn (or many of the pictures of guys on this site icon_wink.gif. I go to the gym to work out, and that's what I want to do.

    I force myself to get up at 6:30 and make sure I finish by 9:30 to avoid all the people. Not just the cruisers, but also the sheer number of people that make it impossible to do my routine quickly.

    Try going either really early or really late when there are fewer people. You won't have to deal with those issues and by the time you leave, you still have the whole day in front of you.
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    Feb 17, 2009 5:40 AM GMT
    I've gone to gay and straight gyms, most are all the same with respect to cruising and socialising.

    Equipment is more readily available dependent on the time of day for my purpose.

    I very rarely speak to anyone while working out so don't really give a rat's ass.icon_neutral.gif