Murphy's Law in the gym

  • Fritter

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    Oct 15, 2009 5:43 PM GMT
    Is it just me and my gym, or does everyone have the same workout schedule as me? If for example if today was a leg day, it always seems like evveryone else is doing legs. All the hack squat, racks and leg curl machines are being used while all the benchs, and lat towers are left empty. Just a little frustration of mine. Any other comments?
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    Oct 15, 2009 7:47 PM GMT
    change yo leg days! ;-)icon_cool.gif
  • handsoffire

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    Oct 15, 2009 7:48 PM GMT
    I just switch it up. It keeps my body shocked too icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 15, 2009 7:56 PM GMT
    Yeah apparently I get the same schedule too. People just cerebrally know these sorts of things.. like they sense you heading towards the elliptical and they quicken their pace while avoiding eye contact...
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    Oct 15, 2009 8:03 PM GMT
    No, the real Murphy's Law of the gym is, if after my workout, I return to the locker room to change--and the locker room is empty except for one other person--that one other person will 95% of the time be using the locker right next to mine and have a giant gym bag, towels, workout clothes, tubes of creams, flip flips, sneakers, bathing suit, etc etc spread out all over the place, thereby squeezing me out. Always seems to happen. 500 other lockers from which to choose, but--no--he has to select the one right next to me.
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    Oct 15, 2009 9:02 PM GMT
    Not only does Murphy's Law apply to a workout scheduale, but also your locker. If there are only 3 people in the gym, all three of them will be going in and out of their lockers that are right near yours at the exact moments when you are undressing and dressing, despite the fact that there are hundreds of other lockers free.

    Never fails.
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    Oct 15, 2009 10:01 PM GMT
    Just sounds like your gym is a bit crowded; try another location.
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    Oct 15, 2009 11:00 PM GMT
    The sweatiest men wipe up the least.

    Equipment I'll need to use will be used first by the sweatiest, untidiest men.

    Gyms with the nicest equipment tend to change management more often.

    On the days I'm shortest on time, the gabbiest men will ask about my workout, complain about their school or job, or divulge personal details about their crumbling personal life.

    Just as my workout regimen is beginning to pay off, some personal tragedy or extensive home/apartment disaster will require me to take off a few weeks, dropping me back in strength and size. It will take a month-and-a-half to recover.
  • jrs1

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    Oct 15, 2009 11:09 PM GMT


    with the sheer number of people on the planet ... why wouldn't the gym be packed? do you try to go during the waking ours or during the graveyard shift?

    - if they're sweaty, bring a spray bottle
    - if you get smelly, bring some deodorant
    - if they're talkative, bring the " I'm bizzay " face
    - if you're sore, take a break
    - and so on ...
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    Oct 15, 2009 11:11 PM GMT
    A gym I belonged to had a strict no-work-boots, no-jeans policy. That is, until one massive, sexy bodybuilder began working out wearing cutoff jeans AND work boots. He was left unchallenged by the owner.

    When confronted about this hypocrisy (others had argued that work boots were necessary for their squats, for their support and durability), the owner credited his appreciation for the muscle-boy's "ensemble" explaining that the jeans and boots were part of his "look" and not to be trifled with. Basically, aesthetics over utility.

    Murphy's Law: the stricter the hard-ass, the hungrier the anus when the right ensemble comes along (particularly in gym management).
  • cowboyathlete

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    Oct 15, 2009 11:21 PM GMT
    I have arrived at the gym before to find (on separate occasions):

    1. I packed two right shoes.
    2. I failed to pack a shirt and shorts.
    3. I failed to pack my gloves.
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    Oct 15, 2009 11:51 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio said
    Murphy's Law: the stricter the hard-ass, the hungrier the anus when the right ensemble comes along (particularly in gym management).


    hahaha. good observation, sir.
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    Oct 15, 2009 11:53 PM GMT
    I'll always rember which locker I put my shit in


    ....yesterday icon_redface.gif
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    Oct 16, 2009 2:30 AM GMT
    jerzeybum saidNo, the real Murphy's Law of the gym is, if after my workout, I return to the locker room to change--and the locker room is empty except for one other person--that one other person will 95% of the time be using the locker right next to mine and have a giant gym bag, towels, workout clothes, tubes of creams, flip flips, sneakers, bathing suit, etc etc spread out all over the place, thereby squeezing me out. Always seems to happen. 500 other lockers from which to choose, but--no--he has to select the one right next to me.


    That is really true. Everytime if I see other lockers used, I go and pick something that is a bit open and then when am back both the next door ones are occupied. And they have to be there using it at the very same time.
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    Oct 16, 2009 2:54 AM GMT
    if you like your schedule of the days u do each routine, just change your time at the gym.

    also there is so many exercises you can do without machines so check some out icon_smile.gif
  • Aquanerd

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    Oct 16, 2009 3:31 AM GMT
    I always have the same schedule with the guys that choose the lockers on either side of me. Even when the gym is empty and there are only three guys at the lockers, they are always the ones right next to mine.
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    Oct 16, 2009 3:45 AM GMT
    when i feel totally sure of myself, and look the coolest and most with it, that's when i bump my head against a bar or trip over a bench leg and end up looking really really stupid.
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    Oct 16, 2009 4:54 AM GMT
    Fritter saidIs it just me and my gym, or does everyone have the same workout schedule as me? If for example if today was a leg day, it always seems like evveryone else is doing legs. All the hack squat, racks and leg curl machines are being used while all the benchs, and lat towers are
    left empty. Just a little frustration of mine. Any other comments?


    It's a given; especially on Monday.....
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    Oct 16, 2009 4:59 AM GMT
    Yeah its that way at my gym to thats why i purposely set up my routine the opposite of what everyone is working. either that or i try to come in later or earlier so i dont have to deal with waitng on equipment.
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    Oct 16, 2009 5:07 AM GMT
    jerzeybum saidNo, the real Murphy's Law of the gym is, if after my workout, I return to the locker room to change--and the locker room is empty except for one other person--that one other person will 95% of the time be using the locker right next to mine and have a giant gym bag, towels, workout clothes, tubes of creams, flip flips, sneakers, bathing suit, etc etc spread out all over the place, thereby squeezing me out. Always seems to happen. 500 other lockers from which to choose, but--no--he has to select the one right next to me.


    Damn I was going to say the same thing! Don't forget the out of shape older guys that never brings a towel, stands naked in sink area, and keeps hitting the button for the hand dryer while trying to hopefully catch someone checking them out in a mirror...
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    Oct 16, 2009 5:59 AM GMT
    isn't it worse when right next to you stands this god like hunk ,naked and you desperately try "not" to look ?
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    Oct 16, 2009 7:44 AM GMT
    try not to? :> if he's returning the flirtatious glances i'll definitely make a point of trying to :]
  • tim_id

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    Oct 16, 2009 7:59 AM GMT
    mickeytopogigio said

    Just as my workout regimen is beginning to pay off, some personal tragedy or extensive home/apartment disaster will require me to take off a few weeks, dropping me back in strength and size. It will take a month-and-a-half to recover.


    Haha. This is so true. Two steps forward, one step back.
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    Oct 16, 2009 8:20 AM GMT
    Everytime I go to use the steam room, it's always full of couch potatoes. Never fails.
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    Oct 16, 2009 8:22 AM GMT
    It's all true.

    I have a 24 hour gym. I like to have the place all to myself, so I try to go at times when other people won't be there.

    I could go at 4 AM, and odds are somebody else will be there wanting to use the same machine as me.