Food at the gym

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    Jan 31, 2008 4:32 PM GMT
    I wanted to get everyone's opinion on this one...

    I was at the gym last night and was taken aback that they had a team of people with woks demoing some heathly stir fry food. As you walk in there were people shoving samples of some garlic veggie chicken dish to people coming and going.

    My gym is just a giant 3 story open space with no real dividers except for group class rooms. The smell permiated throughout the entire space. I did not see that anyone really minded. However, I was really affected by the smell. To me a gym should be pretty sterile and scent free. Cooked food is not a welcome addition.

    When I complained on my way out, they looked at me like I was the biggest bitch. Am I off my rocker?
  • TexanMan82

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    Jan 31, 2008 4:38 PM GMT
    Gyms to me are the dirtiest places. I don't think the smell would bother me much, but I definitely don't think it's all that sanitary.
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    Jan 31, 2008 5:03 PM GMT
    I think I'm with you DJ...I don't think I want my gym to become a cooking school. I don't workout when I take a cooking class and it shouldn't be the other way around. Not everyone would enjoy the smell of what is cooking, it's distracting and worst of all, in my opinion, it's just a sales gimic...they want you to buy their product...go peddle it in the mall, not the gym...sorry..just my 2 cents.
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    Jan 31, 2008 5:43 PM GMT
    That is disgusting. The only thing you should be smelling while working out is sweat and gym socks, not quaffed prepared chicken hock.
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    Jan 31, 2008 6:00 PM GMT
    I've been in almost the same boat in my gym. On the weekends when all the New Year's Resolutioners have been coming in to join, they've had stuff out to eat like pizza and donuts. And people grabbed them up. I would just look at them and shake my head, but smelling pizza when I was trying to do cardio is very distracting.
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    Jan 31, 2008 6:32 PM GMT
    My gym has a Jamba Juice in it and obviously the juicing part isn't that bad, but when they toast one of those pizza "protein" breads or something like that, the smell penetrates the ENTIRE 2 floors of the gym. So I am with you on this one DJBens!!!
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    Jan 31, 2008 6:45 PM GMT
    DJBens77 saidI wanted to get everyone's opinion on this one...

    I was at the gym last night and was taken aback that they had a team of people with woks demoing some heathly stir fry food. As you walk in there were people shoving samples of some garlic veggie chicken dish to people coming and going.

    My gym is just a giant 3 story open space with no real dividers except for group class rooms. The smell permiated throughout the entire space. I did not see that anyone really minded. However, I was really affected by the smell. To me a gym should be pretty sterile and scent free. Cooked food is not a welcome addition.

    When I complained on my way out, they looked at me like I was the biggest bitch. Am I off my rocker?


    No, I would say your absolutly right. Its one thing if somebody takes a little snack to the gym, another if the whole Trainingsarea smells like kitchen and your are there to burn that and not to eat more.
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    Jan 31, 2008 6:49 PM GMT
    I would think the smell of stir fry would be a pleasant alternative to the foul body funk or nasty feminine odor that always manages to find the cardio machine right next to mine.
  • fitnfunmich

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    Jan 31, 2008 6:53 PM GMT
    I dunno, I figure if I wanted a cooking lesson I'd go to the gourmet grocery store. If I wanna workout I'll stick with the gym.

    That kinda stuff really annoys me, so I'm totally with you, DJBens. In fact that was one of the many reasons I was turned off to my former gym, Lifetime Fitness. They always had people in there peddling their wares, whether it was the local Chiropractor offering a free "evaluation," or an investment banker. Every week it was something different, but always inappropriate.

    Gyms are for fitness training, and that's that.
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    Jan 31, 2008 6:59 PM GMT
    fitnfunmich said

    Gyms are for fitness training, and that's that.


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    Jan 31, 2008 6:59 PM GMT
    LA Fitness has member appreciation day / free food and stuff once every month. I groove on free food, so it's always a fun thing for me. It also provides a networking opportunity with whatever vendors show up.

    The gym is a cesspool of all sorts of stuff. It just is what it is.
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    Jan 31, 2008 7:01 PM GMT
    My gym has a small healthy foods cafe like lots of fruits and good tasting healthy soups and sandwiches and stuff like that. The smell isn't that bad at all; very little aromas wafting through at all, if anything at all. And on a side note, would you believe an 8 oz fruit smoothie with protein added runs $4.50? icon_surprised.gificon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 31, 2008 7:25 PM GMT

    I think you're being a little anal (LOL) about this whole thing, DJBenz. I mean this chicken roasting is not an everyday thing at your gym.

    Besides, I think you are developing an unhealthy view of the gym as an alter of sorts or a place to pay homage to your new found religion, fitness. This is why I prefer to work out at home, because here I can be as neurotic as I want about my routine without the real world pouring in to ruin everything.
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    Jan 31, 2008 7:29 PM GMT
    Interesting, as I have never seen any type of food at any of the major gyms I have belonged to. The only thing I have seen are vendors promoting liquid vitamins and protein shakes. But there is an italian restaurant behind my current gym and in the evening, you can smell the garlic bread toasting! icon_confused.gif
  • BlackJock79

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    Jan 31, 2008 7:39 PM GMT
    My gym has free pizza EVERY Monday night. icon_neutral.gif Now while guys my size can afford to eat slices of MEAT pizza, some of the heavier guys/gals need to pass it by but they don't. Then they have free BAGELS every Tuesday morning. icon_neutral.gif I don't understand why they don't have free salad Mondays or free high fiber cereal Tuesdays. icon_rolleyes.gif Not that I would eat that healthy shit though... LOL

    But I can totally sympathize with your DJBens77, I HATE smelling anything other than clean air when I'm working out. It makes my stomach hurt. When they bring the pizza in to my gym though, I can't smell it.
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    Jan 31, 2008 7:42 PM GMT
    I know its not an everyday thing. But even when people who work at the gym cook their food it can effect the whole place. I worked at a gym and would nver bring anything overly frgrant in to eat.

    I think fresh scents would be ok, but heavy soupy garlic smells when you are sweating and concentrating are too much.

    Luckily I don't have any people who are overly smelly. When I was inSF this one guy smelled like a homeless person - on purpose. Nasty. I guess I just look for a sterile non-odered environment. Too much time spent in the pool.
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    Jan 31, 2008 7:47 PM GMT
    DJBens77 saidI know its not an everyday thing. But even when people who work at the gym cook their food it can effect the whole place. I worked at a gym and would nver bring anything overly frgrant in to eat.

    I think fresh scents would be ok, but heavy soupy garlic smells when you are sweating and concentrating are too much.

    Luckily I don't have any people who are overly smelly. When I was inSF this one guy smelled like a homeless person - on purpose. Nasty. I guess I just look for a sterile non-odered environment. Too much time spent in the pool.


    SF does have A LOT of "naturalists" & Kim-Chi (no offense guys!) smelling men here!!!
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    Jan 31, 2008 7:54 PM GMT
    I had a guy on the treadmill next to me a week a two or ago that kept farting. Now I can understand one or two that might slip out but he farted for like 15 minutes. That shit PISSED ME OFF! I would just look at him like, I really don't want to smell air from out of your dirty ass... And he KNEW when he was gonna fart because he kept changing the speed and leaning over on the heartrate monitors like his stomach was hurting. I could have kicked him in the face I was so mad. But all the treadmills were full so I ain't have a choice but smell it. icon_evil.gif
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    Jan 31, 2008 7:59 PM GMT
    BlackJock79 saidI had a guy on the treadmill next to me a week a two or ago that kept farting. Now I can understand one or two that might slip out but he farted for like 15 minutes. That shit PISSED ME OFF! I would just look at him like, I really don't want to smell air from out of your dirty ass... And he KNEW when he was gonna fart because he kept changing the speed and leaning over on the heartrate monitors like his stomach was hurting. I could have kicked him in the face I was so mad. But all the treadmills were full so I ain't have a choice but smell it. icon_evil.gif


    What is worse are the circuit boys that come in the next day after a long night of partying with fermented meth farts. icon_cry.gif
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    Jan 31, 2008 8:08 PM GMT
    BlackJock79 saidI had a guy on the treadmill next to me a week a two or ago that kept farting. Now I can understand one or two that might slip out but he farted for like 15 minutes. That shit PISSED ME OFF! I would just look at him like, I really don't want to smell air from out of your dirty ass... And he KNEW when he was gonna fart because he kept changing the speed and leaning over on the heartrate monitors like his stomach was hurting. I could have kicked him in the face I was so mad. But all the treadmills were full so I ain't have a choice but smell it. icon_evil.gif


    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I would have fallen off the treadmill dying of laughter!!!
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    Jan 31, 2008 8:11 PM GMT
    I don't cook at the gym, but, I often cut cheese there.
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    Jan 31, 2008 8:23 PM GMT
    McGay saidI don't cook at the gym, but, I often cut cheese there.


    Classic - let the toilet humor commence





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    Jan 31, 2008 8:35 PM GMT
    wtf
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    Jan 31, 2008 11:20 PM GMT
    To funny, McGay and the plate.

    ROFL

    By the way (BTW in TXT) my gym has a smoothie bar and those to girls are always cooking up something. They are big black girls that know how to cook and call me stud every time I walk and we giggle. I look forward to seeing them. Sometimes, they give me free shit, too.
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    Jan 31, 2008 11:21 PM GMT
    I remember one night at the gym while I was on the treadmill, I kept smelling fried food. I turned around, and right behind me waiting to use the tanning booths, were two women eating a bucket of fried chicken...A WHOLE BUCKET OF FRIED CHICKEN!

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