ALL BLOG POSTS AND COMMENTS COPYRIGHT (C) 2003-2016 VOX DAY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. REPRODUCTION WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Saddle up, black knights

There is an easy target of opportunity just waiting to be routed. Destroy those evil women's-only spaces under a rainbow-colored flag:
A Midland County woman's gym membership was canceled after she refused to stop telling fellow gym members "a man" was using the woman's locker room. Yvette Cormier said the incident occurred Saturday, Feb. 28, when she entered the women's locker room at the Planet Fitness location at 701 Joe Mann Boulevard in Midland.

"I was blocked, because a man was standing there," Cormier said. "It freaked me out because, why is a man in here?"

Cormier said an employee at the front desk told her that the individual identifies as a woman. After taking her complaints to Planet Fitness' corporate office, Cormier said she was told that the gym was a "no judgement zone" and they would not tell the individual in question to stay out of the women's locker room. The person has not been identified.

The slogan "Judgement Free Zone" is regularly used by Planet Fitness.

A statement released by McCall Gosselin, public relations director for Planet Fitness, states that members can use the locker room corresponding with their personal gender identity.

Cormier disagrees with the policy and feels it's a safety issue.

According to Cormier, she returned to the gym each day between Monday and Thursday. While there, Cormier said she told women in the locker room about the individual she observed in the bathroom the weekend before.

Cormier said she then got a call from Planet Fitness' corporate office telling her that she was violating their "no judgement" policy. She says they asked if she was going to stop talking to other women in the locker room and she said she would not. Cormier said the representative told her she was no longer welcome at the gym.
The only way men are going to get their spaces back is by demonstrating the lunacy of equalitarianism. If your gym has a "no judgement" policy, tell them you identify as a woman and start using the women's changing room. Walk around naked and take your time in the steam room and the sauna.

It shouldn't take too many examples like this to cause women to revolt against feminism and equalitarianism.

Labels:

80 Comments:

Blogger Ghost March 07, 2015 2:15 PM  

It's pretty judgmental for them to judge her as violating the "no judgments" policy.

Blogger Ingemar March 07, 2015 2:16 PM  

Planet Fitness is a bullshit "gym." No one serious about fitness, male or female, would be caught dead there.

Blogger J Curtis March 07, 2015 2:18 PM  

An open invitation to sexual assault. Progress!, after all.

Anonymous Daniel March 07, 2015 2:20 PM  

Nothing in my area, darn it. I totally identify as a black and blind lesbian who "sees" with my hands.

Don't judge me.

Blogger S1AL March 07, 2015 2:22 PM  

This nonsense is just one of many reasons I enjoy living in a small(ish) town... The kind where the local newspaper reports arrests from the police band.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan March 07, 2015 2:22 PM  

And fart

Anonymous p-dawg March 07, 2015 2:26 PM  

I identify as a banker. Can I have a sinecure with a big financial company now?

Anonymous MrGreenMan March 07, 2015 2:36 PM  

She's the exact sort of idiot that was enticed into Planet Fitness by this "no judgement" policy to begin with. I know a guy who was asked to leave because he maxed out the weights and this offended the women doing their low-impact biking, because he made them feel bad, Planet Fitness strongly encouraged him to leave. There's a reason it's $10/mo with no contract - they don't want to owe you a term, either.

There's one of these near my office. They took a corner of a strip mall - very little parking directly in front of the building. All winter long, there's just a mob of the standard single fat white girl parking badly and streaming in to get on the row after row after row of recumbent bikes. They had some sort of lunch class they were doing as a promo. This succeeded in making the parking lot completely unusable, and the businesses around the planet fitness all started folding, as, before planet fitness, it had just been a strip mall of cheap lunch joints.

And who goes to a gym with a locker room anyway? Find a place with individual lockable changing rooms; they just may cost slightly more than appletini money.

Anonymous Heh March 07, 2015 2:47 PM  

"No judgment" also applies if I touch my genitals, right?

There's a guy at my gym who stands at the sink, lifts up his schlong, and dries his balls with the hair dryer. I feel sure that no feminist would judge me if I did that in the women's room, even if I smiled and engaged them in conversation while I was doing it.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza March 07, 2015 2:48 PM  

This comment has been removed by the author.

Blogger dw March 07, 2015 2:50 PM  

Planet Fitness is for pussies.

Blogger Corvinus March 07, 2015 2:56 PM  

Planet Fitness is for pussies.

I can't imagine that men or women who go to a gym promoted as "non-judgmental" are in that great shape.

Blogger Noah B March 07, 2015 2:56 PM  

Houston, we have a problem.

Anonymous ... March 07, 2015 3:00 PM  

Fart rape

Anonymous Anubis March 07, 2015 3:02 PM  

"No one serious about fitness, male or female, would be caught dead there."

To be fair I have worked at inner city hospitals as a health care traveler that if I was shot in the parking lot I would ask an ambulance to go somewhere else so I wouldn't be caught dead there, but that would count as a survival choice. At least planet fitness has donuts and pizza parties.

I will have to look through my old boxes to see if I still have my horrible disguise. It combined army birth control glasses, really ugly loud pants, shirt and vest, with jungle boots. I am 6'2". I wore it once to an anti gun rally with a printed out sign with the image from the Brady Campaign "A rape can last 30 seconds, but a murder lasts forever. Guns are not the answer," here is the image. http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/bradyad.asp#BXkJCt8wFxvc802o.99 . You can print a black/white poster size image from Staples for under $9. It would be the perfect outfit for hitting up ladies bathrooms, maybe with a t-shirt with that Brady image on it.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza March 07, 2015 3:08 PM  

What a beautiful day, what an entertaining life!

Yes, by ALL means Black Knights are in operation!

Anonymous Stickwick March 07, 2015 3:11 PM  

So, Women's Imperative finally meets its match.

At one place where my husband worked, the company gym allowed a man who identified as a woman to use the women's locker room. Scared the daylights out of the actual women when this big dude came out of the shower, makeup running down his face. They complained to HR, who told them tough luck -- they weren't going to touch this with a 10' pole. And they didn't have to, because, unlike PF, this wouldn't affect their bottom line. It'll be interesting to see if PF loses a significant amount of business over this policy.

Daniel: I totally identify as a black and blind lesbian who "sees" with my hands.

If the concept of gender is fluid, then why not race, too? Seriously. That's the one thing we can count on with progressive policy -- it always ends up with unintended consequences. It's only a matter of time before we get people who weren't born so, but identify as black or hispanic or asian.

Anonymous kfg March 07, 2015 3:12 PM  

More like Planet Psycho.

"At least planet fitness has donuts and pizza parties."

And Tootsie Rolls on tap.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza March 07, 2015 3:12 PM  

Bruce Jenner to the rescue...dressed for a gym dinner party?!

No J'ment types left our main gym fast. I guess it was the old vs the young. genx vs boomers. We just have different work out times was how so many of us chalked the fiasco up to.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza March 07, 2015 3:13 PM  

No! It's like the perverse gamma anime psycho pass post 2090!

Anonymous sawtooth March 07, 2015 3:14 PM  

Your "workout" consists of a bit of stretching, some yoga type crap and then its off to the sauna.

You won't be judged for staying an obese blob or a girly-man (chuckle) weakling.

Even PFs television ads are nauseating.

Yea, black knight those bitches.

Blogger Noah B March 07, 2015 3:16 PM  

On the subject of black knighting, I've been meaning to mention to those who may not be aware of it that the NRA actually wrote the law that banned .223 green tip ammunition. Some people have been saying that Obama unilaterally changed the law; that isn't true. The NRA's law gave the executive branch authority to make specific exemptions to the armor piercing ammo ban, and Obama's ATF took away an exemption that had been in place for about 25 years.

Now the NRA is basically lying to people and trying to use the bad law that it wrote to solicit more donations and memberships. Don't fall for it. If you somehow do still have a membership in the NRA, cancel it, and let them know why.

Blogger Noah B March 07, 2015 3:23 PM  

This also ties into the theme of the moderates shooting the extremists in the back, which is exactly what the NRA has done to us.

Blogger The Remnant March 07, 2015 3:34 PM  

It never ceases to amaze me how incapable most people are of anticipating the logical consequences of their actions. To most people, consequences are meaningless until they actually occur, displaying a juvenile (and feminine) tendency to think concretely rather than conceptually.

Blogger Robert What? March 07, 2015 3:35 PM  

Har!

Anonymous kfg March 07, 2015 3:37 PM  

" . . .the logical consequences of their actions. "

Rule 4. Jam it down their throats good and hard, in a clenched fist.

Blogger SamuraiJack March 07, 2015 3:40 PM  

I saw this as well. The comments were hilarious. I hope they lose a lot of memberships for this craziness. http://www.infowars.com/planet-fitness-bans-woman-from-gym-for-complaining-about-transgender-in-locker-room/

Blogger Robert What? March 07, 2015 3:40 PM  

Can you 'splain? Why did the NRA get behind the earlier ban in the first place?

Blogger Noah B March 07, 2015 3:51 PM  

It was typical moderate thinking in action. The NRA claimed that they had to write an armor piercing ban themselves to prevent a ban that was much, much worse from being enacted. This was in spite of the reality that the criminal use of armor piercing ammunition was practically nonexistent and was almost totally a fiction contrived in the media.

There was a grain of truth behind the NRA's claims. Other armor piercing bans proposed around the time were based on the ability of ammunition to penetrate body armor, meaning that most rifle ammunition would have been banned under these types of laws. The NRA instead offered a ban that was based on the material composition of bullets.

Bottom line: rather than stand and fight for principles, the NRA chose to compromise. Now they're trying to blame the failure of their law on anyone other than themselves.

Blogger Northern Hamlet March 07, 2015 4:16 PM  

There's a guy at my gym who stands at the sink, lifts up his schlong, and dries his balls with the hair dryer

I can't tell if you're serious or not, but if that happened in my gym, I'd laugh my ass off.

Blogger Chris Mallory March 07, 2015 4:29 PM  

"Why did the NRA get behind the earlier ban in the first place?"

The NRA is the largest gun control organization in the US.

Anonymous BigGaySteve March 07, 2015 4:43 PM  

"And who goes to a gym with a locker room anyway..."

Are you afraid of the gay guys checking you out. Gay gyms are code for bathhouses, they have dust on the weights.

"It's only a matter of time before we get people who weren't born so, but identify as black or hispanic or asian. " ...

It already exists and is called trans ethnic, along with trans- abled. You can be a blind paraplegic black lesbian trapped in an able str8 white mans body. http://groupthink.jezebel.com/is-trans-ethnic-really-a-thing-492878854

" birth control glasses, really ugly loud pants, shirt and vest...anti gun rally with a printed out sign...A rape can last 30 seconds"

I thought str8 guys dress like that on purpose. I moved to a nice whiteopia area so I wouldn't try this, but maybe I will take my rainbow feather boa with when I go back to visit diverse areas.

Anonymous p-dawg March 07, 2015 4:46 PM  

@Noah B: Don't forget that the NRA needs gun control laws in order to exist. If all gun regulation ended tomorrow, there would be no more reason to donate to the NRA.

Blogger Corvinus March 07, 2015 5:00 PM  

"It's only a matter of time before we get people who weren't born so, but identify as black or hispanic or asian. " ...

Jorge and Jebbie Boosh are prime examples of trans-Hispanics.

Blogger Vincent Castrillo March 07, 2015 5:02 PM  

Still not sure how dumping the creepy degenerate crossdressers, ladymen, and fags onto their turf and away from our locker rooms, sons, etc. is all that bad an idea. "No judgements"!!! What do you call a locker room/gym with no women, gays, or weirdos? A good place to work out.

Anonymous KentAllard March 07, 2015 5:04 PM  

A room full of sweaty naked fat chicks. I did not need that in my head.

Anonymous Heh March 07, 2015 5:31 PM  

I can't tell if you're serious or not, but if that happened in my gym, I'd laugh my ass off.

It does happen, and I do laugh when I see it.

Only thing that makes me laugh harder is the Asian guys who shower with their tighty whities on.

Anonymous Cash March 07, 2015 5:40 PM  

I went to a Planet Fitness for a while. I am not in that great of shape yet I was among the 2 or 3 fittest out of 100+ people every time I went. The real sad part is that I maxed out on a lot of the weights which is really hard to believe is possible for a guy if my size.

Blogger Marissa March 07, 2015 5:41 PM  

They also have a "no grunting" policy. You're literally not allowed to exert yourself.

Blogger Bob Wallace March 07, 2015 5:49 PM  

This was covered a long time ago: "Turnabout is fair play."

Anonymous Sheila March 07, 2015 5:54 PM  

Fascinating. We just joined a Planet Fitness (due to open in another week or so) because we figured it would be at least a few months before it got filthy and/or a lot of the equipment got broken - i.e. we could get at least a few months' use out of it. Plus it's open 24/7, which we need because my husband won't go early in the morning and often can't get to the gym in the evening before 8 or 9. Since I never use the locker room (other than mandatory storing of gym bag) I doubt I'll have to deal with this. Of course, I plan to carry a can of air freshener with me so I can blast any Indians (call center) who don't wash or use deodorant as a statement of cultural identity. I expect I'll be banned shortly, as well. Oh well, it'll be good for a laugh.

I've never heard of anyone maxing out the weights at a gym - what on earth do they have in there? They told us they had the standard line of machines and free weights.

Anonymous Stg58 / Animal Mother March 07, 2015 5:57 PM  

Planet Fatness. What a fucking joke. I joined online, figured what the hell it's only 10.00/month. Big mistake. No power cage, no squat racks, waste of time. I've been meaning to cancel my membership, now is a good time.

Anonymous Stingray March 07, 2015 5:57 PM  

If the concept of gender is fluid, then why not race, too?

Well, people identify as animals, so this isn't too much of a stretch . . . .

Anonymous kfg March 07, 2015 6:02 PM  

" . . . trans ethnic . . ."

Go onto YouTube and search for "living in japan".
You'll find a bunch of white American teenager weeaboos whining that even though they've lived in Japan for months, the Japanese won't except them as Japanese.

And the Japanese are just wrong and need to be educated.

Anonymous Stickwick March 07, 2015 6:11 PM  

BigGaySteve: It already exists and is called trans ethnic, along with trans- abled. You can be a blind paraplegic black lesbian trapped in an able str8 white mans body.

I shall henceforth be surprised at nothing. Now, the question is, if there can be policy that forces women to allow men in locker rooms, does that mean universities have to start admitting straight white men who identify as a lesbian black women under minority quotas?

Marissa: They also have a "no grunting" policy. You're literally not allowed to exert yourself.

LOL. Do they also have a "no heavy sweating" policy? The people who really believe in these policies would've found my old gym very unpleasant. There was a lot of grunting, yelling, clanging, sweating, and definitely no men in the women's locker room.

Stingray: Well, people identify as animals, so this isn't too much of a stretch . . . .

So, if someone identifies as a whitetail deer, and they're in season ... ?

Anonymous Stg58 / Animal Mother March 07, 2015 6:14 PM  

Stickwick,

There's a no lunk head alert. If you grunt, yell or drop weights, they actually sound a siren. Ridiculous.

Blogger rycamor March 07, 2015 6:23 PM  

Stg58 / Animal Mother March 07, 2015 6:14 PM

Stickwick,

There's a no lunk head alert. If you grunt, yell or drop weights, they actually sound a siren. Ridiculous.


How is that not judgmental???

Anonymous takin' a look March 07, 2015 6:28 PM  

I know, I know, OT, but you folks are gonna want to watch this development

Somewhere, Bibi is either shitting bricks or cackling in glee. We'll see...

Anonymous Rhys March 07, 2015 6:32 PM  

The only way men are going to get their spaces back is by demonstrating the lunacy of equalitarianism. If your gym has a "no judgement" policy, tell them you identify as a woman and start using the women's changing room. Walk around naked and take your time in the steam room and the sauna.

Do you think if this woman went on about how underage girl's use the locker room and they'd be exposed to a naked man and that's sexual assault, or the man could be eye raping the naked underage girls, the outcome would have been different?

Basically, could she have combated this with the 'protect the children' argument the establishment likes to use?

@ Ingemar: I have only found one Planet Fitness in Australia and it has a backroom that is the closet to a hardcore gym I have found in Australia. O lift set up, squat racks, DBs starting from 30kg and no A/C. It is home to powerlifters, footballers and O lifters.
There were also some fairly hot girls but sadly (or rather thankfully) Australia hasn't reached the point of absurdity where a man can get away with hanging out in the girl's locker room.

Anonymous clk March 07, 2015 6:50 PM  

I have a membership at PF... its the naked old guys in the locker room that disturb me :) ... they have have very limited free weights.... thats not what its meant for . its a different market segment ... if you want power lifting you are in the wrong place..

There is no lunk alert.... at least at mine.

10 dollars a month is not much, ... hell I use 10 month in hot water.


Anonymous Stingray March 07, 2015 7:04 PM  

So, if someone identifies as a whitetail deer, and they're in season … ?

I say go nuts, but I think they would be rather gamey.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza March 07, 2015 7:08 PM  

BEEBro age56, disabled, Iraqi, tart smart man. pinches the lifeguard, myself and swimmers under 40 but he has a rule. "L---- you better keep it up, work it, no young n fat allowed here.

Rollo age65 n' over, retired, hes our gym preacher. One time I guess I broke the mark about gyn's in the church. I said, no, let men lead the church, not women. Eh, cold shoulders for a week the next week the broads got happy.

Jim age 55 swimmer, semi-retired. He and a few others took up collection plates for my membership to keep me there.

Judgement is an issue along with warmth that women need to find a better term or a better marketing method. Don't throw a vagina monologue! Throw a warmth, kindness, smiling dance party or class. Smile, feel light hearted as if your already in heaven, forget the clock and workout.

A few gyms ago I got into trouble and was asked to leave b/c I was using hypnosis on an overweight lady to forget the clock and just work out forevermore. A machine working legs and arms on slow for 3 hours will do anyone over 50 good - or not. No hypnosis, no being too thin in skinny gear.

Fine what then do I wear? I wear normal lilting gear and normal swim gear. wre.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza March 07, 2015 7:27 PM  

This comment has been removed by the author.

Anonymous T14 March 07, 2015 7:37 PM  

Planet Fitness is not a gym. It is an adult daycare. No deadlifts. No oly lifts. They feed their clientele (disfigured by body fat) donuts and pizza.

If you don't deadlift, you don't lift.

Anonymous Stg58 / Animal Mother March 07, 2015 7:49 PM  

T14,

What are you pulling on deads?

Anonymous T14 March 07, 2015 7:53 PM  

530. Stalled by minor but persistent injuries. Bench creeping up from 385.

Only find push/pulls in my area. No full power. Never done a squat at comp.

Blogger ChicagoRefugee March 07, 2015 7:54 PM  

Planet Fitness probably had no choice in the matter - increasing numbers of states and municipalities have passed "nondiscrimination" legislation requiring just this. Cleveland has ingeniously added a $1000 fine for any (woman) who objects to penis in her lavatory or locker room.

It appears that Phyllis Schlafly was right. I owe her at least a mental apology.

Anonymous Harold March 07, 2015 7:59 PM  

“Judgement Free Zone” It’s nice they can admit that they completely lack judgement.

On a more serious note, is anyone else disturbed by the progressive’s corruption of words?
My dictionary say’s of judgement: “the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.” How long will it be untill the word automatically evokes excusively negative connotations in the minds of the youth? Which I believe is already the case with the neutral words “discrimination,” and “exploitation” and others I can’t think of right now. Speaking of “discrimination” I don’t think anyone on the right should ever say “discriminate against,” one discriminates between things.

One reason I liked Terry Goodkind when I was younger, is that he seemed to go out of his way to use in positive ways, words which the left routinely uses negatively.

Anonymous Stg58 / Animal Mother March 07, 2015 8:09 PM  

T14,

I did deadlifts every once in a while until I got a trainer. He's a CSCS and a competitive powerlifter, so deadlifts are big with us. My PR is 340 right now, but I'm doing sets with 315, so my PR is going to be a lot higher next time we hit 1 rep maxes.

Anonymous clk March 07, 2015 9:09 PM  

I can only say i have seen significant health improvements ... hr, bp, sugar, cholesterol, weight (15lbsl etc since adding 3 days a week at PF .... I am not looking to build bulk, I just want to get j to better shape and counteract the effects of aging... and to that degree its been well worth 10 per month....

Anonymous Stg58 / Animal Mother March 07, 2015 9:14 PM  

Clk, if you keep progressing PF won't be useful to you. You'll leave it in the dust, and need a real gym like Gold's or even 24 Hour Fitness. Or a local place with steel walls and roof. And a name like "Iron Pit".

Anonymous Heh March 07, 2015 9:56 PM  

If the concept of gender is fluid, then why not race, too?

It is already against EEOC rules to question someone's self-identification of race.

If the Swedish Albino says he is a Mandingo, you have to accept it.

And you better believe my kids will self-identify as black on college applications!

Anonymous Too-Soon-ami March 07, 2015 10:11 PM  

"How's it hangin', Sisters. What? That boner thingy? That's just my supervestigial clitoris. Perfectly harmless."

Blogger Sherwood family March 07, 2015 11:20 PM  

I work for the Federal Government (yes, I know!) and I am going to have to look at HR references. If they have such a policy here I am going to think about black knighting in this way. I am pretty sure where I am (overseas embassy) this would lead to a huge problem from HR's standpoint since I am living in a fairly conservative country from a gender perspective. The kinds of issues this would raise would be nothing short of pandemonium. Still, it would be pretty funny to dump back in the organization's lap the fruits of its own stupid policies. This bears looking into.

Blogger Ben March 07, 2015 11:55 PM  

You gotta question any gym that gives away bagels, has pizza night, and always keeps a giant tub of tootsie rolls on the front counter. I have a PF on my delivery route and it's as bad as everything I've heard. Even if this particular one is owned by a former Twins player...

Forget transgender, I think I'll be transracial so I can get some of Vox's casino money. And while I'm at it, I also self-identify as low income, so I won't be paying any income taxes anymore. Thanks, social justice warriors!

Blogger Noah B March 08, 2015 1:49 AM  

"If you grunt, yell or drop weights, they actually sound a siren. Ridiculous."

I can see getting upset about people dropping weights. It's dangerous and hard on equipment and flooring, and there shouldn't be any need for it most of the time if you're doing exercises properly.

Grunting and yelling seem much more innocuous, but I try to avoid making noise, even though the occasional grunt still slips out. It just seems like good manners and less distracting to other people to stay reasonably quiet. Not to mention, it seems pretty ridiculous to see someone benching 135 and yelling so loud everyone in the gym hears him while another guy is silently shoulder pressing 315.

Blogger JDC March 08, 2015 7:39 AM  

I find transgendered people infiltrating gyms / bathrooms as hilarious as the pro-amnesty /pro-gay crowd grafting themselves into the black civil rights movement. I wonder who will win the "we're the most persecuted" battle when the dust settles.

Blogger Didact March 08, 2015 12:01 PM  

Planet Princess and its "Judgement-Free Zone" are two of the biggest jokes in the entire fitness industry. They take great pride in advertising themselves as a gym for unserious cardio-bunnies, and that stupid "Judgement-Free Zone" only applies to people who aren't making gains. Anyone doing sensible exercises, like heavy deadlifts or hard squats, is going to get hit with that stupid "Lunk Alarm" of theirs- because God forbid that anyone should ever actually get stronger by going to the gym!

The gym isn't a place for being politically correct. It's a crucible, a shrine to the Iron God. By all means, black-knight the hell out of these idiots, and let them implode under the weight of their own stupidity.

Elgintensity's commentary on their old Planet Fitness TV ad is classic.

Blogger Didact March 08, 2015 12:07 PM  

It's dangerous and hard on equipment and flooring, and there shouldn't be any need for it most of the time if you're doing exercises properly.

Well... agreed, for the most part, but when one is lifting daddy-weight, then I don't have any problem with grunting or letting the weights crash down. If I see a guy deadlifting 400+ lbs with good form but grunting while doing it, I won't criticise him for it; of the gyms that I've been to, most guys don't deadlift at all, and the ones that do usually do so with horrible form.

Interestingly, at the gyms that I've been to, the ones who grunt through clouds of chalk dust whil throwing weights around like angry gorillas usually have by far the best gym etiquette and the best form.

The trouble kicks in when you have, say, some spastic black numbnut who comes in with his boyfr- uh, I mean, training partner, and struggle to bench 135lbs for reps, to the point where his spotter gets a free set of barbell rows. And his spotter can't even spot properly. (Yes, there is a pair of these morons in my gym. And yes, it pisses me off.)

Anonymous Scintan March 08, 2015 12:46 PM  

How is that not judgmental???

Like 'tolerance', a lack of judgment is only required of one side of the discussion.

Anonymous Scintan March 08, 2015 12:48 PM  

If you don't deadlift, you don't lift.

And now we have weightlifting snobs. We truly live in a messed up world.

Anonymous Sheila March 08, 2015 1:58 PM  

I expect we all have our pet peeves, although surely there is also standard gym etiquette (grunting is normal and it's never bothered me, but shouting I've never truly heard at a gym). My peeves include people (okay, let me be honest - WIMMINZ) talking on the phone nonstop while doing cardio whom I can hear over the music in my headphones. People (again, primarily women) who walk off with a dumbbell or two or more to do their personal routine in a different part of the gym (this happened all the time at Golds, and I'd have to go around the gym trying to round up a stray dumbbell). Then there were the personal trainers of color who would park their giggling White women clients on a particular weight machine and not move while they flirted for half an hour. While Golds had a terrific variety of cardio and weight machines and free weights, half were always out of order or missing. They also had cleaning spray and paper towel holders all over the gym, but 90% of the time most were empty, and the sullen mestizo cleaning lady was never tasked with refilling them. I perspire heavily when I work out (no feminine glow for me I'm afraid), and I expect others do as well - I want to be able to wipe off equipment before and after I use it. Finally, the diversity atmosphere increased exponentially during our time there - don't know how much was Golds' fault or merely the local population profile changing (probably both). Add in that it seemed every other month was two weeks free for anyone to come in, and we got tired of paying to deal with that crap.

All that being said, I cannot fathom a gym that provides tootsie rolls and pizza. Are you guys being serious? I figured that Planet Fitness, since there was no childcare, wouldn't have that large a mommy component (meaning those who watch tv while on recumbent bikes) and again, since new, would be fairly clean to start off with. I still have my weights at home, but as the weather warms, I like running outside far less (and the large local contingent of Indians starts hogging the path again) and sometimes I need a machine for something I can't really replicate at home (lat pulldowns or leg presses, for example). If I can manage this and hit Planet Fitness when it's mostly empty (late morning? early afternoon?) I'll be okay for a while.

Blogger Didact March 08, 2015 5:05 PM  

And now we have weightlifting snobs. We truly live in a messed up world.

It's also a basic reality of lifting. If you don't deadlift, you're going to have a hard time building a strong back, strong arms, and strong posterior chain- which means that, ultimately, you're going to have a hard time lifting.

Weightlifting isn't complicated. It comes down to a very basic set of exercises and movements, of which squats, deadlifts, and presses of some sort are the most important.

Anonymous GracieLou March 08, 2015 8:46 PM  

Our Gold's had a Mr. T-style alpha guru with an eclectic entourage of TV lawyers, hot chicks and steroid monsters. He spent all day every day at the gym. No one had any real idea what he did for a living other than "event promotion". The man was master of all things powerlifting and a delightfully merciless task-master. An elite athlete girl would try to excuse a missed workout, he'd raise his hand, "Oh I KNOW where you been, you been hanging out at the TAco Bell!" Sloppy form? He'd shout, "you LAZY!" One day I asked him if I could build glutes without doing squats. Dead silence. Eyes blinking in that, 'I'm about to slap a b*tch' look. "NO." He said, "I tell you something though, you got a little sugar on them abs, let me show you how to do some crunches." He got me on the mat, "Ok, bend your right leg, raise the left, and do some crunches...good, now switch legs, do some crunches...you feel the burn? Good, ok, now, raise both legs and spread em REAL WIDE and do some crunches!" I was all, oh I need to stop--back pain. A few weeks later on the mat a pretty woman next to me said, "Oh 'Mr. T must have taught you how to do abs too, and oh my gosh didn't that part where you spread your legs hurt SO BAD!"

Anonymous Bert March 08, 2015 11:06 PM  

"All that being said, I cannot fathom a gym that provides tootsie rolls and pizza."

And they sell Coke. Can't have a workout without high-fructose corn syrup.

PF isn't a "gym". It's a racket, but frankly a brilliant one. They take advantage of modern America's laziness and sanctimony and rake in the dough. Their clientele is almost exclusively fat and/or older women who are resentful and bitter at people who actually take care of themselves. They think they're doing something, and all the while demand that they never ever be made to feel bad.

Blogger Joshua Dyal March 09, 2015 10:02 AM  

PF isn't a "gym". It's a racket, but frankly a brilliant one. They take advantage of modern America's laziness and sanctimony and rake in the dough. Their clientele is almost exclusively fat and/or older women who are resentful and bitter at people who actually take care of themselves. They think they're doing something, and all the while demand that they never ever be made to feel bad.

That's not true at all. Have you ever been in one? It is a racket, but not in the way you seem to be describing it as. They're genius is getting hundreds of people in every area in which they operate to pay $10/month for absolutely nothing; "just in case" they feel motivated to go work out.

For those who actually do go work out, it's a really cheap place to do it. At least half the clientele at the location nearest me are in pretty good shape, and they hit PF on the way to or from work to run on a treadmill during the winter, or do some reps on a weight machine to keep themselves in decent shape while not really dedicating the money or time or other resources to becoming a lifter, or otherwise joining an expensive gym or buying expensive equipment of their own.

The clientele is fairly evenly split between men and women, and nobody really cares much what anyone else is doing there. It's not at all full of bitter, resentful fat women. No doubt there are some, but as a percentage of the clientele, it's vanishingly small.

Again, at least at the location nearest me. No idea what it's like in other places.

Anonymous Heh March 09, 2015 10:13 AM  

If you don't deadlift, you don't lift.

(Sob) That's so... judgmental!

Blogger Joshua Dyal March 09, 2015 1:03 PM  

And on the bright side, Planet Fitness booted a Muslim woman for wearing a head-scarf while working out in New Mexico. Would have meant more if they'd done it in Dearborn, MI, but still.

http://www.ibtimes.com/planet-fitness-faces-lawsuit-after-muslim-woman-says-she-was-booted-gym-wearing-head-scarf-1563127

Blogger Ken March 09, 2015 1:47 PM  

I go to a gym where you pay your yearly membership up front, works out to a little under $10 a month. I've been going 3x a week for the last 4 years, so they know me (I also have a giant red beard and long hair, so that helps, too).

The worst time I've ever had is when people drenched in perfume - head to toe - come into my gym and leisurely walk on the treadmill, while I'm trying to warm up (and catch up on some Sportscenter).

Watching people struggle with light weights isn't so bad, because they're still trying; they're exerting themselves, or seem to. Watching people walk at 2.5 mph on a treadmill, when they do not appear to have any disabilities, AND still pollute the air with oppressive amounts of perfume....sigh.

Fortunately, the owner is a pretty no-nonsense Mexican who won't let that transgender shit fly in his gym - which, since it's based in LA, is pretty rare.

Anonymous Discard March 10, 2015 1:41 AM  

Ken: You must have observed, living in Los Angeles, that the various minorities can say and do things that White Americans cannot. If Mexicans don't want maricons in their gym, there will be no maricons in their gym. After all, the whole point of tranny pride is to force White Americans to crawl, not Mexicans.

Post a Comment

Rules of the blog
Please do not comment as "Anonymous". Comments by "Anonymous" will be spammed.

<< Home

Newer Posts Older Posts